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Betab-500ShP Concrete Piercing Bomb

Published: January 18th, 2017     
Betab-500ShP Concrete Piercing Bomb
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modelling

To those who model Soviet era and modern Russian aircraft there has been a welcome proliferation of weapons which have emerged on the market, so we have something to hang on aircraft models other than rocket launchers and dumb bombs. Unlike the west, the Soviet and now Russian military is not known for the use of smart ordnance, and rare were the pictures of them fitted. But a wide range of weapons exist for specialized missions and the pictures coming from Syria show smart weapons being hung.

A new manufacturer from Russia has come on the scene to offer perhaps the widest range of munitions than we have seen so far on the market – Advanced Modeling (AM). Multi-media kits with cleanly cast in gray, durable resin; the detail is superb. The casting are so well done that I could see faintly detect lathe marks when the masters were turned.

1977 AMC Pacer Wagon

Published: January 18th, 2017     
1977 AMC Pacer Wagon
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

Back in ’77 the AMC Pacer was arguably ahead of its time. The expanded windows were a definite safety feature allowing greater visibility, and the sub-compact (now the same size as some mid-size cars) had great fuel consumption. Unfortunately, it was “too far ahead” and people described its odd look as an upside-down fishbowl.

Construction and Detailing

This 2016 release #AMT1008 is a Retro-Deluxe re-pop for this kit which has seen several box arts over the years. It needs glue and paint, so it would be recommended for modeler 12 and older. The overall model is simplistic as many of the detail work is molded in. As an example, the block on 14 piece motor has a molded-in exhaust manifold and fuel pump. The gas tank and frame rails are molded into the floor pan and the door panels are molded into the interior bucket. For the experienced modeler this would be a “weekender” but it would also make a great “step-up” kit for a novice builder. It’s what I would call a “tweener” and most appropriate for that age group.

PBK­500U SPBE 500 kg Cluster Bomb

Published: January 17th, 2017     
PBK­500U SPBE 500 kg Cluster Bomb
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

To those who model Soviet era and modern Russian aircraft there has been a welcome proliferation of weapons which have emerged on the market, so we have something to hang on aircraft models other than rocket launchers and dumb bombs. Unlike the west, the Soviet and now Russian military is not known for the use of smart ordnance, and rare were the pictures of them fitted. But a wide range of weapons exist for specialized missions and the pictures coming from Syria show smart weapons being hung.

A new manufacturer from Russia has come on the scene to offer perhaps the widest range of munitions than we have seen so far on the market – Advanced Modeling (AM). Multi-media kits with cleanly cast in gray, durable resin and the detail is superb.

Spoiler and Flap Mask Set for Tamiya F-14

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Spoiler and Flap Mask Set for Tamiya F-14
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball; a dogfighters’ term for a fighter-themed modeling company. We sincerely appreciate Furball Aero-Design’s support of IPMS USA and their providing one more of their great products for review. And thanks to the reviewer corps leaders for sending this set to me to review!

Everyone who loves to mask flaps and slats on white-belly marked F-14’s, raise your hands. (Not you, Scott, I know you hate Navy stuff and won’t touch them). Long story there...

Anyway, for the other hundreds who didn’t raise your hands and laboriously mask off the white slats and flaps on your Tomcats with bits of masking tape and swearing profusely, Furball has a simple solution: This very fine vinyl mask set!

To use: assemble Tamiya’s F-14 wings, and do all your prep work (seams, etc). Stick the wings on a holding fixture (I found the kit runners had some candidates), then primer with white.

A note here: let the paint fully cure HARD. Because the adhesive on these masks is aggressive and works well to hold the masks in place. Skip this step at your own peril.

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