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MiG-21MF Stencils

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 08:41
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When Eduard released its first 1/72 MiG-21MF kit last summer, it continued its recent trend of splitting the decals into two separate sheets, one with the unique markings for the aircraft depicted in the kit, the other being a full sheet of stencils. This method not only simplifies the decal printing process when Eduard decides to release additional boxings of the kit with new markings, but it also allows Eduard to release the stencil sheet as a stand-alone decal sheet.

The sheet provides complete, and I mean complete, stencils for at least two models, depending on whose aircraft you are building. This is due to the fact that on some MiG-21MFs most of the airframe stencils are done in black, while on other aircraft, they are in blue, and others have almost no stencils at all. You will need to check your references to see which color you need. The decal sheet provides a full set in each color so you can do decal one with black stencils and one with blue ones. There are also a number of stencils in red which seem to be common to both stencil styles and there are enough of these for two aircraft as well.

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Spitfire IX: The Longest Day - Dual Combo Limited Edition

Sun, 03/17/2019 - 08:29
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This lovely boxing of a Limited Edition kit includes parts for two complete Mk.IX's (a "c" variant and an "e" variant) and decals for 6 different aircraft, specifically:

  1. Spitfire Mk.IXc, ML214, No. 126 Squadron RAF, Harrowbeer Air Base, June 6th, 1944
  2. Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK924, flown by F/Sgt Michal Murayda, No. 302 Squadron, Chailey, June 1944
  3. Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK892, flown by F/Lt. C. H. Lazenby, No. 222 Squadron RAF, Normandy, June 10th, 1944
  4. Spitfire Mk.IXc, MH819, No. 310 Squadron, Appledram Air Base, mid-June 1944
  5. Spitfire LF Mk.IXe, PL124, No. 312 Squadron RAF, June 1944
  6. Spitfire Mk.IXe, MK329, flown by W/Cdr J. E. Johnson, CO of No. 144 Wing, June 1944

Also included is an extensive set of stenciling, enough for two complete aircraft.

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B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 16:06
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Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat Aircraft" series, this time with an installment on the B-25 Mitchel Units in the CBI. Like all the other books in this series, you can expect lots of period pictures, color profiles highlighting markings and main camouflages with excellent and detailed research.

The book is broken down in chronological order, which sort of follows a geographical order as the priorities in the CBI front shifted between India, Burma, and China.

These are the chapters and subsections on the book:

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MiG-25RB/RBT

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 15:54
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Brief History

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25, NATO reporting name Foxbat, is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union's Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau and is one of the few combat aircraft built primarily using stainless steel. It was the last plane designed by Mikhail Gurevich before his retirement.

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U.S. Army Field Safe

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 15:32
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Hauler produces photo-etched and resin upgrade sets for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), airplanes, cars, railway vehicles, and dioramas.  They also produce a few resin kits.  Their products are in most of the common scale sizes, 1/72, 1/48, and 1/35, but they also produce a number of other items in common railroad hobbyist scales.

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Operation Linebacker I 1972

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 15:21
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The Air Campaign Series from Osprey Publishing covers several operations from World War II in the European (Battle of Britain, Operation Crossbow and Sink The Tirpitz) and Pacific (Rabaul) Theaters, as well as operations during the Vietnam War (Rolling Thunder, Linebacker I and Linebacker II).

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Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:21
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Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

This book is also available in a hardback version (302 pages) priced at $55.00.

Casemate Publishers has reprinted a definitive review of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers" by Leo Marriot. The author has a long list of military books to his credit, focusing on WW2 ground actions and WW2 to modern naval subjects, including this title. He is known for an excellent book on the Titanic and The Universe, with illustrated views from the Hubble Space Telescope.

You get a 9.25 X 6 inches size paperback book with three Parts, 14 Chapters and four Appendices. Although the covers have a red tint, the book is completely B&W (no color) inside. The small print text is interspersed with B&W photos of ships, most of which are seen elsewhere, but there are a few rare ones. There are also small line drawings of profiles of ships. But mostly, this book is crammed full of text.

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How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:09
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Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car."

It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale.

The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read.

If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start. Advice begins with an Austin Allegro project car. It describes in detail the modifications performed on the car for racing and optional products that will fit other budgetary considerations.

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Hellcat Vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai Pacific Theater 1944-45

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 09:54
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The opponent vs opponent series is one of Osprey's most enjoyable, this volume does not disappoint. The Hellcat was a later war USN fighter of which 12,275 were built. It was fast, maneuverable and very rugged (there is good reason Grumman was called "The Iron Works". The Hellcat became the premier fighter of the USN. The Kawanishi Shiden and Shiden-Kai of which a total of approximately 1400 were built, was developed from a floatplane and departed from customary Japanese design philosophy in that it was heavily armed and both maneuverable and ruggedly constructed.

The book is broken down into 10 sections beginning with two short introduction and design chronology sections totaling 4 pages.

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Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 01:17
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History:

TheType 16 maneuver combat vehicle(16Shi Ji Dong Zhan Dou Che Hitoroku-shiki kidou-sentou-sha) is a wheeled tank destroyer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle (MCV) equips designated combat units. Due to its light weight and small size, it is designed for easy deployment (by aircraft if needed) allowing rapid movement on narrow roads and in built-up areas in response to various contingencies. Despite its small size and light armor, it can successfully attack much larger armored fighting vehicles as well as personnel, using its large caliber gun.

Kit:

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Tamiya Ford GT

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 20:00
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The new Ford GT is a stunning supercar that competes favorably with the best of the breed at a price that the competition hasn't seen in in a decade.  Tamiya, not wishing to be left out of the fray has produced a similarly gorgeous replica of the car in scale for the advanced builder.

 

There are a lot of things to love about the kit and some things that could be improved, but in the end; if you want a great looking model of this superb car this the best example on the market. 

 

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Steam Traction on the Road

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:53
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Steam Traction on the Road is a historical description of the development of steam power and the engineers and manufacturers that created steam vehicles. The book includes a nice description of the people that designed steam vehicles in addition to the steam engines themselves. The book's focus is on steam engines in England, but also includes some mentions of steam vehicles in America and other countries.

 

The Author

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MiG-21MF Interceptor Overtrees

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 08:44
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When Eduard released its MiG-21MF kit last summer it also released an overtree set of just the sprues from the MiG-21MF kit.  This set depicts the MiG-21MF (NATO reporting name - "Fishbed J") aircraft that were built at the Gorky factory. 

As this is an overtrees set, the box only includes the four sprues (3 medium gray and one clear).  There are no decals, photo-etch, masks, or instructions.  The circular clear sprue contains the canopies, lights and instrument panels.  Two of the gray sprues are for the airframe and the third one provides the pylons, weapons and external tanks.  The molding on all of the parts is superb, but some of them suffer from a slight molding seam.  This is easily removed by scraping it with a hobby knife or using a sanding stick, but beware of it as the tolerances in the kit are so tight, sometimes the molding seam gets in the way.

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Finnish Jet Colours

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 00:58
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One of the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' White Series, Finnish Jet Colours follows up three earlier volumes in Finnish camouflage and markings (2014's Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945 Volume 1, 2015's Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945 Volume 2, and 2018's Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945). MMP is calling this book part of their "Rainbow Series." I'm guessing that refers to their large format camouflage and markings set of books in their "White" series that have addressed Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and Sweden. This series seems to share a commonality of discussing the specific topic of the evolution of a countries' evolution in markings. To that end, this book utilizes many previously un-published pictures and focuses in on individual aircraft to supplement with superb color illustrations.

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Kriegsmarine Searchlight Set

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:48
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(from The Battleship Bismarck, By Stefan Draminski

German battleships and heavy cruisers were equipped with seven searchlights for illumination at night or in poor visibility conditions. They were produced by Siemens-Schuckertwerke and had a diameter of 1500 mm. Three signal lamps were also provided: one on either side of the admiral's bridge, and one on a platform at the base of the mainmast.

Veteran Models Searchlight Set provides seven 1540 mm searchlights and three signal lamps, both with transparent plastic lenses. The kit includes extremely finely cast resin parts with amazing detail, and a small photoetch fret, also with amazing detail. The resin pieces are exquisitely cast with virtually no imperfections. There is some minor flash on the parts, but no bubbles or voids. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small and delicate.

Each searchlight assembly includes 18 parts and is built in six steps. The searchlight can be assembled with a movable lamp assembly or it can be fixed in place.

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The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:38
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It's nice when a product delivers what it promises as this book does. As the title implies this is a buyer's roadmap to purchasing a fifth generation (2005 to 2014) Ford Mustang also known as the S-197 bodied cars. Mustang fans were thrilled when this body style was reveled in 2004 because it harkened back to the sharp angular lines of 1965-67 Mustangs that established the "Ponycar" paradigm. The 2011 model year was especially anticipated as it marked the return of the 5.0 liter V8. As the proud owner of a 2013 Mustang GT as well as a lifelong fan of this iconic car, I was intrigued by what this book offers.

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How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:52
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Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice.  This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car."  

 

 

It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale.

 

The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read.

 

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Academy F/A-18C

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:37
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The Boeing (formerly McDonnel-Douglas) F/A-18C is an improved version of McDonnel-Douglas' F/A-18A, which in itself was developed from the Northrop YF-17 lightweight fighter prototype.

 

Academy's 1/72 F/A-18C is a faithful reproduction of the actual aircraft, although the details in the cockpit and the gear wells is sparse. The fit is generally excellent, with several seams, notably around the intakes (parts B16 and B17). Be careful when assembling the sides of the fuselage (parts B1 and B2), as it is very easy to misalign these parts. One other tricky assembly is the main landing gears, as each main gear leg has a smaller actuating cylinder that needs to be installed at the same time, and the best way to do this is to dry fit both pieces and once the alignment is correct, apply glue.

 

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Academy F/A-18C

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:36
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The Boeing (formerly McDonnel-Douglas) F/A-18C is an improved version of McDonnel-Douglas' F/A-18A, which in itself was developed from the Northrop YF-17 lightweight fighter prototype.

 

Academy's 1/72 F/A-18C is a faithful reproduction of the actual aircraft, although the details in the cockpit and the gear wells is sparse. The fit is generally excellent, with several seams, notably around the intakes (parts B16 and B17). Be careful when assembling the sides of the fuselage (parts B1 and B2), as it is very easy to misalign these parts. One other tricky assembly is the main landing gears, as each main gear leg has a smaller actuating cylinder that needs to be installed at the same time, and the best way to do this is to dry fit both pieces and once the alignment is correct, apply glue.

 

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R.M.S. Titanic (Olympic, Britannic) - Masts Set

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 23:35
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I would like to thank Master Model for this review sample.

Master Model continues to "turn" out metal details for the ship modeler and this one is indispensable. For anyone who has tried to work with tall thin masts made of plastic in small scale, the mast either end up being too thick so they don't bend or too flexible if they are to scale. The solution is either wood or metal for thin masts that don't bend, but the trick is achieving the required taper with this material. If you are not a machinist, skilled at turning wood or brass, Master Model comes to the rescue.

I was surprised to find when I opened the package that the rather long masts were put into a bag too small to hold them. This was noticeable when I removed the display card. The result was that the taller main mast was bent 90 degrees and the bag itself was not sealed. I was able to gently bend the mast straight using smooth jawed pliers. I hope this was a packaging anomaly.

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