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15cm Sturminfanteriegeschutz 33

Published: October 13th, 2013     
15cm Sturminfanteriegeschutz 33
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models has released their third incarnation of the German Sturminfanteriegeschutz 33 self-propelled heavy infantry gun in 1/35th scale.  Based on the venerable Sturmgeschütz III chassis, this version of the sIG 33 mounted the improved 15cm infantry gun, offset to the right side, for which 30 rounds were carried.  Fielded in 1942, the sIG 33 saw service on the Eastern front, notably in the breakout attempt at Stalingrad late in that year.  Only one survived the war and is on display at the Kubinka NIIBT Research Collection in Russia.

Previously released as Dragon #6042 and Cyberhobby’s #9123, this Smart Kit release has been improved upon by the inclusion of two additional photo etch sheets and their wonderful DS track.  The new track replaces the individual, clip-clean-and-glue track found in the earlier kits.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #877, 1/700th Scale Ship Model Database 2

Published: October 11th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #877, 1/700th Scale Ship Model Database 2
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is one of Model Art Modeling Magazine’s special editions. The text is mainly in Japanese with some English subtitles.  One plus about these magazines is the high quality of the photographs and the models that are used.

Are you a fan of 1/700th scale IJN waterline models? Are you looking for that one particular kit? Well, you may be in luck with this special issue released by Model Art Magazine.

This covers the rest of the ships not covered in the first issue. The ships in this issue are: Aircraft Carriers built between 1919 - 1930, Aircraft Carriers built between 1934 - 1944, Auxiliary Aircraft Carriers, Heavy Cruisers, Destroyers built between 1919 - 1927, Destroyers regulated by naval treaty, Destroyers built after 1936, and Submarines. One additional section is dedicated to photo etch for these vessels. There is one additional article about an IJN Captain. The text is all in Japanese, but there are some nice period photos, I believe, of the "Ise" and some hand-drawn drawings that I believe the gentleman may have done during the war.

T-28 Trojan Exhausts and Cooling Flaps

Published: October 11th, 2013     
T-28 Trojan Exhausts and Cooling Flaps
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost and Aires add to their enhancement parts for Roden's 1/48 T-28 series with this set designed to replace the exhausts and cooling flaps on the sides and bottom of the cowling.

The set is perfectly cast. To use, you cut the parts off of the casting blocks. Make sure to cut a little extra and sand back to the kit part. All the parts are drop-in replacements, so simply glue them in place. I included a shot of the Quickboost parts next to the kits parts. The kit parts are a little thick, and you’ll notice those large ejection pin marks on the cooling flaps. Also, you can see that Quickboost has hollowed out the exhausts while Roden's are solid and should be drilled out.

This is another set needed for the Roden kit. The drilled-out exhausts and more-to-scale flaps will be noticeable and make the kit better. Highly recommended. My thanks to Quickboost/Aires and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these items.

USAF Flightline Tool Cabinet (Roll Cab), 9 Drawers

Published: October 11th, 2013     
USAF Flightline Tool Cabinet (Roll Cab), 9 Drawers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

With many of the new kits coming out, there have been a few excellent mechanic figures included, either in the kits or as aftermarket. It never occurred to me until this release that what was missing was a tool chest. A mechanic needs his tools, doesn’t he? Aerobonus to the rescue with a rolling 9-drawer tools chest which has the Snap On logo, too.

The kit is simplicity itself, with the main tool chest being a single part only needing the casting block sanded off. The four wheels and a handle are on a single sprue and easily detached and added. The color is Snap On Red and is close to insignia red, which I used. The silver parts were painted and then touched up, and I also distressed the kit a little with some scrapes and scratches here and there. The decal sheet contains a part number and the Snap On logo. There are also labels for each of the drawers if you choose to use them. I flat-coated the kit and touched up the silver with a silver pencil.

USAF 150 Gallon Fuel Bowser

Published: October 11th, 2013     
USAF 150 Gallon Fuel Bowser
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus is part of Aires and has consistently come out with great items for dioramas for kits in multiple scales. In this kit, Aerobonus provides a 150 gallon USAF Fuel Bowser which is used to reclaim the fuel planes have left over in their tanks after they’ve landed.

The kit comes with 14 resin parts and five small photoetch parts. Construction started by removing the casting blocks. They are large on the two tanks, and time spent here sanding them is worthwhile. The frame was next, and then the small parts. I added the two tanks to the frame, wincing at a few broken straps on the tank bottoms. They are fragile and broke during shipment. They were replaced with Evergreen strip.

I added the axle next, and then added the reel on the front, and also added the two tires temporarily. Once these were on, the front tire/jack stand was added to the front using the back tires to get the spacing correct. I added some line and the PE valve knobs and clips to the front.

T-28 Trojan Wheel Wells

Published: October 11th, 2013     
T-28 Trojan Wheel Wells
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has continued its releases for the Roden T-28 family with a wheel well set. Included in the set are 9 large resin pieces in the standard firm gray Aires resin, and also a small fret of retractions parts which has around a dozen pieces. There is no photoetch with this set.

The first thing to note is that this set gives you ALL the replacement landing gear doors – 9 in total, which are superbly thin and have great structure on their insides. The kit doors have some roughness that the Aires set does not.

The front and rear wheel wells have much more detail than the kit parts, with better framing and detail. The big difference for me in this set is that the kit has some really tough-to-fix ejection pin marks, and the resin does not have any at all. Between the detail and no ejection marks, that is a great start to recommending this kit.

F4U Corsair Landing Gear

Published: October 11th, 2013     
F4U Corsair Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  Keep on producin’, amigo!  We need these!

Although the Tamiya landing gear for its new “wunderkit”, the F4U, is just fine as is, there is always the opportunity for improvement.

Enter SAC full-metal landing gear!  This upgrade is one that fits well with the new kit.  Here’s why…

The Tamiya gear incorporates two plastic strut halves with a metal rod in the center.  This does two things: (1) provides detail; and (2) provides the necessary (but basic) strength for a large kit.

The difficulty is, you still need to clean up the seam line, and the actual wheel and axle assembly can be a bit weak in full plastic.  The SAC gear, being one-piece full metal, fixes both issues nicely.  Strong, and just as detailed as the kit plastic, the SAC gear will provide peace of mind down the road, particularly if heading off to a contest with the model in a car.

Also included are the drag struts on the main strut assembly, and the prominent A-frames for the aft portion of the strut.

Boeing B-47 Landing Gear

Published: October 11th, 2013     
Boeing B-47 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Heavy, appreciative thanks to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  And to think I volunteer to do these reviews… what a cool way to practice the hobby!

This set is one of SAC’s more simple upgrades.  The Hasegawa B-47 is at least 45 years old as a kit (I believe 1968), and is still the only game in town if you want to build one in 1/72nd scale.  Shape is spot-on, the wheel wells and bomb bay are potential superdetail areas (as the basic structure is there), and the overall presence is almost perfect.  Recent upgrades from a certain Polish resin maker include new engine nacelles, a new, more detailed cockpit, and a new canopy (which is too flat and thick on the original model).  A LOT of weight!

This means one heavy bird for the landing gear to handle.  The mains can take it, but from personal experience the outrigger gear will snap off.  Will is the key word…

AV-8B Harrier II Seat with Safety Belts

Published: October 11th, 2013     
AV-8B Harrier II Seat with Safety Belts
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost’s latest resin ejection seat is a 1/48th scale offering for Hasegawa's 1/48 AV-8B II. The seat comes as a single gray casting and is perfectly done in Quickboost's normal gray, pinhole-free resin. Prep is simple – cut the seat off the casting block and sand smooth.

I included photos of the built kit seat (which is decent), but the resin seat and its belts are a definite improvement. The seat fits right into the cockpit. If you consider that adding a set of PE belts would costs a few dollars, buying this seat will fix the belt issue and improve the look of the seat which occupies a large percent of the cockpit.

Another hit from Quickboost and definitely recommended. My thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this seat.

Aircraft Warning Cones

Published: October 11th, 2013     
Aircraft Warning Cones
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Airline warning cones...those orange cones we see all summer long in parking lots and just about everywhere. These are also used around aircraft, and Aerobonus has created another great diorama item in both 1/48 and 1/32 scale.

There are twelve parts to each scale – six bottoms with cutouts and six cones. Strangely, two of the cones are hollow and four are solid in each set. Not a problem. There are also decals with four different variations: