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Eduard 1/48 Bf-109F Overtrees and Overlept details

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Bf 109F-4 PE-set 1/48:

https://www.eduard.com/store/eduard/bf-109f-4-pe-set-1-48.html

 

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Eduard Models has been releasing "Overtrees" and "Overlept" versions of their main boxings "Profipack" and "Weekend". Let me cover the differences among the boxing types:

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Su-35S AL-41F1S Exhaust Nozzles (Hasegawa)

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 23:36
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This is the third set of Amigo exhaust nozzles I've reviewed, and this set exhibits the high quality I saw previously. It is designed for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Su-35S Flanker and is a "drop-in" for the kit's exhaust pieces. However, Amigo chose to represent only the articulated position of the exhausts while the kit has the option of both articulated and in-line positions.

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Doors Set

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 23:05
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The Matho Models Doors Set includes one photoetch fret about 4 x 6", with seven doors. The fret also includes some miscellaneous hardware including latches, escutcheon plates, door knockers, key holes, and two flower designs for one of the doors. The doors are all different wood door styles and several sizes as follows:

 

  1. Colonial 2-11 x 6-11
  2. Half-glazed panel 2-11 x 6-11
  3. Glazed lite 3-1 x 6-11
  4. Panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  5. Arched top panel door 3-1 x 6-11
  6. Solid door with vision lite 3-6 x 7-0
  7. 8 Pane stile & rail 3-4 x 6-11

The door hardware is very small and difficult to work with. I couldn't get the flower designs off the sprue without crumpling them. The door knockers are also very thin, and I mangled one so bad it was unusable. Matho Models provides door hinges as separate sets for mounting the doors.

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Wing flaps for Hasegawa Ki-61-1

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:17
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History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What you get: What you get: 4 crisply molded resin parts along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. These parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Construction: The first thing you need to do is remove the flaps from kit part B10 and thin the undersides of the corresponding areas of parts B11 & 12. This 2nd part is where I totally messed this up due to my not paying attention. I removed the areas totally and this made it almost impossible to build. I managed to get these on and make them look halfway decent, but it could have and should have been better. With the exception of my mistake, these went on pretty easy and look very nice.

Conclusion: A very nice set but I would recommend only modelers who have experience with resin sets tackle this.

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Tu-22M3 NK-25 exhaust

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:59
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IPMS/USA gladly welcomes the return of the Advanced Modeling/Amigo team for sending us this new-technology set; their lineup continues to grow!  And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

Advanced Modeling/AMIGO (Hereafter referred to as AM for simplicity)  is a Russian company specializing in modern Soviet and Russian aircraft accessories; their first items released a few years ago were weapons, and they have recently branched out into other items, in this case, an upgrade to Trumpeter's 1/72 Tu-26M3 NK-25 Bomber kit exhaust, augmentor tubes, and afterburner nozzles. 

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M54A2 5-Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:36
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Background

Excerpted from Wikipedia:

The M54 5-ton 6x6 truck (G744) was the basic cargo model of the M39 Series truck. It was designed to transport a 10,000 lb., 14-foot long cargo load off-road in all weather. In on-road service, the load weight was doubled. The M54 was the primary heavy cargo truck of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces during the Vietnam War and was also used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and ARVN forces.

The M54 truck was used as the base vehicle for Gun Trucks during the Vietnam War. Field-applied armor added protection to the Gun Trucks, and armament consisted of various combinations of weapons including M60s, .50-calibre machine guns, XM 134 miniguns, and anti-aircraft weapons such as the quad mount .50 cal. machine guns. Early 2 1/2 ton trucks proved inadequate leading to their replacement by M54 five-ton cargo trucks.

AFV Club's M54A2 Kit

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American Tanks and AFV's of World War II

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:58
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I've been waiting for a book like this for a long time - an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII.  Prolific author Michael Green's latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star.  While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy - perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace.

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RU-8D “Seminole”

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:38
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Introduction

The U.S. Army RU-8D Seminole (not to be confused with the Piper light twin of the same name) was based on the Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza, first flown in 1952. The Army version modeled in this kit takes a civilian aircraft, strips the luxury interior out and loads the inside with radio receivers and festoons the exterior with antennas to fulfill the signal intelligence mission. Used extensively over Vietnam, the Seminole crew would home in on enemy radio transmissions with the goal of pinpointing the position of those units. These underappreciated units provided critical intelligence to units on the ground. I was pleased to see a model company honoring this often lonely and forgotten mission with this model.

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Guerrilla Nightmare: Luftwaffe Stukas at War Against Tito’s Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:19
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In most World War II publications, there is very little mention of the events surrounding the war activities occurring in the area in and around Yugoslavia. While the Luftwaffe did not have a dedicated permanent base, they were effective against the partisans that comprised the Communist-led resistance in occupied Yugoslavia led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito. For five long years, the Stuka units in Yugoslavia battled the partisans, considered by many to be Europe's most effective anti-Axis resistance movement in the war.

The book is arranged into twelve chapters which chronologically covers the various operations during the war. Coverage starts during the initial stages of the battles with Operation Marita in April of 1941. German, Italian, and Hungarian air forces banded together in the assault on Yugoslavia. Coverage continues with Operations Weiss and Schwarz (Case White and Black), the goals of which were to depose Tito and put an end to the partisan opposition. These battle instead proved to be a turning point towards partisan control of the country.

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CN7: The Inside Story of Donald Campbell’s Last Land Speed Record Car

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:57
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This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series.  The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows:  "Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer.  At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell's Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book."  I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book.

 

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Spitfires Markings Part 1

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:35
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The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred.  Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag.  They are on two decal sheets.  One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels.  They are printed by B.O.A.  The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with. 

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F4U Corsairs-Whistling Death

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:26
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If you really, I mean really like research, then you know the passion that comes with it.  Well so does Fundekals.  Their latest release is on the F4U Corsair.  This is their second Corsair sheet and it is full of goodies too.

First off, did I miss something?  I only got decals.  There are no instructions with this sheet.  No, that is the norm for Fundekals.  To save printing costs, and subsequent costs to you, you can download the instruction booklet online.  You can save it and/or print it.  The amount of research into the booklet is worth the price of admission. 

The decals themselves are printed by B.O.A. so you know they are world class.  They are thin, opaque and in register.  The sheets are mostly white markings but there are some colorful personal emblems included for the aircraft.  The second sheet is the geometric markings for one of the subject aircraft. 

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The Complete History of U.S. Cruise Missiles

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:25
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Bill Yenne has written more than three-dozen books on historical topics, as well as several novels. He has contributed to encyclopedias of both world wars, and has been featured in documentaries on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness," and Gen. Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, called Yenne's recent biography of Alexander the Great, the "best yet." Yenne's books have been included in Amazon's "100 Best Books of the Year."

 

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BL 755 Cluster Bombs

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 18:05
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IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for use with many UK fighter aircraft.  And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit utlizing these unique cluster munitions.  Consisting of four bomb bodies with fins cast in place (THANK YOU EDUARD), and four sets of fusing windmill vanes.  I have only seen one or two sets of these bombs in plastic from modeling companies, and usually these wind vanes are molded as circles.  Yep, circles.  Kinetic's bombs have actual vanes, but they are subject to the limits of plastic injection; the resin on Eduard's set is far better!  These vanes look the part and are delicate but take the minor sanding of the backside to remove the pour stub well (if you do it carefully). Also included are accurate decals.

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AN/ AAQ-28(V) Litening pod

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:53
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IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set.  And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

An extremely simple, but useful upgrade of any kit needing this pod.  Consisting of a resin main body, a resin seeker head, and two different tail vent plates in Photoetch, I had this one knocked out in a couple of hours.  First is minor prep; removal of the seeker head was simple, and the same for the main pod body.  Careful use of thin superglue ensured the end plate stayed in place, and the seeker head just snaps into place. 

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1/350 Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:45
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Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems.

 

If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler.

 

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CMK Ki-61-1 Control Surface Set

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 13:38
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History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What you get: 7 crisply molded resin parts (Rudder, ailerons and horizontal stabilizers) along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

Construction: Construction begins with some surgery to the kit. You will have to carefully remove the ailerons from the kit parts B10 & 11 and the rudder from A1. The rudder was simple and the easiest to do but the ailerons were a bit troublesome. The instructions have you making too deep of a cut and removing too much of the wing. Luckily, I saw this before cutting. Another thing I noticed about not only the ailerons, but the rudder also is that they are a bit undersized. The rudder was a little too thin as are the ailerons. The horizontal stabilizers went on without a hitch.

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Heinkel He 111 Volume I

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 08:59
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The Heinkel He-111 is one of the most iconic symbols of World War Two, as well as a major feature of the Battle of Britain.  The aircraft was developed under the guise of a passenger airliner as most of Germany's other armaments at the time.  During the late 1930's the aircraft and its German aircrews participated in the Spanish Civil War and the He-111 began its wartime career.  During World War Two various modifications were made throughout the aircraft ranging from the cockpit layout, wing shape, engines, offensive and defensive capabilities and many more.  The aircraft was the second most produced bomber aircraft of the Luftwaffe behind the Ju-88 and served in the Spanish Air Force until 1958.  The are only 4 surviving aircraft remaining in various museums around Europe.

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IDF M-109 Doher 1993

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 08:45
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The M109 is an American made 155mm self propelled howitzer that was first used in the early 1960s. It has been extensively upgraded to remain in front line service and extensively exported to U.S. allies around the world.   Israel fielded the M109A2 variant in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as the Rochev and in the early 1990s the IDF began to modernize this vehicle using the M109A6 as a guide.  The designation of the updated M109 Rochev was Doher and the vehicles remain in service today.  This new injection molded kit from AFV Club is the next in the line of recent releases of their M109 line.

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CMK Ki-61-1 Cockpit SET

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 02:49
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History: The Hasegawa 1/72 Ki-61 dates back to the early 1970s and is still a nice kit, but basic. CMK has come out with some detail sets to spice up these old kits.

What you get: 17 crisply molded resin parts and a clear film of instrument faces are provided along with a 9 X 3.5 folded sheet of instructions. Some of these parts are very fragile so please be careful when handling them.

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