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Ju-87 Stuka Landing Gear

Published: September 24th, 2012     
Ju-87 Stuka Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Parts:

This product contains 8 white metal parts that replace kit parts L18 and L21 (tail gear components) and L9/L10 + L11/L12 + L5/L6 + L23/L24 (main gear components).  All parts are used and completely replace the kit parts.

Assembly:

Assembly using the SAC white metal parts is straightforward and simpler than the parts they replace, mainly since the main struts are single piece affairs, unlike the kit parts (see photograph comparing the two).

Conclusion:

Air National Guard Mustang Decals

Published: September 24th, 2012     
Air National Guard Mustang Decals
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a Canadian company producing books, color charts, and decals specifically geared to the modeler.  Their latest release is this decal set in 1/48 scale.

Post-war Air National Guard P-51Ds from the following four units are covered:

  • 154 FS, Arkansas National Guard
  • 110 FS, Missouri National Guard
  • 175 FS, South Dakota National Guard
  • 113 FS Indiana National Guard

All the specific markings for each aircraft are provided, but only one set of national insignia is given.  As the post-war Stars’n’Bars are easily obtainable, I am happy to see the space devoted to covering as many unique subjects as possible.

The decal quality is extremely high.  They look as though they might have been produced by MicroScale. Registration was crisp and I didn’t detect any printing issues.  I applied one decal on a testbed model and it reacted nicely to a little Microset.  You probably won’t need a stronger decal solution for these.

Sd.Kfz.254 Tracked Armored Scout Car

Published: September 24th, 2012     
Sd.Kfz.254 Tracked Armored Scout Car
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hobby Boss

The Kit

This new Hobby Boss offering represents the final version of an armored observation vehicle used mainly for scouting and communications.  It was designed to operate efficiently both on-road and off-road, riding on conventional tires as well as tracks.  At least that was the promise.  Of 140 ordered early in the war, 129 were produced and fielded, seeing service in North Africa, France, and on the Eastern Front.

Opening the sturdy box, I was presented with what I’ve come to expect from Hobby Boss – a lot of parts, exquisitely detailed.  The top and bottom halves of the hull come separately packaged in a protected section of the box, and delicate parts are wrapped in a protective foam sheet.  There are twenty plastic sprues in all, twelve of which sport the individual track links.  The plastic is soft but not too soft – the wheels, for example, stand up well to sanding without ‘deforming.’ The molding is excellent with no noticeable flash or sink marks.  The detail is crisp and the number of attachment points and nodes, while many, are located in areas that are easily addressed.

Request a Constitution and By-Laws Amendment Form

Published: September 23rd, 2012     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

RMS Titanic Centenary Anniversary

Published: September 23rd, 2012     
RMS Titanic Centenary Anniversary
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287 and others.
Scale: 1/700
Company: Academy

Tragically one of the most famous ships of all time, the RMS Titanic was heralded as “unsinkable” prior to her fateful maiden voyage in April, 1912.  A floating palace of luxury and nautical innovation, Titanic and her sisters Olympic and Britannic were the pride of the White Star Line.  On April 15, 1912, Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank – taking 1502 souls with her.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s historic voyage, Academy has released a newly-tooled 1/700 rendition of the infamous liner, molded in 6 colors under their new feature set known as “MCP” (Multi-Colored Parts).  The MCP are captured in 5 sprues (white, black, brown, tan, orange-yellow), main superstructure (white), and 2-piece waterline hull (hull red and black).  A small decal sheet and instructions round out the box contents.  Detail is crisp and is nicely executed, and Academy includes tons of “fiddly bit” parts like cleats, benches, cranes and arms, ventilator funnels, and the like.

MiG-23 Flogger Pitot Tube

Published: September 23rd, 2012     
MiG-23 Flogger Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

Background  This is the third item from this manufacturer that I have reviewed, and I am quite enthusiastic about the product line.  This particular item is meant for all MiG-23 Floggers except the MLD variant.  The MLD pitot tube (item number 48-059) is also available.

The Review Product

The parts are packaged in a small zip lock bag, stapled in a folded, heavy paper stock display hanger.  The parts are also sealed in a small envelope of clear plastic film taped to a heavy card stock stiffener inside the bag. Also included is a small set of instructions.

A small instruction sheet is also included that shows the installation.

Application

I planned to use this pitot tube on the new Trumpeter MiG-23M, Flogger B.  Installation is a simple matter of drilling out the opening in the kit nose part, applying a touch of super glue, inserting the pitot tube, and it’s ready for paint. That simple, but what an improvement over the kit pitot tube!

Vcff Hopper Car

Published: September 23rd, 2012     
Vcff Hopper Car
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/87
Company: Italeri

Italeri produces a number of HO scale (1/87th) railroad items, all featuring European rolling stock or motive power. The Vcff Hopper Car is another item in that successful and excellent line of kits. If you are an aficionado of European trains, specifically Italian equipment, then there is no question that this kit is of interest to you.

But why, you may ask, would I be interested in this offering?  Foremost, the quality of this model is very high. The molding detail is excellent, showing lots of bolt heads, and the final product is quite accurate. In fact, placing it on my layout (yes…I’m an IPMS member and a model railroader, all at the same time!), I found that the gauge on the wheel sets included in the Italeri kit matches up with my Atlas track, and the model rolls properly on my layout. Beyond that fact, there are those who enjoy building plastic kits of railroad equipment, and this item makes an interesting addition to any railroad collection.

Me-163B Komet Armament and Pitot

Published: September 22nd, 2012     
Me-163B Komet Armament and Pitot
Reviewed by: Timothy Funnell, IPMS# 48350
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

A great aftermarket product from the Polish company Master Model, Air Master series: an Me-163B Armament and Pitot Tube set. Inside the plastic baggie you get 2 brass Mg 151 machine gun barrels and a brass pitot tube. These three aftermarket details will make the Hasagawa kit even better. The Hasagawa kit’s pitot tube is much heavier and too bulky looking. The one from Master Model is longer and more delicate and truer to scale.

The Hasagawa kit does not have guns but includes the holes in the wings for them. Scratchbuilding mounts for the MM guns will be required, and the results will be well worth the effort. In the photos, I have placed some clay in the wing to stick the barrels into so everyone would see the effect.

Overall, this would make a great kit even better. I would like to thank Mater Model and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this kit.
 

Sea King HC.4 Falklands War

Published: September 22nd, 2012     
Sea King HC.4 Falklands War
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Cyber-Hobby has released a new helicopter, the Sea King HC.4 in 1/72 scale, that marks the 30th anniversary of its use by the English forces during the Falklands War (1982).  The kit has 6 sprues for a part count of 151 pieces, of which 7 will not be used.  In addition, a small photo-etch sheet of three parts is included, as well as a decal sheet printed by Cartograf that will allow six different ships to be depicted.  The fuselage has delicate recessed panel lines and flush rivets molded in Dragon’s usual light gray styrene.  Two types of rotor blades are also provided; one bending upward as in flight and one bending down as when on the ground.  The kit also allows one to build the rotor blades in the stowed position; this is the option I chose to keep the shelf space down to the minimum.  Back to the fuselage: it is made up of three parts, two halves and the fuselage’s bottom.  This is a good idea as one does not have a joint to deal with on the bottom and the tight fit of the bottom to the fuselage sides resulted in no gaps on my build.

Tupolev Tu-144D Charger

Published: September 22nd, 2012     
Tupolev Tu-144D Charger
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: ICM

The Aircraft

The Tu-144 was quite a special aircraft.  It was the first supersonic passenger plane to fly, beating the Concorde by two months.  The Concorde was scheduled to fly first, but ran into some developmental problems which delayed the flight.  Tupolev was pressured into flying their aircraft first, in spite of problems, giving the Soviet Union a huge propaganda boost and showing the superiority of the Communist system.

There were only 16 Tu-144s built: two prototypes, nine Tu-144S and five Tu-144D, compared to 20 Concordes.   In the 1960s, there was great expectation that large fleets of supersonic airliners would be seen around the globe.  One of the contributing factors that made this impractical was the global energy crisis of the early 1970s, when OPEC embargoed crude oil to most countries.  The resulting high cost of operation made jumbo jets a much better financial deal for the airlines, with a much lower cost per mile per passenger.

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