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Scale Aircraft Conversions Airfix Me 262A-1A Landing Gear

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:07
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Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement parts for kits in a variety of scales. Some of their landing gear sets are for a variety of kits and some sets are designed for a specific model. The white metal sets are designed to support the weight of a specific model without warping that can be seen with kit styrene landing gear.

 

The parts are for the Airfix Me-262 are well cast and had no flash or other area that needed to be sanded. I bent one of the struts when removing from the sprue but could straighten it out easily. I had to put heavier weight in the front of the jet than anticipated so it would not be a tail sitter and the SAC landing gear stood up to the weight very well.

 

When gluing the landing gear to the aircraft I used CA and the parts fit perfectly without any modifications to the join areas.

 

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Mission Models paint part 2 (Clear Coats)

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 00:00
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This part 2 of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.

 

Part 3 will be Metallics

 

The Clear Coats

 

Shortly after releasing their second round of paint colors Mission Models released three clear coat products to protect the paint once it has been applied to a model. The Clear coatings are Flat Clear, Semi-Gloss Clear and Gloss Clear.

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SH-3 A/D Sea King

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 01:24
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AFV Club is a Taiwan-based venture, founded by a hobby shop owner in the late 1980's.  With a growing catalogue of kits in various scales and genres (armor, aircraft, ships, figures and accessories), AFV have made a name for themselves as a niche supplier of subjects.  This little gem is no exception.

The Sea King, entering service in 1961, was Sikorsky's first truly amphibious helo and one of the first to use twin turboshaft engines. Originally intended as an ASW bird, the type has had a long and illustrious history doing SAR, transport, medevac and AEW duty.  The USMC has operated Sea Kings under HMX-1 as presidential transports that serve as "Marine One" when the President is onboard.  As recently as 2009, some 600 Sea Kings remained in service with multiple military and private operators.

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Eduard FW-190A Tface Masks

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:22
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For as long as I can remember I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color overtop of that.  This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy.  But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy.  Well Eduard has finally fixed that with their new line of TFace Masking sets.

This particular set is designed for the FW-190A series of Eduard models, including the A-8/R2 Rammjaeger.  The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use.  There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones. 

Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow.  I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones.  Placing the exterior ones is easy enough. 

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Eduard FW-190A-5 ZOOM

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:08
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So you bought the Weekend or the Overtree FW-190A-5 but you don't really want to paint the instrument panel and you'd like to have some seatbelts.  What do you do?  Well Eduard has the answer.  They provide you with the pre-painted photo etch brass fret that comes in the Profipack kit.

Personally I think that the ZOOM sets are what really makes it a Weekend or Overtree kit.  This fret is typically released when the Overtree kit is released.  I think that they are a bargain.  You get one pre-painted photo etch with all the parts you need for the cockpit and a few other places.  The key is you get the seatbelts and the instrument panel.  Those two things alone are worth the price of admission.  Also included are the side panels and some various other photo etch pieces for the outside of the model, but this set is primarily concerned with sprucing up the cockpit.

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Eduard FW-190A-5 OVERTREE

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:00
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So you want to model the Eduard FW-190A-5 but you don't want to spend a lot of money to do it or maybe you don't like to work with photo etch.  Maybe you have a huge selection of decals and you just need a canvas to use them on.  Whatever the reason, maybe Eduard's Overtrees are the answer for you. 

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T-34-85 After WW2-Camouflage & Markings 1946 - 2016

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:58
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The T-34 series of tanks together with the M4 Sherman series are THE most important tanks of the Second World War from the Allied point of view. The Panther tank, perhaps the most influential tank of WW2 from the German perspective was a direct result of German forces running smack bang into the T-34/76 on the Eastern Front, and the demand for German industry to provide a counter to it. In turn the T-34 needed to be upgraded once the Germans introduced more thickly armored tanks such as the Panther and the Tiger, and thus was born the T-34/85, an upgrading of the T-34 series from its original 76mm main gun, to a more lethal 85mm gun.

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Sd. Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:04
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My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it?  After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster.  Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit. 

Because of the nature of the build, the interior kit and the basic kit are unavoidably interlinked, as you will have to bounce back and forth between the two a fair bit during construction.  As I intend to write separate reviews for these two items, I will do my best to refer to the companion kit (in either case) only in its relation to the other kit's construction.  Bear with me on this - I found myself going through the directions and crossing out portions of both sheets so I wouldn't get confused.

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Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:44
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Meng has done something comparatively new to accompany their outstanding Porsche-turreted King Tiger model in 1/35th scale, offering a separately-available decal sheet for the zimmerit coating found on so many of these monsters at this stage of the Second World War. 

The decal sheet is certainly comprehensive - providing 3-dimensionally printed decals for literally every surface that might have had this coating on the real beast.  All parts show a remarkable fidelity to the surface they're supposed to cover and have virtually no film to interfere with the edges.  On complicated areas, such as the rear of the hull and turret, multiple decals simplify getting around surface detail.  All tool attachment points and other such extrusions are also left free of film to facilitate gluing. 

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King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:22
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My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it?  After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster.  Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit. 

As a limited edition, this offering not only includes a metal barrel, photoetch parts, and various other non-styrene bits but a military map from the Battle of Caen, drawn in 1944.  The latter might make a nice poster for your modeling area wall if you're into that sort of thing. 

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Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:47
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Master Models has released another great set, this I a barrel and muzzle set for the German Mk. 103 30mm cannon used in WWII. It was used primarily for "tank-busting" but could be used in air to air situation also.

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Do335 A & B-2 Detail Sets

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:35
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Master Models of Poland has issued two sets of upgrade sets for the two currently released 1/32 scale D0-335 kits from HK Models. Set 32107 is specifically made for the D0-335A and includes the blast tube for the nose cannon, top mounted MG151 machine gun barrels, pitot tube and the IFF FuG 25A antennae which is not included in the kit. Set 32108 is for the B-2 heavy armament version and includes all of the 32107 set plus two barrels and muzzles for the wing mounted cannons.

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Yak-23 "Flora"

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:12
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Mikro Mir has come on the scene from Ukraine, releasing a lot of new naval kits and some aircraft. I had earlier reviewed their new CAD designed model of the British 1/144 Holland Class Submarine. It was a pleasure to build, so I quickly signed up for this kit. I was wary of the Bilek release of the Yak-23 and was looking for Mikro Mir's approach to the subject. Well, Mikro Mir had a hand in this kit, but the basic aircraft is the Bilek kit (4 sprues) with an extra sprue of details, new PE, new decals and set of masks from Mikro Mir. The Mikro Mir sprue includes a full engine (but no tailpipe!), wing tanks and simplified landing gear.

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Tru-Color Green Gray and Brown Paint - Military Ships Series

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 11:10
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Thank you to Tru-Color Paint for providing an assortment of their Military Ships Series paints to review. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out some of this excellent paint line. This review focuses on product application and ease of use.

Tru-Color Paint describes this product line as a solvent-based acrylic paint. What this means for the modeler is that the same safety precautions required for enamels and others must be used with these paints. The Tru-Color website describes acrylic component as the polymer for surface bonding.

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The Habsburgs' Wings 1914 Vol 1

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 08:33
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This book is published by Kagero and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publishers. "The Hapsburg's Wings 1914" is authored by Professor, Senior Doctor Lecturer Andrzej Olejko.

As one would expect, the focus of North American WWI historians, students, authors, artists, and modelers is on the Western Front. Ask a Canadian to name a WWI Ace and they will respond with "Billy Bishop". Ask an American and they will quickly name Eddie Rickenbacker. Other names will be put forward. Certainly, on this list, will be George Guynemer, Albert Ball, Andrew Beauchamp Proctor and Mick Mannock.

Ask, then, for the respondent to focus on German Aces. Of course, the first name that will come up is Manfred Von Richthofen followed quickly by Max Immelmann.

Finally, ask the respondent to name Aces or Airmen who served on the Eastern Front. More than likely, the question will be met with a rather long silence and then a quick, "I don't know the names of any Eastern Front Aces or Airmen."

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Mission Models Paint Part 3 (Metallics)

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:59
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This will be the third of a three-part review of Mission Models paints.

The Metallics

Mission Models has four new metallic paints, White Aluminum, Dark Aluminum, Duraluminum and Silver.

For this paint test I sprayed Mission White Primer after cleaning and degreasing the test surface. If you use gray or black primer you can get a variance of tonal quality for each of the metallic paints making them very versatile.

I decided to paint the White Aluminum and Dark Aluminum for this review. As you can see in the accompanying pictures the paints are very durable. Once laid down they will not pull up with masking tape and have a nice metallic sheen. 

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Soviet Strategic Bombers: The hammer in The Hammer and Sickle

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:49
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This book details Soviet strategic bombers development, use history and experimental bombers as well. Beginning with The Tu-4 "Bull" an aircraft reverse engineered from interred B-29s during WWII on until modern day.

The book is broken down into 15 chapters, beginning with post war development of strategic bombers. The next seven are devoted to the main bomber types in service with the USSR. These include the aforementioned Tu-4 as well as the Tu-95 Bear, M-4 Bison, Tu-16 Badger, Tu-22 Blinder, Tu-22M Backfire and the Tu-160 Blackjack. Each aircraft is given in-depth coverage of service of both active and retired aircraft and those that were used by client states outside of the USSR. You will find each of these chapters to be very interesting and packed with information.

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WNW DH.9a Ninak Landing Gear

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:37

 

SAC has filled the niche of replacement landing cast in white metal. In most cases these are copies of the original parts cast in white metal. Some are upgrades that fix noted errors. These products are convenient for many multiple reasons:

  • Replace inherently weak landing gear
  • Add strength to a model that has a lot of resin aftermarket
  • Replace lost or damaged landing gear

 

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Junkers Ju 87B Top Drawings Series

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:30
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The book is a top drawings series from Kagero and is a Visual study of the Junkers Ju 87B Dive Bomber of the Luftwaffe in World War II.

I found this book full of fascinating scale drawings and profiles of all the variants of the Ju 87B. There are 7 sheets of 1/48 scale drawings and 8 sheets of 1/72 scale drawings. There are also 10 color profiles of aircraft. These drawings are very useful for any modeler and are a great additional to any reference library.

Included in the book are a set of canopy masks in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale for Ju 87B models and are a great bonus to the book.

I recommend this book to everyone with any interest Ju 87B especially Modelers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Her Majesty’s Estafette

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:55
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This is a high-quality resin kit of a unique steampunk vehicle with figures. The part fit is exceptionally good, but there are some small & delicate parts to work with, and resin experience is important.

 

Industria Mechanika is a low volume, high quality 'garage' kit company focusing on original concept designs of steampunk, airships, fantasy, fantastical figures, and other whimsical creations. Many of IM's kits are original designs created by its owner and designer, Michael Fichtenmayer, or other designers. The kits are produced in resin of the highest quality, and many include photoetch, decals, and other accessories.

 

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