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USAF Fighter Pilot with ejection seat for F-5E

13 hours 16 min ago
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If you are looking to add a figure to your F-5 Freedom Fighter, you may want to investigate the latest offering from the Aires Aerobonus line.  The figure is posed in his ejection seat with his hands resting on the throttle and stick.  With a little care in removing the parts from the pour plug, and some painting, this figure is an easy addition for most modelers to place in their aircraft.

The packaging for this figure is simple with a clear plastic bag containing the ejection seat and majority of the body of the pilot (the arms and head are separate) as well as a folded sheet of paper that provides drawings of the assembled figure as well as painting recommendations.  The build was quick and easy, as the arms and head are set into position without issue. 

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T-60 Early Series. Soviet Light Tank Interior Kit

13 hours 30 min ago
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The T-60 was a light tank designed for scout and reconnaissance missions that was rushed into production a month after the start of Operation Barbarossa.  Over a two-year period, approximately 7,000 of these vehicles were built.  The T-60 scout tank was lightly armored, lightly armed with a 20mm canon a a machine gun, that was roundly hated by the two-man crews who operated it.  The light armor, less than effective gun and poor engine performance lead to its operators naming it the "brother's grave for two".  Although it was intended to be a support or reconnaissance vehicle, it often matched up against more superior German armor where it fared very poorly.  Until factories could be equipped to produce the T-34, Soviet production continued and efforts were made to upgrade the firepower to a 37mm cannon, but these plans were scraped due to a lack in ammunition, and eventually, the armament upgrades were incorporated into the T-70.

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Tidal Wave - From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:39
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Introduction

In Tidal Wave from Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver offers a deep analysis of the political and strategic situation in the last months of the Pacific War, interwoven with engaging accounts of kamikaze raids and aerial combat. He explains how the last months of the Pacific campaign constantly challenged the crews of the US Navy ships, whose pilots conducted continual bombing missions and aerial skirmishes, how the success or failure of the ship's gunners spelled life or death for their vessels, and how the commanders had to protect their ships from the worst ravages of the Pacific Typhoons.

The Author

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Quickboost - 1/32 Fw-190D-9 Correct Cowling – QB 32-186

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:20
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  Quickboost, an Aires Resin division, continues to produce quick and simple resin upgrades for a wide variety of subjects. The detail parts are crisply cast and often add to or correct kit items.

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Mitsubishi A5M Part 2 Decals

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:46
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The A5M "Claude" known internally to Mitsubishi as the KA-14 and formally as the Navy Type 96 Navy Carrier-based Fighter was the first all metal monoplane to enter service as carrier-based aircraft. The Claude is the direct predecessor to the A6M "Zero" and did see combat through the beginning of the Second World War but had been pretty much removed from combat by 1942.  Late in the war a few were even used as kamikaze aircraft. 

There are a few 1/48 A5M Claude kits on the market in 1/48 scale with the most prominent player at the moment being the new tool Fine Molds kits. Other Claude kits in 1/48 scale include the Wingsy, an old tool Fine Molds A5M, Eagles Talon (vacuform) and an Classic Airframes kit. Thankfully Lifelike has come to the rescue with a timely re-release of their A5M Part 2 Decal set that will make a nice addition to your Claude no matter which kit you build. I should mention that Lifelike recommends the Fine Molds or Wingsy kits as they are still in production.  Note: Decals are for either the A5M4 or A5M2b variants of the Claude.

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U-295 type U-VIIC/41 + “Biber” German Submarine

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:21
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If you are looking for a unique addition to your WWII U-boat collection, let me direct your attention to the kits of Mirage Hobby.  In one of their latest releases, the company offers a Type VIIC boat equipped with a pair of Biber mini subs, each carrying a pair of torpedoes.  Shying away from the typical 1/700 and 1/350 scales for ships, Mirage Hobby offers this and several other submarines molded in 1/400 scale. Modelers with some experience with small parts will have no issues with the construction of this kit.

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Consolidated PB4Y-1/1P Liberator

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:55
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This book covers the PB4Y-1/1P Liberator in US Naval service. Armed with the success of land based bombers used by the USAAC anti-submarine command in the Atlantic along with RAF Coastal Command on the other side of the Atlantic, the Navy went to the AAC to ask for a share of the B-24 production. This was granted in return for the Navy canceling orders for the Boeing PBB Sea Ranger thus freeing up that production capacity for B-29s.

Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book on the PB4Y-1 , number 105 in the Naval Fighters series, lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. It is a great companion volume to the one on the PB4Y-2!

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FW-190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 Landing gear

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:47
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This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard 1/72 Fw 190A-5/8, R-2/8, F-8 aircraft.

The white metal parts are very good and have more defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well-detailed kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble. A couple of the parts were a little bent,  but very easy to fix.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well-detailed kit.

Thanks go to Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Panther in Action

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:32
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The book is one of the Squadron Signal series "in Action". It explores the history and development of the Panther tank and its Variants. I have always loved the Panther design and was very happy to have this book to review. The pictures of the Panther in the book are fantastic.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of the iconic Panther, there are over 180 photographs included. The photos really show the classic lines and design of this wonderful symbol of the World War 2. The book made me want to build a couple of Panther models out of my stash and start building using the book for valuable reference. The last sections of the variants are an extremely interesting addition to the book.

This book should be in every tank lover's library and I recommend this book to everyone. The great reference photos are ideal for all modeler's.

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:21
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This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the ICM 1/48 HE 111 H3 aircraft.

The white metal parts are very good and have better-defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the rear wheel parts that replace part numbers D1-2, D1-10, and D2-11. With this assembly, you must drill out the location slot in the main strut to accept the part that replaces the D2-11.

The two main gear struts components replace part numbers D2-3, D2-4, C9, and C7 for subassembly 108. D2-5, D2-2, C9, and C7 for subassembly 109. The part number C54 is also replaced with white metal parts. The assembly is a bit difficult but with patience and care makes for a great replacement for the main landing gear legs.

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Template Squares Steel

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:05
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This is a Photo Etch Template set for use Scribing/engraving square type features on any subject plastic model. This set with one sheet with 4 smaller templates within it.

In the Packet includes: 

  • 1x Photo Etch Sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details features to any kit or replacing engraved squares lost due to sanding and filling. They are easy to use and flexible to form around most shapes and surfaces.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Panzer IV On The Battlefield 2

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:54
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Around 1970, Monogram Models released a "Panzer IV" kit in 1/32nd scale.  There was no mention on the box top as to what version (Ausfuhrung) it was, simply that it was a Panzer IV "with 75mm gun".  As military vehicle historians dug deeper into the history of German military vehicles from the Second World War period, they learned that the Panzer IV, for example, was produced in a series of "Ausfuhrung", or versions: Ausf. A, Ausf. B etc.  Eventually, model firms figured this out too so that by the early/ mid-1970's, Italeri was producing kits such as their "German Tank Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf (H)" while Tamiya had their "Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H".

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Tiran 4 Late Type

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:40
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Background

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Panzer IV Ausf. H mid production w/zimmerit

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:17
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The Panzer IV series of medium tanks was the only German tank to see continuous production throughout the Second World War.  As battlefield conditions changed for the Germans during the war, so too did the Panzer IV:  thicker armor, more powerful main guns, the introduction of spaced "schurzen" turret and hull armor plates.  The modeler has been fairly well served over the years when it comes to Panzer IV kits in all the main scales.  In 1/35th scale, Tamiya, Italeri, Dragon, Gunze Sangyo, Zvezda and Academy themselves have all done various versions of the Panzer IV in their catalogs.  Academy, in fact, did a couple of Panzer IV Ausf H's way back in 1984.  The kit under review in this article has NOTHING in common with the 1984 releases.  Not only is it from 100% brand new tooling compared to the 1984 versions, but it comes with zimmerit in the form of waterslide decals!

What's in the Academy Box

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Big Ed set for Revell 1/32 P-51-25 - Part 3 Masking and Canopies

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 09:06
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(Again, no preamble this time; only building reports. )

The exterior set contained one item overlooked by many; behind the set of holes on the cheeks of the chin scoop is a set of interior grating;  What this is FOR, I have no clue, but it's there, and the fun part of hogging out plastic on a small rectangular part is, well, not there.  But it's mandatory, and I've put it aside for now so I can finish up the rest of the other review items I have lurking in the "to build" pile.

The final item provided in the Big Ed set is a set of canopy masks.  Now, mind, I will remind myself to check in the future, because this is not your ordinary set of masks.  No.  It includes the interior masking!  So, after I had dutifully fitted half the INTERIOR mask around the EXTERIOR of the bubble canopy, I realized there were not two sets of masks for the sake of providing them, but were specifically called out as interior and exterior.

I felt pretty dumb.

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Big Ed set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 Part 2: The Cockpit Continued, Seat Harness, and Exterior Set

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 08:58
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(No preamble this time; only building reports. )

The remaining item I tackled here was the seat itself.  The Eduard set 32 920 included in the big Ed set has a very well-done P-51 seat, complete with the aft stiffener, and some other little details.   It is pretty well self-explanatory how to fold it all into place.  The seat requires some gap-filling superglue to properly assemble, as there is little surface on which to have the glue "Grab" the other parts, and hold together while under handling.   Once these are complete, the armor plate is cemented into place.  

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Big Ed set for Revell 1/32 P-51D-25 - Part 1: Impressions, Wheel well detail, and Cockpit basics

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 08:48
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Thanks as usual go to our prolific supporter, Eduard, for sending the IPMS/USA review team this BIG ED for the new Revell 1/32 P-51D-5 series Mustang.  This was another in my series of "On-the-road" reviews, and as such the background will change... a lot.  I had misplaced the review item before I left the house while cleaning up my work area, and right before I left in desperation I sent an order to Sprue Brothers to please send me a replacement, (after I used my credit card), to handle on the road.  I also asked they annotate my name and the point I was a guest in the "GJOEHOFOE" hotel in California.  This was dutifully marked in large, clear lettering on the front of the box, and as such there was no confusion about who the guest (Me) was, or what do to with said package.   It got there on Wednesday afternoon, three days before I left for the hotel-hopping part of my trip (where much of the work you see here was done).  Onward!

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Fw 190A-4 Fuselage Guns

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 08:37
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IPMS/USA thanks the Eduard team once again for sending us this simple, excellent set for the new Eduard FW-190 series.  And thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

This set consists of perfectly cast resin parts for the back of the engine, guns, cowl bits, plus a few bits of PE including parts for the armored windscreen and cowl latches.  MUCH easier than scratchbuilding!

This upper fuselage gun bay set is a simplified version of the advanced set with the engine abbreviated, i.e. just the gun bay parts and engine mount war part of the set, not the whole engine; the accessory section the intake distributor tube are also provided  Since I had built the entire "bigger" set earlier, I knew what to expect. 

The gun bay was simpler, particularly with more lighting and my magnifier to hand.  The next one of these will be perfect, I swear...

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British Tank Churchill Mk.VII - Crocodile

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:30
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The British Churchill tank was one of the most important tank designs introduced by the British after the start of the Second World War. Following the collapse of the French armies at the hands of the invading Germans utilizing Blitzkrieg tactics, British forces lost most of their front line military equipment in France in May 1940. The British reevaluated their previous views on the purposes and uses of tanks following these losses, and came up with more modern designs, the Churchill tank being a prime example. It was heavily armored, and with the introduction in 1943 of the Mk.VII, better armed, sporting as it did a 75mm main gun capable of firing both high explosive and armor piercing rounds. In preparation for the D-Day Invasion in June 1944, various "specialized" tanks were dreamed up, including a flame throwing version of the Churchill, named the Crocodile. This new Tamiya kit provides parts for modeling either a standalone gun armed Mk.VII tank, or the specialized flame throwing Crocodile with trailer.

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Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing gear 1/48 – Sword kit

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:19
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This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Sword 1/48 English Electric Lighting T. Mk4/5 aircraft.

The white metal parts are good are have better defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the main two gear struts components that replaces part numbers 78, 79, 27, 57, 56, 60 and 61. The front strut parts which replaces part numbers 7, 84 and 59.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

 

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