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The Russian Battleship Marat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:54
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Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs.

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Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:38
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I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample

 

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Eduard PE Zoom Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:22
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Contents Description

This PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces. A pair of rudder pedals is also included.  A three-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included on the kit parts must be removed. The PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place.

 I took the plastic kit parts as indicated on the instructions and removed the raised details with a micro-chisel and sanded the rough surfaces with a medium grit sanding pad.  Once the surfaces were smoothed, I washed the parts in warm water and a mild detergent, scrubbing the surfaces and nooks and crannies with an old toothbrush.  After rinsing the parts I allowed them to thoroughly dry.

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Eduard Steel Seat Belts for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:16
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This set consists of a small steel fret with seat belts for the pilot and radar operator. It is small fret, but it does the job.

I removed each part using PE shears and buffed the small spur off with a medium sanding pad.  None of the painted surfaces were marred in this process, but nonetheless care is still required to avoid possible damage. I used Gator glue to attach the belts to the seats and allowed the glue to dry thoroughly before carefully bending the parts to fit the contours of the plastic parts. Again, a small dab of Gator glue was use to fix the ends of the belts in place.  I feel the Eduard steel belts are a bit easier to bend than the older brass belts and conform to the seat profile quite nicely.

Conclusion

The steel seat belts are a very nice addition to most any kit, especially when the canopies are posed open.

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Eduard Photo-Etch Set for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:43
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Contents Description

This three-piece PE set includes a small PE fret with all of the pilot's instrument panel and side panels along with the rear cockpit (radar operator's position) many panel faces, plus two frets for parts for the wheel wells and miscellaneous exterior details. A pair of rudder pedals is also included. A four-page set of instructions is included that locate each panel face and indicate where the raised detail included with the kit must be removed. The instrument panels PE parts do not include adhesive on the backside, and therefore the modeler must carefully glue each part in place.

 The Cockpit

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Eduard Die-Cut mask for Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:32
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This mask set is provided on a small Kabuki-like tape material that is die cut, and includes an instruction sheet for locating the individual pieces on the clear parts of the Tamiya Heinkel He219A-7 kit. This set also includes masks for the canopy and windscreen interior.

This will be my second Tamiya Heinkel He-219.  I used the earlier version of an Eduard mask on the canopies and was satisfied with the results.  The original masking set included masks for the exterior surfaces only.  I looked forward to see how the new product would perform.

A small instruction sheet is provided with diagrams locating each mask for the multipaned canopy. Where the use of a liquid masking is required is also identified.  The instructions walk the modeler through the process step-by-step which can be quite useful when there are many panels to mask.

Application

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Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:18
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First things first:  a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review.  We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review.  Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items.

 

This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160.  Big kit.  Big.  Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out.   Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone".  The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. 

 

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Brengun 1/72 TU-160

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:16
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First things first:  a hearty "Thank you" to Brengun for providing IPMS USA this little gem for review.  We cannot function as well without our manufacturers support, and we sincerely appreciate Brengun's provision of items to review.  Thanks also to John and Phil for finding and distributing these items.

 

This set provides minor detail work for the Trumpeter TU-160.  Big kit.  Big.  Particularly if the wings are in the parked and ready to take off position with flaps and slats out.   Makes a B-1 look like an F-15 when parked next to a "Bone".  The engines are massive, the jet carries a lot, and the White Swan is impressive from any angle. 

 

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Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 00:42
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Tony Buttler was born in England in 1956 and completed his education at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Eyesham.  He joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist and for nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Tony left High Duty Alloys in 1993 Buttler and enrolled at Loughborough University, earning his Masters Degree in Archives and Library Studies.  He subsequently became a freelance aviation historian specializing in the design and development of military aircraft. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-seventh major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.  His special interest in one-off prototypes and research types made co-authoring X-Planes of Europe a particularly enjoyable task.

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Axis Suicide Squads

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:39
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Fonthill Media's Axis Suicide Squads - German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War by Justo Miranda.

Author Justo Miranda has multiple books & publications out on Luftwaffe 'paper-projects' and late war designs. He is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor.

This hardbound book is 224 pages and includes information on both actual aircraft used, and many "paper projects".

The cover flap reads "This book details the designs of all German and Japanese aircraft, examining the suicide bombers and aerial rammers deployed as desperate measures to counter the Allied advance. Axis Suicide Squads is an in-depth history of the tragic necessity for such drastic countermeasures; it contains comprehensive technical information relating to each machine and detailed, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the mechanics of how the aircraft functioned." This is a great summary of what this book is all about.

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Tru-Color Paints - Dunkelgrau, Dunkelgelb (x3) & RAL 7008 Gray Green

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:25
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I have heard of Tru-Color Paints probably a year ago by now. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor). I've heard good things about them and I was interested to try them out. But honestly, the price was putting me off a bit. When I had the opportunity to review a few free samples, I jumped to it.

This review covers Tru-Paint TCP 1445 RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau, TCP-1446 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #1, TCP-1447 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #2, TCP-1448 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #3, TCP-1449 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #4 and TCP-1449 RAL 7008 Gray Green.

The first thing you notice about these paints is that the bottles are larger than the standard hobby bottles; they come in 1 oz and 2 oz.  That means their smallest bottle has about twice (or more) the paint from most hobby paint manufactures. Consider that fact when you think on their price; I was not doing that while looking at the paints in the hobby store.

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US Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:09
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When I was younger my comics of choice were of the Military persuasion and one of my favorites was The Haunted Tank which initially featured an M3 Stuart blowing away Tigers with it's 37mm.  I didn't realize the issue with that but I loved the stories and so started my love of the Stuart.  As I got older I turned to more history books and read about the Honey used by the British in the desert and the US in Tunisia.  When the new Tamiya kit showed up it just had to be built even though I haven't built a 35th scale tank in, cough, 40ish years.

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MENG Leopard C2 Mexas with Dozer Blade

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:14
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MENG revised its very good 2013 Leopard kit with new parts to build a Canadian C2 Mexas with the option to fit a dozer blade.

I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for three reasons, firstly it's a Canadian main battle tank, it's by MENG and last by far from least is that a fellow Canadian military specialist Anthony Sewards assisted on the kits research. He also highly recommends this kit for its accuracy which is real praise!

In the box is;

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SAC Metal gear for 1/48 SU-35

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:55
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IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

 

Consisting of 14 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear.  It's been my experience that GWH tends to use a more robust plastic than many other manufacturers, but SAC metal gear is still worthwhile to install.

 

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Lancaster Mk.1B – Part 1 of 3

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 21:31
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[This review is the first installment of a three-part series on building and finishing this impressive kit.]

Since 2012, newcomer Hong Kong Models (HKM) has been rolling out some of the most exciting big-scale aircraft kits to hit the market.  Ever since the prolific company first released the B-25J Mitchell, modelers have been anxiously waiting for the next big-kit announcement, perhaps none with more anticipation than the 1/32nd scale Lancaster Mk.IB.

As the RAF's premier heavy bomber, the Lancaster was to eventually form the backbone of Bomber Command in World War II.  Loaded with an increasing variety of bombs and special ordinance, the 'Lanc' lorded over the night-time Allied bombing campaigns in Europe, disrupting or completely paralyzing German manufacturing and industrial infrastructure.

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North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 21:06
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Born from the great North American F-86A, the F-86D/K all weather interceptor had a long and widespread career.  It served the USA both home and abroad and as this book covers with 7 NATO air forces as well as US forces in Europe.  The F-86D/K served NATO until the final ones were retired from the Italian Air Force in 1973.

The book has 5 total sections with the first section a brief overview of its development and production. Section Two covers the USAF in Europe. Section 3 is the largest section comprising 50 pages with coverage of the type's service in Royal Danish, French, West German, Royal Hellenic, Italian, Royal Netherland and Royal Norwegian Air Force. Section Four has a look inside with manual pages and detail pictures reproduced throughout. The book ends with the squadron badge of every unit in Europe both US and European to operate the F-86D/K.

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TopDrawings Bf-109G

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 20:52
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This publication is one in a series of books in the TopDrawings series. It is a 20 page, paperback, printed in 8.3x11.7 format. The publication date was Dec 19, 2018.

Other publications in this series are:

  • #54 Ju-87B
  • #59 Ju-88
  • #52 F4U Corsair
  • #49 He-219 and others.

This is a Kagero publication which is marketed in North America by Casemate.

As mentioned in this review, the text and captions throughout the publication are translated by Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki. The color profiles were created by Arkadiusz Wrobel. The scale drawings were created by Maciej Noszczak.

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Top Drawings #61: Messerschmitt Bf-110 Vol. II

Sun, 03/31/2019 - 20:28
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The Messerschmitt Bf-110 is another iconic mainstay of Luftwaffe aviation that is most recognizable to almost any aviation enthusiast.  Originally designed in the 1930's, the 110 was one of the Luftwaffe's heavy-fighter/bomber mainstays.   Originally it was anticipated to be replaced in the early 1940's by the Me-210, but due to the 210's poor performance issues the 110 was given a second chance. 

Due to the cancelation of the Me-210, the Luftwaffe had decided it needed to continue to utilize the 110 airframe.  In order to do so the 110 needed to overcome its shortfalls in order to keep up with the ever changing and rapid developments in aviation during World War Two.  Through the procurement of more powerful engines for the 110 airframe it was able to prolong the use of the aircraft well to the end of the war.        

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Brengun 1/144 US Staff Car

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 01:09
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The vehicle:  

In December of 1941 the US Government put all manufacturing on a wartime footing.  Many of the factories which had been producing civilian cars went over to producing Jeeps, pickups, cargo trucks, ammo carriers, tanks, guns, and other wartime necessities.  There were still a few assembly lines which continued to produce a few cars, and most of these were sold to the Army or Navy for use as "staff cars". Because it wouldn't do for someone as important as an Admiral or General to ride around in a canvas topped jeep. It might seem that it was tough on civilians to not be able to get a new car, but with gas rationing they couldn't drive much of anywhere anyway.  

The Kit:

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Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka K1 KAI Model 43 “Two Seats”

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 00:52
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If you are looking for a rather unique kit to add to your late-WWII collection of 1/72 scale Axis aircraft, Brengun has come through with a trainer variant of the Ohka rocket plane.  The relatively small parts count makes this a quick build, but some experience with small photoetched parts will be beneficial.  Modelers with some experience with small parts and working with plastic to improve the fit of parts will enjoy this build.

 

Built by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, 45 of the K1 version of the Ohka (Cherry Blossom) were built to train the future Kamikaze pilots of the rocket-powered plane.  A forward tank was loaded with water to simulate the warhead weight on the combat aircraft, which was then dumped before landing.  Requiring a speed of 130 mph to land the trainer, it was a difficult plane to land for the inexperienced pilots.

 

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