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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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Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Mazda RX-7 2 'n 1
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

I still remember the commercials for the Mazda Wankel engined cars - like they hum.  This was a pretty quick and simple build and was a pleasure to build

Engine: I have no idea about the size of the engine but it's a Wankel rotary engine.  The parts fit together like they should with no flash.  There is an option for a different carburetor and air filter. I used the stock unit.  I didn't detail the engine to keep it an out of the box build.

Interior: Interior is just a basic tub.  The gauges were strange because there's 3 gauges well engraved on the dash but the included decals have 2 large gauges and 3 smaller ones that didn't even come close to a match.  I just detail painted the engraved pieces. The interior is also flocked.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Published: August 19th, 2017     
Porsche 918 Spyder
Reviewed by: Steve Jahnke, IPMS# 34991
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Overview

As an exotic model car builder, I went bonkers when this kit became available as an IPMS review candidate.  The Porsche 918 kit was initially introduced on the European model market by Revell of Germany, luckily Revell USA soon picked it up and re-boxed it for the United States market, the only difference was the boxing configuration.  Your hobby shop may have both the Revell USA or Revell Germany versions, the only difference is boxing and pricing.  Specifically, the 918 is an exotic hybrid vehicle; main power is generated by a 4.6 litre gasoline engine and is supplemented by two electric motors on both the front and rear axles.  It has astonishing performance; 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Initial pricing of this car was a cool $845,000 less an electric federal income tax credit of $3,667 (like you and I need that for our income tax filing).  

The Vought A-7 Corsair

Published: August 19th, 2017     
The Vought A-7 Corsair
Author: Andy Evans, with Andy Renshaw
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: SAM Publications

SAM Publications series of Modelers Datafiles cover a lot of ground in a single book.  This one is on the Vought A-7 Corsair II, and it gives plenty of information in a single book that most modelers need when researching and building a model. 

The A-7 was the replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.  Even a casual observer can see that what Vought did was take their successful F-8 Crusader and shorten it.  They also put a non-afterburning turbofan engine in there, improving range and fuel economy.  And with the advances in electronics and weapons in the 1960s, the A-7 was a very accurate bomb-dropper, and it could carry a pretty good load of various weapons.

The book consists of the following sections

1982 Pontiac Firebird

Published: August 19th, 2017     
1982 Pontiac Firebird
Reviewed by: Haylee Perdue, IPMS# 50641
Scale: 1/16
Company: Round 2 Models

The 1982 Firebird, with its sibling, the Chevy Camaro, introduced GM's third generation of F Body sports coupes. For 1982, the Firebird was downsized from previous models, and featured new styling with an added emphasis on aerodynamics, and was offered in three trim options, with the V8 powered Trans Am being the top end performance version.

We would like to thank Round 2 for providing us with this reissue of MPC's 1/16 scale Firebird kit. This kit is rated at Skill Level 3, and has 158 parts, all neatly bagged inside of the large, reinforced box. Inside the box are two bags of white plastic parts, another bag holding the white plastic body and chassis, a bag with the chrome plated parts, a bag with the hollow vinyl Goodyear tires, and a final bag containing the clear windshield and back glass, tinted optional T tops, and clear red taillight panel. This model has posable front wheels, and opening doors and hood. It has several optional parts, such as components for a removable T top roof, side exhaust, hoods, and a twin turbo setup for its V8 engine.

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