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Marder I 7.5cm Pak.40/1 auf Gw.Lr.s.(f) Sd.Kfz.135

Published: May 31st, 2017     
Marder I 7.5cm Pak.40/1 auf Gw.Lr.s.(f) Sd.Kfz.135
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Panda Hobby

Summary

Panda Hobby, a relatively new manufacturer based in China, has recently released a very interesting addition to the German self-propelled Marder family in 1/35th scale; the Sd.Kfz. 135 Marder I. The diminutive French chassis sports individual-link track, a single-piece barrel, and a nicely-detailed ammunition rack to help kick-start the interior.

Background

The Marder or "Marten" was the name given to a variety of German World War II tank destroyers which used existing, high-use or outdated chassis coupled with proven and lethal anti-tank guns. Due to the weight and space constraints of the smaller chassis, the Marder series were not fully armored and were not considered proper Panzerjager that could exchange fire with enemy tanks. Thin upper armor on the front and sides offered protection against shrapnel and small arms only. Accordingly, these vehicles operated best when used in ambush situations or from prepared defensive positions. All Marder series had open tops, although some were issued with canvas covers to protect the crew from the elements.

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

Published: May 29th, 2017     
SE.5a Wolsely Viper
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

SE.5a Wolsely Viper

This is an excellent newly tooled kit from Edward, who continue to set the standard for the finest in model kits. This kit will appeal to less experienced modelers, who may not want to use the photoetch or install the plane's rigging. More advanced modelers will be able to enjoy the detail provided by the photoetch and rigging. Either way, this builds into a beautiful model.

Davinci Rolling Ball Timer

Published: May 28th, 2017     
Davinci Rolling Ball Timer
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1:1
Company: Academy

The Kit

This is the latest in Academy's "DaVinci Series". They are models based on sketches of some of the inventions of this amazing man. All are molded in a vinyl-like soft plastic that facilitates the press fit of the components as no glue nor paint is required. All are ingeniously engineered to go together easily and to function smoothly.

The subject of this review is a rolling ball timer. It doesn't time the rolling ball, rather the rolling ball serves as a sort of escapement mechanism for the machinery. You may think that this is a bit "Rube Goldberg" just for a timer, but remember there were no readily available clocks at the time and those that were, were not particularly accurate and were insanely expensive as well. There are forty-one parts, four of which are metal axels. The plastic parts are molded in two different colors, one a brown that simulate wood and black to simulate iron. The final effect is nicely convincing.

SE.5a Guns

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Guns
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This is a nice resin & photoetch set that replaces the Vickers and Lewis machine guns in Eduard's new SE.5a kit. The resin has better detail than the kit plastic parts and the Vickers gun is easier to install. Some of the resin and photoetch pieces are extremely small.

Background

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a was armed with a single synchronized .303-inch Vickers machine gun mounted in the fuselage in front of the cockpit. Many versions also had an upper wing-mounted Lewis gun fitted on a Foster Mounting to allow the pilot to fire at overhead aircraft. Eduard's newly released SE.5a kit includes both guns, which are replaced by the parts in this add-on package.

Kit

This set includes 16 resin parts, some that are extremely small. It also includes 14 brass photoetch parts, some of which are very small also. There are duplicates of some of the resin and photoetch parts. The resin parts have finer detail than the kit plastic parts, particularly in the cartridge magazines and gunstocks.

SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)

Published: May 28th, 2017     
SE.5a Propeller Two-Blade (right) and Two-Blade (Left)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued two resin propellers as upgrades to the propellers issued with their SE.5a Wolsely Viper kit. The upgraded propellers include resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit propeller.

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.

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