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Weather Satellite Himawari

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
Weather Satellite Himawari
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aoshima

Quick and easy. This kit can be described in those two words. This kit was assembled over a period of 3 days, spending no more than 30 minutes during each of the 3 modeling sessions. And when one considers that most of the time was consumed in painting the parts, that tells you that the actual construction process was….quick and easy.

The Parts

The kit consists of 33 parts, 6 of which make up the display base. There are two versions of the Himawari that can be built. An earlier version will use the 8 antennas (parts 15) while the more recent Himawari does not need those parts.

The quality of the parts is high and the fit is very good. In fact, no seam filler was used to complete this kit. The parts that make up the band of solar cells that circumnavigate the main body are a critical component of the model. These parts are molded very well and the fit is almost perfect. One of the nice features about this kit is the inclusion of a mirror contained within the “shoe,” consisting of parts 6 and 7.

American Aces Against the Kamikaze

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
American Aces Against the Kamikaze
Author: Edward M Young
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Philippines to Okinawa, the unthinkable Kamikaze generated surprise and fear across the US Pacific fleet that outweighed the actual combat effectiveness of these Special Attack units. The new title in the Osprey aces series focuses on the Navy, Marine, and USAAF commands that confronted this new threat. The IJN and IJA lost some 900 aircraft in these mass attacks. 91 pilots from the Navy, Marines and USAAF became aces during these campaigns (most aces were from the Navy).

Edward M Young walks you through the development and first use of the Special Attack units right up to VE day. The Navy’s response and tactics to counter this new threat is very well chronicled. Each ace is covered with his individual tallies and the circumstances of each victory.

Seafire Mk.Ib – Limited Edition

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Seafire Mk.Ib – Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

The Seafire Mk.Ib was basically converted from the Spitfire Mk.Vb. The kit follows the heritage of the actual subject, being a “regular” Hasegawa Mk.Vb with a resin plug for conversion into a Seafire Mk.Ib. Be aware this model is a conversion; that means you will have to cut and replace some parts of the plastic fuselage with the resin replacement parts. But as conversion goes, this is an easy one to get your feet wet in the world of conversions.

The boxing includes decals for 4 different finishes on 3 different airframes. The instructions only list 3 camouflage styles, but actually there are markings provided for two different finishes (blue gray/green/sky) of the same airframe (MB 345), before and after being assigned to the HMS Formidable. The other two finishes are for a training unit (blue gray/green/sky) and another one in an overall glossy sea blue, for operations in the Pacific with SEAC roundels.

The Hasegawa Mk.Vb is a lovely kit, with fine surface detail and ease of construction. I will therefore concentrate mainly on the conversion aspects of the build.

Battle Flight: RAF Air Defense Projects and Weapons Since 1945

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Battle Flight: RAF Air Defense Projects and Weapons Since 1945
Author: Chris Gibson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book looks at the RAF and Britain’s air defense, post-World War II. More specifically, it looks at the defense of Britain from nuclear strikes.

This book is broken down into ten chapters, beginning at the end of WWII when the British defenses were set up to protect her from massive raids by piston-engined bomber aircraft and the post-war realization that the advent of the V-1 and V-2 missiles and the jet engine had rendered all of this obsolete. Add the atomic bomb to this, and the RAF was scrambling to devise new defenses.

The author does a good job of discussing the Soviet threat, as well as all of the various programs that were being devised to deal with it. Those that made it to reality, as well as those that never made it off paper, are all covered. All of the aircraft projects, as well as those involving missile defense, are discussed, with coverage even given to dealing with hijacked airliners.

Cockpit Detail Parts

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Cockpit Detail Parts
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Airscale is relatively new to scale modeling and has come out with decals in popular scales to aid in detailing instrument panels, and which can also be used for dashboards along with placards, which is another added touch to instrument panels and dashboards. I’m sure that anyone who has bought these products has used them some way in every model that they have built since purchasing them.

Now, Airscale has come out with another fine product to aid all of us in more precisely detailing our cockpits. It’s a fret full of etched brass cockpit parts. For their first run of this product, their set includes cockpit components for WWII aircraft in 1/32 and 1/24 scale. The set includes switches, dial knobs, levers, circuit breakers, and electronic components. They also include radio faces for German and RAF transmitters and receivers which will give that 3D effect. Like all photo etch parts, they will have to be glued with CA glue, white glue, or any glue product that you may find suitable for adhesion.

Soviet BTR-70 APC Early Version

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Soviet BTR-70 APC Early Version
Reviewed by: Franklyn Cook, IPMS# 46413
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

About the BTR-70

The BTR-70 is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier. BTR stands for Bronetransportyor (literally "armored transporter"), originally developed during the late 1960s under the industrial designator GAZ-4905. On August 21, 1972, it was accepted into service and would later be exported to the Warsaw Pact and other allies. Introduced as a successor to the earlier BTR-60, it most closely resembles a BTR-60PB. Other improvements include heavier armor plating and tires less prone to puncture. In other respects, the vehicle is very similar to the BTR-60PB, with a more powerful petrol engine configuration and armament of a primary heavy machine gun and secondary PKT machine gun on a roof-mounted turret.

PZL.23B Karas

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
PZL.23B Karas
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Mirage Hobby

The kit comes in an attractive box with a profile of one of the marking options on the box top. This is a special limited edition and includes a very nice gold colored coin that is packed separately in a fancy red box similar to what you would get a piece of jewelry in. I am not sure what the parts count is, but I'm sure there are well over one hundred parts. The parts are molded in a medium blue-grey color and they have a slightly rough texture. The plastic is a little on the soft side, so care must be taken when sanding and cutting. There is a small photo etch fret with seatbelts and other detail parts. I did not use all of the PE parts because some of them were so thin that they came apart when I cut them from the fret. There is also a small bag of resin parts comprising oxygen bottles, various boxes, and some things that look like duffel bags. The molding on the resin parts is not up to the standards of Aires or CMK, but it is decent. The instructions are very well printed and colors are listed by name and Vallejo paint numbers. The clear parts are pretty good, but they could probably do with a little polishing to take out a few imperfections.

Pro Photo-Etch Scissors

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Pro Photo-Etch Scissors
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Xuron Corporation

Xuron has released another pair of high-quality clippers from their line of consumer products used by modelers.  The extra-long, ultra-sharp tips cut through PE like butter without bending or twisting it.  The ergonomically shaped handles offer superb control and stability, as well as comfort.  A return spring brings the tool back to the open position after each cut.

First and foremost, these are scissors, not clippers.  The shearing point comes mid-way between the two blades, just like a pair of scissors.  What this means is that they are excellent at cutting PE parts off the sprues, but they do not cut them flush against one edge, as Xuron’s excellent sprue cutters do with plastic.  I was hoping that the company had come up with a way for me to snip off PE parts without having to sand the edges where the tiny metal nubs might remain, but that's just personal preference on my part.

Flakpanzer IV Ausf.G Wirbelwind with Zimmerit

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
Flakpanzer IV Ausf.G Wirbelwind with Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Dragon has released the fourth in its series of German anti-aircraft Flakpanzers, this one sporting a molded-in coat of zimmerit, an anti-magnetic layer of paste added to the glacis, hull sides, and hull front and rear plates.  Based on the PzKpfw IV Ausf.G chassis, the Wirbelwind (Whirlwind) utilizes Dragon’s highly acclaimed 2cm Flakvierling 38 four-barreled main armament.

The Kit

As usual with Dragon kits, once you open the box and take out the contents you will find it very difficult to get everything back in.  Thankfully for modelers, this is a good thing!  As this is one of many PzKpfw IV-based kits produced by Dragon, many of these parts will go unused and into your spare parts box.

November/December 2012

Published: January 2nd, 2013     
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Issue Information
Journal Year: 
2012
Journal Volume: 
24
Journal Issue: 
6
  • Oh, Brudder, Where Art Thou? A Report on the 2012 IPMS Nationals - Orlando, Florida, by Dick Engar
  • Juniors - Class 0
  • Aircraft - Class 1
  • Military - Class 2
  • Realizing that Your Dream Is My Dream - Reflections on Summer in Florida from the President of Zoukei-Mura, by Hideyuki Shigeta
  • Figures - Class 3
  • Ships - Class 4
  • Autos - Class 5
  • Real Space and Sci-Fi - Class 6
  • Dioramas - Class 7
  • Miscellaneous - Class 8
  • Special Awards - Class 9 + 10

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