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SH-3 Sea King Landing Gear

Published: April 6th, 2013     
SH-3 Sea King Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions is a maker of metal landing gear to replace kit parts. This landing gear set is for the Hasegawa 1/48th SH-3 Sea King. Included in the set you get two main landing gear struts, two retraction actuators, two torque links (scissors), and the tail wheel.

After comparing the kit parts to SAC’s parts this is what I have come up with. SAC’s gear will give your model a firm base to sit on. However, there are also some shortcomings. The SAC gear appears to be a tad bit smaller (see the photos below). This may not be an issue because who can say that the kit gear is correct? One area that will be an issue is the retraction actuators. As you can see in the kit and SAC comparison photo, the SAC actuator is just short of contacting the gear strut.

When I opened the package, I was a little baffled as to the presence of two unknown parts. These actually turned out to be the torque links (scissors). They were just smashed together (see the photo). Not a big deal. If you spread them apart carefully, they will be fine. Just be careful, as they have a very small attachment point.

Marder II Mid-Production ’39 – ’45 Series

Published: April 6th, 2013     
Marder II Mid-Production ’39 – ’45 Series
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models has released the Marder II in 1/35 scale, another in an impressive line of German Marder (“Martin”) Tank Destroyer kits.  Based on the venerable Pz.Kpfw. II chassis, this version of the Marder was phased out in 1943 for the Wespe self-propelled gun.  The Marder name lived on, however, being coupled with the excellent Czech 38t chassis in the Marder III, which came in several different forms.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 2

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

The April issue of SAM features some inspiring work, as well as provides some significant reference material. A regular contributor to SAM, Pete Mossong, along with fellow contributors Dave Wilson and Damon Edwards, provides an “Aviation in Profile” article covering the BAC 167 Strikemaster in RNZAF service. Filled with color images of the BAC 167 and supplemented with scale drawings and data, this 10-page article provides excellent reference material to the modeler wishing to build a Strikemaster.

Featured in this issue are articles by Ioannis Giavasis and Massimo Santarossa. Giavasis tackles a classic Airfix kit, the Saab Viggen in 1/48th scale, while Santarossa builds the Great Wall P-61A, the second variant of the Black Widow by Great Wall.  Both are fantastic builds and provide much in the way of detailed imaging that will greatly aid anyone building these models.

As is the case in each issue of SAM, there are a number of “Compact Build Reviews”. In this issue, there six CBRs.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #47, Spring 2013 – Special Ship Model Edition

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #47, Spring 2013 – Special Ship Model Edition
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s special quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. As with the regular Model Art Magazine, this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles.

This special ship model edition focuses on the “Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands” and the naval vessels involved from both the U.S. Navy and the IJN.

The issue starts off with a two-page article about IJN anchor chain, clevises, and other fittings found on these vessels. The next eighty three pages are dedicated to the “Battle of the Vera Cruz Islands”. Within this article, they use photos of models, period photographs, line drawings, and color artwork for their illustrations.

Following this is a section called “Only Ships – New Items”. They devote several pages to this with a multitude of black and white photos showing all the new ship models and aftermarket that is coming out on the market.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #866, April 2013

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #866, April 2013
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is a Japanese publication that is released monthly. The text is mainly in Japanese with some English subtitles throughout. One attractive feature of these magazines is the high quality of the photographs and the models that are used.

In this month’s issue, the feature article covers dealing with aftermarket parts (resin and photo etch), and then they show the application to actual models. They cover everything from removing PE from the fret, bending PE, and cleaning resin. This article covers approximately the first quarter of the magazine.

The next article is the continuing series on building a JASDF T-28B. This month they cover the wings and landing gear.

The April new kit review covers the following kits: GWH 1/48 Mig-29 Late type 9.12, Kinetic 1/48 T-45 A/C “Goshawk”,  Pit Road 1/35 Crossley Armored Car Model 25, Tamiya 1/35 M109A6 “Paladin”, and Fujimi 1/700 Aircraft carrier Cruiser Mogami.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #865, Special Ship Model Edition – IJN Warships Scalemodel Album

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #865, Special Ship Model Edition – IJN Warships Scalemodel Album
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s Imperial Japanese Navy Warships Scalemodel Album. As with the regular Model Art Magazine, this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles.

This special issue is chock-full of photographs of built scale models. It features ten magnificently built scale models. Some of them are a Yamato in 1/350th, Nagato in 1/350th, and Akagi in 1/350th, as a few examples. Each ship has several pages dedicated to it with a multitude of color photographs for each.

After the main gallery, there is a section devoted to some of the build notes of each model. These are highlighted with black and white photos of the models during their construction.

While the price may seem a little steep for a photo album of built models, if you have an interest in IJN subjects you would find this issue interesting.

I would like to thank Model Art and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this fine magazine.

WWII Russian Fighter Pilot, 1939 - 1943

Published: April 4th, 2013     
WWII Russian Fighter Pilot, 1939 - 1943
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast’s line of miniature figures now includes a 1/48 scale Russian fighter pilot in the flight gear typical of the early years of WWII.  He obviously is attired for summertime service, decked out in a smart-looking lightweight khaki tunic with decorative embroidery, and blue dress trousers tucked into non-insulated leather boots.  He also appears to be ready to climb into the cockpit because he is wearing his helmet, goggles, and parachute. The original figure was sculpted by Mike Good.  It is a nicely proportioned figure with extremely fine detail and very realistic facial features.

P-40E Warhawk “Prisoner of War”

Published: April 3rd, 2013     
P-40E Warhawk “Prisoner of War”
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

What more can be said about the P-40? The P-40 was made famous by the AVG “Flying Tigers”, but was utilized by almost all of the American allies during World War II. The Warhawk was also used in almost every theater of operation during the war.

Every county involved during the war evaluated captured aircraft in some form or another, even with pressing them into service due to the lack of spare parts, such as the example of his kit.

Kit

This is a Limited Edition kit from Hasegawa, and compliments the rest of Hasegawa’s P-40 line. The kit is produced in light grey plastic. It features recessed panel lines with a minimum of flash.

As with most aircraft kits, you start with the cockpit. When complete, you have a nice representation of a P-40 cockpit. One downside is that there are no seatbelts on the seat. You will have to go aftermarket for these.

Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun

Published: April 3rd, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun
Author: Jan Forsgren
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: MMP Books

The latest issue in MMP’s ever-expanding “Yellow” series covers the Messerschmitt Bf-108 “Taifun.”  This is certainly one of the most comprehensive treatments of the Bf-108 I have ever come across.  The Bf-108 is often relegated to a small mention in Bf-109 books when describing the development history of that aircraft.  Now we have a volume dedicated specifically to the “Taifun.”

In a manner similar to other titles in this series, this book covers the design development of the Bf-108, followed by a brief history of its production and service.  This is followed by several pages of technical data. and finally, many pages of detail photos.  Scale plan views of all variants are included in both 1/72nd (within the text) and 1/48th (separate, loose insert) scales.

Panzerfahre Gepanzerte Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. 1

Published: April 2nd, 2013     
Panzerfahre Gepanzerte Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. 1
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

According to Dragon Model’s web site, this model represents “a vehicle whose main function was combat supply on land and in water. It could tow an amphibious trailer, or alternatively it could work in tandem with another Panzerfahre as a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load.”  However, other than the prototypes, no other vehicles were manufactured.  Yet we get a lovely injection-molded kit of this weird vehicle!!  The Golden Age of Modeling, indeed!

The Kit

Thanks to the fact that this vehicle was basically a floating box, there aren’t many parts to it: just over 90, the largest by far being the upper and lower hull parts, D & Z.  The majority of the remainder is for the Panzer IV-based road wheels, drive sprockets, and idler wheels, and the track return rollers.  And speaking of track, there are two track pieces, one per side, and manufactured out of Dragon’s DS 100 “rubber” material.  Detail on all the parts is very good for the scale, and there were no ejection pin marks or sink marks on any of the parts in my kit.

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