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US Military Pilot

Published: January 28th, 2016     
US Military Pilot
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: PJ Production

Many of the US fighter pilot figures are depicting older style safety equipment like helmets and oxygen masks. PJ production released a nice version of current military “fast jet” pilot with a Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and Gentex MBU-20 oxygen mask.

The product contains a single pilot figure and is marketed to work with F-16 or F-18 aircraft but after test fitting, it can be used in the F-15 as well. As with most figures, there may be places that need to be altered. When test fitting, the legs would need to be separated slightly to fit around center instrument panel and knees bent to rest on the rudder pedals. Some seats may also require the torso to be adjusted to fit the seat but nothing to great, just small adjustments. With all the variations of kits out there, nothing is simply drop in fit.

Casting is nice and crisp with a lower bode and upper body. Three different arm configurations are available with two “right” arm choices (center stick or side control stick) and one left arm choice.

F-104G Seatbelts SUPERFABRIC

Published: January 28th, 2016     
F-104G Seatbelts SUPERFABRIC
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This set provides belts for the F-104G using the Mk. GQ7A ejection seat.

The F-104 also used a C2 ejection seat, and one is provided in the Hasegawa kit I used (stock #PT 20), but the seats are very different designs, and this set won’t work on the C2 seat. In general, the export versions of the F-104 used the Mk. GQ7A seat. I would consider this a “must have” since the base kit doesn’t provide any kind of harness for the GQ7A seat.

F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Late

Published: January 27th, 2016     
F-104 Undercarriage Wheels Late
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Company: Eduard

This set is part of the Brassin line and provides an upgrade for the wheels on the Hasegawa/Eduard F-104G kits.

I used it on the Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter “Nato Fighter” stock # PT20 boxing. This set replaces parts R15,U10,11,12 in the original kit. You get one style of main wheels and two types of nose wheels having different hubs. All are single part castings except the main wheels, having a separate hub on the backside of the wheel. Pre-cut masks are included in the set, however, because this set had been returned to the review corps before I got it, they weren’t included. It wasn’t an issue since the detail was distinct enough that it was easy to overlay the part with tape and cut a mask following the rim through the tape. The parts themselves are very nice. The tires have manufacture markings on the sidewalls and the hub detail is deeper than the kit parts. Another advantage over the kit parts is that the main wheels in the base kit have ejector pins on the sidewalls, and with the resin parts you don’t have to fix the ejector pin marks.

The pour stubs come easily off the resin parts, and the tires are made to look weighted.

F-104 Exhaust Nozzle Late

Published: January 27th, 2016     
F-104 Exhaust Nozzle Late
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

This set is part of the Brassin line and provides an impressive upgrade for the exhaust can, burner ring and nozzle of the J79-GE-19 powered F-104G.

The set is intended for the Hasegawa/Eduard kit. I used it on the Hasegawa F-104 Starfighter “Nato Fighter” stock # PT20 boxing. This set replaces parts U6, R26, R27 and L8 in the original kit. Photo etch parts are included to represent the burner ring(s). The exhaust tube is a seamless part which has very well done interior detail. In fact, every part in this set is a refined replacement of the plastic parts in the base kit. The exhaust nozzle is much thinner and has more surface detail than the kit part.

P-38M Armament with Flash Hiders

Published: January 27th, 2016     
P-38M Armament with Flash Hiders
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Master Model from Poland continues to expand its 1:48 Air Master line. This time with a detail set covering the weapons for the P-38M Night Fighter.

Master Model does not specify for which P-38 kit this set is. I know of two kits of the P-38M: Academy and Monogram. I did a side-by-side comparison with the Monogram one.

As shown in the picture, the respectable (but quite old) Monogram kit has all flash hiders molded the same size, closer to the size of the cannon than to the size of the machine guns.

As you can see from the pictures the metal parts for both the machine guns and the cannon are very delicate with extra thin edges in the conically-shape flash hiders.

This set is an easy way to enhance the looks of your model, either the Academy or the Monogram one.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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