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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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1980 Dodge Ramcharger

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
1980 Dodge Ramcharger
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Revell has re-released a fine kit that’s sure to be a hit. It is the 1980 Dodge Ramcharger. A person can go really wild with this kit if they’re willing to change things around a bit.

Engine: The engine is pretty basic and the kit offers no options and no chrome. I installed ignition wires, throttle linkage, and a fuel line with filter.

Interior: The interior is just a simple tub design with molded side panel engraving is really lacking in detail. The kit does have a rear seat that I decided to leave out to carry the spare tire.

Body: The body was straight although the bumpers and grill didn’t fit perfectly into final assembly so it was necessary to do a bit of tweaking. The sunroof is molded into the kit body part. To change things up a bit, on the side and rear kit glass, I used some peach tinted acetate. HOK cinnamon pearl and cocoa pearl adorn the boyd.

Do335 A-0 Pfeil First Look & Cockpit build

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
Do335 A-0 Pfeil First Look & Cockpit build
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Overview: The Dornier Do335 was a German WWII heavy fighter that had a unique twin engine inline push pull setup that made it the fastest propeller driven German fighter of WWII. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the fighter into production as soon as possible, but with engine availability problems by the time they got it into the fight there was only a handful of planes available and the war was about over.

It’s amazing how many planes were developed by the Germans that were way ahead of their time. Like the Messerschmitt Me262, the Horton Ho229 flying wing, the V-1 and V-2 rockets along with the Do335 and a few more. With the amount of bombing day and night by the Allies it’s a wonder the Germans got any planes developed at all.

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

The Polikarpov I-16 was the world’s first single-winged fighter plane with retractable landing gears designed by Nikolai Polikarpov and Dmitri Grigorovich while in prison. Service trials of the I-16 began in 1934. Several variants were produced until the Type 24 was brought into service. The Type 24 contained four7.62mm × 54mmR ShKAS machine guns (two located in the wings and two in the fuselage). Landing flaps were added replacing drooping ailerons. Tailwheel added and starboard side cockpit door were also added. The Type 24 was powered by a Shvetsov M-63 radial engine with 1,100 hp at 2,300 rpm for takeoff. The Polikarpov was produced from 1934-1942 with a total 8644 built. An interesting note is that there are only six airworthy I-16 Type 24s in service today.


Published: October 23rd, 2016     
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

A perfect addition to your diorama is this WWII era upright piano and bench. Hauler provides nine resin parts and eight photo-etched parts to build the kit. The instructions provide a pictorial on where the parts go, but do not contain any guidance for color. A quick internet search revealed that most were painted in black with a few fancier ones showing a fine wood grain for the main body. The resin is packaged in a re-sealable plastic bag with the photo-etc h in a folded plastic bag secured with a staple.

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