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Horch Photoetch Set

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Horch Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

Eduard has produced this nice photoetch set to add considerable detail to ICM’s Horch 108 Typ 40 WWII German Personnel Car. The set adds much better detail to the light and equipment mounting brackets on the front fenders, the brackets and plaques on the rear doors, the rifle clamps, and many other miscellaneous details.

The package includes one photoetch fret, one small printed acetate sheet with instrument gauges, and instructions. The photoetch is quite thin and has been reduced further in thickness for parts like the dashboard and mud flaps. The photoetch has a slightly brushed texture to the surface. The parts contain Eduard’s typical ultra-fine detail and many of the pieces have further detail etched on the surface of the part. The gateways or connections between the part and the sprue are small, which simplifies removal from the sprue and cleanup of the pieces. There are 54 individual parts, but there are multiples of several of the pieces. Folding of the parts is clearly shown in the instructions, and they fold easily.

The small parts don’t lend themselves to soldering so I used superglue for assembly.

Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Ki-61 and Ki-100 Aces
Author: Nicholas Millman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is at least Nicholas Millman’s third title with Ronnie Olsthoorn illustrating for Osprey Publishing. Aircraft of the Aces 100 – Ki-44 ‘Tojo’ Aces of World War 2 was published in 2011 and  Aircraft of the Aces 103 – Ki-27 ‘Nate Aces was published in 2013. Nicholas Millman is one of Britain’s leading researchers of Japanese military aviation. In addition to publishing articles in specialist journals, his own range of reference materials and supporting the research of other authors, he runs a website (http://www.aviationofjapan.com/) dedicated to the subject which attracts visitors from 194 countries.

This 96 page book contains 36 color profiles illustrated by Ronnie Olsthoorn along with a paragraph description located in the Appendix. An additional six 1/72 scale drawings are included to highlight the development of the airframe from the Ki-61-I Ko through the Ki-100-I Otsu. I counted 81 black and white pictures, all with descriptions and sourcing. The Appendices also include an explanation of the various production types as well as a table of the leading aces.

Yak-1b

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Yak-1b
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

History Brief

The Yakovlev Yak-1 was a single-seat monoplane with a composite structure and wooden wings. It was extremely maneuverable, fast and well armed plus it was reliable and easy to maintain. The Yak-1 was truly the epitome of a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft. The Yak-1b featured a new bubble canopy with lowered rear fuselage, increased armor, ShKAS machine guns replaced with a single 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Berezin UBS, electrical and pneumatic firing of the weapons instead of the mechanical system, new control stick based on the Messerschmitt Bf 109 design, new gunsight, airtight fuselage, retractable tailwheel, improved engine cooling, and a Klimov M-105PF engine with better low-altitude performance. The "b" was an unofficial designation. After October 1942, all Yak-1s were built to this standard. The first flight (aircraft No.3560) took place in June 1942, with aircraft entering production in August. A total of 4,188 were built.

Avia B.534 Weekend Edition

Published: October 13th, 2015     
Avia B.534 Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

History

The Avia B.534 was developed in 1934 as an extension of the B.34 fighter. This version was produced in small numbers for the Czechoslovak Air Force with several engine/airframe modifications. The aircraft was used in various roles by the Czech in WW2 and the Germans found them formidable enough that they kept production going into 1941. But rapid advancements in aircraft design meant that the Avia B.534 was obsolete by 1942. The Bulgarians used the Avia B.534 in combat against the B24 Liberators operations against Ploesti.

Kit

The kit is produced by Eduard, a well-known model company who bring us high quality model kits and accessories.  The box artwork shows an Avia B.534 in flight in a quarter view.

Jawbreaker Dragster

Published: October 12th, 2015     
Jawbreaker Dragster
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/24
Company: Round 2 Models

The Jawbreaker Dragster is a Round 2 Models reissue of the old MPC kit. Round2models has recently purchased the rights to a number of old favorite models from the past. Names like MPC, AMT, Hawk, Lindburg, and Polar Lights all live again under this banner. All are friendly reminders of days past, and all share in a certain level of nostalgia. How many times have I said “Gee, I’d love to build  that kit again.” Thanks to Round2Models, it’s now possible to build some of these classic kits once again.

The Jawbreaker Dragster is one of those kits. Originally produced by powerhouse MPC back in the day, this kit is a front engine slingshot dragster with a coupe body on the rear. A wing mounted on the roll bar and body work covering the front frame comes from a time when breaking the 200 mile per hour barrier on the dragstrip was considered a major milestone.