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D9R Doobi w/Armor Slats - Interior

Published: October 4th, 2016     
D9R Doobi w/Armor Slats - Interior
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

With the recent release of the updated Meng 1/35 D9R Armored Bulldozer to include slat armor, Eduard has released a number of photo-etch detail sets to update the kit and add new details. This is a Meng kit so the detail is fantastic but there can always be some room for improvement, especially with regards to the interior.

This update set has one medium fret of photo-etch parts for the kit. This fret has a large number of color panels to replace all of the kit molded-in panels and placards. As usual with Eduard's photo-etch sets, the detail for these color panels is a huge upgrade over the kit parts. This is partly due to the finer detail of the new parts when compared to the originals and partly due to their ease of use, just remove the kit detail and drop in the replacements.

The Great War Through Picture Postcards

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
The Great War Through Picture Postcards
Author: Guus de Vries
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Originally published in the Netherlands in 2014 by S.I. Publicaties BV, this hard cover book covers the four year period of the 'war to end all wars'. Translated into English by Britta Nurmann, Pen and Sword Books released the first English edition in in January 2016. Osprey Publishing released this reprint edition in August 2016. Dr. Guus de Vries has focused this book on three perspectives:

RP 825 Fuel Tank

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
RP 825 Fuel Tank
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Productions produces kits and resin accessories in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales. Earlier this year, it released a series of accessories for the Mirage III/V aircraft in 1/72 scale.

There are only two parts to this set, the RP 825 centerline fuel tank and a pylon designed to fit the Mirage III C or E. The parts are molded in cream colored resin and are nicely molded with good panel line detail. The pour stub on the pylon is easily removed with either a razor saw or by simply wiggling the pylon (as I did). The attachment cleans up very easily with a sanding stick.

The attachment point for the tank is at the trailing edge of the rear fins, so I used a razor saw to remove it. There is a bulge between the trailing tip of the tank and the attachment point, but this is easily removed with a sharp Xacto and a sanding stick. I also used a sanding stick to clean up the trailing edge of the fins. My sample had a bit of a mold seam down the right rear side of the tank and a little flash between the side of the tank and the fin on the left side, but this easily dealt with using a Flexi-file and medium grit sanding strip.

Magirus-Deutz 360M19 Canvas Truck

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
Magirus-Deutz 360M19 Canvas Truck
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

After WWII Germany's auto/truck industry was desperate for customers. The famous Deutz motors were mated to the Magirus haulers and they filled the Autobahn with their workhorse trucks. Magirus even found buyers in their former enemy; and sold thousands of units to the Russians.

FW-200 Condor Exhaust

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
FW-200 Condor Exhaust
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

The Fw-200 was an all-metal four-engine airplane that was originally designed as an airliner. As World War II broke out, it was modified for use for long-range maritime patrol, reconnaissance and as an anti-shipping patrol bomber in addition to a transport. This airplane has been modeled twice in 1/72 scale by Revell but recently Trumpeter have added the airplane to their line-up. The Trumpeter kit is a great improvement on the Revell kits in both detail and accuracy but as always, Aires/Quickboost have found some areas to improve the kit.

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