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SH-3G Sea King Helicopter

Published: February 4th, 2014     
SH-3G Sea King Helicopter
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The U.S. Navy started converting SH-3A and SH-3D Sea King Helicopters into the Utility version designated SH-3G, eventually converting 105 early airframes into this version. The conversion included removing all of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) gear and provisions to install 175 gallon external fuel tanks on the lower sponson supports. The G model was also outfitted with an improved refueling system that would allow it to Hover In-flight. Using this system it could hover over a ship and using the rescue hoist cable, bring the refueling hose aboard and fuel. The Navy also strengthened the load area of the floor to handle heavier loads. All SH-3G models were fitted with smaller non-ASW sponsons since it was no longer being used in the ASW role. Some of the earlier conversions were fitted with a gun mount for an M60 machine gun or the 7.62 mm minigun. The main job of this helicopter was ferrying equipment and personnel from ship to shore and back.

Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkrad Early Production w/ Infanteriekarren

Published: February 4th, 2014     
Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkrad Early Production w/ Infanteriekarren
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models has re-released their Kettenkrad kit and bundled it with a trailer called an Infanteriekarren (or ‘Infantry Vehicle’).  Originally produced back in 2001, this new boxing comes with a small sheet of photo-etch in addition to the trailer. 

The boxtop image, instructions and contents represent the later production version with the solid armored sides, even though Dragon calls the new release the ‘Early Production’.  You will have to make some small modifications, as well as carve out the plastic sides to represent the actual tubular frame of the earlier vehicle if that’s what you’re going for.

Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

Published: February 3rd, 2014     
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
Author: Leszek A. Wieliczko
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Kagero Publishing

History

As quoted from the introduction in the book "The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, known as "Frank" in allied jargon, was one of the best IJAAF (Imperial Japanese Army Air Force) fighters during the final year of the Pacific war. Featuring an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear, this all-metal cantilever low-wing monoplane of an elegant body was the successor of the previous Nakajima fighters - Ki-43 Hayabusa and Ki-44 Soki. The Ki-84 proved it's value fighting in China and the Philippines, although the highest number of these machines were lost there, too. When in the hands of an experienced pilot, it was a good match for the best of Allied fighter aircraft. After the war a small number of Ki-84s served with the Chinese air forces, taking part in the civil war of 1945-1949". 

Hurricane Mk.I “Fabric Wings"

Published: February 3rd, 2014     
Hurricane Mk.I “Fabric Wings"
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Airfix

Airfix keeps expanding their 1/72 scale airplane line up and their latest release is the Hawker Hurricane “Fabric Wings” model. It is nicely molded, with no signs of flash and clean recessed lines together with raised detail to simulating the fabric wings ribs.

Construction starts with the wheel bay. At that point make sure you have parts A05 and A06 properly lined up, or you will struggle when installing the landing gear later. From there it moves to the cockpit which goes together very well. There are no issues to report there. The fit is positive all around and make a credible rendition of a front office for the scale.

Closing the fuselage was simple however I had a small step on the nose which required some filler and sanding. Attaching the wings to the fuselage was very easy and I had a gap-free wing root. Same applies to the tail horizontal surfaces, rudder and lower back fuselage. I did have a small gap in the radiator, but I suspect that was my own fault, as during dry fitting I did not have any problem.

RAF Middle & Near East 1945 - 1979

Published: January 30th, 2014     
RAF Middle & Near East 1945 - 1979
Author: Steve Webster & Illustrated by Peter Scott
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: AIRfile Publications

This book is the latest release from AIRfile Publications and covers Royal Air Force operations in the Middle and Near East from right after WW II up to 1979. I had forgotten how involved the British have been in the Middle East in times past. They have had a long history there and played a significant part in the development of several nations. The turmoil and hostility in this region we read about every day is not new. The British have dealt with the violence in this part of the world almost since their arrival.

In the first couple of pages, the authors give a brief history of the area and trace the presence of the RAF from WW II to the late ‘70s. Then the book is divided into four chapters, broken down by the years of British involvement:

  • Chapter 1 1945 - 1950
  • Chapter 2 1951 - 1960
  • Chapter 3 1961 - 1970
  • Chapter 4 1971 - 1979

The final page in the book depicts the badges of  the various stations used by the RAF during this timeframe.

'49 Mercury Wagon

Published: January 29th, 2014     
'49 Mercury Wagon
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

I have to start out with saying that this is a beautiful kit to work with.  There was very little if any flash on the parts.

Engine

The Cadillac engine from previous releases of Revell’s ’49 Merc kits is here again.  It lends itself to easy detailing.

Chassis

The chassis features nice detail and crisp engraving.   The exhaust pipe, front & rear differentials, and springs are separate assemblies, as well as the frame rails, leading to some extra paint detailing.

Interior

The interior features a floor, and separate side panels that are fairly well engraved.  I decided that all the glass shows the interior pretty well so I went ahead and installed bucket seats front and back with a console between the front seats.  I also added a chrome strip along the door panels to break up the monotony.   I added flocking to my build.

City House

Published: January 28th, 2014     
City House
Reviewed by: Bart Cusumano, IPMS# 31882
Scale: 1/72
Company: MiniArt

Being fresh off of the review of the 1:72 scale MiniArt “Building w/Garage”, kit #72031, we now have the “City House” kit, #72030.    This is a model of a typical European multi-family dwelling.  Like the previous kit, this kit represents a complete, undamaged building and not a ruin.  It is also all injection molded styrene with none of the vacuum-formed parts found in some of their 1:35 scale releases in the same genre.  

The Box

The 13.5’” by 10.5” by 2.25” box is the preferred top and bottom (lid) type.  There is a nice artist’s rendition of the building on the box top which can serve as a helpful painting guide, although colors can ultimately be left to the imagination of the individual modeler.  However, considering the weight and quantity of the box contents, and like the last kit, I felt that the box top was a bit flimsy, although this one has managed to stay together thus far.

Harrier FRS 1 Exhaust Nozzles

Published: January 28th, 2014     
Harrier FRS 1 Exhaust Nozzles
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

We continue to express sincere appreciation to our friends at Aires for providing us more of the prolific output of their company; In this case, Harrier FRS-1 nozzles. 

Nothing really to state about this upgrade other than “Buy it”.  If you have a 1/72 Harrier of the FRS-1 Sea Harrier series, these are “must have” items.    I show these items next to the kit items for clarity. Great external detail, and NO SEAM TO FILL!

A drop-fit incorporation of the first order, 10 of 10, well done to Aires and thanks again to IPMS for the review items! 

J7W1 Shinden - Interior and Engine - Part 1

Published: January 28th, 2014     
J7W1 Shinden - Interior and Engine - Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Zoukei Mura made a huge splash several years ago with their Shinden, Skyraider and continued the exceptional releases in 1/32 scale. They have now entered the 1/48th scale market with a J7W1 Shinden. Zoukei Mura has a company philosophy of showing all internal detail in their 1/32nd kits to make the kit not only detailed but a learning experience for the modelers. This 1/48th scale kit is no different but I wanted a comparison review to their 1/32nd scale Shinden and decided to build them both at the same time and compare.

Let's take a look at the kit- 5 sprues of all grey plastic, not the usual different colors. There is also one clear sprue. All the sprues are very crisp and the panel lines are engraved and just right for the scale of the plane. There is a decal sheet and the instructions. One note here; Zoukei Mura instructions were made by the company and they are modelers unlike some others. Following the construction almost to the letter will make your build go much easier and fit better. Lastly, color call out are for Vallejo and Mr. Color.

USS Olympia

Published: January 27th, 2014     
USS Olympia
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/240
Company: Round 2 Models

The Ship

The USS Olympia was a protected cruiser launched in 1892 with a long and distinguished career that included being Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the misnamed Battle of Manila Bay. Misnamed because it wasn't really a battle. The Spanish squadron never left anchor and the Americans just cruised back and forth shooting them up, even taking time for a lunch break in the middle of the action. She was a flagship in WWI, escorted transports across the North Atlantic and participated in the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War at Murmansk. She brought the remains of the Unknown Soldier from WWI back to the United States and served for a while as a training ship, but was finally decommissioned in 1922. She has the honor of being one of the only ships from this period still afloat along with the Mikasa in Japan and the Aurora in Russia.

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