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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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Executive Board Meeting Minutes - October 2014

Published: October 29th, 2014     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Wheels for the Nieuport 28

Published: October 28th, 2014     
Wheels for the Nieuport 28
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Spokes

A quick word about the images included in this review. The wheels sets with the covers (hiding the spokes and the rim) are the original kit wheels. All other items in the images are included in the Scale Spokes product.

Scale Spokes offers a number of high-quality after-market items for 1/48th and 1/32nd wheels for various aircraft. To see a full list, description of each item, and images please visit the Scale Spokes website.

This review features the 32nd scale set for the Nieuport 28. This set is hand-made, and as I’m sure you’ll agree after having viewed the accompanying images, is magnificent! Just like the actual wheels on the Ni-28, these Scale Spokes items have 3 set of spokes. A set connects the inner and outer edges of the hub and another set connects the center of the hub to the rim.

Scale Spokes uses resin or aluminum hubs, aluminum rims, cooper wire spokes and rubber tires. While the rubber tires have been removed from the rims, as seen in some of the images, they are packaged “on the rims”. It is a simple task to remove the rubber tires, if so desired, and to attach the resin tires that Scale Spokes provides.

Half Moon Sailing Ship

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Half Moon Sailing Ship
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/170
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

Background

The Half Moon, captained by Englishman Henry Hudson under commission to the Dutch Republic, was charged with covertly finding a westerly passage to China in the early 1600s. In 1609, Half Moon sailed into what is now New York Harbor and later sailed and explored the mid-Atlantic region as far south as the Chesapeake Bay.

The Kit

Originally released by Pyro in the 1960s, Half Moon later found her way into the Lindberg Line portfolio, and finally into Round 2 Models’ fold in 2014 (still bearing the Lindberg brand). Comprised of 22 parts molded in white styrene on hefty sprue trees, instructions, and full color decals, this classic kit has weathered its 50-year life surprisingly well. Conspicuously absent, however, are ratlines and rigging diagrams. Although detail is coarse by modern standards, the basics are present for a decent beginner or nostalgia build.

Fouga Magister Landing Gear

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Fouga Magister Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 42772
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) has been around for several years now, and I must say that I love what they have done. A lot of kits that come to us today have rather spindly landing gear legs on them, and over time I have seen some of my older builds begin to show a noticeable sag in their landing gear as the plastic starts to succumb to gravity and the weight of the model.

Well, you can wave goodbye to those days with a set of SAC’s white-metal landing gear. Their products are a direct replacement for the kit parts. Their casting is top shelf and virtually flash free, with just minor cleanup of seam lines being needed.

MiG-29 Russian Stencils

Published: October 27th, 2014     
MiG-29 Russian Stencils
Reviewed by: Matt Quiroz, IPMS# 48111
Scale: 1/48
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models (HungAeroDecals) is a new company, at least to me. Printed in Hungary, HAD Models brings us a sheet of stencils for the ubiquitous MiG-29. Although the sheet is small in size (6.5ʺ x 4.75ʺ) it is packed with decals; 136 to be exact. The decals are well printed, in register, and easy to read, even in 1/48 scale, with the aid of my Optivisor.

The decals comes with two foldouts that show the plane in profile from both sides with large call out numbers to aid in placing the many stencils on your model. The second sheet features the same clear placement guide for the top and bottom of the plane. Additionally, the second sheet provides placement instructions for the stencils that appear on the assorted missile rails your MiG might carry. Some color pictures are provided of an actual MiG in service with placement callouts on these as well.

Kursk 1943: The Northern Front

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Kursk 1943: The Northern Front
Author: Robery Forczyk
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

In July 1943, Germany launched Operation Citadel to cut off the Kursk salient. Kursk 1943: The Northern Front deals with the Northern Front of this offensive; little attention is usually given to this front of the offensive. Most of the Kursk histories deal with the Southern German push with its huge tank battles, but in the north, the Russians had been preparing for this offensive for months and had constructed three strong lines of defenses. This resulted in a small German penetration and more mine and defensive warfare.

The book is laid out in the following sections:

US 500lb Bombs

Published: October 27th, 2014     
US 500lb Bombs
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

In this BRASSIN detail set, Eduard provides modelers with a quick and easy way to add a pair of highly realistic looking AN-M30  “general purpose – high explosive” 500lb bombs to a 1:32 scale aircraft model.  The set includes resin and photo-etched brass parts and a small decal sheet for the color bands and stenciled identification.  Two resin parts and three photo-etched parts make up each bomb and the decals add all markings needed for finishing the assembled and painted models.  This multi-media combination promises realistic looking results. 

Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive offers a wide variety of items for the modeler, from paint and weathering sets and books, to model kits. The website is easy to navigate and offers a button to provide an “English” translation. Another button offers a currency exchange calculator from Euros (the posted pricing) to US dollars.

AK is on Facebook and has a You-Tube presence. To quote the AK You-Tube link, “AK's Official Youtube Channel (will) show Advanced Techniques, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks and many more things. Currently working on it :-)”

AK provided a copy of “Ace High” Issue No.2 for review. This issue focuses on aircraft of World War I, being labeled a “Centenary” edition. Also included are three additional articles featuring a set of figures, a truck, and a piece of airfield equipment, a German Fuel Cart and a Mack AC Truck

Let it be clear that AK wants the reader to use the line of AK paints that are available, but far more than a self-promotional publication this issue of Aces High is a “How to” in achieving some spectacular painting effects and assembly using some of the outstanding WWI kits in today’s market.

Po-2 Landing Light and Venturi Tubes

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Po-2 Landing Light and Venturi Tubes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides one landing light assembly, three large venturi tubes, and two small venturi tubes.  Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff securely back into the package. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements.  These Quickboost parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the ICM kits 48251 and ICM 48252, but for comparisons the photos also show the AZ Model kit parts, left to right respectively.

Quickboost has molded the venturi tubes perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost venturi tubes provide no mold seams to sand off on these tiny parts, along with the superior detail for the inlets on both ends of the venturi tubes that would be difficult to replicate from the kit parts.   The vacuum line on the large venturi tubes is also clearly superior to the kit parts.

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