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DaVinci Series "G.E.T." Clock

Published: April 15th, 2021     
DaVinci Series "G.E.T." Clock
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Academy Models

Academy continues its excellent series of DaVinci kits with the G.E.T. Clock. G.E.T. is listed as (G)ear system rotation, (E)scapement mechanism, (T)ourbillon movement. From their web site description, this clock is "Inspired by the principles of Leonardo Da Vinci, the G.E.T. Clock has incorporated the mechanism of the real time pieces. An escapement is a device in a clock or watch that controls the motion of the gear train and transmits the energy from the movement to the pendulum or balance wheel. A tourbillion is a portion in a mechanical watch and is used to increase the accuracy by minimizing errors due to the effects of gravity." Building models and learning is a good thing!

The kit comes molded in three colors- brown, black, and clear red. The kit consists of 51 parts including the metal shafts. The entire kit is held together with a series of twist pins and pressure fits. The kit instructions state that no tools are needed but I did use a sprue cutter to free the few parts on sprues.

PJ Productions Eurofighter Pilot

Published: April 15th, 2021     
PJ Productions Eurofighter Pilot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

PJ Productions continues to issue excellent pilots for kits with this latest release, a 1/32nd scale Eurofighter pilot. The kit is simple with three well cast parts- two arms and the body. I removed all three parts with a razor saw and washed the parts in case of mold release. I glued the arms into position and filled the seams with glazing putty and let it dry. The few seams were sanded, and a couple of small pinholes were filled. These were wiped with a Q-tip and lacquer thinner and smooth seams were accomplished.

Painting was straightforward and done with acrylics. The helmet was white, visor black and face mask dark gray with its attached hose. The main uniform was green with washes and dry brushed and black for the shoes and gray for the gloves.

This is another excellent kit from PJ Productions- simple to build and true to the flight outfit worn by Eurofighter pilots. Highly recommended.

A26B Invader Pacific Theater

Published: April 12th, 2021     
A26B Invader Pacific Theater
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson - IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

Brief History

The Douglas A-26 Invader (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is an American twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft. Built by Douglas Aircaft Company during World War II, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War conflicts. A limited number of highly modified United Sates Air Force aircraft served in Southeast Aisa until 1969. It was a fast aircraft capable of carrying a large bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft.

A re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 led to confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder which first flew in November 1940, some 20 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered by the widely used Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp eighteen-cylinder, double-row radial engine, they were completely different and separate designs - the Martin bomber originated in 1939, with more than twice as many Marauders (nearly 5,300) produced in comparison to the Douglas design.

The Naval War of the Pacific. 1879-1884 Saltpeter War. No. 3111

Published: April 12th, 2021     
The Naval War of the Pacific. 1879-1884 Saltpeter War. No. 3111
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: MMP Books

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Piotr Olender is a Polish naval historian who lives in Gdansk, Poland. He has authored a series of books via MMP Books and Casemate that delve into the little-known, predominantly naval wars around the world in the last half of the 1800s and early 1900s.

This particular offering gives an operational history of the so-called Saltpeter War, or The War of the Pacific, that ultimately defined the geographic borders of three western countries of South American - Bolivia, Chile and Peru. This book is one of the Maritime Series published by Stratus s.j. in Sandomierz, Poland.

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