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M-67 Flamethrower Tank

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:26
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Introduction:  Dragon's product website states that  "Building further on the success of its line-up of 1/35 scale kits of the famous M48 Patton medium tank, Dragon has produced the interesting M67 flamethrower used by the US military. Nicknamed the "Zippo", it was originally based on an M48A1 tank hull, with the usual 90mm gun replaced with an M6 flame gun connected to an M7A1-6 fuel and pressure unit. The 48-ton M67 was disguised somewhat with its flame gun hidden inside a dummy gun tube. The first M67 was completed in 1955 and a total of 109 units were manufactured for US Marine Corps and US Army service. They were fielded until 1974, which meant they saw combat in Vietnam".

Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressing during the build.

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Astaco Neo Crusher/Cutter

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:56
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This is a re-issue of a kit first issued in 2015. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x black rubber sprues
  • 2 x orange sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 3 x dark grey sprue
  • 1 length of hose
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 mesh sheet
  • 2 x springs
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 collector card

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting.

Construction

Stage 1 Assembly begins with the female driver, I left the arms off as these need to be positioned correctly once in the cabin seat.

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Phantoms Eagles & Knights-USMC F-4B Phantoms in the Vietnam War

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:35
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AOA Decals focuses on the Marine Corps and the Vietnam era and for this limited release, the focus is on a 1/32nd scale sheet for a USMC F-4B Phantom from VMFA-115 Silver Eagles and VMFA-314 Black Knights focusing on the 1968-1973 time frame. The set is designed for the Tamiya 1/32nd F-4J using a "B" conversion (not included). I am aware of several B conversions on the market put out by the defunct Meteor Productions, CAM and GT Resin. GT Resins are still available from their web site (https://gtresinproducts.com). These are quite extensive conversions but build not great looking final kits.

Inside the packaging, you will find full color profiles for all eight sets of markings. All aircraft were light gull gray over white with white control surfaces. Any exceptions or additions are noted at the individual aircraft profiles. Specific marking details are also located with each profile. Lastly in the package are two large decal sheets with the needed unit and national markings both printed by Microscale. Airframe stencil data is not included in these sheets.

The eight markings included are for:

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Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:34
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The book is a Photo album of photographs taken from the German perspective of Dunkirk in 1940.

The book contains many photograph's never before published and makes this a fascinating book.

All the pictures give some great views from the German side and allows you to see Dunkirk form a very different direction to the normal publications. I was particularly impressed with the pictures showing vehicle's and the sunken ships of the beach.

I recommend this book to everyone with a interest in the Dunkirk

Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

SAC Landing Gear for Eduard 1/48 Se.5a Wolseley Viper

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:18
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This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the Eduard Se.5a Wolseley Viper 1/48 aircraft.

The white metal parts are outstanding and are a great replacement for the already well details kit parts. The parts include the main two struts and support struts plus the rear wheel assembly.

The parts are well cast, the parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were a dream to assemble.

I highly 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.

SAC Landing Gear for the 1/32 Kittyhawk OS2U Kingfisher

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:04
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This is a white metal landing gear set for the Kittyhawk 1/32 OS2U Kingfisher aircraft.

The white metal parts are outstanding and are a great replacement for the already well details kit parts. The parts include the main two struts and support struts plus the rear wheel assembly.

The parts are well cast, the parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were a dream to assemble.

I highly 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.