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F-16A La Vipera

Published: February 25th, 2017     
F-16A La Vipera
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

The F-16 is one of the sexiest aircraft ever made. The early aircraft were even more impressive before all of the bumps and bulges were added to later variants.

Like Salma Hayek in 'From Dusk to Dawn' the only way to make it even sexier is to wrap it in a snake. The Italians did this in April 2010 at Cervia AB, Italy. Sure it is a special paint scheme but what a great marking option. The aircraft itself is only painted in two colors FS36231 and FS36118 which makes for a pretty dark aircraft but add to that the bright yellow, purple and black Viper to it just makes it awesome.

Inside a 6x9 inch, zip lock bag is a double-sided high-quality paper printed in full-color instructions. The instructions show all four sides of the actual aircraft, along with the drop tank markings.

Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Published: February 22nd, 2017     
Axis Aircraft in Latin America
Author: Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Specialty Press

During the 1920 and 1930's most Latin American countries started developing air routes and air services; at the same time that their own armed forces started developing their air arms.That fledgling market brought intense competition from industrial countries, including Germany and Italy, which landed significant contracts for both military and civilian aircraft.

This book is organized into 16 chapters, basically one chapter per country, plus a handful of special chapters like "Visitors" (i.e aircraft not operated by Latin American countries but that made special visits to Latin America), Axis Airline Services, Survivors, etc. In this section is where the only Japanese aircraft in Latin America is found.

Most of the airframes in service were either German or Italian, with a strong presence of Focke-Wulf 44J, Junkers 52, plus a very large collection of Fiats, Capronis and Bredas. While the book covers both military and civilian service, there is limited coverage of combat actions as there were -somewhat- limited air combat activities during the 1930's in Latin America.

L-19/0-1 "Bird Dog"

Published: February 20th, 2017     
L-19/0-1 "Bird Dog"
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Roden

Roden's 0-1 was developed "Under the radar" for many of us; we learned in early announcements of its forthcoming release, and due to world events were concerned that we might never see the kit released. However, the kit has finally appeared, and we now have a large-scale bird dog in hand.

Roden has reputation for developing kits that others won't... and this kit is one of them. For all of us who clamor for "our favorite" or "why don't they just make" in conversation, remember hundreds more will not be interested. In the case of the bird dog, is there a market base supporting the expense of the mold making and sheer monumental effort involved? Hopefully, the answer is yes, because Roden is on a streak. Their 1/144 C-141B answered the call from modelers on a manageable scale, and it's a great kit... so I say the O-1 will be in the same vein. Yes, we need a decent 1/144 C-5A (the Otaki kit is now 50 years old and has a lot of quirks) and a 1/32 O-2 would be nice to round out the FAC trifecta... and Roden is just the company to make this happen. But it's not free... SUPPORT THEM by buying the kits they produce!

TER (Triple Ejector Rack)

Published: February 20th, 2017     
TER (Triple Ejector Rack)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Triple Ejector Rack (TER) allows aircraft to carry three weapons on a single pylon, thus increasing the weapons load that an aircraft can carry instead of a single weapon per pylon as was common in World War II and Korea. The TER attaches directly to the weapons pylon and allows the carriage of up to three of the same weapon, primarily bombs, on that weapons station.

The United States has used TERS since the Vietnam War and they still a common sight on US aircraft along with many NATO air forces. The bombs are attached to the TER by mounting lugs and are stabilized by adjustable sway braces on the TER.

Railway Semaphore

Published: February 20th, 2017     
Railway Semaphore
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt's Railway Semaphore is a nicely detailed kit with great fit of the parts, and will be a great addition to railroad dioramas. This kit is a model of a railway semaphore of the type used by Germany in WWII, and is part of MiniArt's Building and Accessories Series.

The German Imperial Railway, (Deutsche Reichsbahn), used a signaling system, the H/V system semaphores, which signaled trains whether to proceed or not. The semaphores arms were painted white and red with a circle on their track side. One arm projected horizontally meant stop, and projected upwards at 45 degrees meant proceed. The semaphore in this kit is a two-aspect type with two moveable signal arms. The lights were gas operated.

Included in the review slideshow is a photo of an abandoned semaphore signal on the former Franzburger Suedbahn close to Velgast railway station (Meckl-West. Pommerania, Germany). Photo from Wikipedia by Global Fish.