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B-17F Flying Fortress: A Visual History of the F Model B-17 Flying Fortress in WWII

Published: July 24th, 2017     
B-17F Flying Fortress: A Visual History of the F Model B-17 Flying Fortress in WWII
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: G-104 Press

David Doyle's latest book is with a brand new publisher, G-104 Press. Founded by Scott and Kim Taylor of London, Ontario, this volume follows the Visual History format previously seen from David Doyle's books from Ampersand. David Doyle has acquired the use of the former Ampersand format along with the inventory and website: http://www.AmpersandPubCo.com . This book is presented in landscape and includes 112 gloss pages. G-104 Press does not yet have a website, but they are planning on one. Presently, the book is sold through David Doyle's website.

Scott and Kim Taylor can be reached through their Thachweave Products webpage at thachweave.tripod.com where they sell some unique modeling products or you can often find them at IPMS and AMPS conventions.

IDF M109A2 Rochev

Published: July 23rd, 2017     
IDF M109A2 Rochev
Reviewed by: Mark David Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

The U.S. Army accepted their first M109 in 1963. The M109 sported the short barrel (23 Caliber) 155mm M126 gun. Since 1963 the M109 has gone through a series of changes and upgrades. Most notable is the change to the longer barreled (39 Caliber) M185 gun on the M109A1 and the removal of the external floatation kit and addition of the external ammunition storage box on the M109A2.

The Israelis received their first 60 M109s in 1967. After years of boycotts, refusals, and subterfuge, the United States agreed to openly sell Israel much needed modern armored fighting vehicles. The only changes the IDF did to the original M109s were to add some hull mounted crew rails on the side and the conversion of some muzzle brakes to the Soltam version (probably for testing purposes).

By the time of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, only one Battalion had been equipped with the M109 Rochev (Rider) as it is called in Hebrew. This Battalions B Battery was almost completely wiped out in the first two days of the war. After the losses suffered from the war, the United States again offered to supply more arms and armor. This time the M109A1 was delivered to Israel.

SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 & 4 Blade Propellers
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin radiators to upgrade the radiator in their SE.5a kit:

  • 648319 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 4 blade prop 1/48 $7.95
  • 648320 SE.5a Radiator - Hispano Suiza for 2 blade prop 1/48 $7.95

These radiators are for the Hispano-Suiza engine version of the SE.5a. The upgraded radiators include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit parts.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

Etendard IVP/IVM

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Etendard IVP/IVM
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk Models has already released a 1/48th scale kit of the French Super Etendard. They are now gracing the shelves of your local hobby shop with an earlier version of that aircraft: the Dassault Etendard IVP/IVM. This model represents the maritime strike (IVM) or photo reconnaissance (IVP) version of the aircraft.

Etendard is the French word for standard or banner. For some historical perspective on the Dassault Etendard, I'd refer you to Air Vectors website. Air Vectors has a nice history of the type from the Etendard II through the Super Etendard, for your edification.

Upon opening the box you will encounter five sprues of light gray parts and a sprue of clear bits for the canopy, clearance/anti-collision lights and photo-recon camera windows. There is a fret of photo etch parts for some of the finer details. Among those photo etch parts are seat belts, speed brake detail, flame holder for the Atar 8B engine, and wing spoilers.

Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc

There's always been a soft spot in my heart for '69 Corvettes. I don't know why, but maybe because they look so darn sexy.

Engine

We have a 427ci engine under the hood with 3 2 barrel carbs. There's also an option for a single 4 barrel and different air cleaner. That chrome triangle looks better than a round semi-gloss black thing.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked. There are no options for the interior. You can make only a stock interior.

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