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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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U.S. Marines AV-8A Harrier Decals

Published: April 20th, 2014     
U.S. Marines AV-8A Harrier Decals
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Scale: 1:72
Company: Caracal Models

When I purchased the new Airfix Harrier GR.1 kit in 1/72 scale, I did so with the intention of building it as the USMC AV-8A Harrier. I planned to cobble together suitable decals from my collection of spares, but didn’t have to when Caracal Models released a sheet just for this very purpose.

The decal sheet is silk-screen printed by Cartograph of Italy, so you know the quality is excellent. All markings are on register and the colors are vibrant. Caracal provides an eight page booklet, printed in full color, which depicts profiles for twelve aircraft plus generic drawings with painting instructions and stencil placement. Colors are listed in FS numbers. All the aircraft choices have the same basic camouflage scheme of Dark Green, Dark Sea Gray over Light Gray. The two exceptions are a test machine that has Day-Glo orange panels and another aircraft in a winter scheme where White replaces the Dark Green. Though there are marking options for a dozen aircraft, there are only national insignia and stencils for one “low-viz" and one “hi-viz" aircraft.

’37 Ford Coupe Street Rod

Published: April 20th, 2014     
’37 Ford Coupe Street Rod
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

This is one of the all time great car designs with smooth lines and the free-flowing curves of the fenders. This classic has always been popular with hot rodders. The Revell kit of the ’37 coupe has been issued and re-issued many times, and this is the latest version. This version seems to be mostly a repackaging, as most of the parts and options were available in previous releases.

The kit is showing it’s age with soft detailing, some fit issues, and a completely confusing front suspension. In spite of the shortcomings the kit still builds into a nice hot rod model. The kit would be frustrating for an inexperienced modeler and would be better suited to an avid car modeler.

Kit Contents

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Munster's Monster Truck

Published: April 18th, 2014     
Munster's Monster Truck
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

When I heard we were having all the grandchildren down for Spring Break, I knew it would be a good time to build a kit with my Grandson Parker. Up on the list comes AMT/Round 2's 1/25 Munster's Monster Truck and I snagged it up. Parker was excited about having the chance to build with Grandpa almost as excited as I was and we dove into the kit the day he arrived.

The kit is molded in black with two sprues of chromed parts, instructions, a full set of decals, and the giant tires naturally. This is a full glue kit and includes a lovely decal sheet of Hermann Munster's face that is beautifully printed.

One of the first things to realize with this kit is that there are spare parts and a fair number of them left over from previous incarnations. This includes duplicate light bars, drive shafts, and more. This is a great chance to get Parker to read directions! We first cut off all the extra pieces and got rid of them to help him assemble. There is a fair amount of flash on the kit from previous moldings and I did jump in to help remove it. The kit was built in three separate subassemblies. The engine and exhausts, the frame, and the body.

OV-10 A/B Bronco Exhaust

Published: April 18th, 2014     
OV-10 A/B Bronco Exhaust
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Produced by Aries Quickboost, whose products can be obtained directly through their website https://www.modelchoice.net/catalogue  the two exhausts are a direct resin replacement for the kit supplied exhaust parts for the Testors 1/48 scale OV-10A kit. Cast in a light gray resin the two exhausts are well cast and offer details not found on the kit parts.

The two kit parts are molded as a solid unit, devoid of any open area. I modeled this kit a number of years ago; the kit is after all well over 30 years old (!!) and had to carve out the solid end on both parts to replicate the open look of the actual aircraft parts. It wasn’t a difficult job and really enhanced the look if the model. The Aries Quickboost parts not only have the open ends on the exhausts as found on the full sized versions, but also have the interior baffles found on the real ones.

Antonov AN-2 Floodlight

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Antonov AN-2 Floodlight
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The AN-2 “"Annushka" (NATO designation “Colt”) bi-plane is a throwback from a very earlier age as a rugged biplane used in a STOVL role. The Hobby Boss kit is a nice replica of this plane, yet there are some details that require improvement. One shortcoming is the landing floodlights on the leading edge of the lower wing. The kit provides the lens for the lights, but they are blanked off and no light is represented.

Antonov AN-2 Air Intake and Oil Radiator

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Antonov AN-2 Air Intake and Oil Radiator
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The AN-2 “"Annushka" (NATO designation “Colt”) is a throwback from a very earlier age as a biplane STOVL cargo aircraft. Hobby Boss makes a nice replica of this plane which captures it rugged appearance.

Quickboost offers a series of details designed to enhance this kit. This set provides drop in fit parts to replace the kit air intakes and oil cooler. The molding is typical Quickboost, well molded and crisp in durable resin. I did a comparison of the kit parts and the level of detail is similar. So why this set? It saves time - eliminating the need to glue two small halves a small parts together and cleaning up the seam. I find that in styrene the intakes with hollow openings can distort with cement and are hard to clean up. So if you are a bit ham-handed with small parts, this set saves effort. Plus since small parts like these like to fall victim to the carpet monster or dark resources of your workspace, it is good to have the option for resin replacement parts! If none of these problems plague you, then the kit parts are fine. For many, this set is a good solution. Recommended.

Scale Aircraft Modelling April 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 2

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling April 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue covers a build of 1/72 Revell Tornado IDS build in Tigermeet markings and a 1/32 Special Hobby Fiat G.50. The Tornado build is by Pierre Baldru and covers the construction and painting of this colorful kit. He modifies the kit with Aires Wheel Wells, Master pitot tube, Verlinden seats and Eduard RBF tags. The kit is then finished with a remarkable German Tigermeet scheme with the entire plane striped. It looks fantastic

The other Feature article from James Ashton and covers building the 1/32 Special Hobby Fiat G.50. No aftermarket is used and concentration is put on the mottled camouflage screen and perfect subtle weathering using oils.

The Aviation in Profile article covers one of my favorite planes, The F-15. There is a great history of Israeli use and purchase of the F-15 by Yoav Efrati and Jay Laverty.  The detail shots are from and F-15i Ra'am and the color schemes cover Israeli, JASDF and American Eagles.

S-61A Sea King “Antarctica Observation”

Published: April 17th, 2014     
S-61A Sea King “Antarctica Observation”
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber Hobby

Previously, Cyber-Hobby released a 1/72 scale plastic kit of the American-designed Sikorsky SH-3D Sea King helicopter. At first, this twin-engine SH-3 Sea King was used primarily for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) by the US Navy. Many other nations adopted the Sea King design, including Japan, where it was license-produced by Mitsubishi. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) widely used the Sea King as an ASW platform. Some 18 S-61A Sea Kings were used in search-and-rescue (SAR) roles too. Sometimes these were deployed to Antarctica aboard naval icebreakers. Japan maintains stations in Antarctica, and the JMSDF is responsible for Japan's Antarctica Observation activities. 

Cyber-Hobby is providing a kit of an S-61A in Antarctica Observation service with the JMSDF. With the provided Cartograf decal markings and a suitable paint scheme, this S-61A variant of the Sea King could be ready for action in the frigid climes of Antarctica.

Antonov AN-2 Cowl Flaps

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Antonov AN-2 Cowl Flaps
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The AN-2 “"Annushka" (NATO designation “Colt”) is a throwback from a very earlier age as a rugged biplane used in a STOVL role. The Hobby Boss kit is a nice replica of this plane, yet there are some details that require improvement. Hobby boss provides the option of having the cowl flaps open or closed. Quickboost offers a set of replacement cowling flaps in the open position which are much thinner and have slightly more detail; they are intended to replace kit parts – E49, E50, E53 and E54.

These parts are not quite a drop in fit and required me to clean up the opening in the cowl where the flaps fit; this is due to the accurately molded side pieces of the flaps. The cowl openings are tapered and needed to be squared in thickness to allow the flaps to fit. I ended up enlarging the opening in the longest dimension to achieve a good fit. I used gap filling CA to glue the flaps in position, the slow set allowing me time to work the flaps into the desired angle.

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