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Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces
Author: Author: John Weal Illustrator: Chris Davey
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the publisher: Once Nazi Germany had conquered Norway in 1940, just a handful of Luftwaffe Gruppen flying Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters were able to dominate the air in the Arctic Circle. Yet as the dual threats of the Royal Air Force and Soviet air force grew, the Luftwaffe was forced to increase its fighter presence to full Geschwader strength with the formation of Jg 5 Eismeer (ice-sea) in early 1942. The struggle produced some of Germany's leading aces, with pilots such as Theodor Weissenberger, Heinrich Ehrler, Walter Schuck, Franz Dorr, and Jakob Norz all achieving more than 100 victories.

John Weal has authored a great representation of the Aircraft and Aces that made up JG5. In the beginning of 1942 JG 77 was redesignated and formed JG5 to operate in the region around the Arctic Circle. This books gives detailed first-hand accounts of the aircraft and aces that where given the task by Hitler to take control of the area along the Finnish-Russian border and to keep control of the assests that had already been taken.

MiG-17 / 19 Aces of the Vietnam War

Published: November 12th, 2016     
MiG-17 / 19 Aces of the Vietnam War
Author: István Toperczer
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series is authored by Istvan Toperczer, A Hungarian Air Force flight surgeon. Toperczer, has focused on the Vietnam War, specifically the North Vietnamese side, and has interviewed many of the North Vietnamese leading air aces over the last twenty years in his numerous visits to North Vietnam. He authored Squadron Signal's "Air War Over North Vietnam: The People's Air Force" in 1998, followed by Osprey's Combat Aircraft 25 "MiG-17 and MiG-19 Units of the Vietnam War" and Osprey's Combat Aircraft 29 "MiG-21 Units of the Vietnam War" in 2001. Schiffer's hard bound "MiG Aces of the Vietnam War" was published in 2015. Illustrator Jim Laurier, a native of New England, provides the color profiles. Jim has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and has been featured in hundreds of aviation books.

AIM-9B Sidewinder with Pylons

Published: November 12th, 2016     
AIM-9B Sidewinder with Pylons
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production has jumped in to help 1/48 Mirage III series model builders. This new release provides two AIM-9B Sidewinders along with the Aero 3 missile rails and the CES-3 pylons featured on the Dassault fighter. This set is probably focused on the new Kinetic 1/48 Mirage III kits, but it should also work well on the Academy, Eduard, Fonderie Minatures, Heller, and Hobby Boss kits; along with the older ESCI kit that has also been re-boxed by Revell and Italeri.

Notable is the re-sealable packaging that PJ Production uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. You will want to be careful handling the resin fins as their small size makes them an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster. Painting instructions are included with the small instruction sheet. I found several air-bubbles in the resin parts, on the nose and the tail fins. Gap filling super glue with baking soda quickly solved the issue.

Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Dominic's 1970 Dodge Charger
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Finally, a proportionally accurate '70 Dodge Charger is available for MOPAR enthusiast in 1:25th scale. This model does the immensely popular Fast & Furious muscle car justice and it's sure to be a standout on your display shelf.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) Dominic's Fast & Furious 1970 Dodge Charger 1:25 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4319. Correct grill features and a one-piece rear fascia combined with a well designed kit for buildability are the hallmark of this Charger kit. The kit has 122 parts molded in white, chrome, clear and transparent red along with vinyl tires and metal axle pins. This is a detailed kit with a nicely appointed hemi motor. The detailed chassis has options for stock and drag ride heights for those that want to convert the car to stock. The interior is basic, and while not exactly representing the movie version, it represents Dominic's car pretty well. Finished dimensions are: Length: 81/4", Width: 3", Height: 21/4"

USAF Crew Chief with Toolbox, Tools, and Notebook

Published: November 12th, 2016     
USAF Crew Chief with Toolbox, Tools, and Notebook
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

If you are building a 1/32 diorama of a modern USAF aircraft, this Crew Chief and a roll around tool box would be a great addition. This kit also includes two drills, two slim notebooks, and a PC notebook. If you place this kit next to a 1/32 aircraft, it will make a diorama or a display "come alive".

Inside the package, you get a Crew Chief figure, toolbox, two drills, two manuals, and a PC Notebook. There are a total of 15 parts that make up this kit, all of which are well molded and have a great amount of detail.

The fit of the parts is excellent, with only a small amount of mold seams, all of which are easily filed and sanded smooth. One big note about assembling this kit - build the toolbox first, and doing that will make it easier to pose the figure in a good position. I guessed the height of the toolbox and assembled the figure first, and when I built the toolbox, I discovered that the figure's arms were not posed the way I wanted them to be.

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