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Generic/Universal Wooden Crates

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Generic/Universal Wooden Crates
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Value Gear

Value Gear has been on the model scene for about two years now.  The company is out of Ireland where the owner/operator is a Daytime Dad and a nighttime casting machine.  These are almost his words off the website.  The premise behind the idea is “Any Army Any Era.  This is a great concept and a wonderful application.  NO helmets, roadwheels or weapons that will “set” the stowage.  These items, and there are plenty, can be used on almost every vehicle from WWI to the Present.

This set is number three in a series of eight.  All are different but I bet some are repeats.  Each set contains a number of wooden crates from small to large size.  In this set you get a total of 19 wooden crates.  There are several duplicates which is great for using a certain crate.  There is wood detail on all sides except the bottom.  Some of it is super fine and might not take the dry brushing well.  We will definitely see.    The great thing about this set is that there is not a single pour lug that needs to be removed.  All that is needed is some sanding and you are ready to go.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Windsock Worldwide is the fifth issue of Volume 29 and it continues the publisher’s ongoing commitment to provide model builders with accurate and diverse information about WWI aviation.  The cover image of a highly detailed Wingnut Wings DH9a also continues the publication’s practice of focusing on that manufacturer’s line of impressive 1/32scale kits.  But, this issue presents a rich blend of modeling articles and reference material that extends far beyond the new kits offered by Wingnut Wings.

JagdPanzer IV L70 (A) Final Production - Smart Kit

Published: December 13th, 2013     
JagdPanzer IV L70 (A) Final Production - Smart Kit
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon Models has released their (fourth? fifth?) incarnation of the German JagdPanzer IV L70 (A) self-propelled tank destroyer in 1/35th scale.

The Jagdpanzer IV (Sd.Kfz. 162) was based on the Panzer IV chassis built in three main variants.  As one of the casemate-style turret-less Jagdpanzer ("hunting tank") designs, it was developed against the wishes of Heinz Guderian, the inspector general of the armored corps, as a replacement for the Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III).  Guderian objected to the ‘needless diversion of resources’ from Panzer IV tank production, as the Stug III and Stug IV tank destroyers were still more than adequate for their role.  Officially, only the L/48-armed vehicle was named Jagdpanzer IV.  The L/70-armed vehicle that this kit was modeled after was named Panzer IV/70.

Churchill Mk.IV NA 75

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Churchill Mk.IV NA 75
Reviewed by: Bart Cusamano, IPMS# 31882
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

The Churchill Mk.IV NA 75 was a variant of the Churchill Mk.IV British tank, its main difference being that it mounted a 75mm main gun from the Sherman family of tanks rather than the Churchill’s six-pounder.  Besides the main gun, the Besa coaxial and bow guns were replaced with Browning .30 caliber weapons.  Some minor changes to the roof of the ‘standard’ Mk.IV turret were made to accommodate the new main gun. 

The Box

The kit comes in the typical 6”X10” box that you get with 1:72 Dragon armor kits: the two-part variety that comes with a lid, rather than the dreaded opening end flaps.  There’s a nice painting of an NA75 on the box top with kit information panels adorning the sides.

The Kit

Dragon’s kit is in keeping with much of its 1:72 offerings: clean, crisply molded flash-free parts in a light gray styrene in a fairly easy to assemble motif.  This basically means low parts count and more molded on or integral details.  

Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11
Author: Colin A. Owers
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

When Windsock Datafile No. 161 arrived in the mail, I was reminded of that classic Monty Python lead-in line:  “And, now for something completely different” because the subject of this Datafile is a somewhat little known WWI aviation escort fighter with a most unusual appearance.  Although serving with some distinction, the fact that it was introduced into the conflict in limited numbers in the closing months of the war precluded a definitive assessment of the value of the Caudron R.11, and no doubt contributed to its place somewhere in the shadows of aviation history. 

November/December 2013

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Cover Image
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Issue Information
Journal Year: 
2013
Journal Volume: 
25
Journal Issue: 
6
  • The Nationals - An Organizer’s View, by Mark Persichetti
  • Rocky Mountain High - Thin Air Nationals, by Dick Engar and Bill Engar
  • Juniors - Category 0
  • Aircraft - Category 01
  • Military - Category 02
  • Figures - Category 03
  • Ships - Category 04
  • Automotive - Category 05
  • Space and Sci-Fi - Category 06
  • Dioramas - Category 07
  • Miscellaneous - Category 07
  • Special Awards - Category 09

Italian Light Civilian Car (Open Top)

Published: December 12th, 2013     
Italian Light Civilian Car (Open Top)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco has released a civilian version of their Light Italian Car (known as “Topolino” or little mouse).

Upon opening the box you find seven tan colored sprues, one clear sprue, the main car body (independently packed) plus the decal sheet and a small photoetch fret. This boxing also includes two figures, a woman and a dog, both molded in grey. Instructions are very clear and have a total of 17 steps.

The overall surface detail is very good and shows fine detail. I was not able to find any obvious mold lines anywhere in the main body.

The kit includes a full engine and suspension, and the doors have interior pockets. The fine detail of the grille will take a wash very nicely.

Among the possible options, you can steer the front wheels as well as having the top assembled either with the canvas open or closed.

Among the finishing options you have an overall “Claret”, “Beige” (with black fenders) and “Gloss Black” colors, with silver trims in all cases. The decal sheet has individual numbers so you can create any license plate you would like.

This model would look great in a diorama or by its own. Highly recommended.

V3000S/SS M Maultier with 7,62 cm Pak 36(r)

Published: December 12th, 2013     
V3000S/SS M Maultier with 7,62 cm Pak 36(r)
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM has released a great value kit of a V3000S half-track with a Pak 36 anti-tank gun in the same box. Upon opening the box you find a total of six sprues (one of them clear). One sprue is devoted to the anti-tank gun, while the other five sprues relate to the vehicle. Actually, I am pretty sure you have all the parts in the box to build the vehicle as a typical 6-wheel truck or the half-track version.

You can see from the pictures that the surface detail is very good, both fine and restrained. The connection points to the sprues are small and should be easy to clean up the parts with a sanding stick.

The vehicle includes a full engine, suspension and transmission and the grille is hollowed. The cab is nicely detailed, with the instrument panel provided as a decal. The truck bed is well detailed with subtle wood grain. The tracks are of the link-and-length variety and care should be exercised when removing them from the sprues, as these parts are very delicate.

The gun can be built in the stowed for transportation or in the field-deployed configuration. You can elevate the gun to your desired position. Ammunition rounds are included in the kit.

European Farmyard

Published: December 12th, 2013     
European Farmyard
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt has been releasing multiple building and diorama accessories. This release is a “European Farmyard”, which actually has sprues from other kits of their accessory line, making it be an excellent value. The sturdy box includes seven injection molded sprues and 11 vacuformed sheets with parts for 5 different structures, all of them molded in grey.

The vacuformed sheets include parts a small building/shop, two sheds and two covered shelters with open sides. There is no interior wall detail, so when you look inside through the windows, you will see the back of the stone walls.  Like with any other vacuform parts there are little ‘pimples’ in the surface but you can cut, fill and sand those spots and they won’t be visible in the finished model.

The injection molded sprues cover some benches and tables, a two-wheel cart and some fences and ladders. There is some minor flash around some of the parts, but it would be easy to remove it with a sanding stick. You can see from the pictures that the surface detail is very good and fine. The wood grain looks gorgeous and should look great with a wash.

A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System

Published: December 12th, 2013     
A-1 Skyraider Boot Cockpit Sliding Enclosure System
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost provides a very large array of aftermarket detail parts, uniformly outstanding in quality and fidelity to detail and scale. This QB product is just one of several that can be used to detail the Tamiya A-1H kit.

Tamiya provides a rather simple part in their A-1H kit ( # 61058) that represents the Boot Enclosure in its stowed position. The Tamiya part in question is Part A6 which is added to the airframe in step 11 in the Tamiya instructions.

In a side-by-side comparison of part A6 and the QB Boot, the boot has the proper length and width and matches the length of part A6, or that bit of A6 in question. All that is necessary is to clip off the “hood” area of A6 and replace it with the QB part.

In under a minute one can improve the appearance of the cockpit significantly by using this QB product.

Conclusion

Three descriptive terms come to mind when considering this QB item, those being “easy”, “inexpensive”, and “highly effective”. This product is highly recommended for use by modelers of all skill levels. Thanks to Aires QB and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this item.