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Riders in the Sky 1944

Published: July 14th, 2018     
Riders in the Sky 1944
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard's extensive new "Riders in the Sky 1944' B-24 coastal command Liberator Special Edition comes packed to the gills with extras. Besides the two new sprues, photoetch, and standard Hasegawa B-24D kit. you get a book full of photos and information, though the wording in mine was in Czech(There is an English translation available in PDF format). You get an Eduard print of the cover image on the box that it all comes in.

Construction

The main kit here is the venerable B-24D by Hasegawa. IPMS/USA has reviewed the standard kit.

I'll be reviewing the add-ons and modifications that Eduard has provided for this special edition. Unpacking the box, you will see the Hasegawa kit and then two new sprues, one in Eduard's dark gray, and a new clear sprue for the multitude of rear turret options for the British Liberators. The gray sprue has most of the internals for the turrets, the rocket pods, rocket rails and rockets, and propellers for certain marking choices.

Steel Storage Locker

Published: July 12th, 2018     
Steel Storage Locker
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler

Hauler continues it releases of wonderful diorama and vignette pieces with set 35105 which includes all the parts needed to make two lockers. Not foot lockers, think lockers like gyms and high school.  The set comes as a single photoetch sheet consisting of twelve parts in brass.

Construction takes good folds so I grabbed my Hold and Fold and set out to build it up. The first set of folds is to the four outer walls and top. These fold to make the body of the lockers. I glued the seam tight and moved on to the next step. You fold a front lip to the top divider. This is added to the vertical divider and this slid into the locker frame from the bottom. I used a Glue Looper and thin CA to secure. The bottom was added and same way and secured.

The largest problem I had in the build were the two locker doors. They are very thin and have lovers on the top and bottom To this, you add a our ring of backing and for the life of me, they kept bending when adding the backs. I managed to get them fairly straight through working with smooth pliers and weight. I added the claps to the doors and lockers.

Fieseler Fi-156 Storch Cockpit Accessories (Academy Kit)

Published: July 12th, 2018     
Fieseler Fi-156 Storch Cockpit Accessories  (Academy Kit)
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

History

The Fieseler Fi-156 "Storch" was one of the first STOL aircraft developed for military use. Appearing first in 1935, it went into Luftwaffe service in 1937, and served throughout World War II, both in the Luftwaffe, and in the armed forces of Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Rumania, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition, they were also manufactured in Czechoslovakia and France, where production continued after the war. Many postwar models had different engines, and some wartime models are still flying. Some Fi-156's were captured by the Allies, and were used by the Americans, British, and French.

The main advantage of the Storch was its STOL capability, being able to take off and land in 200 ft. or less, depending upon wind. It could get in and out of some pretty small places, and one was used to rescue the Italian Dictator Mussolini when he was being held by Italian rebels after his regime was overthrown in 1943. The model represents the airplane used by Otto Skorzney for this event.

Latin American Wars 1900-1941

Published: July 10th, 2018     
Latin American Wars 1900-1941
Author: Philip S. Jowett
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is another edition to Osprey's "Men-at-Arms" series, and follows author Jowett previous Osprey books, Men-at-Arms 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49; and his three-part sequence, "The Italian Army 1940-45 (Men-at-Arms 340, 349 and 353)".

This book is illustrated by Stephen Walsh. Walsh has worked as a professional illustrator since 1988. His projects for Osprey include such diverse subjects as the battle of Otterburn, the Chinese army from 1937 to 1949, and the US Home Front in World War II.

The author lays out the primary goal of this publication as being, "to introduce the reader to the armies and wars of Mexico, Central America, and South America in this period." He easily achieves that goal and much more. Mr. Walsh also provides an in-depth look at the root causes of these conflicts such as military influence, the power of oligarchies, and weak or divisive governments.

ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter

Published: July 10th, 2018     
ADF F-CK-ID Ching-Kuo IDF - Indigenous Defense Fighter
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: AFV Club

Brief History

The AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF), is a multi-role combat aicraft named after Chiang Ching-kuo, the late President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The aircraft made its first flight in 1989. It was delivered to Republic of China Air Force in January 1994 and entered service in 1997. All 130 production aircraft had been manufactured by 1999.

The IDF program was initiated when the United States refused to sell F-20 Tigershark and F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to Taiwan following diplomatic pressure from China. Taiwan therefore decided to develop an advanced indigenous jet fighter. The IDF jet fighter project was designed and built by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) based in Taichung, Taiwan.

The ROCAF's initial order for 256 aircraft was cut to 130 in 1991, following deals for the purchase of 150 F-16 Block 20 A/B and 60 Mirage 2000-5Ei/Di with the US and France. The last IDF A/B rolled off the production line in 1999. Mid-life updates to the aircraft were initiated in 2011.

The Kit

(from the manufacturer's website)

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