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Challenger 2

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 20:01
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Kagero Publishing is one of the world's preeminent publishers of military vehicle and aircraft books aimed at the modeling community.  The book under review is from their Photosniper series, and the author, Dick Taylor, is a leading author on British military vehicles.  The book is 88 pages in length, with a card cover.  The pages measure 8.3" by 11.7", on glossy paper.  All the photos within its covers are color, with good production values.  There are also three pages of color profiles, covering 6 different vehicles.

 

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Ki-45 Kai Tei Toryu (Nick) Landing Gear

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 11:03
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Scale Aircraft Conversions continues their 1/32 scale line of white metal replacement gear with set 32146 for the Zoukei Mura 1/32 Ki-45 Toryu. The set includes 8 well made pieces of white metal that allow replacement of the two main landing gear struts along with a replacement of the tail wheel also.

Inside the package, there are two main gear struts that are not interchangeable so make sure you know which side is left and right. The main gear also includes retraction struts and oleo's for both sides. The tail wheel includes a nice sturdy strut and separate oleo.

Fortunately, I was building the Zoukei Mura kit and these popped up on the list so I was able to incorporate them into the build. The cleanup was simple. They clean up like plastic gear and removal of a few seam lines was all the was required. They were direct replacements for the kit parts and the metal is stronger.

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Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) - Finished

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:45
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Zoukei-Mura's latest release in 1/32 scale is the wonderful Ki-45 Toryu (Nick). This twin engine 2-seat, heavy fighter was used by the Japanese Army in WWII. In Part 2, I finished the cockpit and gunner positions and got the fuselage assembled.

Next off are the wings. Here, you will need to install all the internal workings for the wings. Will they show in the end, no but it is still too cool and too much fun to pass up. I installed the fuel tanks, linkages for the ailerons and then glued the bottom wing onto the structure. It fit perfectly. Don't forget to drill out the holes on the wing bottoms before sealing up!

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MiG-21F-13 Decals

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:12
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The MiG-21F-13 was the first operational version of the fighter.  It was used throughout the Soviet sphere of influence.  It was used in the deserts of the Mideast to the Jungles of Vietnam.  Trumpeter's kit of the F-13 is a really nice kit but the kit decal options could use some updating.  Enter Iliad Design and this sheet.

 

Packaged in a ziplock bag is a single sheet of instructions.  Printed on a double-sided page are seven aircraft from around the world in full color.    The instructions show left side profiles and upper plan views.  There are descriptions and FS callouts for each aircraft. 

 

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Tomcats at War-Pt 3- F-14B/D Bravo Delta Haze Gray Decals

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:05
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The F-14 Tomcat, was a movie star and retired way too soon.  This beautiful fighter led a long and distinguished career and sported some unique color schemes.  At the end of its service life it was predominately shades of gray.  That doesn't mean it was a dull collection of markings, just the opposite.  Some of these grays made for some colorful markings.

Fightertown Decals has been producing some great decals for the F-14 Tomcat and this sheet is no exception.  Included in the marking options are 6 Squadrons with 16 marking options.  There are at least four different variants of grey paint schemes on these subjects.

The decals and instructions are packaged in a large Ziplock style bag.  The instructions are printed on high quality bond paper in full color, on three double sided 8.5x11 sheets.  Each aircraft is shown on both sides, as well as, upper and lower plan views.  Each aircraft shows where all the individual markings are applied. 

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Ladder for F-106

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 09:57
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Plusmodel is located in the Czech Republic and when you visit the company website you are given the option of an English language version. The links above go to that option.

To get some idea as to what products are offered by plusmodel, select the Catalogue option on the home page. The Catalogue lists hundreds of items that can be used as stand-alone models or items, such as the Ladder being reviewed, to enhance a model. My modeling experience with plusmodel products includes only a dozen or so of the aftermarket-type items, and I have been pleased with each of those items.

 

The ladder, in 48th scale, is packaged in a sturdy cardstock box measuring 5 inches by 3.5 inches. The box top shows an F-106, with the canopy open, and with the ladder in place, awaiting the pilot. The backside of the box serves as the "instruction sheet". The illustration shows that there are 14 parts included in the box.

 

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AH-64 Apache Wheels Set

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 09:13
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This set is designed for any 1/48 AH-64 kit.  Included in a self-sealing package with a card stock backing.  There are no instructions included in the kit.  Five dark grey resin pieces are on four pour blocks.  They are blemish free.  The set includes two main wheels, one tail wheel and two small parts that look to be a additional wheel retention nuts. 

 

The detail is exquisite throughout.  There is a flat spot on the bottom to represent the weight of the aircraft.  It is easy to overdo but Reskit has got it down perfect.  Actually the tail wheel could even be flatter.  The circumference tread is nicely deep and perfectly formed.  The brake assemblies are beautifully rendered as well. 

 

These wheels are significantly better than the kit offerings.  They are perfectly formed and beautifully done. 

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Allosaurus Tooth

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 21:56
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Allosaurus is a genus of carnivorous theropod dinosaur that lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the late Jurassic period. The name "Allosaurus" means "different lizard" alluding to its unique concave vertebrae (at the time of its discovery). It is derived from the Greek allos ("different, other") and sauros ("lizard / generic reptile"). The first fossil remains that could definitively be ascribed to this genus were described in 1877 by paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. As one of the first well-known theropod dinosaurs, it has long attracted attention outside of paleontological circles. Indeed, it has been a top feature in several films and documentaries about prehistoric life.

 

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Great Other

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 00:34
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ICM Plastic Model Kits is offering the figure modeler an additional 'Game of Thrones' character for their collection. The previously release was an excellent 1/16th scale plastic kit of the 'King of the Night.'  also known as the Ice Zombie King (or is it Zombie Ice King?) from the Game of Thrones series on HBO.

 

The Great Other, within the faith of Sailor, is also known as The Lord of Darkness, Soul of Ice, or God of Night and Terror within the folklore of the Game of Thrones saga. Or, you can just call him Al!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq-gYOrU8bA

 

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Legends of Warfare: Stuart Tank, Vol. 2 The M5, M5A1, and Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Versions in World War II

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 00:19
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David Doyle is one of the most prolific US writers of books on military subjects, and over the years has penned literally dozens of excellent titles on military aircraft, ships and armored vehicles.

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USAF/USN Seatbelts (Beige

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 01:10
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RB Productions makes an assortment of aftermarket seat belts, photoetch and other items to dress up a wide variety of models.

While building the 1/24 scale Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat these seat belts were offered for an IPMS review.  The timing was perfect as I had completed the cockpit and kit supplied belts, and was about to close up the fuselage.

The small package was nicely presented with a cardboard cover folded and stapled over a plastic bag. Inside was a sheet of paper belts, a small paper sheet containing the lap pad and photo etch buckles, all protected by a black cardboard sheet. Behind this were the tiny fold out instructions.

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Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat, Part 1

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 23:37
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The Airfix 1/24 scale F6F-5 Hellcat has been a welcome surprise to many large scale model builders, especially those interested in US carrier based aircraft. 

This build will be in a two part "mini-series" due to the large size and length of time it may take to build. There are several good "in-box" parts reviews on the web, so I've skipped that to get straight into building this big Cat. However, I'll start with some poignant information. 

A very large box arrived at my front door, and an equally large colorful box was extracted. It is the same size as the Airfix 1/24 Typhoon box. I couldn't wait to slice through the tape securing the box lid to examine the contents! 

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Ultra Micro Chisel – 2.0mm Double Beveled

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:30
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During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was one of the items I was fortunate enough to receive.  Consisting of an ergonomic plastic handle with the chisel point inserted, there is a built-in label identifying the chisel size for quick recognition.

 

Measuring five inches in length, the chisel is quite comfortable to hold and the wedge-shaped tip is made of hardened tool steel.  Useful for scraping, pin mark removal, trimming small parts, and gouging plastic and resin, there are many possibilities for using this chisel.  The diminutive size will allow for better control on smaller items.

 

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Ultra Micro Chisel – 2.0mm Double Beveled

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:30
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During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was one of the items I was fortunate enough to receive.  Consisting of an ergonomic plastic handle with the chisel point inserted, there is a built-in label identifying the chisel size for quick recognition.

 

Measuring five inches in length, the chisel is quite comfortable to hold and the wedge-shaped tip is made of hardened tool steel.  Useful for scraping, pin mark removal, trimming small parts, and gouging plastic and resin, there are many possibilities for using this chisel.  The diminutive size will allow for better control on smaller items.

 

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German Light Tank Pz.Kpfw.35(T)

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:18
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History: The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t), commonly shortened to Panzer 35(t) or abbreviated as Pz.Kpfw. 35(t), was a Czechoslovakian designed light tank used mainly by Nazi Germany during World War II.  The letter (t) stood for tschechisch (German: "Czech").  In Czechoslovakian service it had the formal designation Lehky tank vzor 35 (Light Tank Model 35) but was commonly referred to as the LT vz. 35 or LT-35.

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German Light Tank Pz.Kpfw.35(T)

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:18
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History: The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t), commonly shortened to Panzer 35(t) or abbreviated as Pz.Kpfw. 35(t), was a Czechoslovakian designed light tank used mainly by Nazi Germany during World War II.  The letter (t) stood for tschechisch (German: "Czech").  In Czechoslovakian service it had the formal designation Lehky tank vzor 35 (Light Tank Model 35) but was commonly referred to as the LT vz. 35 or LT-35.

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Kanthal Resistance Wire (0.2 and 0.4mm)

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 16:07
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During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was one of the items I was fortunate enough to receive.  Technically, Kanthal wire is a ferritic iron-chromium-aluminum alloy that has high resistance and also resists oxidation.  Although the resistance of a wire means little to a modeler (unless it is being used to allow electricity to flow), resistance to oxidation is a big benefit for any applications where bare wire is needed.

 

This new product for UMM is advertised as being ideal for making springs, shiny antenna, and various engine or wheel bay details.  The spools are 3 meters long (about 10 feet) and are available in 0.2 and 0.4 mm, both of which were provided to the IPMS for this review.  UMM recommends that you do not solder Kanthal wire, but attach it using glue instead.

 

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M4A1 Sherman with U.S. Infantry

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 17:29
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Italeri's Description of the Sherman

"The M4 Sherman medium tank was the primary tank used by the United States during World War II. It has been produced in a significant number of units and it formed the backbone of United States Armed Forces during that time. It has been produced in several variants and versions. The first version to be produced on wide scale was the Sherman M4A1, characterized by the rounded edges of the fully cast upper hull. Even the turret had a rounded appearance. The Sherman would enter combat in armored corps of the United States Army in 1942 during the first months of the war. It was armed with the 75mm gun that was replaced in the A1 version with the high-speed 76mm gun.  The Sherman was reliable, cheap, and easy to produce in great numbers."

 

Italeri M4A1 Sherman with U.S. Infantry

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M4A1 Sherman with U.S. Infantry

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 17:28
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Italeri's Description of the Sherman

"The M4 Sherman medium tank was the primary tank used by the United States during World War II. It has been produced in a significant number of units and it formed the backbone of United States Armed Forces during that time. It has been produced in several variants and versions. The first version to be produced on wide scale was the Sherman M4A1, characterized by the rounded edges of the fully cast upper hull. Even the turret had a rounded appearance. The Sherman would enter combat in armored corps of the United States Army in 1942 during the first months of the war. It was armed with the 75mm gun that was replaced in the A1 version with the high-speed 76mm gun.  The Sherman was reliable, cheap, and easy to produce in great numbers."

 

Italeri M4A1 Sherman with U.S. Infantry

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Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 23:43
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Ian White was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1947 and educated at secondary schools in Rotherham and later in Ilford, Essex. He joined the Post Office Engineering Department in August 1963 as an apprentice and later served as a technician in the City of London. In 1973, on promotion to engineer, he was appointed to the Post Office's Air Defense Group in London to provide landline and ground to air communications for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK, Germany and Cyprus.  In April 1984 he joined the Company's Defense Sales Organization as a Senior Systems Engineer and later as an engineering manager. The final three years were spent as a liaison officer within the defense and law enforcement community. Ian retired in May 2000, following which he attended Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), Cambridge, as an undergraduate history student. In 2003 he was awarded an honours degree in Modern European History. Ian joined the Royal Aeronautic Society in 1977 as an Associate, before being appointed an Associate Member (AMRAeS) in 1984.

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