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VMFA-334 Falcons: Lovebug 5 - USMC F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War & Japan

Published: October 26th, 2017     
VMFA-334 Falcons: Lovebug 5 - USMC F-4J Phantom in the Vietnam War & Japan
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AOA Decals continues their excellent releases focused on USN/USMC subject from the Vietnam war period with this release for the 1/32 Tamiya F-4J Phantom and representing a specific VMFA-334 Phantom, BuNo. 5565 with a call sign of "Lovebug" (and you gotta love that). The markings represent the Lovebug in Vietnam during 1960-69 and later in Japan 1969.

One thing that always stands out with AOA decals is the depth of their research. This scheme has been issued in the past but had some issues primarily with the falcon insignias and the modex numbers which are too small on previous releases. AOA is good enough to have a picture of the Lovebug on the cover and both markings look perfect. Also, there is information on adding fuel tanks as far as which pylon and markings, walkways and color call outs.

SR-71 Blackbird In Action

Published: October 26th, 2017     
SR-71 Blackbird In Action
Author: David Doyle; Color Art: Don Greer; Line Illustrations: Vincenzo Auletta
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long-standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 55, a 50-pager on the Blackbird by Lou Drendel that was published in 1982. This 2017 release is essentially a new book, although it retains the identical Don Greer cover as In Action 55 monograph.

MiG-29 Fulcrum Landing Gear

Published: October 26th, 2017     
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Over the past couple of years, Trumpeter has released four new MiG-29 "Fulcrum" kits, the Model 9.12 Fulcrum A, the Model 9.13 Fulcrum C, the Model 9.51 Fulcrum B trainer to the Model 9.13 MiG-29 SMT. While there are some significant differences between the various versions of the Fulcrum, the landing gear is essentially the same on all four of these variants.

Earlier this year Scale Aircraft Conversions released a replacement set for the Trumpeter MiG-29 kits. The set is comprised of five parts, two main landing gear legs, a two-piece nose strut, and the nose strut retraction actuator. As with many other SAC sets, the first step is to remove the slight mold/cast seam on each of the parts. I first scraped the seam down using a Xacto blade, then I polished each part using a wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool, at low speed. This results in a smooth, shiny finish on the parts and highlights the excellent castings.

F-5N Modern Adversaries

Published: October 26th, 2017     
F-5N Modern Adversaries
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs Aviation Graphics

I've always thought the F-5 Freedom Fighter was a sexy little airplane. And with a neat paint scheme, it is even cooler. Two Bobs has dabbled into these markings with this release.

The adversaries of VFC-111 and VFC-13 sport some of the camouflage schemes that many potential adversaries would fly in.

Typical of all Two Bobs releases this one comes in a ziplock baggie of 6x9 inches. The decals themselves are printed by Microscale so you know they are thin, opaque and in register. This sheet features three aircraft, one from the Sundowners and two Fighting Saints. There are stencils for each aircraft and decals for CATM AIM-9 markings.

The instructions are printed on a double-sided 8.5x11 sheet of high-quality paper. The front side has both sides of the three aircraft. A color callout chart is included with references to Model Master, Humbrol, Mr. Color, Xtracrylics, and Mr. Paint series. The back side of the page shows the top and bottom views. The markings for the CATM Sidewinder is included.

1001 Aviation Facts

Published: October 26th, 2017     
1001 Aviation Facts
Author: Mike Machat (Ed)
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Specialty Press

Time for an aviation pop quiz. Put away your smartphones, close your computer, and see if you can answer these questions the old-fashioned way.

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