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AGM-88B HARM

Published: June 29th, 2015     
AGM-88B HARM
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) was developed to replace the AGM-45 Shrike and the AGM-78 Standard ARM.  Unlike the Shrike and the Standard ARM, the HARM was designed from the outset as a SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) weapon, not an adaption of an existing weapon.  The HARM system includes the missile, the LAU-118 launcher and HARM specific avionics in the launch aircraft.  HARM has the ability to detect, acquire and select a radiating threat and once launched operates in a “fire and forget” autonomous capacity, freeing the launch aircraft to maneuver or to attack another target. The HARM proved its lethality during operations over Iraq during both Desert Storm and Desert Fox.  It was used by the F-4G, A-6, A-7, Tornado and the EA-6B and is currently carried on the F-16CJ, F-18A/C/D/E, EF-18G and other aircraft. 

F4F Wildcat Landing Gear

Published: June 29th, 2015     
F4F Wildcat Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Tamiya’s Wildcat has been around for a while and it is an excellent kit. Scale Aircraft Conversion has produced a set of metal landing gear to use on the kit. The set includes all the gear parts including the portions up inside the nose. A new tail wheel is also included. The metal parts are well made and are drop in replacements for the kits parts, but are made of metal. The metal is stiff but retains its malleability. Some cleanup will be needed to free it from the molding sprues and I recommend a razor saw for this work.

Several modelers have asked me “why metal gear”? I agree, that this kit is not particularly heavy and my answer is twofold. First, have you ever lost a part? I have and while you can get the parts for most kits, getting these sturdier parts is much easier and it may be cheaper that the alternative of buying an entire sprue to get a part or two.

GBU-10 Paveway II

Published: June 29th, 2015     
GBU-10 Paveway II
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The GBU-10 weapons system consists of a Mk.84 2,000 lb. bomb coupled with a laser guidance system. The Paveway II guidance system replaced the Paveway I system beginning in the early 1970’s and features a simpler but more reliable seeker and pop-out wings in the tail fins to increase the bomb’s performance.

Like the earlier Paveway I set, this set includes 2 bombs molded complete with the rear fin assembly, 2 sets of guidance canards and 2 sets of seeker heads, one with the protective cover and one without. Construction is very simply once the casting blocks are removed, as the guidance canards are keyed to ensure that they are properly aligned fore and aft and side to side on each bomb. The canards did not snap into place as well as they did on the Paveway I set I reviewed previously, as it appears the mounting holes are just a hair smaller than the mounting pegs. I recommend drilling out the mounting holes a little before assembly to improve the fit. I used gel superglue to give me a little time to ensure the canards lined up with the tail fins.

Lewes and Evesham 1264-65

Published: June 29th, 2015     
Lewes and Evesham 1264-65
Author: Richard Brooks
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Company: Osprey Publishing

At the crescendo of the Second Barons' War were the battles of Lewes and Evesham. It was an era of high drama and intrigue, as tensions between crown and aristocracy had boiled over and a civil war erupted that would shape the future of English government. In this detailed study, Richard Brooks unravels the remarkable events at the battles of Lewes and Evesham, revealing the unusually tactical nature of the fighting, in sharp contrast to most medieval conflicts which were habitually settled by burning and ravaging. At Lewes, Simon de Montfort, the powerful renegade leader of the Baronial faction, won a vital victory, smashing the Royalist forces and capturing Henry III and Prince Edward. Edward escaped, however, to lead the Royalist armies to a crushing victory just a year later at Evesham. Using full color illustrations, bird's eye views and detailed maps to generate an arresting visual perspective of the fighting, this book tells the full story of the battles of Lewes and Evesham, the only pitched battles to be fought by English armies in the mid-13th century.

Mk.20 Rockeye II

Published: June 28th, 2015     
Mk.20 Rockeye II
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Mk. 20 Rockeye II (also known as the CBU-100 cluster bomb) is an American designed cluster bomb. The Rockeye II is intended for use against armored targets and each canister includes 247 anti-armor bomblets.  The Rockeye was first used in Vietnam and has been steadily modified and improved over the years since.  The Rockeye was used extensively by American forces in Desert Storm to attack Iraqi vehicles.’