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P-51D Mustang Control Surfaces

Published: November 13th, 2015     
P-51D Mustang Control Surfaces
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Wanting to make your P-51D just a bit different by showing the elevators in action? Aires has come to the rescue with a beautiful set to replace the horizontal tail surfaces for the North American P-51D Mustang. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Aires replacements. These Aires parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Tamiya series of P-51D kits.

Aires has molded the stabilizer and elevator perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Aires stabilizer and elevator are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.

Although most paints will adhere to resin alone, I would recommend that you wash the parts to remove any remaining mold release and prime them first. They will need to be installed with your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin.

F-16C "Black Knights" In-box Review

Published: November 13th, 2015     
F-16C "Black Knights" In-box Review
Reviewed by: John King, IPMS# 46812
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

In-box Review

Hasegawa’s 48th scale F-16s have been around for some time now. Although they are not the newest F-16s on the block, they are still venerable kits. This boxing is the upgraded F-16C Block 50/52 with markings for the Singaporean Air Force Black Knights demonstration team.

The kit consists of 121 pieces on 14 grey sprues and one clear sprue. Despite most of the kit being over 10 years old. The parts are relatively flash free and have nice recessed details. The detail overall on the kit is mixed. In some areas, like the cockpit and landing gear, you have relatively nice details. However, other areas, like the wheel wells and Pratt & Whitney engine nozzles leave a little to be desired. In any case, it is a great basis for building a 48th scale F-16C.

Seat Harnesses for Mossie Mk IV

Published: November 13th, 2015     
Seat Harnesses for Mossie Mk IV
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Sincere appreciation to Eduard for providing yet another review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me!

This set is a basic replacement of the Tamiya kit Seat harness with a better item. The Tamiya seat belts are steel, and a bit difficult to bend into position. You also have to paint them; not so with the Eduard set! Pre-painted, easy to install, and looks fantastic in the end.

Careful installation paid off; I just followed the kit instructions, painted the plastic, and then installed the Eduard harnesses. Nothing difficult; just take your time and they fit great. See the pictures!

The usual 10 of 10 for subject and performance on this simple set, well done Eduard!

Avro Manchester

Published: November 11th, 2015     
Avro Manchester
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: War Paint Books Ltd.

From the Inside Cover

The Avro Type 679 Manchester is considered to be one of the failures of British military aviation history and certainly the period of time it spent in service with Bomber Command was not particularly happy.

MER 1/48

Published: November 11th, 2015     
MER 1/48
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Sincere appreciation to Eduard for providing yet another review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me!

This set continues Eduard’s effort to provide modelers with previously unavailable, well detailed resin sets. 69 parts make up this set; you can assemble three MER from it, with options for either early “unbraced” rack attachment, or later externally-upgraded braces for the rack.

It’s simple to use; I removed the aft pour stub, drilled a hole in the back to use a wire to hold the rack for painting, (the actual rack has a recess, which doesn’t need filling when finished) Rattle-can for primer and final finish, and it was ready to detail up and install.

The bomb mounts themselves require one to drill out the mounts for the sway braces in the mount. These are already pre-recessed, so it’s simple to do, but “Beeee careful”, because you can easily drill off to the side and ruin the whole thing, or break it off if you use too big a drill.

Decal according to the instructions, and you are ready to move on, not many, but they add a nice detail touch.

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