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French Air Force Dewoitine 520, MS.500, NC.900, DH-82 Tiger Moth, Ki-43 Oscar

Published: October 19th, 2010     
French Air Force Dewoitine 520, MS.500, NC.900, DH-82 Tiger Moth, Ki-43 Oscar
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/48
Company: Dutch Decal

When I first "signed up" to do a review of these decals, I wasn't familiar with the company, or what would be on the sheet. I was interested in the Ki-43 markings, as I find myself building mostly Japanese aircraft recently. When the package arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised at what I saw!

PT Decals sheet #48002 covers some captured WWII Axis aircraft in French service. The decal sheet itself is very well done with markings for all the aircraft listed below. The decals are all in perfect register, and appear to be of the highest quality on the market today. The lower right of the sheet reads "Pierre Tilley / Dutch Decal 2010; Produced in the EEC"

Included with the decals is a very nice, full color fold out with profiles of each of the aircraft represented on the decal sheet (see the accompanying photos to get a better idea of how great this set of decals really is!)

P-40B Warhawk Exhausts

Published: October 19th, 2010     
P-40B Warhawk Exhausts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has found another item which will enhance a small, but noticeable, part on Trumpeter's P-40 Warhawk. This particular part is the engine exhaust which is on both front sides of the fuselage.

The Trumpeter part comes in two pieces and needs to be glued. When gluing the parts together, you will notice that the outer edge of each exhaust pipe doesn't quite fit together and therefore needs to be compressed carefully so as not crush them. After that, it has to be cleaned up as careful as possible so as not to make one shorter than the other.

Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Panzerwerfer 42 auf Maultier
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms, IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

HISTORY

The use of multiple rocket launchers by the German armed forces during WWII was quite extensive. The mobile version of a 150mm rocket launcher type 42 was mounted on a half track Sd Kfz 4 Maultier. It guaranteed a high mobility, especially in off-road conditions.

THE KIT

The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. The details were in excellent condition, there was minimal flashing, and no defects. Some injection molded marks were visible.

Factory Corner w/Steps

Published: October 19th, 2010     
Factory Corner w/Steps
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This kit is composed of 12 sprues of injection molded plastic containing 219 parts plus 4 vacuum-formed sheets. The vacuform represent the building sides, two sheets for each of the 2 building sides. For those familiar with MiniArt kits, the sprues containing the parts for the stairs are the same ones contained in many of their kits, and this time they will be assembled in another one of the many ways they go together. Brilliant production work!

This kit builds up to a spectacular diorama base, but much care needs to be taken during its construction as it is very fragile. I recommend reading the entire review before starting on the kit as there are a number of issues upon which the instructions do not touch that need thought before you apply the glue.

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
Author: Captain Richard Hoffman, USN (ret)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209 and others.
Company: Ginter Books

When I heard that IPMS had this book for review, I begged and pleaded to get it, for two reasons; I was in the process of building the Anigrand 1/144 PB2Y-5, and I know a WW2 veteran who flew PB2Ys in the war. Ed Cooper has a lot to say about the quality and factual content of the book. Since he still has his log book from 1944-45, he was able to check facts and dates. Also, he has that great comeback about how something happened: "Have I heard about it? I was THERE!!"

Ed Cooper: The Pilot's Perspective.

Hi, I'm Ed Cooper, and I flew the PB2Y-5 in both VPB-4 and VPB-13. My good friend, Jim Pearsall, how is building a model of the PB2Y, has allowed me to review this book. How exciting and what a joy I have experienced. In the short time allowed, I have skimmed this book, and hope to read every word and study every photo.

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