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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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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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SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin radiators to upgrade the radiator in their SE.5a kit:

  • 648319 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 4 blade prop 1/48 $7.95
  • 648320 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 blade prop 1/48 $7.95

These radiators are for the Hispano-Suiza engine version of the SE.5a. The upgraded radiators include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit parts.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

Etendard IVP/IVM

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Etendard IVP/IVM
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk Models has already released a 1/48th scale kit of the French Super Etendard. They are now gracing the shelves of your local hobby shop with an earlier version of that aircraft: the Dassault Etendard IVP/IVM. This model represents the maritime strike (IVM) or photo reconnaissance (IVP) version of the aircraft.

Etendard is the French word for standard or banner. For some historical perspective on the Dassault Etendard, I'd refer you to Air Vectors website. Air Vectors has a nice history of the type from the Etendard II through the Super Etendard, for your edification.

Upon opening the box you will encounter five sprues of light gray parts and a sprue of clear bits for the canopy, clearance/anti-collision lights and photo-recon camera windows. There is a fret of photo etch parts for some of the finer details. Among those photo etch parts are seat belts, speed brake detail, flame holder for the Atar 8B engine, and wing spoilers.

Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc

There's always been a soft spot in my heart for '69 Corvettes. I don't know why, but maybe because they look so darn sexy.


We have a 427ci engine under the hood with 3 2 barrel carbs. There's also an option for a single 4 barrel and different air cleaner. That chrome triangle looks better than a round semi-gloss black thing.


Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked. There are no options for the interior. You can make only a stock interior.

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