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B-25 Ammunition Belts PE Set

Published: February 23rd, 2013     
B-25 Ammunition Belts PE Set
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger, IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

The set consists of one photo etch sheet.  The PE parts are an unpainted natural metal (silver) color.  This set is kind of interesting.  You use the kit parts and these simply wrap around the existing belts, providing a very good looking ammo belt tray combination.  The instructions are quite adequate in explaining the bending and placement of the details.

The down side of this beautiful set is that once the plane is completed, it is hard to see all the work you have done.  The new details are a little difficult to apply.  I found if you glue the sides first, than wait a little bit for the glue to set, then you can bend the top down to fit.  Also, the bottom of the belts are not detailed.  This is especially noticeable in the forward bombardier’s compartment.

HIGHLY recommended.  One should have experience working with photo etch and using ACC glues or epoxy.

Thanks to Eduard for providing us with such a nice detail set, and thanks to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review and build it.

Soviet Su-152 Late Detail Set

Published: February 21st, 2013     
Soviet Su-152 Late Detail Set
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Eduard of the Czech Republic had released a 1/35 scale photo etched (PE) upgrade designed for the Trumpeter SU-152 Late, kit #05568. This upgrade consists of two PE sheets packaged in a sturdy, cardboard-supported bag with a two-page instruction sheet.

I used Trumpeter’s SU-152 Early kit, #01571, for a few parts since I was already doing a review of it. There are only a couple differences between the early and late SU-152 and this kit would work on either quite well.

We get replacement parts for 16 areas on the SU-152. The first step is for the replacement of the plastic exhaust deflectors, but Trumpeter already includes a PE replacement in their kit of equal quality. A huge improvement over the kit parts are the two engine grilles on the rear deck. The kit comes with solid plastic parts with the screen and frames molded together. I built up one of these grille assemblies and included a photo of both.  I must say that the PE assembly looks great, except the plastic kit part has better bolt details around the edges.  There are new front fenders, mantle cover, grab handles, and a fender box.

F-102A with Case X Wings

Published: February 21st, 2013     
F-102A with Case X Wings
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Meng Models

For those who have been longing to add an early F-102A to their collection, or just a more modern release of a Delta Dagger in 1/72 scale, I would highly recommend gazing in the direction of this new release by Meng.  The kit goes together well with only a few minor seams needing a light application of your filler of choice, and will not challenge modelers with some experience in dealing with small parts.  Options for this kit include open or closed canopy as well as weapons and landing gear bays, and extended and retracted missile rails.  There are also AIM-4C and D Falcon missiles to select from when arming your plane.  This was my first experience with a kit by the newcomer Meng, and I will have no hesitation in purchasing their kits in the future.

MiG-21U, US, UM Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21U, US, UM Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The two-seat MiG-21U, US, and UM family each has a uniquely shaped pitot tube with guide vanes.  Master Model represents this pitot tube quite accurately.

This set comes with two turned metal barrels and a fret of six vanes.  You only need four vanes.  The metal barrels are designed to be slipped into each other.  The absolute crazy thing is the small mounting holes for the vanes that are drilled in the outer metal barrel.

The instructions recommend that you add the outer portion with the vanes after the model is completed to avoid damage.  Sounds like good advice.  The vanes are very small.  Foresight is appreciated – Master Model includes two extra vanes just in case the carpet monster needs to be fed.

Master Model produces the best pitot tubes in the industry.  Between the strength and the scale thickness, you will immediately see the need for these pitot tubes on your MiG-21.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master Model for the review set andd IPMS/USA for the review space.

MiG-21PF, PFM Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21PF, PFM Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The MiG-21PF and PFM are represented in model form by the Academy kit.  This pitot tube is quite simple compared to some of the others in the MiG-21 family.

The set is simple in that it has a single turned metal barrel.  The pitot tube is scale thickness, but the thing I like the best is additional strength of the brass tube.  The instructions are quite basic and show the proper angle of the pitot tube in relation to the fuselage.  A simple .6mm hole in the kit will prep the model for the turned metal pitot tube.  Then, it is just as simple as inserting the pitot tube.  Painting instructions are included.

This pitot tube is typical quality from Master Model.  Its strength and scale thickness make this a required addition to your MiG.  Just be careful you don’t poke yourself with the tubing.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master Model for the review sample and IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.
 

MiG-21bis Pitot Tube

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MiG-21bis Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Eduard MiG-21bis is a very nice kit right out of the box; however, the pitot tube could be better.   There are limitations that plastic can’t overcome, not even with the best injection molded technology.  Even so, the pitot tube sticks out so far on the MiG-21 that it’s bound to be broken off in handling.  Besides, you can get a scale thickness with brass that you couldn’t get any other way.

Master Model has set the standard when it comes to these pitot tubes.  This pitot tube is the same quality I’ve come to expect.  This pitot tube has two perfectly turned brass barrels, one that fits inside the other.  Then there is a fret of six photo etch vanes.  If you look really, really close, you will see there are super tiny holes on the pitot tubes to mount the photo etch vanes in.  This will require a steady hand and an Opti-visor with the maximum magnification to get right, but, oh, the results are worth the effort.  I would have liked to have a second fret of vanes just because they are so small that I am afraid that even with two extras they will go flying.

MG-131 Mount for the Fw-190D-9

Published: February 20th, 2013     
MG-131 Mount for the Fw-190D-9
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Designed for their Fw-190D-9, this beautiful upgrade set from Eduard is for those who want to show off the detail under the forward cowlings.  Featuring six light and dark grey resin pieces, everything is perfectly formed and blemish free.  The guns are hollowed out at the ends and the cooling slots are opened as well.  There is also a small fret of photo etch that holds seven pieces of nickel plated parts – six cowl fasteners and one windscreen oil cleaning pipe.  The oil cleaning pipe will require the most care, as it is very, very thin.

The set is contained in very secure thick plastic packaging that prevents any damage to the delicate parts.  Including the set into your build should prove no big problem as it follows the basic kit formula, except with richer detail.  You will have to mount the shelf to the vertical plastic kit piece, but the resin has larger attachment surfaces which will help ensure the proper alignment. This alignment is essential when building the Eduard Focke Wulf series.

He-219 Uhu Decals

Published: February 20th, 2013     
He-219 Uhu Decals
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

The Tamiya He-219 is the standard for 1/48th scale models of this airplane.  However, marking options have been a little sparse for this kit.  Eagle Cal has released a new sheet that covers the three basic paint schemes seen on the Uhu. This set is released in conjunction the Eagle Cals 1/32nd scale decals covering the same aircraft.  The 1/48th scale decals cover the A-0, A-7, and the A-2 versions.  To build the A-0 and A-2 versions, the modeler would be advised to get the Vector resin conversion set, also available from Eagle Editions.

The decals are printed on a 5 x 5½ inch sheet.  The decals don’t indicate who did them, but they look the same quality as Microscale.  These aircraft are as colorful as the real aircraft.  Most He-219s were fairly plain-looking, but that was norm for this airplane.  They typically hade either RLM 75 tops with RLM 76 squiggle pattern or dots over it.  The undersurfaces can be either RLM 76 or RLM 22 Black.  Some have the lower right wing painted black as well.

A-37 Dragonfly FOD Protection Covers

Published: February 20th, 2013     
A-37 Dragonfly FOD Protection Covers
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: AMS Resin

The diminutive A-37 Dragonfly by Monogram/Encore is a nice kit, but the engine intakes and exhausts leave a little bit to be desired.  One way to fix this is to hide the see-through with these covers from AMS Resin.

Molded in light grey resin, these four pieces are beautifully formed.  They simply have to be painted red and added to the intake and exhausts.  You may want to add Remove Before Flight tags which aren’t included but readily available.  Because they are tapered, these are easily added after the model is done so if you already have a built kit, don’t fret, you can add these at any time.

These simple plugs are easy to add, inexpensive, and they do what they are designed to do, cover the intakes and exhausts.

Highly recommended

Thanks to AMS Resin for the review set and IPMS/USA for the review opportunity.

Friendly Boxing Match

Published: February 19th, 2013     
Friendly Boxing Match
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

With this kit, Master Box has come up with a creative and animated set of figures. The box contains two sprues with 62 parts in sand yellow plastic. Included are nine figures of US and British soldiers and a small dog. The box art by A. Karaschuk depicts American and British paras in a boxing match in the days leading up to June 6th (the C-47’s in the background all have their invasion stripes). The art is spot-on, and it would have been nice had Master Box given us exactly what was depicted on the box art, but they didn’t, so some detail work to accurize the model is necessary. This is not to imply the figures are not well done. The expressive facial and uniform detail is excellent.

All the figures require clean-up of mold seams with a file or a sanding stick. I usually use tube glue for assembly since it fills gaps. I’ll discuss each figure separately in the order they appear on the box art.

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