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Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 6 - November/December 2010

Published: March 17th, 2011     
Windsock Worldwide, Vol. 26, No. 6 - November/December 2010
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Fans of World War I aircraft and Wingnut Wings models will enjoy this issue.

Nine pages have been devoted to a build of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale Pfalz D.IIIa and have 45 color photos showing how to put this model together. Needless to say, tips and hints abound on how to proceed, including one page ("Pfalz Archiv") that has four photos of actual aircraft and a three-view drawing. If you haven't bought the kit before this you'll most likely want to after reading this article.

Roden's 1/32 scale Sopwith Triplane has an in-the-box review followed by "Rara Avis" this time about Lloyd LK.I (40.08) Austro-Hungarian Triplane bomber. One page with a brief history, specifications and two photos of the only prototype built. A two page 1/72 scale 3 view drawing from Ian Stair archives really shows off the strange features of this aircraft.

PD-62-8 Pylon and APU-60-1 launch rail

Published: March 16th, 2011     
PD-62-8 Pylon and APU-60-1 launch rail
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zactomodels

If you have not dealt with "Zactoman", and you are in to 1/32 Soviet aircraft, visit his website. Your wallet will automatically open... In this case, Chris graciously provided review items.

When I built the Trumpeter SU-25 back about three months ago, I noted the outboard pylons were not included in the kit. Serious sadness, as I had never seen an SU-25 without these pylons. The holes for the pylon mounts were in the wing, but the pylons were not on the runners anywhere.... Who could figure out why?  Cost cutting over 1/100 of a dime...

In steps Chris at Zactomodels. He's about as crazy about cold war Soviet aircraft as I am... and he has provided a 1 or so-hour solution to the missing pylon. The PD-62-8 Pylon and APU-60-1 launch rail he provides, along with the detail parts to make it more realistic, are for lack of words, perfect resin castings. Suddenly my SU was about to be complete...

Wash the parts with 409 or similar degreaser, let dry, and get busy.

Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941-1945

Published: March 16th, 2011     
Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941-1945
Author: Mark Stille, Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

While the aircraft carriers of Imperial Japan may have captured the glory of the navy's early victories in the Pacific, by and large it was her cruisers that did the slugging, round after round, with the U.S. and Allied navies during the initial stages of the war. This latest New Vanguard edition by Osprey Publishing chronicles the development and use of Japan's heavy cruiser force. All 18 of the heavy cruisers (designated "Class A cruisers" in the IJN) that fought in the Pacific War were completed before the outbreak of the war. No Japanese heavy cruisers were built during the war.

Mirage 2000 Pitot Tube

Published: March 16th, 2011     
Mirage 2000 Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

I like the Mirage family of jets, they just look fast. An interesting feature is the bulbous nose probe out in front of the radome. In plastic this is a hard part to clean up - I have suffered these trials with the Heller Mirage 2000 and the Italeri Mirage F.1. The Mirage 2000 was the Eduard re-release that I built for IPMS review. Well, the nose probe was a casualty of the road on my way to its first contest entry! I made the repair, but it looked a bit short and then it was subsequently lost. The Model Master probe is far more petite and prototypical, so I was eager to try this brass replacement and restore my Mirage to its visual glory! 

Installation was easy. I remove the base of the old probe, filed back the nose to match the taper of the base of the probe, drilled a hole and voila, my Mirage was back to full strength. This is such a nice enhancement that will withstand jostling, that I plan to order several. I only wish that it was turned from stainless steel or aluminum so you wouldn't need to paint them with a metallic. Strongly recommended!

Thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for my review samples.

Browning .30 Caliber Barrels

Published: March 16th, 2011     
Browning .30 Caliber Barrels
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

I continue to be amazed at the variety and quality of the product line from Master Models. I have had the pleasure to review their replacement ship gun barrels but this is the first opportunity I have had to review their aircraft accessories. This latest offering from Master Models is a pair of replacement .30 caliber barrels, perfect for the rear gun mount on most two-seater US Navy aircraft. These barrels are little jewels. Okay, I am not a machinist and so I am always impressed by quality lathe work. I was a bit astounded by the perforated cooling jackets. I will not even ask how it was done, but there had to be a computerized milling machine with an indexing arc to even space the dimples in this fine brass. Installation is easy, cut off the plastic barrel, drill a small hole and glue in the replacement barrel. Is the barrel worth the cost and effort? Well, I dug out the best barrel I could find (one from the Accurate Miniatures SBD Dauntless) did a comparison, and have to say "yes", it is a much finer barrel. I might not replace the barrel in this kit, but I can think of a lot of kits that could use the upgrade.

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