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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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Eduard Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
Eduard Wellington Mk. Ia/c Wheels
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

IPMS/USA again thanks the Eduard team for sending us more of their prolific output targeted toward improving already great kits.  Thanks to Phil and John for obtaining the sets for the team...

 

This set is an upgrade to the 2018 release of the new-mold Airfix 1/72 Wellington 1a/c. Consisting of three parts, it is the two main wheel/tires as one part each, and the single-part tail wheel strut and wheel/tire assembly, and a masking set for same.   On the kit the main wheels are split into two halves per old-school molding, which the resin items dispense with, having a casting block on the ground section of the tire.  . 

Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion

Published: January 21st, 2019     
Douglas A-1E "Fat Face" Skyraider Conversion
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fisher Model and Pattern

IPMS/USA extends extreme gratitude to Paul and Susy Fisher for sending us this excellent set to upgrade the Trumpeter AD-2/6 or A-1H to an A-1E Hallelujah! WE HAVE A LARGE SPAD! And thanks to Phil and John for graciously allowing me to review this set.

On the "be patient" side of the ledger, Paul and Susy have had some misfortune by being located in Paradise, California. Although they lost most all their manufacturing capability and personal possessions, they are still here with us, and my last note from him showed he's temporarily out of the business until they can recover with a new place. I expect they will be back.

On to modeling: This shall be a basic review of the set as received and built so you can see what is in the box.

The kit I received contained one upgrade with fuselage, cowling, and details for the two seater, with both early non-ejection seat version, and later YANKEE ejection seats; I purchased the Trumpeter AD-2/6 unarmored Korean war single seat version as a donor kit. It also would be appropriate for an early model spAD, before armor was added to the airframe in Vietnam conflict, (AkA A-1H later on),

Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7

Published: January 20th, 2019     
Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7
Author: Bert Kinzey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format with print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the F4F & FM Wildcat and variants.

Overview

The publication is another extraordinary compilation of history, data, and images of a USN aircraft that was critically important throughout World War II. The content is organized into history, U. S. variants, French and British versions, aircraft details, paint schemes, and a very comprehensive and current modeler's section.

US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C WWII

Published: January 20th, 2019     
US Navy Pilot Seated in A/C WWII
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is well known for its figures and this time has provided another fine example of military pilots for a specific era. Most often, pilot figures covered are US Army or international pilots. This set is specific to the US Navy which is a nice touch to their ever-expanding product line.

The product contains two figures of two different styles with a small amount of flash is on the figures which is simply brushed away while detail is nice and crisp. Both complete figures (less arms), wearing helmets with the goggles up and seat belt harness on. The two have slightly different head positions and the arms only allow for right hand on stick and left hand on a throttle(s).

Test fit is in the 1/72 Azur Vindicator and the figure parts appear slightly under sized for this kit but a little material will be added to raise the pilot up to a correct height. The arms do align very well with the stick and throttles in this test fit.

Thanks to PJ Production for this very nice sample.

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