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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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F-8E Crusader Landing Gear (Academy)

Published: July 24th, 2016     
F-8E Crusader Landing Gear (Academy)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set includes seven replacement pieces for the landing gear on Academy’s F-8 Crusader.  There are three parts for the nose gear including the retraction brace and the main strut and two parts for each of the main gear.  The parts are designed to be drop-in replacements for the kit parts.

The first step is to remove the casting seams of each of the parts.  I use a small wire brush in my portable Dremel tool at low speed, to polish up the parts and remove these seams.  I prefer to do the cleanup before I detach the smaller parts from the casting tree as it is much easier to handle them while they are still on the tree, plus they are much less likely to bend or go flying when they are still attached. 

Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. A (Sd Kfz 141)

Published: July 24th, 2016     
Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. A (Sd Kfz 141)
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

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North American P-51 Mustang Pt. 4

Published: July 24th, 2016     
North American P-51 Mustang Pt. 4
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

Likelike Decals from Japan just released a few new sheets, and this one covers the P-51 Mustang.

As soon as I opened the standard ziplock plastic bag, I realized the contents were well above ‘standard.’  Along with a full color placement guide, there are SEVERAL sheets of decals in this package.  One full page of decals, printed by Microscale, contains most of the individual markings and a full set of stencils.  Another ½ page, printed by Cartograf, has the unique “tiger stripe” pattern of camouflage bands unique to one of the subject aircraft (along with extra decal printed in the same color).  Another ½ page, printed by Microscale, contains a few extra markings, as well as two sets of National Insignia.  Finally, there is a small fourth sheet that has 3 variations of one of the personal insignia.  If that wasn’t enough, there is also a small, self-adhesive sheet with a printed stencil that allows the modeler to paint the background of one of the personal insignia (instead of using the full decal).

The 4 markings options are:

1965 Plymouth Belvedere I

Published: July 23rd, 2016     
1965 Plymouth Belvedere I
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius has followed up on their previous release of the 1965 Plymouth Satellite earlier this year with the Belvedere I, the economy priced B- Body.  Referred to as a B-Pillar (“post”) vs. the B-Pillarless Satellite (“hardtop”), the low end Belvedere I was the basis of many a drag race car in the 1960’s, either in the super stock or altered wheel base classes.  The kit is not a factory stock car as purchased off the dealer lot, nor the extremely rare A-990 super stock cars.

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