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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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F4U-5 Corsair Night Gun Barrels

Published: February 6th, 2016     
F4U-5 Corsair Night Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The Vought F4U-5N Corsairs were delivered from the factory with four 20mm cannons with installed flash suppressors. Quickboost provides you with a set of Vought F4U-5N 20mm cannon fairings with flash suppressors. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the Hobby Boss provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements. Although these cannon fairings with flash suppressors could be used on other F4U-5N kits with modification, Quickboost already has a set out for the Hasegawa F4U-5N kit (QB 48 680).

Quickboost has molded the cannon fairings with flash suppressors perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost exhausts have no mold seams to sand off along with a hollowed out barrel flash suppressors.

Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Want an easy upgrade the new tool Airfix kits of the Gloster Gladiator? Step right up to the new Quickboost Gloster Gladiator air intakes that provide a beautiful replacement to the kit parts. The supplied instructions identify which Airfix kit provided plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacements.

Quickboost has molded the air intakes perfectly in light tan resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost air intakes are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Spitfire Mk.XVI Bubbletop - ProfiPACK

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Spitfire Mk.XVI Bubbletop - ProfiPACK
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is the latest Eduard Spitfire release and is the Mk.XVI Bubbletop version. This series is great and I have three of the other version in my stash. As this is the ProfiPack version it comes with the additional the Eduard accessories to add the extra details.

In the box is:

  • 5 x light grey sprues
  • 1 x clear sprue
  • 1 x photoetched details parts
  • 1 x mask set
  • 1 x decal sheet
  • 1 x instruction booklet

All the sprues are extremely well molded and super fine details we have come to expect from Eduard’s kits.

The kit can be built as any of five versions; you need to decide before commencing the built which you are going to do. I originally was going to do version B but as explained later I ended up finishing it as Version E the personal aircraft of the Air Officer Commanding no 21 Group RAF.

Rinaldi Single Model No.01 - Fish Submarine

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Rinaldi Single Model No.01 - Fish Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

I have several of the Rinaldis Tank Art books and they are great guide books so I was looking forward to this one on the Industria Mechanika Fichten Foo’s Fantastical Fish Shaped Submarine. I love the Industria Mechanika products and all things Steam Punk/ Diesel Punk.

Unlike the standard Tank Art book format and size this book is small and compact only 6.5” x 7.5”, which is a great way to show it’s for a single subject. I love this concept and look forward to more of these from Rinaldi. Even the look and feel of the paper in the book gives it a vintage feel!

As soon as I open the book I was impressed. This book has all the great methods and style that Rinaldi has put into the great Tank Art books. The graphics are perfect and enhance the whole enjoyment of the book.

This book is well written and includes the step by step method of building this fantastic little model and brings it to life to a way only Rinaldi work does. The processes and techniques are clearly explained and demonstrated. You can really feel from the book the author loves what he does and enjoys sharing his skills with the readers.

Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon/Pakistani JF-17 Thunder

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Chinese FC-1 Fierce Dragon/Pakistani JF-17 Thunder
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce, IPMS# 35992
Scale: 1/72
Company: Trumpeter

The history of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 in the hands of the People's Republic of China (J-7 in the PLAAF; F-7 for export) is a long and convoluted one, which came to a close with the deliveries of the final production examples to export customer nations in 2013. Almost from the beginning, the Chinese wanted to either improve the design into something more modern, or outright replace it with something original. In the JF-17, which started as a 1980s upgrade concept known as the Super Seven, they achieved their goal both ways at the same time—albeit too late to help the PLAAF, who have chosen the J-10 as the official successor for their J-7s.

MIG-15UTI

Published: February 6th, 2016     
MIG-15UTI
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

History

The MiG-15 was the product of the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Team, which was known as the MiG Design Bureau. After producing a series of moderately successful fighters during World War II, and numerous prototypes, their first jet powered design, the MiG-9 was not produced in significant numbers. However, after the war, when German aerodynamic research became available, a design was produced using some of the ideas that were incorporated into the Focke Wulf TA-183 jet fighter prototype, which include a sweptback wing. The original prototype first flew in December, 1947, powered by an imported Rolls Royce Nene engine, which the Russians later copied for use in production models. The MiG-15 became the standard Soviet fighter during the late forties, and continued in service for many years thereafter. The type was also exported to Soviet Allies, including China, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other countries under Soviet influence. The MiG 15 was comparable in many ways to the American F-86, and the USAF’s higher kill ratio against the type in the Korean War was more related to pilot training than aircraft quality.

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider (2-Pack)

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider (2-Pack)
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

Ron Moore’s reimagined Battlestar Galactica series has been a hit with sci-fi fans for over a decade. As with any series that takes place in space, the ships are just as important as any of the characters. The Cylon Raiders seen in this series are interesting because the ships are characters! Rather than being piloted by humanoid shaped Cylons, as seen in the 1970’s series, the new Raiders are, themselves, Cylons. The 1/32 scale Raider offered by Moebius has been very popular with modelers over the last couple of years, and now, Moebius is offering a 2-pack of these ships in 1/72 scale.

The Kit

The kit includes 2 complete Raiders, each of which has 11 parts, and 2 clear bases that consist of 2 parts each. Each ship and base is on its own individual sprue, which makes finding the parts, and keeping them separated easy. I was happy to see that all of the panel lines are recessed rather than raised. No decals are included, or needed, with this kit.

Mirage III E Interior Detail Set - Eduard

Published: February 5th, 2016     
Mirage III E Interior Detail Set - Eduard
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues to release great photoetch sets this is no exception. This is for the Kinetic Mirage IIIE. This set adds a lot of missing detail to the cockpit that really add to the kit.

The photoetch parts are for the:

  • Seat
  • Instrument panel
  • Canopy details

In the packet is:

  • 2 x Photoetch sheet
  • 1 x Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a must have set for the Kinetic kit as it makes it into a great model with all you need to improve the detail of this aircrafts cockpit. The instruments are great and make the cockpit very impressive.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Static Dischargers for F-16 Fighting Falcon

Published: February 4th, 2016     
Static Dischargers for F-16 Fighting Falcon
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

For modern aircraft modelers looking to add even more detail to their next 1/72 scale F-16, Master Model has introduced static dischargers that can be installed on the wings and tail, just like the real plane. Modelers often overlook the static dischargers, but these brass items, which are finely machined, will make installation an easy task for most modelers. The directions have you simply scribe a shallow socket to receive the new part, and I would recommend your favorite cyanoacrylate glue to attach the parts.

Static dischargers, or wicks, are used on aircraft to relieve the static buildup that typically takes place when flying through rain, snow, ice, or dust. The high resistance of the discharger provides a relief path that does not interfere with onboard communications or navigation equipment. Without dischargers, the relief of energy can be through any protruding surface of the plane, such as wing tips, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, and antennas.

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