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LAU-3 Launcher with Rockets

Published: July 25th, 2016     
LAU-3 Launcher with Rockets
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

Videoaviation is new to me and once I received the sample for review, I am wondering why I have not seen their fine aftermarket resin sets. Packaged in a sturdy plastic box, resin is protected by bubble wrap with all parts flash free and cast in light tan resin. A nice touch is the pour block on the pod is on the underside opposite the side on where it connects to the pylon. This makes it easy to remove that portion and sand contour without damaging features.

There are two choices on rocket types so take notes on what version you are modeling. These parts can easily be sanded free of the pour base. Instructions show to add lugs to the top but the sample already has these cast in simplifying the assembly however the lugs are very delicate and mine were broken. Not a problem if installing on a pylon and that detail will be hidden. Decals are included with all having a white background except for "Remove before Flight" flags.

LAU-32 Launcher with Rockets

Published: July 25th, 2016     
LAU-32 Launcher with Rockets
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

Videoaviation is new to me and once I received the sample for review, I am wondering why I have not seen their fine aftermarket resin sets. Packaged in a sturdy plastic box, resin is protected by bubble wrap with all parts flash free and cast in light tan resin. A nice touch is the pour block on the pod is on the underside opposite the side on where it connects to the pylon. This makes it easy to remove that portion and sand contour without damaging features.

There are simply two parts to assemble , pod and exhaust plume deflector. Looking at reference photos, the plume deflector may be an option so check your references if you even need that part. Both parts can easily be sanded free of the pour base. Instructions show to add lugs to the top but the sample already has these cast in simplifying the assembly. Decals are included with all having a white background except for "Remove before Flight" flags.

M-117 GP Bomb (750 lb)

Published: July 25th, 2016     
M-117 GP Bomb (750 lb)
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

Videoaviation is new to me and once I received the sample for review, I am wondering why I have not seen their fine aftermarket resin sets. Packaged in a sturdy plastic box, resin is protected by bubble wrap. The forward bomb part, fuse and lugs are flash free but the aft section with fins have a very fine mold line that can easily be sanded. Parts are cast in light tan resin. A nice touch is the pour block on the pod is on the underside opposite the side on where it connects to the pylon. This makes it easy to remove that portion and sand contour without damaging features. There are simply four parts to assemble , front & aft sections, fuse and lugs(2). Decals are included with yellow text and clear background

B8 80 mm Rocket Launcher

Published: July 25th, 2016     
B8 80 mm Rocket Launcher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

The B8M1 rocket launcher carries 80mm S-8 unguided rockets that can come in a variety of types. It is still in use by various countries and on various planes. Advanced Modeling has produced a wonderful 1/72nd scale version of this weapon to upgrade current kit parts or add something different.

The resin comes with enough parts for two rocket launchers that each consist of three parts - the main body, the nose cone and the back shroud. Simply cut the parts from the casting blocks and make sure they are square. Glue the parts together and fill any seams (I had almost none as the fit was good).

The recommended color is aluminum dope. Advanced Modeling included some great shots of the real thing and while they started as silver colored, they are well used so it is a great chance for weathering the parts. I started with a undercoat of Tamiya acrylic thinned with lacquer thinner. Once dry, I covered the entire part with TS-17, silver lacquer, which gives a really nice aluminum dope appearance. I then highlighted with Alclad aluminum.

RD-33 Exhaust Nozzle of MiG-29 Aircraft

Published: July 25th, 2016     
RD-33 Exhaust Nozzle of MiG-29 Aircraft
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Advanced Modeling

There is a new player in the Aircraft aftermarket world, and they hail from Russia: Advance Modeling. I had not heard of them till they appeared on the IPMS Reviewer list and I thought I would try out their resin exhaust nozzle set for the new Zvezda MiG-29 (9-13). The resin used is a light gray color, captures very fine details, and is easy to cut using a razor saw or equivalent. The package is simple but effective, with parts in clear bags held within a plastic shell that, when a single staple is removed, is hinged at the other end and opens up like an oyster. The instruction sheet is in English and Russian, and unfolds with easy to understand and follow graphics.

Each exhaust nozzle is comprised of four parts, with each piece needing to be removed from it's pouring sprue with a razor saw. After which, the cut area just needs a few swipes with a sanding stick to clear up the joint. Before assembling the parts I would recommend that now would be the time to paint the interior, as it's easy to access the interior on each component. Once the paint dried, I used some CA adhesive to bond the resin parts together. It's that simple.

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