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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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Big Sin Russian Modern Aircraft Missiles Set

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Big Sin Russian Modern Aircraft Missiles Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Modern Russian aircraft have been making a surge in the marketplace of late.  The SU-24, SU-25, SU-27, MiG-29, MiG-23 and MiG-25 have been released by a variety of manufacturers.  Regardless of manufacturer, one thing that all these kits can benefit from is the addition of really accurate armament.

In case you didn’t know Eduard is from the Czech Republic, a former member of the Eastern Block.  They have access to the information and the real items. 

This BigSin set consists of five separate types of air-to-air missiles.  The, R-60/AA-8 Aphid, R-27ER/AA-10 Alamo-C, R-27ET/AA-10 Alamo-D, R-73/AA-11 Archer and the R-77/AA-12 Archer.  This is the Russian equivalent of the Sparrows, Sidewinders and AMRAAM in the US inventory.

Big Sin F-4 Weapons Set

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Big Sin F-4 Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The F-4 Phantom II is perhaps the finest jet of its time.  It could carry a variety of ordnance.  In addition to heat seeking and infrared air-to-air missiles it could carry bombs, and lots of them.  The Phantom is an iconic airplane with legendary performance and capabilities.

What would a Phantom be without the ability to shoot down other airplanes and bomb the enemy back to the stone age?  Just another pretty, no wait we are talking about a Phantom here, just another ugly loud smoking airplane. 

With that in mind and Academy’s release of the F-4B and F-4C it is essential that you include ordnance and lots of it.  Enter the BigSin set.  This set is EVERYTHING you would need to arm up your Phantom.  The set contains five sets, one set of Sidewinders, one set of Sparrows and three sets of Mk.82 Bombs.  You can literally fill every hard point on the belly of the Phantom.

FW-190 Wheels late

Published: December 20th, 2014     
FW-190 Wheels late
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I love the Eduard FW-190 series of models.  I’ve built seven of them so far.  The stuff in the kit is nice but there are limitations to what can be done in plastic.  That is where the Brassin range comes into play.    

In this set are two wheels with predrilled holes, unfortunately they are just as loose as the kit offerings.  I would have loved if they were molded with smaller holes with the angles set already.  Oh well the detail is really nice.  They are molded in light grey resin with flawless detail molded on.  You also get a masking set for the wheels.  Just another great idea from Brassin.  You have to be careful as the wheels are sided.  So be careful when you take them off the resin pour stubs to not get them mixed.

The beautiful detail and masking material makes this just a perfect little upgrade set.  If you like FW-190s then these wheels are as good as it gets. 

Highly recommended

AGM-45 Shrike

Published: December 20th, 2014     
AGM-45 Shrike
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Wild Weasels flew specialized missions in Vietnam using first the F-100, F-105 and finally the F-4 to take out SAM targets.  Their exploits are stuff of legend.  One of the things that made them so effective was the Shrike anti-radiation missile.  The missile was used all the way up to Desert Storm by F-4Gs. 

Molded in light and dark grey resin, you are provided with four missiles.  My examples were perfectly formed and no blemishes noticed.  The best thing about these resin pieces is that there are no mold lines and they are perfectly round.  Included in the set is a fret of photo etch for the exhaust nozzles.  Decals round out the missiles.  These are perfectly formed.  The instructions are simple enough with the color call out and the decal placement easy enough to understand.

Construction is pretty straight forward.  The detail on the missiles is impressive to say the least. 

The inclusion of the missiles on your Wild Weasel will add dramatically to the look of them.  The Shrike is not a small missile. 

Highly recommended

Sea Harrier Landing Gear (Kin)

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Sea Harrier Landing Gear (Kin)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Once again, thanks up front to Ross at SAC for sending us another of your expanding line of metal landing gear, and thanks also to IPMS USA leadership for sending it on.

This is (once again) a basic upgrade to the kit plastic.  The kit landing gear consists of two halves for the forward gear, a one-part aft main gear, and two outriggers with actuators and doors integrated as one item. 

As usual, SAC gear replaced these.  The kit nose gear requires taking care of a seam, after the nose wheel and tire is inserted. The kit wheels should be inserted carefully into the tire, but the plastic could possibly break or deform permanently.  The SAC solution is more elegant. Superglue the upper strut and lower fork together, let it cure, then spray with metal primer. Paint gloss white or gray, BEND the fork out, carefully install the wheel and tire, then carefully close over the wheel hub.  It stays in place and is a lot stronger.

The main strut is simplicity. Again, spray with metal primer, spray gray or white, and superglue the tires in place on the axle.  Then superglue into the aft wheel well.   

Bf-109G Royal Class

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Bf-109G Royal Class
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

No other kit that I can remember has caused as much commotion as the Eduard Bf-109G.  Eduard had already had the sets in the production when “Sizegate” hit.  The kit was larger than 1/48th scale and had some shape issues.  Eduard had already committed to the kit and announced that they would still release the Royal Class kit with the larger molds.  The Royal Class was the first time that the G-2, G-4 and G-14 would be available from this company.  Would it be worth the money?  I guess that would depend on how wrapped around the axle you are on the size and shape issues.

Bf-109G-10 Wheels

Published: December 20th, 2014     
Bf-109G-10 Wheels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The Revell Bf-109G-10 kit is a gem and at a reasonable price.  As always there are ways to improve the kit.  One of the easiest ways is to replace the wheels with resin weighted wheels. The Brassin set consists of seven resin pieces perfectly molded in light grey.   There are the two main wheels and a tail wheel.  The other parts are the face and the brake assembly for the main wheels.  The wheels are sided so use caution and don’t get them mixed up.  There is also a set of Kabuki masks for the wheels, which will make the whole painting process easier.

So perfectly formed and highly detailed wheels plus paint masks make this set a great addition to your large scale 109.  The set is designed for the Revell kit but it looks like it will fit the Hasegawa kit perfectly with no modifications.  Another winner from Brassin.  

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy.  You can obtain your copy by contacting Eduard directly at www.eduard.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer. 

AH-1G Canopy Masks

Published: December 19th, 2014     
AH-1G Canopy Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

If anyone knows me they know I love the AH-1 Cobra.  I never had the opportunity to fly the AH-1G but I’ve always wanted to.  Special Hobbies finally released their series of AH-1 models.  For now they have just released the G model but it is an awesome little model.  Like many modelers, I hope they release it in 1/48th and 1/35th scale someday. 

The AH-1G had a slightly bulged canopy, which can cause a challenge for some modelers to mask.  Special Hobbies was nice enough to produce the canopy doors separate so you can pose them open or closed.  The masks will make this chore so much simpler.  There are outline masks for the entire canopy framework.  You will need liquid mask to fill in the center but Eduard provides the outline.   Special Hobbies provides the option of having the ground handling wheels, which is a nice touch for the diorama builder.  So naturally if there are wheels Eduard provides you with masks for them as well. 

Bf-109G Radio Compartment

Published: December 17th, 2014     
Bf-109G Radio Compartment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

With the release of the Eduard Bf-109G kit, it was inevitable that Eduard would produce aftermarket products in their Brassin range.  One of those sets is the radio compartment for the Gustav.  The set, like all the Brassin range, is designed specifically for the Eduard kit and is a drop fit. 

The set comes with seven pieces of perfectly cast grey resin and a fret of pre-painted photo etch.  The resin is typical of the Brassin range and perfect little miniatures of the real things.  The two biggest pieces are the sidewall details.  Care must be taken to remove the resin wafers between some of the parts.  Nothing too difficult but use caution. 

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