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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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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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Boarding Ladder for Mig-21

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Boarding Ladder for Mig-21
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

If you like to build your planes as they would be just before a flight, one problem has always been to get a decent pilot boarding ladder. Some have come out but have been all photoetch and delicate. Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a Mig-21 and could be used with either the Eduard or Academy kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!

Model Art No. 07 Air Model Special IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Model Art No. 07 Air Model Special IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art has published No.7 in the series labeled, “Air Model Special” and this issue focuses on the Ki-61 Hien.

Some 60 pages in this issue are dedicated to coverage a number of different kits of the Ki-61, by a variety of different kit manufacturers, and in multiple scales. The photography is stunning, but then that has long been a feature of Model Art publications. The workmanship displayed in the models is world class and the images provide an excellent resource for detailing, painting, and markings.

This issue, were it to offer nothing more than the excellent article on the Ki-61, would be worth the cost, but it also includes short articles on a number of other subjects.

Featured is an article entitled, “V/STOL, Part 1, First Flight 50th Anniversary Part 1: First Generation Harriers. Some excellent images of Harriers “in the field” are accompanied by several pages of profile drawings. Some are in black and while, while most are in full color showing stencils and national markings, camo schemes and Squadron markings.

Horten Ho-229 Part 1- Preview, Engines and Main Frame

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Horten Ho-229 Part 1- Preview, Engines and Main Frame
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei-Mura is relatively new on the model making front as far as time goes but they have set a new standard for modeling with their philosophy of having the internal detail be included in their planes. They have also chosen extremely desired and interesting subjects and the latest 1/32nd scale offering is a Horten Ho-229 jet- their first jet. The Ho-229 (sometimes called the Go-229) was an all wing aircraft propelled by two jet engines deep in the fuselage. It has somewhat the look of a B-2 Spirit. It was purposely designed to allow for minimal radar detection with 1000kg load of bombs, a 1000 kph top speed and a range of 1000 km. It might have been close to those numbers if mass produced.

Scale Aircraft Modelling November 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 9

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling November 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 9
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. There does seem to be a trend to add more feature articles and that is a very good thing as the builds are superb. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and six Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with Jay Laverty's build review of the Fisher Models 1/32nd F7U Cutlass. He details some upgrades to the wheel wells and how to handle such a large resin kit. A good description of his way to get a true white base coat sprayed is also a highlight of the article.

Next up is Mr. Laverty's continuing build of the new Airfix 1/24th Scale Typhoon. In this installment, the engine is built and wired and added to the already finished main spar/cockpit assembly. the conclusion is in Decembers issue and I can't wait to see it.

Next up, James Campling builds HobbyBoss 1/48th A-6E and what a build it is- excellent bombs from Eduard, a superb , subtle paint job and great weathering. How good is it? I went and bought the kit!

Martin-Handasyde 1911

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Martin-Handasyde 1911
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Round 2 Models

Background

H.P. Martin and George Handasyde were an aircraft and motorcycle manufacturer from 1908 to 1922. The subject of this kit was one of their first efforts and appears to represent the third version of this aircraft. I base that on the 40hp J.A.P. engine that is fitted to this kit.  This aircraft strongly resembled the French Antoinette including the odd twin wheel controls in the earlier versions. Those were abandoned after criticism from early test flights. Controls were modified to a control wheel with fore and aft motion for the elevators and wing wrapping controlled by turning the wheel. A bar controlled the rudder.

Ladders for F-105F/G

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Ladders for F-105F/G
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plusmodel

What's a decent diorama builder to do if you want to pose your plane with a boarding ladder? Plusmodel to the rescue! They have recently released a series of 1/48th scale boarding ladders for several planes. This one if for a F-105F/G (the two seat version) and could be used with either the Hobbyboss or Revell kits and it is INJECTION MOLDED!!!!!

Wheel Chocks for MiG-29 and Other Russian Airplanes

Published: November 20th, 2014     
Wheel Chocks for MiG-29 and Other Russian Airplanes
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models from Hungary has its own line of resin and photoetch and this set is an example of how superb their parts can be. Set 132001 is a set of wheel chocks meant for Mig-29's, but would work with any 1/32nd scale Russian planes. The set consists of two resin parts for the majority of the chock and 6 photoetch pieces. Four make up the braces and two are the ends with the claw-like grabbers, which prevent the chock from moving.

Assembly is done by removing the casting block from the resin chock bodies. Next two of the braces are bent into channel shapes. A hold and fold is excellent for this. Lastly, the front part is bent so the grabbing fingers bend down. All three of these are glued in place on the bottom via their excellent instructions. Super glue is a must for adhesion since we are bonding photoetch and resin.  Repeat for the other chock and prime (I used Alclad gray).

1969 Dodge Charger – Dukes of Hazzard General Lee – Snap Kit

Published: November 18th, 2014     
1969 Dodge Charger – Dukes of Hazzard General Lee – Snap Kit
Reviewed by: William Mahoney, with assistance from Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round2 Models

Although most of Round2’s kits are re-issues of older models, this “Snap It” kit is an all new issue.  As per Round2’s website, “… parts molded in orange, tan, black, along with clear and chrome plated parts, modelers of any skill level can easily assemble a great looking replica with no paint or glue required!”

This is the second review written by my 9-year old son William, an IPMS Junior member.  William primarily builds aircraft like his dad, but after doing one snap together car model review, he was anxious to do a second.  As this is recommended for ages 8 and up, we thought it would be good to see how this model rates with its intended audience.  The rest of the review will be in his words.

“When I opened this box, the model parts looked high quality, in particular because some of the parts were chrome.  Most snap kits don’t have chrome parts. 

Some pieces need to be removed from their sprues, so a pair of nippers or adult help with an Xacto knife will be needed. 

Nieuport 17 WW1 Centenary Special Edition

Published: November 18th, 2014     
Nieuport 17 WW1 Centenary Special Edition
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Academy

Recently Academy has jumped on the bandwagon of World War 1 related items by re-releasing a couple of their older 1/32nd scale aircraft.  This one is the ubiquitous Nieuport 17.  This new commemorative edition features new decals for three aircraft, a little string for rigging, and a small photoetch sheet for details.

Having built this model a number of times over the years, I still consider it one of the best offerings Academy has ever done of a WW1 aircraft.  It captures the lines of this scrappy little fighter quite well.  The only notable exception is the upper wing gun, which doesn’t to my eye come close to representing a Lewis gun, or any other aircraft gun of the period, for that matter.

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