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Nieuport Ni-17

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Nieuport Ni-17
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Ok, the boys from Eduard have another offering for this famous French kite. In this newest boxing we find 78 plastic parts; a photoetch fret; an express mask, and a beautiful set of decals.  These cover the six options which include French, RFC and Italian services. I will omit a history lesson and go on to the build.

The construction is straightforward; my only gripe is that part A25 is too long and the instruction sheet seems vague in regards to it. Right or wrong, I just cut off the nub it left and sanded the bottom side flush. Everything else was smooth sailing adding the photoetch bits along the way. I added the decals early on in the build simply for the ease of doing them while the areas were still accessible.

I really enjoy the Eduard kits and consider them to be outstanding in fit and detail. I finished the build completely out of box without adding any embellishments for the review.

F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set

Published: October 18th, 2010     
F-8E/H Crusader Detail Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The F-8 Crusader has always been one of my favorite aircraft. I personally tend to model in 1/48 scale, however when the opportunity came up to review Aires 1/32 detail set for the Trumpeter F-8E/H, I could not resist. The set showed up, and I found an F-8 kit with a few other goodies shortly after, so I was all set.

Aires has always been a leader in the realm of aftermarket resin sets. I am used to their 1/48 line and the level of detail found on those, but was blown away with their treatment in 1/32. First, the set is large, and comes in a sturdy cardboard box with lid and clear picture of the contents. Opening the box you are greeted with several bags of large resin parts, a small photo-etch fret, and instructions.

The main areas covered by this set are:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #802, August 2010

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #802, August 2010
Reviewed by: Les Walden, IPMS# 44687
Company: Model Art

This is a very nice slick covered magazine, but if you want to read it, you better know Japanese. It contains a lot of visual information for the modeler. All the pictures are clear and high resolution, even the multitude of advertisements. This issue deals mainly with aircraft with some auto, armor and ship articles.

This edition's articles are:

The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed

Published: October 18th, 2010     
The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: THE F-4 PHANTOM EXPOSED
Company: Reid Air Publications

Everything you ever wanted to see on an F-4 Phantom II. When the author tells you "exposed", that's exactly what he means. This, no doubt, will be the definitive publication when it comes to detail shots of the F-4. Included are descriptions and details for the following: RF-4C, F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4EJ, F-4F, RF-4E, F-4G and the QF-4. The Hellenic DIAS Phantom is also included.

If you're a Phantom buff, as am I, this book is truly the best collection of information (for super detailing purposes) I have seen to date. I thought his (the author's) "Viper Exposed" book was super, but I believe this one surpasses it.

Many thanks to Reid Air Publishing and Jake Melampy for the review sample. Visit them on their website at www.reidairpublishing.com.

Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

As with most Ginter books, the research touches on all serial numbers manufactured, and traces them to their assignments. This was a particular interesting read for yours truly, in that I hold a type rating in this venerable old bird. In the closing pages of this book, I was able to trace, by registration number, the two birds I had the pleasure to fly. I was surprised to see just how many of these post-war relics made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.

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