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REP 1912 Floats

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 10:40
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Omega's REP 1912 Floats is a full resin kit of an aircraft designed by Robert Esnault-Pelterie. This is a difficult kit and should only be attempted by modelers experienced working with resin kits and shaping parts to get a proper fit.

Background (from Wikipedia)

Robert Albert Charles Esnault-Pelterie (R.E.P.) was a French aircraft designer and spaceflight theorist. He is referred to as one of the founders of modern rocketry and astronautics. The Vickers R.E.P. Type Monoplane was based upon his designs and marked the beginning of aircraft production at the later Vickers Limited. In 1912 Esnault-Pelterie introduced the REP Type N and in 1914 the REP Parasol monoplane. He was the inventor of the "joystick" flight control and was the first to equip his aircraft with seatbelts for pilots. The R.E.P. Type K Float Plane was constructed in 1913 of fabric-covered steel frame construction with a triangular cross-section fuselage. The two-seater float plane had an 80 hp Le Rhone engine and was tested for the first Schneider Trophy Race for seaplanes in 1913 in Monte Carlo.

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Fundekals Hawker Sea Furies of the Royal Canadian Navy and Sea Furies Pt. II

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 01:10
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I have a couple of Trumpeter and the Hobbycraft versions of the Hawker Sea Fury in my growing stash, waiting for a rainy day project to come around.  I really like the brutish appearance of this big five-bladed prop driven monster.  I've had my eye on the Fundekals Sea Furies sheets for a while, with their collective choice of 18 different sets of markings for the type.  I purchased several Barracuda Studios aftermarket goodies for the Trumpy kits, planning to do the colorful Canadian Navy Arctic Research version from the Pt I sheet, and maybe one of the Australian Navy blue birds from the Pt II sheet.

 

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Tempest Mk. V Exhaust Stacks 1/48

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 00:47
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This a simple resin set that replaces the exhaust stacks on Eduard's new Tempest Mk V kit.

The plastic parts supplied in the kit feature solid exhaust pipes that will need to have the ends either painted black or, as I typically do, hollowed out to show depth.

The resin exhausts feature nice weld seam detail and are hollowed out. They are a drop in replacement for the plastic parts. A razor saw is best used to remove the resin pour block, painting and a quick sanding readies the exhaust to be slotted into the nose cowl.

Thank you to Eduard and the IPMS for the chance to review another fantastic release from Eduard.

Engine Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 09:25
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Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world.  Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

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Cockpit Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 09:15
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Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world.  Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The photoetch frets arrived in excellent shape in an easily opened re-sealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo.  The frets are color-laminated for the instrument panels and relief-etched polished brass for other details.  The parts are crisply executed.  Color instruction sheets are included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheets available for download on the product page.  I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, especially the ability to enlarge the details on my computer screen.

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Flaps for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 09:03
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Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world.  Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

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Seatbelts for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 08:54
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Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world.  Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

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Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin designer of the Indian Scout and Chief

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:55
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This book was first published by Panther Publishing in 2011 and Veloce Publishing Limited did a facsimile reprint in February 2018, this review is about the reprint.  What we have is a biography of Charles B. Franklin, an electrical engineer, motorcycle racer, designer of Indian motorcycles and an overseer of the Indian Company racing teams.  This book extensively covers the years from 1903 thru 1932 and with a wide geographic expanse well, from Ireland to Britain, then Europe and America with side excursions to Australia and back to Europe.  A comprehensive account of his life and achievements to the sport of motorcycling has not been available until now.

 

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M16 rifle Vietnam War - Eduard

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:33
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This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 American Vietnam War Era M16 rifles in 1/35 scale. This was the most common rifle used by the Americas and it comes in two variants (4 of each) plus 4 magazines.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 8 x Resin M16 rifles (4 of each of the two variants)
  • 4 x Resin magazines
  • 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

 

 

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AK 47 Assault Rifle - Eduard

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 15:20
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This is a Brassin resin set to make 8 Russian AK 47 rifles in 1/35 scale. This is the most widely used assault rifles in the world.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 8 x Resin Karabiner 98k's
  • 4 x Resin Magazines
  • 1 x Colored Photo etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The resin parts are very clean and no flash. The resin base part is easy to remove. The photo etch parts form the straps for the rifles and comes in three parts each. There is also a mix of dark and light colored straps for variation.

The parts assemble very easily and give a very realistic rifle when complete. They are idea for adding to figures, as stowed equipment or for dioramas.

 

 

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Su-30MKK Flanker G Landing Gear (HB)

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 01:31
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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 7 separate well-cast white metal parts, this gear is the usual replacement for the kit gear. Hobbyboss provides excellent kits with great detail, but usually has some things simplified. In this case the landing gear has everything it needs attached to the main gear, and as to the nose you add kit shimmy dampers, doors, and taxi lights. The FOD/Mud Guard is supplied with the set as well.

This SAC set adds the usual structural strength to the weakest part of most models: The landing gear. Cast tough yet malleable white metal, it addresses any concern for splayed and failed landing gear for Hobbyboss' SU-30MKK.

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Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 00:50
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This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes:

  • Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67)
  • Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54)
  • Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39)
  • Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73)

This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed.

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Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:55
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This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

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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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Contents Description

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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