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L-39 Seatbelts - Super Fabric

Published: July 19th, 2015     
L-39 Seatbelts - Super Fabric
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard’s newest line of accessories is fabric aircraft seatbelts and harnesses.  This set includes two sets of ejection seat harnesses for Eduard’s L-39 Albatross trainer kit.  There are 3 parts to each harness set, a set of shoulder straps and two lap belts.  As the kit seat is pretty vanilla, so the addition of the fabric harnesses greatly improves the look of the seat. 

WWII "God's Blessing" 6 Figure Set

Published: July 19th, 2015     
WWII "God's Blessing" 6 Figure Set
Reviewed by: Joe LoMusio, IPMS# 45454
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

For a sometime now, Bronco Models has been releasing numerous military figure sets in 1:35 scale, and has particularly shown an eye for the not-so-typical. Sure, there has been the British AFV crew set and the U.S. Tank crew set, and both the 17 pdr and 25 pdr Anti-Tank gun crew sets. But they have also offered the British War Correspondents set and the Allied Female Soldier set. As a Minister, they then caught my eye earlier this year with the release of “God’s Blessing”, a 6 figure set depicting a Priest and five U.S. soldiers during WWII. The Priest (a Catholic Priest) is shown leading a front line mass, with his sacerdotal implements on the hood of a jeep. Kneeling before him are five soldiers, two of whom are holding Bibles (or, perhaps Prayer books). The box art captures this unique scene – worship in the midst of war.

MQ-9 "Return of the Reaper"

Published: July 19th, 2015     
MQ-9 "Return of the Reaper"
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Caracal Models

This is the second sheet printed by Caracal covering the operators of the MQ-9 Reaper UAV.  The sheet includes markings for four U.S. Air Force Reapers, and one each from the RAF, the French Air Force, the Italian Air Force, and a civilian version operated by NASA.  I liked the French Air Force markings, but as their Reapers are unarmed, and I wanted to load up mine, I opted instead for the RAF Reaper.

While the Reaper is a relatively large UAV, there are not a lot of decals to be applied, regardless of which one you choose to model.  The set includes enough of the stencils to decal two Reapers from the sheet, which is good as the Skunkworks kit is a double kit.

The decal sheet includes instructions on the colors to paint the Reaper, and to my surprise, unlike the MQ-1 Predator, the military Reapers are two shades of grey, with the underside painted in a much darker grey than the topside.  The sensor turret is a third shade of grey somewhere in between the other two.

De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI - Part 1

Published: July 19th, 2015     
De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI - Part 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Tamiya

Thank you to Tamiya, Inc. for providing this wonderful kit for review and to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to document my build experiences. Sharing this review with the scale modeling community would not be possible without the exceptional support of the IPMS Reviewer Corps. Thank you everyone!

The Mosquito is one of my favorite aircraft with its underdog success story and exceptional operational history. Tamiya’s representation of the fighter-bomber version of the Mosquito is also exceptional. The following review is a compilation of the planning, preparation, and subsequent anticipation of a very enjoyable build of a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.IV aircraft. Please look for a complete build review soon, where I will report on how this elegantly packed kit progressed to large-scale representation of the “Mossie.”  

Tru-Color Paints

Published: July 19th, 2015     
Tru-Color Paints
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: NA
Company: Tru-Color Paint LLC

When I heard that Floquil railroad paints were being discontinued, I rushed out and bought several bottles of my favorites, Grimy Black and Reefer White.  But knowing that these two or three bottles wouldn’t last forever, I asked the proprietor at my LHS (The Hobby Depot) if there was any replacement on the horizon.  Dick replied that there was already a line of railroad paints which had been out for several years, and that he had just received a stock.  Sometimes it’s good to go to a shop which carries supplies for other hobbies, like model railroading.  I bought  TCP005, gloss white, TCP009, grimy black, TCP800, flat white and TCP828 flat imitation aluminum.

The Paints

These are lacquer based paints, not enamels or acrylics.  The list of ingredients is as follows:  acetone, ethanol, MEK, toluene, propyl alcohol or butyl alcohol acetic ester.  The label warns that it’s flammable, and harmful or fatal if swallowed.  There’s also the usual precaution to use it in a well-ventilated area.