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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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Kittyhawk Su-27C Flanker Part Two-Painting and Finishing

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Kittyhawk Su-27C Flanker Part Two-Painting and Finishing
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1:48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Refer to Part One for the assembly review.

Reviews note and comments-I decided to make this a two-part due to the number of images and extensive text required to document the basic assembly phase. Although the assembly was a bit of a challenge for this model, the semi-finished model revealed a lot of nice surface detail that was appealing to me. This detail had some merit for an effort on my part to achieve a proper paint job and weathering application. If those efforts resulted in a nice-looking model the challenges faced during the assembly would make the effort worth-while.

Let's see what happens.


Yugoslav Fighter Colors, 1918-1941. VOL. 1

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Yugoslav Fighter Colors, 1918-1941.  VOL. 1
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: MMP Books


Bf-109F-4 Single-No.20

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Bf-109F-4 Single-No.20
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: MMP Books

These little single books by MMP Books are quite interesting.  They focus on a single subject that is covered very well.  The only text is the captions which are written in English.  They do an adequate job. 

These books are designed with the modeler in mind.  As such they have scale drawings in 1/72nd and 1/48th scale.  I couldn't find fault with these.  They look very accurate to me.  After the drawings there are some historical photos and pictures from the parts manual of the aircraft. Intertwined with those photos are plenty of detail photos that should satisfy most modelers.  The detail photos are of the F-4 in the Canadian Museum.  There are four color pages and one aircraft of Hermann Graf is presented in a three view profile. 

Battle of Berlin (April 1945) T-34-85, King Tiger Kit

Published: November 16th, 2020     
Battle of Berlin (April 1945) T-34-85, King Tiger Kit
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

Thank you to Phil and to Bill for all the work that you do!

First Impression

This ICM offering is a bundle of two of previous releases:  the T-34-85 Soviet Medium Tank kit No. 35367 issued March, 2018  and the Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.B. King Tiger with Henschel Turret kit No. 35363 released July, 2016. The kits are separately packaged. The King Tiger has eight light-gray crisply molded sprues and a set of vinyl tracks. The T-34-85 consists of five dark-green sprues, one clear sprue, a set of vinyl tracks and individually packaged body halves. Two decal sheets are provided. The King Tiger versions are:  PzKpfw.IV Ausf.B s.Pz.Abt. Feldhernhalle, Hungary, March 1945; PzKpfw.IV Ausf.B s.Pz.Abt.

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