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B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels

Published: August 1st, 2014     
B-17G Flying Fortress Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has come out with a direct replacement for the .50 Cal machine gun barrels on the HK Models 1/32nd B 17 Flying Fortress kit.  You get 12 barrels, all the same length and style cast in resin.  The packaging is quite adequate.  There was nothing broken or warped.  The quality of the casting is superb and there is no flash or pinholes.  I would assume that the barrels are the proper length.  They are a little fatter then the kit ones and look good.  Another nice feature is that they are drilled out on the ends.

A word of caution may be necessary, on the HK kit, the kits gun barrels come in various lengths and some have flash suppressors.  The quickboost are all the same length and style.  A nice feature about these barrels is that they are somewhat generic in nature.  I believe they can be used on any Allied Airplane that is 1/32nd and used .50 Cal machine guns. 

Overall, I would recommend these barrels as replacement for the kits parts. They make a vast improvement over the kit machine gun barrels and will add an outstanding detail to an already outstanding model kit.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.    

In the June issue of Model Art it seems as if they have changed the layout of the magazine. Along with the special feature article there is a separate intro feature article, a special article, and the monthly features.

This issue starts out with an intro feature article. This article is a full detailed build of the Tamiya 1/32 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II "Black Bunny." This model is just gorgeous. Anything that could be detailed appears to have been. The article includes a multitude of color photos and line drawings of the various details.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years. They also release many special releases during the year as is the case of this issue.  

This issue is the second in the series Ship Model Database Extra Edition. The first covered IJN Destroyers that were produced from 1918–1941, and this one covers the IJN Carriers 1922–1945. The carriers included in this are the Hosho, Akagi, Kaga, Ryujo, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Taiho, Unryu, Amagi, Katsuragi, Shinano, Shoho, Zuiho, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, Hiyo, Junyo, Taiyo, Unyo, Chuyo, Kaiyo, and Shinyo. The magazine is broken down into eleven sections. I will cover each section below.

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953

Published: July 31st, 2014     
The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941– 1953 is part of Ampersand Publishing Company’s Visual History Series of single-subject reference books. Books in this series feature historical introductions followed by extensive period and walk-around photographs in black-and-white and color. The D7 Tractor, by renowned military author David Doyle, features two pages of introductory text, while the balance of its 120-page length is filled with photographs.

The two-page introduction provides background on the development of the Caterpillar D7 tractor. Caterpillar was formed in 1925 by the merger of the Best Gas Tractor Company and the Holt Manufacturing Company. Holt supplied tractors to the US Army during World War I using Caterpillar as its trade name. The D7 was the primary tractor used by the Army during World War II, and early in the war it was used as a prime mover for artillery and earthmoving equipment. It was only later in World War II that bulldozer blades were added to the D7 tractor.

F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2

Published: July 31st, 2014     
F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2
Author: Bert Kinzey, Illustrated by Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, this time in digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching the F9F Cougar.

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take three parts; 1) content coverage, 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective, and 3) evaluation of a kit using the modeler’s section.  I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?"  I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information.  I also have tons of books in my library, mostly residing on stoic-looking bookshelves.  This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler, with few disadvantages, as described below.

Halftrack Sd.Kfz.7/2 auf 3.7cm Flak 43

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Halftrack Sd.Kfz.7/2 auf 3.7cm Flak 43
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

This kit represents a Sd Kfz 7/2 Halftrack to mount the 3.7cm Flak 43 in the bed. The AA gun basically was just picked up and placed in the bed of the truck. The truck bed was slightly modified to add mounting points and for the sides to be lowered into a fighting condition. This gave the crew more space to maneuver the gun as it was firing. These sides did not provide any protection for the crew. The halftrack has an armored cab and armored radiator shield.

There are Magic Tracks for the tracks and if you are careful they will moveable and will allow for a good representation of the track sag. There is one sprue of clear plastic, one small fret of photo etched parts and one large fret of Photo etched parts that make up the Flak gun shield. Be warned, there are no plastic equivalent parts for the gun shield.

Executive Board Meeting Minutes - July 2014

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Schwere Wehrmachtschlepper sWS General Cargo Version

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Background

By the spring of 1942, the Germany realized it needed a half-tracked cargo hauling vehicle for use on the Eastern Front to replace earlier 3- and 5-ton tractors.  Büssing-NAG was chosen as the developer, with initial production commencing in December of 1943.  Production started with unarmored cabins, but eventually gave way to an armored cabin and engine compartment.  By war’s end only 820 examples of all variants had been produced.

The Kit

Bronco’s latest rendition of the sWS general cargo is of the early soft-skinned variety, and is exquisitely reproduced throughout.  Crisply molded, with 11 tan sprue trees, 2 brown, and 1 large and 1 small clear tree, the kit is packed with detail – including full engine, suspension, cargo bed, and cabin.  Tracks are of individual link design, and the cabin and cargo covers are molded in clear.  A single fret of photoetch metal detail is included, as well a single sheet of crisp and well-registered decals.

Early Soviet Jet Fighters

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Early Soviet Jet Fighters
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book covers the development, specifications and history of the first Soviet jet fighters. It is a massive tome that provides a great deal of detailed information on its subjects. The authors are certainly the current experts in the field of Soviet/Russian aircraft and after reading this book it is easy to see why.

I had really wanted to review this book as I have in my possession an ultra rare 1/48 Russian resin kit of the Mig-9 by Airkits. Since material on the Mig-9 and other early Soviet jets has been few and far in between, this is a welcome addition!

The book is broken down into 5 chapters by manufacturer. The order of their presentation is by their importance to the Soviet Union both in development and usage. The order of coverage is Mikoyan  Migs, Yakovlev, Lavochkin, Sukhoi and jets of Semyon Alekseyev.

The Mig-9 and all its variants are covered in the first 84 pages. There are many B&W and a few color photos. The text traces the development and usage.

Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Static Dischargers for Sukhoi Jets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Master Model

Master Models has started to issue static dischargers in all scale and types. As a bit of background,  static dischargers or static wicks are used on aircraft to allow the continuous satisfactory operation of onboard navigation and radio communication systems during precipitation (p-static) conditions. if you look at any plane, they have these on the back of the wings, tails and horizontal stabs.

This particular set is made for Sukhoi jets and in 1/32 scale. This would fit Su-27 and Su-7 for example. The set contains 14 pieces of very small (7mm or so) almost hair thin machined brass. As you can see in the picture, even the end is cupped out. Installation involves drilling out the appropriate spot and gluing the part on. To demonstrate, I used a Trumpeter Su-27 and you can see by the comparison, it is NO comparison. The Master Model parts are a world better, more accurate and look all around better.

These parts also come in other scale. For 1/32, they are so head and shoulders above the kit parts, they are a great replacement. Highly recommended! My thanks to Master Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review these.