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Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set

Published: October 16th, 2018     
Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 10701
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1400: Olive Drab #1, 1944-1945; All Theaters
  • TCP-1401: Olive Drab #2, 1939-1941; All Theaters
  • TCP-1402: Olive Drab #3, 1942-1944; All Theaters
  • TCP-1423: Olive Drab #4, 1950-1956; US Army Only
  • TCP-403: Matte Mud, #1
  • TCP-408: Matte Aged Rust

The set also included a sample of their masking / frisket paper.

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"

Published: October 16th, 2018     
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop"
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/24
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won't say the ride was completely smooth...but it was a fun ride regardless.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"

Published: October 15th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

Northrop Delta Mk. II/III

Published: October 15th, 2018     
Northrop Delta Mk. II/III
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Special Hobby

The Kit

The kit consists of five light grey styrene sprues and one clear unit. Many parts, especially on Sprue D, are listed as not to be used. Some bombs and racks are also provided on Sprue G, but there is no reference in the instructions as to which variants carried them. More good fodder for the spares box.

The parts are well molded with very little flash, although the window openings required a little bit of trimming. Concerning the window arrangement, there is apparently another version of this kit with a straight row of rectangular windows, but this one had four square and four round windows, plus some oddly shaped windows by the cockpit, and, of course, the pilot's windshield. There is adequate interior detail, including a complete cockpit, some rear cargo compartment detail, including radios, a seat, and several cameras. There is even a machine gun mounted in a ventral position. I can't imagine why this was installed, but I included it in my model

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