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McDonnell Douglass F-4C Phantom II

Published: November 21st, 2017     
McDonnell Douglass F-4C Phantom II
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air wings.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hard-points, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M-61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude record.

Mil Mi-24/35 Hind

Published: November 19th, 2017     
Mil Mi-24/35 Hind
Author: Jakub Fojtik
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Jakub Fojtik attended the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, achieving his Bachelor degree in Management of Security Forces, Security, and Law Studies. He followed up with a Master Degree in Management of Security Forces and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law. To top it off he achieved a Doctorate (JUDr.) in Security studies at the Academy of the Slovak Police in Bratislava and a Ph.D. in Management of Security Forces from the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague. Jakub Fojtik is currently a University Lecturer at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, the Vice President of Military Sales for Aero Vodochody Aerospace a.s. (Aero L-39, L-159, etc.) and an independent aviation journalist who is regularly published in aviation related journals and aviation magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Defence Helicopter, Fly Past, Flying Revue, Hobby Historie, Letectvi a Kosmonautika, 4 Rotors, and many others.

British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

Published: November 18th, 2017     
British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crécy Publishing Limited

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Canopy Mask

Published: November 18th, 2017     
MiG-29UB Izdelye 9.51 Canopy Mask
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for Trumpeter's new MiG-29 Model 9.51 Fulcrum B trainer and provides masks for the main canopy, the windscreen, and the wheels/hubs. I started with the wheels, and as I prefer to paint the hubs first and then the tires, I did the opposite of what is shown on the instructions. I painted the hubs using an old tin of Xtracolor Russian hub green, then I peeled off the center disks from the masking set and used them to cover the hubs while I sprayed NATO Black on the tires. Eduard instructs you to spray the tires first and then use the masks and masking fluid to cover the tires while you paint the hubs. I like to avoid masking fluid on acrylic paints, so I just reverse the order of painting.

If you look at photographs of MiG-29s there is a very visible seal around the edges of the canopy. To replicate this, the set includes two sets of masks for the main canopy. The instructions state to apply the first set, paint the canopy the interior color, then remove the

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