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Hasegawa Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5

Published: March 23rd, 2018     
Hasegawa Hitachi Vibratory Combined Roller ZC50C-5
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hasegawa USA (Hobbico)

This is a new tooled Kit first issued in 2017. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.


In the box is;

  • 2 x Orange Sprues
  • 1 x clear Sprue
  • 1 x Light Grey Sprues
  • 3 x Dark Grey Sprue
  • 1 x length of Hose
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 4 x Poly Caps
  • 1x Instruction booklet

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting.



Stage 1 Assembly begins with the front section of the articulated body. There are a few places you have to be careful to correct assembly the parts. Be very careful to place  the decal on part B4, ensure you install part number E-4 to ensure contact with the Roller when it is installed later. Also ensure the correct assembly of parts B13, B14 and B12 as these can be reversed easily. I also have a little trouble with the gaps and alignment of A12,

Minicraft 1/144 P-51D Mustang

Published: March 23rd, 2018     
Minicraft 1/144 P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1:144
Company: Minicraft Models

When Phil Peterson sent out an announcement that there were new items for review, I went to the list with only a certain amount of excitement.  There are very few 1/144 scale items available for review, and that's my scale.  I was glad to find a new 1/144 item from Minicraft.  A P-51D Mustang.  I sent an immediate email begging and pleading for this kit.  And I got it.  And I'm glad I did.

About 17 years ago, I met a fellow in Vandalia, Illinois who was a member of the maintenance crews for the 52nd Fighter Group in Italy.  He had a photo which was taken in late 1944 of the Group's P-51 Mustangs lined up.  The planes all had a yellow tail with the individual aircraft ID letter on the tail.  They were lined up to spell VICTORY.  There's a book called "Spitfires and Yellow Tail Mustangs" which is a history of this group.  I made a copy of this photo, and kept it for all these years.  A few years back I started the project of building all 7 of these planes.  I finished 2 before I lost interest. 

The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

Published: March 21st, 2018     
The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book goes into details of the formation, deployment and combat actions of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich.

Das Reich was the first Waffen SS division created and was a major force where ever it fought.

The unit as formed in September 1939 as the war began and fought on most fronts from Poland, France, Balkans, Russia, back to France and then back to the eastern front at the end of the war.

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. Das Reich was a formidable division and prove its worth and bravery on all the fronts it fought. It was used as a firefighting group on many occasions and resisted against the odds on many occasions.

There are a lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war and the formation and use of German divisions. The only downside was it could have had a little more details or insight into the actions it fought in, eyewitness/diary type write-ups to give it more feeling.

Gloster Gauntlet

Published: March 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gauntlet
Author: Alex Crawford; Illustrator: Krzysztof Wołowski
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is volume one in the Orange Series from MMP. The Gloster Gauntlet was the last open-cockpit fighter of the RAF entering into service in February 1935. In addition to the RAF, it saw service in the Commonwealth with the South African Air Force, Southern Rhodesian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force. Foreign users were Denmark and Finland.

The book is broken down into 10 main segments beginning with an Introduction and Development and Production chapters. The original Gauntlet design with the 450hp Bristol Mercury IIA engine but due to this engine's unreliability the Gauntlet lost out top Bristol's own design, the Bulldog. Five years later after steady design improvements and multiple engine installations the Gauntlet now being 40MPH faster than the Bulldog won a production contract.

The Gauntlet served the RAF well for about 3 years before in 1938 being removed from frontline service. 616 Squadron still had Gauntlets at the outbreak of WWII!

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