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Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:33
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The Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless publication was released on Nov 15, 2019, so it's a new addition to the "Single" series published by MMP. This publication, by Dariusz Karnas and Artur Juszczak contains a series of excellent profile illustrations in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales. Panel lines, access hatches, and other surface detail are clearly visible. For those who wish to add some internal detail to a model, or just wonder what might be inside the aircraft frame, pages 7 and 8 have some "cut-away" illustrations that reveal a considerable amount of detail.

The black & white photographs, pp 10-15, will be very helpful to those who are interested in markings placement, and the appearance of surface detail such as navigation lights, alerion actuators, and the like.

Pages 16 through 19 feature photographs of some cockpit detail and engine detail. Some fantastic profile illustrations complete the book.

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F-14D Wheels

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:21
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You get four nicely molded resin wheels.  There are no instructions, as Brengun knows that you know what to do with the wheels. 


No real assembly required.  You have to paint the wheels.  I used Tamiya flat black and Testors flat white.  I painted them on the sprue, because it is such a pain to handle such small parts.  I am always afraid or losing small parts like these.  There's nothing quite as painful as hearing the tweezers go "PING" and knowing that you're going to have to wrestle the carpet monster for that part, if you can find it. 

Once the wheels were painted, I removed them from the pour block and used a medium sanding stick to clean them up on the bottoms.  Then I had to paint that part of the wheels black again, but not the hubs. 

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Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943-Eighth Air Force’s Costly Early Daylight Bombing

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 10:11
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This is another book in the Osprey collection, this one covering the Eight Air Force's campaign against Germany in 1943.

The story of the Eight's campaign also covers accounts and the counter measures the Germans took to thwart the Eight's aircraft and tactics. Comparisons are made between the Eight's aircraft vs German counter parts and specific alterations to aircraft made by both sides to stop their enemy.

One aircraft developed by the Eight's engineers was the YB-40. Essentially being a B-17 upgraded with more machine guns and more ammo to act as a gunship escort for the bomber formations prior to long range fighter escorts.

Another section of the book follows the development of the droppable external fuel tanks to extend the range of a P-47 for bomber escort, and how they were initially banned from use by Eight's command.

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Meng 1/35 M4A3(76)W Sherman Review

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 23:52
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2018 seemed to be the year of the Panther from the start and there certainly was no shortage of releases of the variants from many of the big companies. As 2019 rolled around, Jagdpanthers and Bergepanthers seemed to continue the trend. However, about mid-year, there were whispers of the companies releasing their own version on the venerable US Sherman tank. Taska, now Asuka, certainly has set the bar high and we have seen as the summer rolled along that Rye Field Models and Meng have entered their own horses into the race. My focus here is on the M4A3(76)W release by Meng, complete with an extra added resin sandbag armor set SPS-070 ($57.00).

What's Inside the Box

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Part 2- Henschel Hs-129B-2/RIII Wings, Cowlings and Things!

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 23:02
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In Part 2 of my build of Zoukei-Mura's latest Release, the 1/32nd scale Henschel Hs-129 B-2/RIII, we'll get the wings and horizontal stabs on and get the kit ready for paint As a bit of background, the Hs-129 was a WWII version of the modern A-10 and was designed to and good at killing tanks. In Part 1, we built the engines cockpit and got the fuselage assembled. Let's finish the rest of the assembly.


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The Glorious First of June 1794

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:12
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By 1765 Britain had achieved hegemony in Europe, North America, India, Africa and the West Indies over archrival France with its decisive victory in the Seven Years War (1756-1763) fought on 5 continents and the sea (Quiberon Bay).  However, the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1791, and the emergence of revolutionary France was an entirely new phenomenon, and by 1793 virtually all of the major European nations, all headed by monarchs, had declared war on the new French Republic. As a result, France in 1794 was threatened by famine and risked all by organizing a massive North America to France food convoy against the Royal Navy and harsh North Atlantic seas.  

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L-19 Bird Dog

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 23:51
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Illiad Design has recently released an aftermarket decal set covering Cessna L-19/O-1. The Bird Dog saw service with over 20 air forces so the choice of markings is very varied and this sheet does not disappoint.

This decal sheet covers a total of 6 aircrafts and you are provided with enough markings as to be able to model 5 of them (or all of them if you have some extra American markings). You have your choice of

  • O-1 Kansas Army National Guard, overall Olive Drab
  • L-19 Pakistan Army, overall weathered dark green
  • L-19 South Korean Navy, overall light grey
  • O-1 US Army Reserve, Olive Drab
  • L-19 US Army, Hawkeyes, weathered olive drab with Hawkeye profiles on the wings
  • L-19 Hoantai (predecessor of Japan's Self Defense Force), overall yellow with Hoentai insignia -pink cherry blossom- in the fuselage and Hinomarus on the wings.

They are an amazing selection of markings. I particularly liked the Hoantai markings, as they are very unique ones.

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FuG Antennas

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 23:40
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Brengun continues to expand its line of photoetch aftermarket detail parts regarding all type of antennas used by Luftwaffe aircrafts during World War 2.

Typical of Brengun you get an unpainted fret of easy to bend brass. This review covers:

BRL 48099 covers the FuG200 antenna in use by Ju-88, Bv-138, He-177, Bv-222, Fw-200, Ju-290 and other long range reconnaissance types.

BRL 48100 cover the FuG 227, FuG10, FuBi2, FuG 101 used by too many different airplanes to list. Just to name a few: Ju-88, Me-100, Fw-190, etc.

While I have not used these sets, experience with other sets of the same manufacturer indicates that the small connection points of the parts to the fret will make removal and cleaning of the part very easy.

Given the small size of some of the parts, I will recommend this kit to modelers of all levels except the most novice. Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Brengun Models and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Tank Wrecks of the Western Front 1940-1945

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 23:14
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Blitzkrieg and Beyond
  • Photograph Sources
  • Chapter One: Hotchkiss
  • Chapter Two: Renault 38/40
  • Chapter Three: French Heavies
  • Chapter Four: Vickers Mk VI and Matilda
  • Chapter Five: Churchill
  • Chapter Six: Sherman
  • Chapter Seven: Panzer I, II and III
  • Chapter Eight: Panzer IV
  • Chapter Nine: Panther
  • Chapter Ten: Tiger I and II

Other related titles in the Images of War series by Anthon Tucker-Jones

This fine book is yet another in Pen and Sword Military Images of War series of publications. In this book, Mr. Tucker-Jones traces the use and deployment of both Allied and Axis armor through the wrecks left on the battlefields of Europe. The author has previously published over thirty books covering a variety of issues.

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F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 00:12
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Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with five turned parts, two gun barrels, two different sized plugs (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" (two sizes) that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty Hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a shark nose

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F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm gun barrels

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 23:49
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Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with four turned parts, two gun barrels, one plug (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a round nose. 

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Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 22:35
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The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2019, features a front cover painting by W.E. Johns of a RNAS Bristol Scout D. W.E. Johns also contributes the back cover painting of a Bristol M1C flying high over the checkered landscape.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

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Building the Wingnut Wings Hanover Cl. II

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 21:20
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Ray Rimell's (Raymond Laurence Rimell) latest in the "Building the Wingnut Wings" series was originally intended to be a paired build with the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II for a combined Albatros Special.  The sheer volume of material saw that these two aircraft would be quickly separated (Building the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II will be the next release in this series).  The Cl.II was designed as a two-seat escort fighter to meet a 1917 requirement to protect reconnaissance aircraft.  As the war progressed, the Cl.II saw an increasing role in ground attack.  The first release by Wingnut Wings was in November 2012 (Sold Out on January 19, 2016) with a Cl.II late version (kit 32024).  Wingnut Wings released the early service version on September 10, 2019 (kit 32079). 

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Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters - Part 2 of 3

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 19:24
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Welcome back to the second installment of the HK 1/32 Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters review.

Last time was cockpit and interior assembly and painting and fuselage assembly, also turret assembly and painting.

Part 2 will cover the bombay changes, engine assembly and painting and installation on the wings, wing and tail plane assembly and installation on the fuselage.



The bombay area is different on the dambusters edition of the Lancaster, it eliminates the bombay doors and replaces it with a cover and the structure for the spinning bomb. You have to reference the Dambuster instructions #27&28 to install that section. Everything went together well and I pre-painted everything flat black except the spinning bomb which is olive drab green.


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Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:44
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Mushroom Model Publications (MMP Books) Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service [Second, Revised Edition] by Robert M. Stitt

This softbound book is 224 pages and includes a wealth of information for the aircraft enthusiast or model builder.

The back cover reads "Rejected as a bomber by the RAF, the B-17 was used extensively as a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft by Coastal Command. This book tells the fascination story of these operations, a vital but often overlooked part of the fight against the U-Boats. All the aircraft involved are listed, and the tedious but essential work of their crews described, including some epic encounters with enemy submarines. Fully illustrated with many wartime photographs and scale plans of the airframe modifications." This is a great summary of what this fantastic book is all about.

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Photoetch Set for for M4A3E8 Easy Eight

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:24
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for armor kits, as well as other subjects. As armor builders are aware, there can be many detail parts that are available to be added to the Sherman M4A, and Hauler has provided 60+ photoetch parts to "detail" the Tamiya 48th scale M4A.

The package containing this Hauler product is the standard clear plastic envelope, with a black card stock insert that adds some rigidity to the product while on the shelf. The product instructions are printed, front and back, on a piece of 5.25"x8.25" paper. All of the photoetch parts share the same parts runner.

While most of the photo etch parts are quite small, the detail is quite exquisite. This project is not a "dash and done" project but will require considerable care when removing the parts from the part runner. The instruction sheet is very clear and can be used with ease. The parts are numbered, both on the instruction sheet and on the part runner sheet as well, so identifying each part, and correctly placing it on the model is straight-forward.

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Gear for Kinetic M-346

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:16
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This SAC product provides parts to replace the kit-supplied landing gear in the Kinetic kit of the M-346. The SAC parts in this review sample are without any noticeable flash or mold seam lines.  

Of significance is the fact that the SAC gear strut locating pins are of the same shape and size as the locating pins on the Kinetic kit. This is, of course, important so that proper fit and alignment can be easily achieved when using the SAC gear.

An advantage that SAC gear possess over kit parts is that they will not "break". Trust me, I'm an expert when it comes to breaking landing gear and I've performed a large number of "root canals" on those broken bits, using a length of wire glued into holes drilled in the broken parts, to align those parts properly when gluing them back together. Even when handled with tender loving care, travel damage will make a mess of landing gear. With SAC parts, that travel damage is significantly reduced because the SAC gear parts are made of white metal.

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Japanese 250kg Bomb w/Rack

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:10
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Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will examine a resin 250kg bomb with rack for a 48th scale Japanese aircraft that was in service in World War II and may have carried such a weapon.

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German Fighter Aircraft in World War I : Design, Construction, and Innovation

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:05
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Nowadays, when we think of cutting-edge aviation technology, things like stealth materials, satellite guidance and pilotless flying come to mind. But what was the cutting edge one hundred years ago, at the dawn of aviation? How about hinged ailerons, or steel tubing, or cantilevered wings? For better or worse, warfare spurs innovation, and by the time of the Great War, the needs of the conflicting Great Powers for the decisive weapon, coupled with the cutthroat nature of industrial competition, spurred aviation innovation at an astounding pace.

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Building Gemini: A Guide for Scale Model Builders (Space in Miniature #9)

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 08:54
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Mike Mackowski has made something of a name for himself by his relentless pursuit of All Things Real Space in Miniature. This, his ninth publication along these lines, continues the saga as he delves into a number of models both real and speculative regarding the infamous Gemini space program from the 1960's.

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