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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.

IPMS/USA Members: We encourage you to submit reviews, both here and to the Journal. To volunteer for membership in the IPMS/USA "Reviewers Corps" and submit your own reviews, please read the Guidelines For Submitting Product Reviews.

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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Executive Board Election Online Voting

Published: June 11th, 2015     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

The online voting for the 2015 Executive Board Election is now open at http://voting.ipmsusa3.org.

Biographical information about the Executive Board candidates is online at http://voting.ipmsusa3.org/content/candidate-biographies.

If you have any questions or issues, please read the Voting Instructions and/or send email to webmaster@ipmsusa.org.

Seatbelts Superfabric

Published: July 7th, 2015     
Seatbelts Superfabric
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a series of WWII-era seatbelts in the “superfabric” series.

This review covers the following items:

F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel

Published: July 7th, 2015     
F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1:32
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

Since late in the Korean war, into the Vietnam War, and even more importantly today, one of the most important missions within the United States Air Force and Navy is the suppression of enemy air defense systems. Blinding the enemy air defenses was and still is crucial to clearing the road for massive bombing campaigns and air superiority. In the United States Air Force, this mission went to a group aptly named the wild weasels. Much like a weasel, the job of these aircraft is to stick their head up and get the enemy air defense systems to see and lock their radar on the aircraft. When the electronic systems in the weasel aircraft indicate the enemy is locked on you, you would launch your anti-radiation missile to ride the enemy radar beam back to the antenna it was broadcasting from. Once in proximity of the antenna, the missile would detonate releasing thousands of bits of steel shrapnel, shredding the enemy radar antenna thus blinding the enemy. In the Vietnam War, the USAF wild weasel mission went to the F-105 Thunderchief. After the F-105s retired and through the first Gulf War, the wild weasel role went to the F-4G.

U.S. Motor Grader - Part 2

Published: July 7th, 2015     
U.S. Motor Grader - Part 2
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: PlusModel

This is a great kit, and will build a beautiful model of a unique WWII vehicle. Building this model is a challenge however, and will require lots of resin experience and careful fitting of many delicate parts.

Originally introduced as the "Caterpillar Diesel No. 12 Auto Patrol" in 1938, the grader was renamed as a ‘Motor Grader’ one year later. The U.S. Army used the Cat 12 Grader during WWII in all theaters for airfield and road work. This is an iconic vehicle that has long deserved a quality kit and Plus Model has delivered a beauty. The Grader follows Plus Models other excellent full resin dozer kits.

An Out-of-the Box review is located here: http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/us-motor-grader

German Motorcycle and Sidecar

Published: July 7th, 2015     
German Motorcycle and Sidecar
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hauler

Adding to their line of detail parts for military models, Hauler has recently released a resin and photo-etched parts set for the Tamiya 1/48 scale German Motorcycle & Sidecar (Tamiya kit 32578).  The set is comprised of seven resin and seventy photo-etched items.  I would highly recommend the small photo-etched parts for experienced modelers, as removing the parts from the fret is a delicate process in itself, and maintaining control of these items through installation can be a challenge.  In the end however, the results can certainly be worth the effort.

High Mobility - A Visual History

Published: July 6th, 2015     
High Mobility - A Visual History
Author: David DoyleAmpersand Group
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Group, Inc.

This is another of Ampersand Group’s Visual History Series using high-quality photography to show subjects in detail and in action. These books are excellent resources for modelers looking for formation and details on specific vehicles. This book, by the prolific author David Doyle, covers the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) popularly known as the Humvee.

The two-page Introduction discusses the history of development of the Humvee, and then briefly describes some of the 40 models in its development. Several models of predecessors in early variations are included. The Humvee has evolved from its original function as a soft skin utility vehicle to serve many other functions, including an armored combat vehicle. 

The book focuses on and includes a chapter on each of the following variations:

Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey

Published: July 6th, 2015     
Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1:1000
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

The original Star Trek TV series, in the 1960s, set the stage for TV science fiction drama in many, many ways - too many to go into here. Suffice it to say, that TV show, while great science fiction on the surface, hit all of the major political topics of the time including the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In one particular episode “The Balance of Terror”, the crew of the Enterprise was forced to respond to attacks on Federation outposts along the Romulan neutral zone, made by a new and unseen enemy with sophisticated, as yet unknown weaponry. The enemy ship could electronically cloak itself from sensors and from being visibly seen. Because of the power required by the plasma weapon however, the ship had to un-cloak before they could fire. When the ship became visible, the image of a great orange bird of prey could be seen on the lower hull of the ship. Once the weapons fired, the great bird of prey disappeared again leaving only the image of a predatory bird that could attack and then retreat into the darkness.

Model Art "How to build the 1/700 scale kits of the IJN ships for beginners"

Published: July 6th, 2015     
Model Art "How to build the 1/700 scale kits of the IJN ships for beginners"
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-nine years.

This magazine was published as guide for modelers who want to start building 1/700 scale ships. It is broken down into twelve sections. These sections contain full build articles, tools, tips, adhesives, paints and working with decals.

I found the tip section to be one of the most valuable as I am fairly new myself to building 1/700 scale naval subjects. The paint section is also a great asset. They compare Mr. Color and Tamiya for specific IJN color callouts. Each color is also shown next to a sample. Overall a great benefit.

If you have ever thought about building 1/700 scale subjects, or maybe you are just getting into building them, I believe that this book would be of great assistance. I know that I have searched for tips and tricks on the internet only to come up short, but found several helpful tips that I look forward to using from this magazine.

T-34-85 Camouflage & Markings 1944-1945

Published: July 5th, 2015     
T-34-85 Camouflage & Markings 1944-1945
Author: Przemyslaw Skulski; Illustrator: Therry Vallet
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This book describes the colors and markings applied to the T-34-85. It served in huge numbers with the Soviet Army and its allies. All of its major users are beautifully illustrated with incredible artwork including the color profiles. The period photographs are clear and in focus exposing the modeler to the harsh conditions of war. A total of more than 35,000 T-34-85s were produced in several variants from different factories. The museum walk around photos points out the differing turrets and chassis from their respective factories. This book is a must have as it covers; unit/ tactical markings, air recognition details, captured enemy markings and even individual names and insignias.

The book is a glossy soft cover featuring a hearty cord & gum binding measuring 8.5 x 11 with 120 pages and 120 illustrations.

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