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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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Early Soviet Jet Fighters by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Early Soviet Jet Fighters by Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book covers the development, specifications and history of the first Soviet jet fighters. It is a massive tome that provides a great deal of detailed information on its subjects. The authors are certainly the current experts in the field of Soviet/Russian aircraft and after reading this book it is easy to see why.

 

I had really wanted to review this book as I have in my possession an ultra rare 1/48 Russian resin kit of the Mig-9 by Airkits. Since material on the Mig-9 and other early Soviet jets has been few and far in between, this is a welcome addition!

The book is broken down into 5 chapters by manufacturer. The order of their presentation is by their importance to the Soviet Union both in development and usage. The order of coverage is Mikoyan  Migs, Yakovlev, Lavochkin, Sukhoi and jets of Semyon Alekseyev.

 

The Mig-9 and all its variants are covered in the first 84 pages. There are many B&W and a few color photos. The text traces the development and usage.

 

Static dischargers - type used on Sukhoi jets

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Static dischargers - type used on Sukhoi jets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Master Models

Master Models has started to issue static dischargers in all scale and types. As a bit of background,  static dischargers or static wicks are used on aircraft to allow the continuous satisfactory operation of onboard navigation and radio communication systems during precipitation (p-static) conditions. if you look at any plane, they have these on the back of the wings, tails and horizontal stabs.

 

This particular set is made for Sukhoi jets and in 1/32 scale. This would fit Su-27 and Su-7 for example. The set contains 14 pieces of very small (7mm or so) almost hair thin machined brass. As you can see in the picture, even the end is cupped out. Installation involves drilling out the appropriate spot and gluing the part on. To demonstrate, I used a Trumpeter Su-27 and you can see by the comparison, it is NO comparison. The Master Model parts are a world better, more accurate and look all around better.

 

These parts also come in other scale. For 1/32, they are so head and shoulders above the kit parts, they are a great replacement. Highly recommended! My thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these.

APACHE WARRIOR 1860-86

Published: July 29th, 2014     
APACHE WARRIOR 1860-86
Author: Dr Robert N. Watt, Illustrated by Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Kenneth McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book just changed my “image” of the Apaches as an undisciplined and unsophisticated group of fighters. The Apaches begin training new warriors at an early age and in addition to the obvious physical toughness there is considerable effort to develop mental toughness, obedience and agility. Of particular interest is the Apache concept of risk versus reward. Raids and wars are very carefully planned to consider all tactical and strategic options as well as contingencies and exit routes in case of problems. For a raid or war to be successful the primary goal is to greatly reduce the chance that a warrior to be killed since that reflects badly on the leader and places a burden on the tribe to care for the lost warrior’s family.

The book does describe some of the Apache engagements with the USA and Mexico as well as narratives about some of the main Apache tribes and leaders. Of keen interest is the battle weapons and tactics and that the Apaches entered battle minimally dressed in order to avoid infection due to clothing in the wound.

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Announcement from the Chairman - Tours are regretfully canceled due to low participation

Published: July 28th, 2014     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Announcement from the National Convention Chairman - Tours are regretfully canceled due to low participation.

Shopping Cart

Published: July 28th, 2014     
Shopping Cart
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 35073
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler Brengun makes some of the most innovative kits of unique things around which can be used in all sorts of dioramas. In this instance, it's a 1/35th scale shopping cart! The kit is simple- one sheet of nice photoetch, which has a dozen parts- one for he main cart plus a set and the fold out part that holds the seat plus a safety chain and four wheels. There is also a resin sprue with 5 wheels (an extra) and a resin handle along with the company’s logo. A nice set of instructions is also included.

The biggest thing with building this kit is to make sure you get the large photoetch part folded correctly. If you do, you seal the seams. I used super glue, but in hindsight, soldering would be better. You then add the seat and inner part (if you have ever seen a grocery cart, this is the same!). Glue the two outer leg supports on, make all four wheel brackets that require a couple bends and a photoetch part to make the rotating part rotate. Glue these on and wash the resin parts off. The wheel's slide right in and if you built the cart right, the handle glues right in place, glue the safety chain to it and you're complete.

ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition

Published: July 28th, 2014     
ZU-23-2 "Sergey" Ammunition
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

Master Model has produced a nice ammunition set to go along with their beautiful ZU-23-2 barrels.  This set consists of 20 empty casings, 10 OFZ (HEI) rounds and 10 BZT (API-T) rounds.  The items are made from turned brass and ultra-tiny.  The only issue I have with these great items is that they can only be used as a diorama accessory.  Without the disintegrating links that hold the rounds together, they can only be used as individual pieces unless the builder is a REALLY good scratch builder.

SH-3D Sea King Exterior

Published: July 28th, 2014     
SH-3D Sea King Exterior
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Introduction

The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter was developed in the late 1950s for the US Navy’s growing anti-submarine warfare role. Becoming operational in 1961, the Sea King would serve with the US Navy until 2006, and continues in service with other operators to this day. Over its lifetime, the Sea King would spawn multiple variants and revisions. This included versions to meet USAF and USCG roles, such as the well-known HH-3E Jolly Green Giant combat search-and-rescue helicopters. Additionally, licensed-built versions of the Sea King were made by Mitsubishi, Agusta, and Westland. The British-built Westland Sea King variants differ in quite a few points from the Sikorsky-built Sea Kings, and are the basis for Cyber-Hobby’s 1/72 Sea King kits.

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube

Published: July 27th, 2014     
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II - GAU-8 Avenger gun tip and Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Models

Hot on the heels of their 1/48 scale release, Master Models has released a 1/32 scale version of the GAU-8 Avenger gun tip for the Trumpeter A-10. Also included is a corrected pitot tube.

The set is straightforward with a sheet of photoetch for the front and back of the gun barrel, a turned brass center post, seven turned gun barrels, a brass main gun housing and a turned pitot tube. I included several shots of the main gun housing with its holes as it is a work of art. Finely made and with the holes made perfectly.

Assembly is done by adding the back plate and gluing the brass center post into its hole. The only tricky part is next when the front cap is added- you must make sure the holes align for the barrels. I did this by adding the end cover and holding it up to light and making sure things were straight. Let that dry and then slide the barrels through and secure them. The pitot tube is a direct replacement.

As you can see by the comparison pictures, there is no comparison. If you are going to build this kit, you need this part. it is much more accurate and to scale. I would say this is not just highly recommended but is required.

Naval T-Birds Decals

Published: July 27th, 2014     
Naval T-Birds Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

A recent addition to Iliad Design’s line of 1:72 scale decal sets is one covering a variety of US Navy and Marine Corps Lockheed T-Birds.  Markings are provided for five aircraft.  This set actually includes scaled down versions of the four subjects found on Iliad’s 1:48 scale Naval T-Birds set with a fifth one added. 

In his review of Iliad’s 1:48 scale set, Charles Landrum commented that Iliad earned his respect for releasing decal sets for subjects off the beaten path…in that case, for Navy and Marine T-Birds when only one kit exists in that scale to build a T-33.  By releasing a 1:72 scale version of that set, Iliad provides modelers with decals that offer these unique markings for a number of kit options…the older Heller and Hasegawa ones or the more recent Sword and Platz releases. 

The set provides markings for:

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