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Douglas A3D Skywarrior Warpaint Series No. 112

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:56
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Authored by Charles Stafrace and illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most ubiquitous aircraft flown by the United States Navy, that being the A3D Skywarrior. Aviation historians and modelers, alike, will find this book to be a treasure chest of information.

 

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with the need for an aircraft to replace the AJ Savage. As the engineering of the "Whale" evolved to meet the strategic needs of the aviation arm of the US Navy, so did the engineering change to match those needs. Variant after variant, the A3D continued to adapt to the environment of the day.

 

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FW-190A-8 Engine

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 23:46
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What's in the box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine to replace the simple kit piece and make for a very detailed open paneled butcher bird.

 

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and are very well molded and even the etched parts, while microscopic, provide an added value and level of detail.

 

The 20 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

 

  • 5 Main Engine Assembly pieces
  • 6 Sub Engine pieces and assemblies
  • 8 Replacement panels and propeller cowling
  • 1 Photoetched fret to include harnesses, fuel lines, wiring and chain assemblies            

 

The Engine buildup

The assembly instructions are very clear and detailed but very busy at times and will definitely have you looking at front and backs, and taking this thing apart frequently to test fit.

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Yak-3 Metal Gear

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:21
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This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3 kits.  If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight.  These SAC items are primarily intended to address any strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear:  You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and the oleo can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish.

Observations

These Yak-3 SAC landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds.  The main struts are slightly but noticeably shorter when compared directly to their kit counterparts, but it seems the smaller supporting strut pieces are proportionately shorter as well - so this should not ill affect the resulting angle of the gear or final stance of the aircraft.

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Hawk MIM-23 SAM

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 20:07
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This is what the website Army Recognition has to allow about the Raytheon Hawk Missile: The HAWK (Homing All the Way Killer) MIM-23 is an all-weather low to medium altitude ground-to-air missile system developed and designed by the American Defense Company Raytheon. The HAWK semi-active radar seeking medium-range SAM system commenced development in 1952 with the US Army awarding a full-scale development contract to Raytheon for the missile in July 1954. Northrop was to provide the launcher and loader, radars and fire control. The first guided test firing took place in June 1956 with the development phase completed in July 1957. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of the Basic HAWK, MIM-23A, took place in August 1960 when the first US Army battalion was activated.

Follow the link to a video, via Critical Past, of a Hawk missile blowing a QF-80 drone to smithereens. 

(Technical Note: Smithereens is a technical term for lots and lots of little pieces.) Video of Launch

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FW-190 Landing Gear

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:43
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Short History

As we all know the FW-190 and all of its variants have been manufactured in one form or another by just about all major kit companies, this particular item being reviewed though is for the newly released Revell kit.

What's in the box?

The box comes with a total of 8 white metal pieces of all varying sizes all replicating the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft. The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

The Build

This is a pain-free operation and only required a little time and elbow grease using a couple of files and some sanding paper as white metal pieces can be porous and also have little burs that need to filed and sanded down, so that also means a little safety is required.

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Yak-28P Firebar Interior Detail Set

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:14
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Background

The Yakovlev Yak-28 (Yakovlev Yak-28) was a multi-role aircraft that was an outgrowth of the Yak-25 that featured a shoulder mounted swept wing to reduce foreign object damage (FOD) from unimproved runways.  Like its predecessor the Yak-25, it was produced as a tactical bomber role as well as in the reconnaissance, electronic warfare, interceptor, and trainer versions.  The Yak-28 was known under the NATO reporting names Brewer, Firebar, and Maestro respectively.

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Yak-3 Metal Gear

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:46
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This is the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) white metal landing gear replacement option for the Special Hobby 1/32 Yak-3 kits.  If you have built in 1/32 scale you have probably wondered at some point if the kit provided plastic landing gear will adequately support the model's weight.  These SAC items are primarily intended to address any strength concerns, but there are two other advantages to using white metal landing gear:  You can very slightly bend the main strut into perfect alignment once installed, and the oleo can be fine sanded to a very shiny and realistic finish.

Observations

These Yak-3 SAC landing gear pieces match very closely the kit molds.  The main struts are slightly but noticeably shorter when compared directly to their kit counterparts, but it seems the smaller supporting strut pieces are proportionately shorter as well - so this should not ill affect the resulting angle of the gear or final stance of the aircraft.

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Eduard 1/72 Brassin FW-190A Propeller

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:21
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About the Item:

What we have here is a very detailed albeit tiny replacement propeller, hub and mechanism for the new line of Eduard 1/72nd  FW-190A series Kits.

What's in the box?

The box comes with a total of 7 resin pieces in molded light and dark gray with the 8th piece being the prop blade alignment tool.

 

These propeller parts are in my opinion a quality part and what amazed me was even as small as they were the rivet detail was still evident and stood out! The Eduard kit parts are very basic and do not pack a lot of detail so this set is for sure a must for the 1/72 scale enthusiast.

 

The Build

This is a pain free build and hurt my eyes more than anything. I did not use any tool more than the sprue cutter and a #11 scalpel blade to clean up the parts. They are quality parts but keep in mind very brittle and prone to break just due to the small size so please exercise caution when handling them.

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Eduard 1/72 Brassin FW-190A Propeller

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:20
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About the Item:

What we have here is a very detailed albeit tiny replacement propeller, hub and mechanism for the new line of Eduard 1/72nd  FW-190A series Kits.

What's in the box?

The box comes with a total of 7 resin pieces in molded light and dark gray with the 8th piece being the prop blade alignment tool.

 

These propeller parts are in my opinion a quality part and what amazed me was even as small as they were the rivet detail was still evident and stood out! The Eduard kit parts are very basic and do not pack a lot of detail so this set is for sure a must for the 1/72 scale enthusiast.

 

The Build

This is a pain free build and hurt my eyes more than anything. I did not use any tool more than the sprue cutter and a #11 scalpel blade to clean up the parts. They are quality parts but keep in mind very brittle and prone to break just due to the small size so please exercise caution when handling them.

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50 Liter Drop Tank (Spitfire)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:26
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As everyone to include Everyone should know the Spitfire is the MOST iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies.... that last part probably a personal opinion but it did save the British mainland and helped turn the tide of battle against the Luftwaffe during the battle of Britain.

What's in the Box?

The Single 50 liters drop tank comes packaged insides a little plastic baggie with both resin pieces on a single pore stub and small photoetched fret. The Resin is Molded in light gray and while I am not very familiar with Brengun products the parts are flawless and not a single air bubble or flaw to be found. The photoetched is quite sturdy and shiny but nothing a little heat and sandpaper can't fix.

The Build

This was probably one of the easiest accessories I have ever built, it only required cutting the tank and its end off the pore stub and mating them together! After the tank halves are glued together the photoetch gets bent, folded and the small either metal rods or round sprue rods...whichever you prefer to use are all connected it's time for finishing.

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Fw 190F-8 Gun Bay

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:40
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The MG 151 was a 15-mm aircraft-mounted autocannon produced by Waffenfabrik Mauser during World War II. Its 20mm variant, the 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, was widely used on German Luftwaffe fighters, night fighters, fighter-bombers, bombers and ground-attack aircraft.

What's in the Box?

The Aires set arrived in the standard blister pack we all have come to recognize. Secured in place with a small black foam block accompanied with the familiar blue instruction sheet that in for better or worse terms be very vague at times. The resin parts are highly detailed and somewhat delicate. My sample was flawless and bubble free however the gun barrels where a little on the brittle side. The set contains parts for both gun bays including the guns, ammo cans, feed chutes and single part cover doors

The Build

I wish I could say this was pains free but I would be lying and many of us who have used these things no you will be test fitting more than building lol. The Instructions call for you to cut the old gun bay doors of the old Revell pieces to make room for the gun bays and all related hardware.

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European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:54
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September of 1972, during the Olympics, a terrorist attack on the Olympic Village aimed at Israeli athletes was broadcast, world-wide, on television. This, certainly, was not the first use of terrorism to achieve a political goal, and it wasn't the last, but it was the first such attack to draw the attention of the world to the crisis, and to do so "live and on TV".

The author, Leigh Neville, creates a roadmap of terror attacks and those Counter Terrorist Units that have been created and trained to stop them. With excellent, full-color illustrations of men in uniform by Adam Moore, this book provides, in clear and concise detail, the evolution of terrorist attacks from Munich, in 1972, to the current year of publication, 2017. Both attackers and defenders have evolved, changing tactics, techniques, weapons, and gear. That evolutionary process continues up to today, and will surely continue in years to follow.

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FW-190A-8 Engine & Fuselage Guns

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:47
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What's in the box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine and a nice set of MG 131 fuselage machine guns to replace the simple kit pieces while also giving you the opportunity to have as many panels as possible open  

 

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and very well molded the photoetch parts between the 672088 and 672082 are completely identical and use the same instructions with the exceptions of the fuselage guns specific etched parts.

 

The 23 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

 

               X 5 Main Engine Assembly pieces

               X 6 Sub Engine pieces and assemblies

               X 8 Replacement panels and propeller cowling

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Upgrading Your Early P-40

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:23
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Master-Model released these closely related aftermarket barrel + pitot upgrade sets for the early (i.e. B/C/MkII) 1/32 P-40 tool that exists.  The two upgrade sets, designated U.S. Version and British Version respectively, are so closely related that it makes sense to review them both at the same time.  I have the Hobby Craft kit (Trumpeter tool re-boxed with AVG decals) and a good friend of mine has the Trumpeter kit which sports the British markings on the box top - so I had a keen interest in looking at these Master-Model offerings and comparing the components to their kit counterparts.  My sincere thanks to Master-Model for providing these sets for review through the IPMS USA Reviewer Corps.

 

Packaging

Both sets are well packaged.  The contents are bagged in front of a sturdy cardboard backing.  The instructions are neatly folded behind the backing, providing more package rigidity to further protect contents.  The baggie containing the parts is thoughtfully subdivided into five individual sub-compartments to keep the parts from damaging each other.

 

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T-54B Early Production Soviet Medium Tank

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:04
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Background

The T-54B variant of the T-54 range of Soviet medium tanks was the last major variant prior to the introduction of the T-55 series.  Production occurred from 1957 to 1959, and saw the introduction of a rifled barrel as the main turret armament, together with a two-plane main gun stabilization system which dramatically improved the probability of hitting the target.

This is the third T-54 kit from MiniArt that I have had the great pleasure of reviewing for IPMS/USA.  The first, MiniArt Kit #37003, was of the T-54-1 Model 1947, the first production variant of this important Soviet Cold War warrior.  For this review, see here:

http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/t-54-1-model-1947-soviet-medium-tank

The second was Kit #37012, the T-54-2 Model 1949.  For this review, see here:

http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/t-54-2-model-1949-soviet-medium-tank

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Eduard Brassin FW-190 Propeller

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:26
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About the Item:

What we have here is a very detailed replacement propeller, hub and mechanism for the recently released Revell FW-190 F-8 Kit.

What's in the box?

The box comes with a total of 7 resin pieces of light and dark gray color and one photoetch template. These parts are designed to replace the Revell parts, which are nice, but not nearly as detailed as the Eduard Brassin line of resin accessories.

These propeller parts are in my opinion a must and very cheap quality add-on for modelers who would prefer a little more realism and quality in their masterpiece.

The Build

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Eduard 1/32 FW-190 F-8 Engine

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:18
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What's in the box?

There are a lot of parts in this nicely packed box, about 71 pieces, with the photoetch included in the parts count sandwiched between two foam boards in a typical top-folding rectangular lid cardboard box.

The Build Interior/Exterior

Construction starts the build by separating the cylinder heads from the pour stub, the first of 22 steps covering 8 pages. Keep in mind to cut as evenly and straight as possible to help alleviate any alignment issues when it comes to attaching the heads to the radial block using the alignment tools that are part of the PE fret. I was a little paranoid so I cut them right at the base of the stub and kinda just worked my way up to make sure everything was perfect. The alignment tools were a lifesaver and made my life a lot easier. I definitely think things would have turned out much worse for me and my patience if the tools where not included.

The next headache for me was trying to find the patience to attach the fuel lines to cylinder heads, which was no small task, but I got it done.

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Eduard BigEd Revell FW-190F-8

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:04
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Set Contents

1 X 32372 Fw 190F-8 Landing Flaps 1/32

1 X 32842 Fw 190F-8 Interior S.A. 1/32

1 X 32843 Fw 190F-8 Seatbelts 1/32

1 X JX181 Fw 190F-8 Painting Mask

History brief

The Fw 190F-8 was based on the A-8 Fighter, having a slightly modified injector on the compressor which allowed for increased performance at lower altitudes for several minutes.

 Armament of the Fw 190 F-8 was two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots and two 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns above the engine. It was outfitted with an ETC 501 Bomb rack as centerline mount and four ETC 50 bomb racks as underwing mounts.

Set 32372: Landing Flaps

Starting with the first photo etch set I commenced cutting the parts from the plastic kit and preparing them for modification, and boy I was not prepared for the work that lay ahead of me. It was very detailed and precise to the very end so close attention is required.

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Osprey Railway Guns of WW I

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:37
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Railway guns are in simple terms huge guns on trains. First conceived and fabricated during the American Civil War in 1862 by Confederate forces, railway guns came into being to rapidly bring large artillery where needed. Traditional methods of dismounting a large gun tube and moving them by horse drawn train was time consuming and manpower intensive. European observers sent to scrutinize took notice of many of the advances made during the Civil War, and improved upon what they saw. Fast forward to World War I and railway guns were again deployed. Most of the combatants deployed railway guns of varying size and with varying results. This book is a basic course on these WWI era weapons.

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Tamiya Vought F4U-1D Corsair

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 19:55
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When I was a kid of about eleven living in Lincoln, Nebraska, I used to regularly visit one special park there.  That's because not only did they have an open Sherman tank you could crawl around on, but a real live ex-Korean Corsair.  I spent many a happy Saturday afternoon inside the cockpit or wandering over the wings of that aircraft, and ever since then I've had something of a love affair with this bent-wing beauty.

As a modeler, I translated this love into 1/32nd scale ever since high school.  I've built the Revell kit too many times to mention, the 21st Century Toys version and the Trumpeter version.  However, nothing I have ever seen compares to the quality of the Tamiya rendition of this bird.

So, what do you get for your money?  Actually, quite a lot.  Not only does this kit provide literally hundreds of parts on numerous finely-cast sprues, but it has two frames of really useful photoetch, rubber tires, a fat brochure on the history of the Corsair, a separate color guide for the decals, masks for the canopies, and even a small screwdriver if you decide to attach your finished piece to the included stand.

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