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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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Cockpit for F3D-2/F3D-2T/EF-10B

Published: February 28th, 2015     
Cockpit for F3D-2/F3D-2T/EF-10B
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

This set consists of a cockpit tub, seats, instrument panels and glare shield for early and late instrument/radar panels, control stick, rudder pedals, a couple of boxes for the sides of the cockpit, headrests, and ancillary parts for the back deck of the cockpit.  This set is designed for the Sword kits, though Pavla makes a set for the Matchbox version of the Skyknight, too.  The parts are well cast in a medium grey resin.  I found no bubbles or short molds in any of my parts.  The instructions are two pages in the typical Pavla format of line drawings with color callouts and occasionally slightly vague locations.

Executive Board Meeting Minutes - February 2015

Published: February 27th, 2015     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Cockpit for B-57B Night Bomber

Published: February 26th, 2015     
Cockpit for B-57B Night Bomber
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

This set is a replacement cockpit for the Italeri B-57B Canberra cockpit.  It is well cast in a medium grey resin with no pinholes or short casts.  Light flash was present on a couple of the parts but was easily removed.  It should be noted that care must be exercised when removing the pour plug from the bottom of the cockpit. If you remove the plug completely up to the level of the bottom of the cockpit, the resulting floor of the cockpit is very thin.  The set consists of the cockpit tub with detailed side consoles, side walls, and bulkheads, two pretty accurate, well detailed seats, front instrument panel, rear instrument panel relevant to the B-57B, throttle and gear levers (very fragile), a canopy strut jack, and a canopy support bow.  This last piece has an extension that rests against the top center of the middle canopy bow.  This extension is very fragile and prone to breakage.  However, I did not use this piece, since the pictures I have show a more angular canopy support mechanism.  The instructions are typical Pavla, showing color callouts for all the parts, including the side consoles and instrument panels. 

The Big Fellow - Michael Collins

Published: February 26th, 2015     
The Big Fellow - Michael Collins
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Shamrock Miniatures

Shamrock Miniatures out of Ireland is led by Daniel Batta and offers excellent figures in lines ranging from historical to fantasy. The subject of this review is Michael Collins -"The Big Fellow".

Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader, Minister for Finance, Director of Information, and (TD) for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919, Adjutant General, Director of Intelligence, and Director of Organization and Arms Procurement for the IRA, President of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from November 1920 until his death, and member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. He was nick named "The Big Fellow". The most authoritative record of the name comes from his family, stating that he was so called by them while still a child. It had been a term of endearment for their youngest brother, who was always keen to take on tasks beyond his years. It was certainly already established by his teens, long before he emerged as a political or military leader.

Thunder Over the Reich: Flying the Luftwaffe’s He-162 Jet Fighter

Published: February 26th, 2015     
Thunder Over the Reich: Flying the Luftwaffe’s He-162 Jet Fighter
Author: Wolfgang Wollenweber
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book is written by one who was there. 1st Lt. Wolfgang Wollenweber flew for the Luftwaffe from 1943 till the surrender. Beginning his service in Me-110s and continuing on to Fw-190s, a brief training stint on Me-163s and finishing up in the He-162!

The book begins with his assignment to 13. Zerostorerstaffel/Jagdgerschwader 5 in Salmijarvi. Where on earth is Salimijarvi you ask? So did Lt. Wollenweber!  Having expected an assignment to warm North Africa he soon found himself heading to above the Artic Circle along the Artic Ocean to fight the Russians. A desolate area with stark living conditions and never ending day or night depending on the time of year. An area with little to do outside of combat and most depressing on those who served there.

The first 10 chapters of the book details his experiences in this frozen wasteland! From combat with the Russians to working as a shipboard liaison officer, to friendships made, and problems with squadron mates and superiors, it is all well documented in a very interesting story.

Typhoon Mk. Ib Landing Flaps

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Typhoon Mk. Ib Landing Flaps
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Eduard with it’s set of photoetched landing flaps. Consisting of a single fret of photoetched brass, the set includes the movable surface areas as well as the stationary wing-side structural elements.  Rib and rivet detail is crisp and delicate.  Instructions are visual, succinct, and clearly presented.

Typical of Eduard products, fidelity of detail is exceptional.  Some care and experience working with PE are recommended for this set, making it most suitable for intermediate and experience modelers. Highly recommend this set of flaps for builders wanting to further detail their Typhoons.

Thanks to Eduard for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Metal Landing Gear - Typhoon

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Metal Landing Gear - Typhoon
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/24
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC continues its prolific output of metal gear designed to support our increasingly resin-filled, detail enhanced large models; thanks for passing on this set to IPMS USA and to our leadership in forwarding it out for review!

This SAC set contains two main gear struts, strut extension braces, torque links, a tail wheel fork, the tail wheel oleo extension strut, and the tail wheel mounting trunnion tube. These are all identical to the kit items, with the exception of having more strength.

AND, the main gear strut on the SAC parts is assembled with the mounting trunnions in place; all total, 3 Airfix kit items replaced per strut with one item. Unity = Strong!

On the Airfix Typhoon kit, you must plan ahead; it is a complex kit, and there are some areas where confusion could exist as to which way certain parts go (such as the main wing spar with all it’s bracing and holes for other parts to fit into). I GOT IT WRONG at least twice, and the plastic Airfix uses is unforgiving once welded together.

Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Hawker Typhoon Ib Exhaust
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Recently, Airfix has upped its game with the release of several 1/72 scale aircraft kits with new tooling and featuring excellent detail.  One such kit is their Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib.  Despite Airfix’s excellent out-of-box detail, aftermarket detail manufacturers have tossed their hats into the ring to make an excellent kit even better.

Among them is Aires -- bringing their improved horizontal stabilizers and elevators.  Comparing fairly closely to the kit parts, the Aires version offers some slight differences in surface detail and panel location, as well as posable elevators.

Aires’ mold quality and fidelity of detail is exceptional, and the positionable elevators make a subtle contribution to improving this legendary 1/72 RAF tank killer.  Highly recommended for the braille scale modeler wanting to really trick out his Typhoon Ib.

Thanks to Aires for the sample parts and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review.

Chairs with Armrests

Published: February 25th, 2015     
Chairs with Armrests
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Thanks to Plus Model for sending these elegant chairs from the Easy Line product series for review and thank you IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them! I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

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