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Horten Ho-229 Night Fighter

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:42
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I'm a sucker for Luftwaffe '46 concepts and 1/144 scale, so when Brengun supplied us with this little bat winged beauty my hand went up immediately.

The kit is petite, very nicely molded and with fine panel lines.  Two color schemes are provided on the box, both for hypothetical units serving in 1946.  The canopy is a little thick, but there isn't much of a cockpit provided.  I added paper seat belts and a stretched sprue control stick; you could go further if you chose to add some detail.

I thinned all of the landing gear doors and used my fine engraving saw to separate the control surface joints.  Assembly is easily completed in a few hours; I spent more time painting and decaling than I did building.  I removed the molded-in cannon from the wing leading edges and drilled out the area to accept some sprue - but in looking at my review photos I realize that I forgot to add them.....but I did add a pitot tube using guitar wire.

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B-1B Lancer Decals Part 2

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:32
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Caracal Models is one of leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. This B-1B Lancer ("BONE") is a continuation of a very popular subject with large colorful nose art and some tail flash.

Printed by Cartograph, the four sheets are printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Two of the four sheets are dedicated to walkways, stencils and standard markings. The other two sheets are unique to each subject. Markings included for McConnel (127th BS in 2000), three Dyess aircraft, one Ellsworth and one Robins AFB aircraft. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint color (one color makes it easy) for all aircraft with note options of painting the refueling receptacle instead of a decal.

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Churchill Mk. VII

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 09:21
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The recent rerelease of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a little bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads.  Now, as adults, they get to harken back on the days of yore with the reboxing of these little beauties.  I myself never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, but have taken to them as an adult.  Whether it's a fiddly older kit, or one of the new-tool ones in the shiny red boxes, getting back into the hobby later in life also meant finding some great new, and OLD, kits to build.

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Tracks for Merkava, Type 3

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:59
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Without expressed or written consent, I stole the following from an IPMS/USA Review by Mike Lamm: OKB Grigorov is a small model company based in Bulgaria. The company, begun in 2002, focuses primarily on AFVs, tanks, and naval ships in 1/72, 1/350 and 1/700 scales, and they have an extensive list of after-market products available. They produce full resin kits with photo-etch enhancements, as well as resin, photo-etch, and white metal conversion pieces for other models. More recently, they began producing some plastic AFV kits.

This review is not of one of those but rather on an after-market set of tracks for Revell's Merkava series of tanks in 1/72nd scale. HobbyBoss has a 1/72nd scale Merkava but they choose to mold the road wheel /tracks as one piece. The Revell kit features separate road wheels and length and link style tracks. While it is might be possible to remove the tracks lengths from the Hobby Boss assembly, it will be a bit of a chore. Given a choice, maybe best to stick with the Revell version...for your own sanity.  

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Master Model 1/144 MiG-29 Pitot

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:52
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Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships.  They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels. 

This product is for the MiG-29.  It's more complex than many other pitot tubes because it's got two tiny vortex generator fins, one on each side of the pitot tube.  So the package contains the pitot plus a PE fret with the vortex generators. 

Installation of the pitot tube is pretty simple.  I used the Academy kit for this review.  The Academy MiG-29 has a flat spot at the tip of the nose for the pitot.  So it was fairly easy to drill a .3mm hole in the center of the spot and glue the pitot in place. 

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Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 13:44
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The 1992 Japanese touring car championship season was the 8th edition of the series. The series was nine
events long running April thru November, Finishing up at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan. the series
was run under several different regulations during it's existence. The series included international categories
such as group A and Super Touring which allowed both Japanese and foreign built cars. Tom's Toyota's were
competing against the likes of BMW, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu. Most were factory sponsored and a few were not.
There was still some serious competition. Tom's: Tachi Oiwa Motor Sports was founded in 1974 by  
Nobuide Tachi ad Kiyoshi Oiwa. The pair were able to use TRD with very good results in tuning and modifications
to the car and a good long term R&D program with Toyota. As a result of this they were able to go racing with fac-
tory sponsorship winning championships in various categories.

Opening the box, I found there to be 58 pcs. of red, gray and clear spruce. removing them from the bags I washed

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Fieseler Fi 103 (FZG 76) / V-1

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:09
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Special Hobby has released this new tooled kit of the V-1 Fieseler 103. The V-1 was known by the British in World War 2 as the Buzz Bomb due to the unique noise of the pulse engine. The subject has been covered a lot but not at this scale. The kit includes the handling trolley and some photo etch.

In the box is:

  • 3 x light grey sprues
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 3 main sprues; the sprues are very typical of Special Hobby product which are made from a soft plastic. The decals allow you to finish the V-1 in two different versions and paints schemes for three V-1. The instruction booklet is very well laid out and easy to follow.

Construction

Before I started I had decided to build the V-1 on the handling trolley with the wings removed and stowed. Also I opted for a color scheme of the V-1 that missed my Mother's home in East London in 1944.

First is the construction of pulse engine inlet, followed by the gyroscope housing. These stages had no issues.

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USN Carrier Figures 3D Color

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:51
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The photoetch fret arrived in excellent shape in a resealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The fret is 2.75 x 2.00 inches in size. The color-etched laminated figures are printed on both sides on polished metal. The fret metal is just soft enough to fold the figures, but firm enough to hold shape, whew! The 3D concept is that each figure consists of two halves, joined at the feet. The halves are folded upwards and together, creating a thicker and more-to-scale figure. Properly folded, the shoulders will match, and the boots can be folded to form feet for the figure to stand on. Trimming should be done very carefully, as should the folding. If the folding is not done correctly, it will be difficult to have the shoulders and feet line up.

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AK-Interactive WW2 US Navy & USMC Late Aircraft Colors

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:25
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Thank you to AK-Interactive for providing a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps World War 2 era paint set in their Real Color line. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out some of this new paint line.  My review focuses on product application and ease of use.  Anyone who builds USN and USMC aircraft and similar subjects from 1943 to the mid 1950's will appreciate this set.

The 4-bottle paint set arrived in a small box with an attractive weathered motif.  The glass bottles each contain 10 ml (1/3 fl oz) of paint, and the caps and bottles are well labeled with background colors matching the paint. The bottles are also low profile making them stable on the bench during use.  Read this as "more difficult for me to make a mess!"

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Caracal Models CD144016 - RAF C-130J Hercules

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:01
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Caracal Models is one of leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The C-130 is not a new subject to Caracal but a first in 1/144 scale. This launch subject is quite colorful and unique to say the least, which is a welcome sight. 

Printed by Cartograph, the sheet is printed perfectly with markings that are very fine, easy to read, and very vibrant colorful portions. Markings included for three schemes of the RAF 47 Squadron, two 100thanniversary, and a 50thanniversary markings on the C-130J C5 Hercules. There are four red/white strips that are used on the propeller tips.

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USN Pilot (50s), Seated in Aircraft

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 00:10
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Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant aircraft accessory pilot figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

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WW2 USN gunner, Seated in Aircraft

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 23:27
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Thank you PJ Production for providing this elegant accessory gunner figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community.

The pilot arrived in a small blue cardboard box, with a small plastic bag inside holding both the pilot figure and a casting plug with arms. The light tan resin showed no sign of mold release and the minimal flash was easily removed without compromising the fine surface details. The resin is not too brittle or too soft. The separate arms allow custom positioning to suit the application, and the arm-torso join surfaces are flat, easily allowing drilling or flexible wire or pin to reinforce the joint. The neck-torso joint allows the gunner's head to be looking to one side or another, instead of stiffly aft. I have my gunner looking up and slightly to his left. He will be gripping the firing handle of a twin 0.50 in an SBD (still under construction), although an OS2U or SB2U would also be suitable. I expect that a TBM would also be good, but some modification might be needed for the gunner to fit in the turret.

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Tru-Color Paint NATO & Modern Armor

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 15:09
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Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for NATO and modern armor and includes a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1410: NATO Green
  • TCP-1411: NATO- Military Brown
  • TCP-1412: NATO Black
  • TCP-1413: OIF- Desert Sand
  • TCP-1414: Tan Camo for Vehicles
  • TCP-1415: Seafoam Green for Vehicles

 

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Tru-Color Paint NATO & Modern Armor

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 13:38
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Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent-based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for NATO and modern armor and includes a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1410: NATO Green
  • TCP-1411: NATO- Military Brown
  • TCP-1412: NATO Black
  • TCP-1413: OIF- Desert Sand
  • TCP-1414: Tan Camo for Vehicles
  • TCP-1415: Seafoam Green for Vehicles

 

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USSR M10 “Lend-Lease”

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 13:19
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In today's review we will be doing a Soviet Union Lend lease M10, This Tank was originally released back in 2014 for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion with that being said this new release does have a few things differently such as the decal sheet and the Soviet figures.

Let's start will the Hull, This kit does offer the interior which is very nicely detailed.  Some of the fit needed some work such as the 4 Sponson containers on the sides of the tank. The diamond blade deck was a very tight fit and required some additional sanding to sit in with ought bending the deck. My only real complaint is the lack of an engine for the build.  The outside of the Hull is also very nicely detailed with all the little details that are added plus the molded-in features such as the weld lines and positionable crew hatch's.

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Detail & Scale F-8 & RF-8 Crusader Digital Volume 8

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 12:47
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Itunes Digital Book

Itunes

Kindle Digital Book

Kindle

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Cross & Cockade International Spring 2019 Volume 50/1

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 14:56
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The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2019, features a front cover photograph of Josef Csatek and Andreas Dombrowski of Flik 29 in front of Albatros D.III 53.24

 

The inside rear cover features three period black and white photographs of the BE 12 airframe construction details. The outside rear cover features an investigation into a possible photograph of Captain R.M. Foster's Sopwith Camel "C 61" (top).  The one verified photograph of "C 61" is included at the lower right, along with two additional photographs of 3N Squadron Sopwith Camels.

 

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Rutan Quickie

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:55
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Burt Rutan's name has become synonymous with innovative, unconventional aircraft designs built with efficiency and safety in mind. Types like the Varieze, Varviggen, and the Voyager all shared a common platform utilizing a canard or small wing ahead of the main wing. Wanting the promote safety, the principal behind the canard was the forward smaller wing would stall before the larger rear wing protecting the pilot from loss of  control during the critical takeoff and landing phases of flight. The construction of these designs incorporated a composite structure of a foam core wrapped in fiberglass. This structure was not only strong but it was very aerodynamically clean. These designs could attain cruise speeds faster than most production designs with a fraction of the horsepower. That brings us to the subject of this review. The Quickie was built around an 18 hp Onan engine. Rutan along with Tom Jewett and Gene Sheenan wanted to build a low cost, low power single seat design. With a wingspan of 16 ft 8 in and length of 17 ft 4 in, the Quickie is tiny.

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P-40 Wheels – Cross Tread

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:39
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Czech Master Kits, CMK, have released a really nice P-40N kit recently and a ton of aftermarket items for it and other P-40 kits.

This set is one of several replacement tire kits and features the cross thread pattern which resin is probably the best medium to capture this detail.

The set includes two main wheels and tires with alternate hub detail parts.  The cross thread pattern is really well done and I could not find a molding blemish or bubble in the castings.  These are direct replacements for the kit items.

These wheels will really add detail to one of your P-40 builds.  Just make sure to check your references to make sure you use the correct hub and type of threads.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

P-40N-5 through N-40 Seat

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:56
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CMK, Czech Master Kits, has released several resin seats designed to fit their numerous P-40 kits. This one is designed for their new P-40N. The set includes 1 part, the seat.  This is a direct replacement for the kit part.  The detail is crisp and it should look nice settled in the cockpit.  There are no seatbelts molded onto the seat so you can easily use your favorite option.

This is another quick and simple addition to your P-40N.

Thanks to Special Hobby and IPMS/USA for the review kit.