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Introduction: The primary organization of the IPMS/USA Review website is by IPMS/USA National Contest Class. Within each Class there are sub-menus by kits, decals, books, etc. The Miscellaneous Class is for items that are not class specific or that cross two or more classes.

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Manufacturers, Publishers, and other Industry members: IPMS/USA is pleased to offer your company the opportunity for product reviews. All product reviews are performed by IPMS/USA members, and are posted in the publicly-accessible section of our website. With very few exceptions, we perform full build reviews of new kit releases, aftermarket products, and supplies. If you would care to provide product samples for review, please contact David Morrissette, IPMS/USA 1st VP.

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Batmobile: 1989 Movie

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Batmobile: 1989 Movie
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

I first made this model shortly after the 1989 release of the new Batman movie, having been fascinated by the transfiguration of this iconic machine from the old 1964 Adam West series, even going so far as to mail order the optional “cocoon” shroud for it. As the movies have proceeded, I’ve liked the Batmobiles featured less and less, as they have evolved from a snazzy convertible into heavily armed paramilitary vehicles much the way Batman himself has evolved from the noble “caped crusader” into a sociopathic vigilante. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I rather liked the idea of a crime fighter exclusively using his fists to deal with villains.

In any case, I never had a opportunity to model the re-release of this interesting machine after the second movie, where AMT added an exposable turbine engine and retractable computer controls. This latest incarnation not only features these lovely bits but also a card stock “background” display. What fun!

Su-33 – Kinetic, Interior Set

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Su-33 – Kinetic, Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1
Company: Eduard

This is a very nice Photo Etch set for the Kinetic Su-33 Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the interior of the kit, plus additional exterior parts as a bonus.

The photo etch parts are for the:

Cockpit side panels

Instrument panel, pedal and various control details,

Seat belts, seat arms and placards,

Canopy guides and mirrors,

Access panels,

HUD parts.

Static discharge strips

In the Packet is;

  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 x Colored Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 x Clear plastic printer sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a great Photo etch set. It is a must for the Su-33 Kit as it makes it into even greater model with all additional interior and exterior details for this aircraft. The cockpit and seat parts are extremely detailed.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32
Author: Ray Rimmell,, Illustrator: Ronny Bar, Drawings: Mick Davis, & Harry Woodman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Ray Rimell is releasing a limited edition volume (1,000 individually numbered and signed copies) of the ‘true story of the ‘Billericay Zeppelin’.  A companion volume on ‘The Last Flight of the L31’ is being released simultaneously.  The cover features a painting by Robert Karr depicting 2/Lt. Frederick Sowrey taking off from Suttons Farm in his RAF Be2c 4112 on the night of September 23, 1916.  Ronny Bar contributes a color side profile of Sowrey’s RAF Be2c.  I counted 55 photographs (including eight in colour) and a 1/48 scale drawings of a night fighting BE2c (RAF1a engine).

Tapered Masts Set 2

Published: June 29th, 2016     
Tapered Masts Set 2
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Master Model

Thank you to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent replacement part set offered by Master Model in the Sea Master Series for 350-scale ship models. The replacement masts will add a crisp eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of any modern ship model. Master Model is continuing an excellent line of replacement brass parts for ship models.

The zipper closure package has 4 smoothly tapered, turned brass masts in a variety of sizes. A small spec sheet is included. The masts taper evenly and symmetrically from the base upward to the tip. Each mast is 100 mm long, with mast base/tip diameters of 2.2/0.7 mm, 2.5/0.8 mm, 2.8/0.9 mm, and 3.0/1.0 mm. This size range is effective for larger-size modern ships. The brass has a nice smooth sheen, with no sign of cutting oils. A major bonus of these masts is the rigid character of the brass. Temperature changes and subsequent rigging tension are much less likely to bend the masts.

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