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Sopwith Pup Landing Gear

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Sopwith Pup Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) offers an extensive range of replacement landing gear parts for a wide variety of kits. I have some experience using SAC items to replace kit parts and I've found that the SAC items add strength to the model without sacrificing any of the detail found on the original parts.

I tend to be a rather heavy-handed modeler and I have a history with WWI models which is self-made and not a reflection on the quality of the original kit. I've snapped wing struts, tail skids, and I'm especially rough on the undercarriage support structures. Knowing that I've "got a problem", I have found that SAC gear replacement parts are a positive addition to my modeling effort.

This Side-by-Side review compares the original kit parts found in the WNW Sopwith Pup kit to the SAC #3211 replacement parts for that kit.

MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube

Published: June 1st, 2017     
MiG-25PD/PDS (Foxbat E) - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This set provides a replacement nose pitot for the MiG-25 PD and PDS "Foxbat E" interceptor. The instructions do not list what kit the set is designed for, but the only MiG-25 PD/PDS kit in 1/72 scale that I am aware of is the ICM kit (recently released by Hasegawa under its label too). Unfortunately, I have the Hasegawa kit on back-order, so I was not able to compare the Master Model parts to a kit part for this review.

Befehls Panther Ausf. G

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Befehls Panther Ausf. G
Reviewed by: David Dodge, IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has recently released the Befehls (Command) version of the Panther Aufs. G. This kit is a fairly extensively equipped with many parts trees, clear, photoetch, and wire cables. Though externally identifiable at distance as a Panther, there are subtle details closeup that identify this as a special version of the venerable combat variant. Germany has a history of command versions of many of their combat vehicles, primarily equipped with extra radios and operators for long range and multi-command and control networks. This kit brings into the fold another variant of one of those vehicles.

MiG-25 Pitot tube (all versions except PD/PDS)

Published: May 31st, 2017     
MiG-25 Pitot tube (all versions except PD/PDS)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This set provides a replacement nose pitot for the most of the variants of the MiG-25 Foxbat, other than the PD and PDS "Foxbat E" interceptor. The instructions do not list what kit the set is designed for, but there are a number of different Foxbat kits available from as Hasegawa's initial offering based on the MiG-25 that Viktor Belenko flew to Japan, up to more recent offerings from ICM and other manufacturers. I had a MiG-25PU already underway, so I used that kit as a comparison kit.

Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure

Published: May 31st, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

The Bf109G-5 and -6 fighters were produced in parallel and were pressurized and non-pressurized versions of the same fighter. The G-6 was most widely produced variant and remained in service till the end of the war. Erich Hartmann was probably the most famous pilot to fly the Bf 109 and is the highest scoring ace in the Luftwaffe.

The kit: Hasegawa has released versions of the G-6 or -14 at least 12 times and nothing has changed with this boxing other than the decals. The parts are crisply molded in grey with recessed detail and little to no flash. The clear parts typical Hasegawa quality and look nice. The resin figure is very nice but has a mold seam line down the middle of his face and back of his head...this will be a pain to clean up.

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