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The "MUNSTERS" Living Room

Published: October 28th, 2010     
The "MUNSTERS" Living Room
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Company: Polar Lights

In September, 1964, a strange TV show appeared on our sets, The "Munsters". Using classic horror film characters as a base, the macabre humor of these frightening creatures with wise cracking dialogue, outrageous visual gags and fast motion cinematography made this show a hit. The show lasted 2 years (70 episodes) and was cancelled in May, 1966 due to an All New Color Batman taking all the ratings. It still can be seen in syndication and enjoyed by all.

We have Herman (played by Fred Gwynne), Lily (played by Yvonne DeCarlo) as his loving wife, Grandpa (played by Al Lewis) and Eddie (played by Butch Patrick) as their son. Unfortunately Marilyn (the less fortunate member of the family) and Spot the family fire breathing dragon pet is not depicted in this kit.

This is one of the "Glow in the Dark" kits, so you really get enough parts to assemble two kits. I used the glow parts for the figures, some of the furniture and details and the spider webs. This lent to an eerie effect that coincided with the horror theme of the kit.

Avro Lancaster The Survivors

Published: October 28th, 2010     
Avro Lancaster The Survivors
Author: Glenn White
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Company: MMP Books

I was very excited to have the opportunity to review this title. I am very fortunate to have two of these featured Lancasters in my own back yard. I drive past the Calgary Aerospace Museum every day to and from work, I often stop in to view FM136 found on page 33. Also my inlaws live in southern Alberta and we visit them once or twice a month, highway 2 takes me thru the heart of Nanton and the Nanton Lancaster Society's FM159 (page 41) almost fully operational Lancaster MK X. As well my local club RMMC (Rocky Mountain Model Club, IPMS) holds its annual regional contest in the Nanton Lancaster Hangar usually the last weekend in May or the first Weekend in June (next contest June 4, 2011). So I have had the opportunity to climb inside and see the inside of this magnificant beast. Also during the contest the Society rolls the Lanc outside and fires up the two starboard engines (hopefully on June 4 the inner port will also be running). The sound of those merlins running is breath taking and you have to fight back the emotions.

I-153 Correct Cowling

Published: October 28th, 2010     
I-153 Correct Cowling
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Years ago in SAM Volume 21 Number 2 April 1999 Dave Neale built a beautiful I-153 in Finnish Markings. In his build article he reworked the kit cowling making the needed corrections to depict the proper exhausts. The Heller kit simply comes with dimples for the exhaust ports that surround the cowling. Dave removed these dimples and drilled out holes in the cowling and made his own exhausts. For years I have wanted to make this kit but have chickened out in favor of less involved projects, because I would need to do as Dave did to do the kit justice.

Windsock Datafile 140: Fokker C.1

Published: October 28th, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 140: Fokker C.1
Author: Colin A. Owers
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The subject of this Datafile may seem somewhat eclectic to model builders who don't have access to a mainstream kit that matches the subject. But this publication fills a significant void in aviation research and documents the history of an aircraft that has been generally ignored by most model companies (although one limited run 1/72 resin kit is currently available from Omega. Datafile 140 will be of value to anyone willing to tackle a most interesting conversion of one of the many mainstream Fokker D VII kits however, as the C.1 was actually a stretched D VII.

F/A-18B Casper and his Bandit Ghosts

Published: October 28th, 2010     
F/A-18B Casper and his Bandit Ghosts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

This sheet of markings is for the F/A-18Bs belonging to VFA-125, The Rough Raiders. They are one of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aggressor squadrons whose mission is to teach other fighter squadrons the tactics and skills they need to stay alive in a real dog fight.

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