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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.

IPMS/USA Members: We encourage you to submit reviews, both here and to the Journal. To volunteer for membership in the IPMS/USA "Reviewers Corps" and submit your own reviews, please read the Guidelines For Submitting Product Reviews.

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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Executive Board Election Online Voting

Published: June 11th, 2015     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

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Executive Board Meeting Minutes - August 2015

Published: August 28th, 2015     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing

Published: August 28th, 2015     
Beechcraft G17S Staggerwing
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1/48
Company: Round 2 Models

History

At the height of the Great Depression, aircraft executive Walter H. Beech and airplane designer T. A. "Ted" Wells joined forces to collaborate on a project to produce a large, powerful, and fast cabin biplane built specifically for the business executive. The Beechcraft Model 17, popularly known as the "Staggerwing" was first flown on November 4, 1932. During its heyday it was used as an executive aircraft, much as the private jet is now, and its primary competition were the Waco Custom Cabin and Waco Standard Cabin series of biplanes.

The Model 17's unusual negative stagger wing configuration (the upper wing staggered behind the lower) and unique shape maximized pilot visibility while negligibly reducing interference between the wings.[1] The fabric-covered fuselage was faired with wood formers and stringers over a welded, steel tube frame.[1] Construction was complex and took many man-hours to complete. The Staggerwing's retractable conventional landing gear, uncommon at that time, combined with careful streamlining, light weight, and a powerful radial engine helped it perform well.

Hand Sanding Bar Set

Published: August 27th, 2015     
Hand Sanding Bar Set
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Unique Master Models

Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool set for “field testing.” Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator.

UH-1 Huey Gunship Crew

Published: August 27th, 2015     
UH-1 Huey Gunship Crew
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Scale: 1:24
Company: Werners Wings

History

The Vietnam War was a helicopter war. Many of the most lasting images are of fleets of helicopters, mostly the ubiquitous UH-1 “Huey,” filling the sky. What would newsreel footage of that war be without a sound track of the “whup-whup-whup” of chopper blades?

Among the many uses the UH-1 was put to was as an early version of the gunship, the ancestor of today’s Apache. Those Huey guns took a crew of four: a commissioned or warrant officer pilot (left seat) and copilot, and two enlisted door gunner/crew chief in back. This four figure kit represents the aviators of those gunships employed in that conflict.

Gama Goat Detail Set

Published: August 27th, 2015     
Gama Goat Detail Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

This kit contains 2 sheets of photo Etched parts one small one of pre-colored parts and one large sheet of other parts.

The detail quality of a very high as we have come to expect from Eduard.

This set can be used with either of the Tamiya kits 35330 M561 US 6x6 Cargo truck or 35342 M972 US 6x6 Ambulance Truck.

The set provides photo etch to replace the following parts:

Wipers, windscreen surround, gas tank straps, gas tank filler shields, driver instrument panel, cargo bay floor, plus other small details.

It also provides the addition details for the foot pedals, floor vents, drivers compartment placards, ammo boxes, cargo bay folding foot step, etc.

The parts are very easy to install and add a lot more detail to the already detailed kit. The only problem I encountered was that the access on the cargo floor needed to be removed so the new one can be installed and this was not shown on the instructions.

I was very pleased with additional detail this set adds to the Gama Goat.

Thanks go out to Eduard for providing this set for us to review.

1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon

Published: August 27th, 2015     
1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:25
Company: Monogram

The Kit

This review covers the 1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon 1:25 Scale Model Kit #85-4193. A 2015 release, this model is a collection of past offerings with refreshed trees and some brand new tooling. It is a skill level 3 kit for the 12-year and older builder, molded in 156 pieces of white, clear, transparent red and chrome pieces with waterslide decals and instructions. As you can tell from the piece count it comes with quite a few options. Two complete versions can be built; either the police wagon or a stock version. Both use a highly detailed rendition of the 312 c.i.d. Thunderbird V-8. This kit includes a separate frame for enhanced detailing along with custom wheels and disc brakes. The completed dimensions are Length: 8”, Width: 3”, Height: 2-3/8”

Construction and Detailing

I elected to build the police version of this wagon for its “cool” factor and because the kit pieces were so nicely done in a period accurate manner.

F-101A/C Voodoo Wheel Bays

Published: August 26th, 2015     
F-101A/C Voodoo Wheel Bays
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

This set replaces parts D1-5, D1-7, E37, part of C9 and Part of C10 from Kitty Hawk Kit number KH80115. The detail quality is as to the normal high standard of the all Aires products. As usual there was no flash or other imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to install. The parts will make a great improvement on the kit parts which has very little detail in these areas of the kit. A great price for such fine additional details for this kit.

Thanks to Aires for providing these for review.

M42 Duster

Published: August 26th, 2015     
M42 Duster
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Company: Ampersand Publishing Company

Background

Following the Second World War, the United States Army developed requirements for a modern armored and mobile anti-aircraft platform to deploy with armored and infantry forces. Filling that requirement was the M42 Duster. Based on the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank platform and armed with the Bofors M2A1 dual 40mm anti-aircraft cannon, the M42 became the mainstay of mobile armored anti-aircraft support for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps from 1953 through the Vietnam War. 3700 Dusters were produced and served with several allied nations in addition to the United States

The Book

A veritable reference bonanza for the scale modeler, David Doyle’s M42 Duster contains hundreds of color and black and white images in its 120 softbound pages. While the majority of the volume chronicles the Duster operating in Vietnam, a sizable section is devoted to the early years of Duster production and peacetime training, and an equally-sizable section provides a fabulous walk-around of a restored M42 at the Americans in Wartime Museum “Tank Farm” in Nokesville, Virginia.

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