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T-28 Trojan Seats

Published: June 12th, 2013     
T-28 Trojan Seats
Reviewed by: Dave Lennox, IPMS# 36138
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Two seats come packaged in a plastic bag with a folded paper backing sheet. There is no color information and no instructions, as there is no assembly required. However, care should be taken cutting off the pouring plug as part of them may be used for properly spacing the seat away from the cockpit floor.

The seats and seatbelts are very well defined with reasonable undercuts and no air holes or distortions. The resin took my Vallejo paint well after a soaking bath in Wesley’s Bleach White and priming with Alclad II Gray Primer.

If you want a great-looking seat without installing individual seat belts, this is for you. The Roden cockpit is nicely done and these seats go a long way toward improving the front office. Thank you to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for offering these resin seats for review.
 

Soviet T-64 Mod 1972

Published: June 12th, 2013     
Soviet T-64 Mod 1972
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

I was quite excited to see Trumpeter start releasing some of the more modern Soviet armored vehicles.  Not only are the kits nicely detailed, but they tend to go together quite well.  Also, Trumpeter has no problem releasing several variants, unlike some other manufactures that release one base type and leave us modelers scrambling for aftermarket resin to do other variations.  So, needless to say, after years of resisting the urge to purchase some resin “updates” to the old Skif T-64 kits, I was delighted to have a state-of-the-art tooling in my hands.

Box Stats

Within the box you get 566 parts in all.

F-16 Pitot Tube and AOA Probes

Published: June 12th, 2013     
F-16 Pitot Tube and AOA Probes
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Master-Model has produced replacement AOA probes and a pitot tube for any 1/32 F-16 kit.  The metal replacements are a simple drop-in for the kit’s plastic parts.  The supplied items include two AOA probes and one pitot tube.  There will be no modification required for the installation of the replacements other than a slight drilling out of the pitot receiving hole to accommodate the replacement’s larger base (at least on my Academy kit’s nose cone).  You will have to use CA or epoxy glues to secure them, of course.

A side-by side-evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate representation of these tiny exterior details.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Master Model and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the opportunity to review these items.

F-16 Gun Barrels

Published: June 12th, 2013     
F-16 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced a replacement gun barrel for any 1/32 F-16 kit.  The resin replacements are a simple drop-in for the kit’s plastic parts.  The supplied items include two replacement muzzles.  The only modification required will be the removal of the end of the kit part’s barrels beyond the second sleeve.

A side-by-side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate view of a true dogfighter’s weapon of choice.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the opportunity to review this item.

Israeli Merkava ARV

Published: June 10th, 2013     
Israeli Merkava ARV
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hobby Boss

This was on the review list for some time before I volunteered for it.  This vehicle comes with the anti-slip texture that is missing on so many newly released Merkava-based kits, and I could not understand why no one wanted to review it.  Maybe it was because it is one of two prototypes currently being evaluated by the Israeli Defense Forces.  This version is called the NAMER ACHZAKA and it’s bigger brother is called NAMERA.  Imagine these vehicles similar to the M578 and M88.  The big difference is that both IDF vehicles are based on the Merkava Mk. III chassis with many Mk. IV components.  The NAMER ACHZAKA crane can lift the engine pack of the Merkava for quick and easy changes.  Supposedly, these are based on modified Merkava III hulls.  Well, one thing right away that stands out is the HUGE final drive housings.  These are definitely late model Mk III versions or IVs because they are too huge to be the same as seen in the Latrun example.

Hawk 100 Series Landing Gear

Published: June 10th, 2013     
Hawk 100 Series Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Intended for the Kinetic 1/32 scale Hawk 100 trainer kit, this SAC replacement gear set includes a nose gear, right and left mains, and the two main retract struts.  The 5 metal landing gear pieces are finely cast and are made of a soft white metal which cleaned up in quick order with a file and a Flex-I-File.  They’re the same length as the kit’s gear, but are slightly thinner in diameter. You’ll need to use the kit’s plastic part # D-38 to complete the nose gear.  There are no instructions, so I just followed the kit's instructions.

The kit’s nose gear has two halves in order to get the nose
wheel in place, but the SAC metal one is in one piece.  To get the wheel in, I bent the nose fork open, snapped in the wheel, then squeezed the fork back together.  The main wheels fit fine on the struts and everything fits the airplane's mounting points.

I had to bend the retract struts slightly to fit because they wouldn’t fit in a straight line.  To assemble and attach everything, I used 5 minute epoxy which worked well.  The SAC parts are much stronger than the plastic ones and look good when in place.

Hawk 100 Series Advanced Jet Trainer

Published: June 10th, 2013     
Hawk 100 Series Advanced Jet Trainer
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

The Hawk 100 series jet trainer is a British two-seat, single-engine advanced jet trainer.  It was selected for use in a joint venture between Bombardier Aerospace Corp. and Canada. Some were also ordered and built in Australia.  It is used in many variants by many countries friendly to England.

The kit is molded in light gray plastic and comes with a photo etched set; the clear parts are thin and very clear.  The overall details were good, but some parts were soft and not sharp. There were sink holes in several places, among them the tops of the wings and the rocket rails. The kit gives the option of wing tip caps or missile rails if you want to arm the model; a drop tank is also included.  Some extra parts weren’t used, which are probably for different versions.

B-17G Flying Fortress “Flak Eater”

Published: June 10th, 2013     
B-17G Flying Fortress “Flak Eater”
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

OK, it’s a 1/144 B-17G.  I have 1/144 B-17Gs in the stash from Crown, Revell, and Academy/Minicraft.  Nevertheless, I’ve never gotten around to building any of these, so this one is the first of several B-17Gs I’ll be doing as I get around to it.

First reason to like this kit – they’ve completely redone the clear parts.  Trust me, this mold has been around the block a few times, and these clear parts are much better.

Second reason – the decals.  Cartograf makes excellent decals, and Minicraft gives you markings for two pretty interesting B-17Gs.

The Aircraft I Built

This B-17G is not done with the kit decals.  Just before I started this project, I attended IPMS Las Vegas “Best of the West” contest at Henderson, NV.  I picked up a set of Kits-World decals for the B-17.  The provided decals would have been just fine, except one of the aircraft on the sheet has a personal connection.

F8F-1B Gun Barrels

Published: June 9th, 2013     
F8F-1B Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thank you to David Lajer of Aires/Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this delightful aftermarket resin set.  The Hobby Boss F8F kit is wonderful in its own right, but the replacement gun barrels add quite an eye-catching detail in a highly visible part of the kit.

A single casting plug with 2 longer and 2 shorter barrels is in the package, molded in medium brownish-gray colored polyurethane resin.  The application is very simple; use the appropriate Quickboost barrels to replace kit parts E6 and E5.  This is a direct, drop-in replacement; all you need to do is carefully remove the barrels from the casting plug.

The kit barrel diameter is 1.92 scale inches and the Quickboost diameter is 1.20 scale inches.  While both of the diameters seem reasonable for portraying the real barrels, I think the obviously small diameter and finer, crisper detail of the QB barrel produces a more pleasing effect.  The only caution is that since the QB barrels are smaller in diameter, they don’t fit snugly in the wing sockets/ports.  This is not a big problem, but they won’t stay put while the glue sets.

F8F-1 Bearcat Wheel Bay

Published: June 8th, 2013     
F8F-1 Bearcat Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Thank you to David Lajer of Aires / Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this delightful aftermarket resin set.  The Hobbyboss F8F kit is wonderful in its own right, but replacement of the kit wheel wells with the Aires parts and the other pieces in the set allows a much cleaner and more detailed presentation.

The Package

The set is packaged in a typical blister pack, with a foam insert backing.  An engine-mount firewall and cockpit firewall are included, along with two wheel well units and a casting plug holding 6 additional detail parts.  The casting detail is very fine and crisp.  While inventorying the parts and comparing them to the instruction sheet, I noticed that the 2 rings (RP 3) on the plug were not complete.  I couldn’t find any additional loose pieces in the package.  The rings are part of retractor assemblies that I was able to easily recreate with 0.020 plastic rod later on.  A simple set of instructions is provided, showing the basic layout and arrangement of the resin and kit parts.  The resin color is medium brownish-gray, a nice contrast to the kit color.