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Kamov Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts

Published: December 26th, 2016     
Kamov Ka-27 Helix Seats with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires Quickboost has released an easy replacement for the Hobby Boss 1/48 Kamov Ka-27 Helix kit that replaces the four kit seats with four resin seats with safety belts. There are no instructions but they are a simple replacement for the kit parts that use three parts to construct each seat. I am not aware if there are any other 1/48 kits of the Helix available that could use these seats, but they may be applicable on other 1/48 Russian helicopter kits with some modification.

Quickboost has molded the four seats perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Quickboost seats are each supplied on their own resin sprue with a thin resin attachment to the part that will minimize any cleanup.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash this part to remove any remaining mold release and prime it first. This part will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot

Published: December 23rd, 2016     
Death in the Air: The War Diary and Photographs of a Flying Corps Pilot
Author: Wesley D Archer
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Originally published in Hardcover in 1933 by William Heinemann, this diary immediately became a bestseller, largely due to the incredible WWI in action photographs. The publisher was told that the author had been killed in action in 1918 and that the suppliers of the typewritten manuscript wished anonymity. The diary had no named author, and had no dates or any squadron references that could be checked. The spectacular pictures did create some doubt, but in post war Britain, no one wanted to dishonor a WWI hero. Fast forward to 1983 when a collection was donated to the Smithsonian and the contents were recognized by noted WWI historian Peter M. Grosz, who along with Karl Schneide, deduced what had happened. The book was re-printed in October 1985 by Greenhill Press with an Introduction by Karl Schneide of the National Air and Space Museum revealing the details of the hoax.

Su-25 "Frogfoot" Pitot Tube

Published: December 23rd, 2016     
Su-25 "Frogfoot" Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

This set provides replacement pitot tubes for the Su-24/39 Grach (Rook), better known as the "Frogfoot" in the West. The Grach has two nose mounted pitot tubes. The left pitot is a simple needle point pitot tube, while the right pitot has multiple vanes and spikes about halfway down the pitot, similar to many other Sukhoi fighters.

The set includes three brass parts and one resin part. The left pitot is a single piece of brass which comes to a nice sharp point. The right pitot is composed of the circular tubes of the front and back of the pitot tube and the resin part replicates the fine vanes and protrusions commonly seen on Soviet pitot tubes. As with Master Model's other pitot tube sets, the packaging for the set is really well thought-out as the brass parts are in separate pockets from the resin part and the resin part is contained in a small foam square that is lined with good sticky tape on the back side to keep the resin part from floating around, which is good as the vanes and spikes on the resin part are very delicate.

USN/USMC Tailhook Striping

Published: December 23rd, 2016     
USN/USMC Tailhook Striping
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72, 1/48, 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

Having built many US Navy jets in various scales for over 36 years, I can resoundingly state that the thing I hate most about painting them is masking and painting tailhook stripes. Although some manufacturers have included the striping decals with the kits, the vast majority have not.

Thankfully, AOA decals has introduced a new series of decal sheets in 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scales to provide those stripes when the kit manufacturers haven't. Received for this review was the Combo sheet, which includes all three scales. Individual sheets for 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 are also available. Decals are simple sets of black stripes of appropriate width and spacing, and are printed by Microscale.

Application is straightforward, especially when using the Microscale setting system. The decals are thin, but resist tearing enough to handle, and yielding enough to settle around surface detail. I applied a 1/48 sample to an old "Revellogram" F/A-18A/C tailhook from a model I built over 3 decades ago. The sample settled beautifully and without incident.

F4U-5 Corsair Exhaust

Published: December 23rd, 2016     
F4U-5 Corsair Exhaust
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides you with one set of Vought F4U-5 exhausts. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided five plastic parts with the new Quickboost replacement. The genius here is going from five parts that must be aligned properly with a single piece that provides alignment inherently. Even better, the exhausts are already hollowed out!

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. The landing light and venturi tubes will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

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