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1955 Ford Panel Truck

Published: September 29th, 2015     
1955 Ford Panel Truck
Reviewed by: Gordy Miller, IPMS# 49574
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

The 1955 Panel Truck is considered to be a part of the F100 Series that lasted up until 1956. It was a sturdy and reliable vehicle for the blue collar workers of the day. I decided to build a vehicle around the same look, with the custom parts added, to a truck that closely resembled my uncle's truck for his catering and restaurants needs. He meant a lot to me and I was very excited to see this kit available for a build on the reviewer's board. There are a few panel trucks out but not many and this one looked very good from the box art. It's rated at a skill level 2 and has just 93 pieces in it. When I opened the box and inspected the contents thereof I seen that it could be built only one way, and that's the way it looks on the box. It is molded in white. So, for me that's a plus. The chrome was impeccable and cut from the sprig without any problems. The kit was without any mold injection marks and did not have any flash to it what so ever.

Mk 103 Gun Muzzle

Published: September 29th, 2015     
Mk 103 Gun Muzzle
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Czech manufacturer Quickboost continues to expand its aftermarket line of simple details that enhance the look of your models.

This time the aftermarket piece is the very distinctive muzzle of the Mk 103 cannon, with its “organ pipe” look, a difficult piece to reproduce in injection molded parts.

The parts are finely molded, with all the pipes –and gun opening- being hollow. There are no bubbles nor are defects of kind and the attachment point to the pouring stub small and easy to remove.

The parts are a simple “drop in” replacement to the plastic parts. I only added a small piece of metal rod (copper) to strengthen the connection point to the nose of the Me-262.

This is a very easy and simple way to enhance your next model. Recommended.

I would like to thank Quickboost, AIRES and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

U-47 in Scapa Flow The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939

Published: September 29th, 2015     
U-47 in Scapa Flow The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Peter Dennis and Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing’s latest edition in their Raid series looks at sinking of the HMS Royal Oak by German U-boat U-47 in 1939.  From the website: "At the outset of World War II, Scapa Flow was supposed to be the safe home base of the British Navy - nothing could penetrate the defences of this bastion. So how, in the dead of night, was Gunther Prien's U-47 able to slip through the line of protective warships to sink the mighty Royal Oak? This book provides the answer with an account of one of the most daring naval raids in history. Drawing on the latest underwater archaeological research, this study explains how Prien and his crew navigated the North Sea and Kirk Sound to land a devastating blow to the British."

1913 Ford Model T Roadster

Published: September 28th, 2015     
1913 Ford Model T Roadster
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1:24
Company: ICM

I am no expert on the Ford Model T cars, but by using the internet I have found out several things. The Model T was the first affordable car that opened car ownership to the American middle class, which was due to the assembly line production method that reduced car prices.  The Model T's made in 1913 were priced at $525 for a runabout, which is another name for this model car.  170,211 Model T's of all types were made in 1913 and this was the last year in which you could get a color choice.  The colors being black, gray, green, blue and red.  The first Model T was made in 1908 and production lasted for 17 years.  Even today the Ford Model T is a name that is recognizable  to a majority of American car owners as there are still several thousand of these cars that are still running.  If you go to most car shows you will still usually find one or two Model T's on display.

BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo

Published: September 27th, 2015     
BV P178 Jet Bomber with BT700 Guided Missile Torpedo
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:72
Company: Bronco Models

Bronco Models has a full line of Luft ’46 aircraft and the Blohm and Voss P178 has been boxed in several different versions, mainly changing on the weapon being delivered. The BV P178 was an asymmetrical aircraft, with a single engine offset relative to the fuselage (something that Blohm and Voss was an expert at) and this particular machine had a Jumo 004 jet engine. I was not able to find any images of this particular aircraft, but I did find a few black and white images of the weapon BT700.

The model comes in a very sturdy box, with 5 sprues (1 clear) for the aircraft and 1 sprue for the weapon. The total part count is low, about 50 parts total. Parts are finely molded, with panel lines being crisp and well defined. There was no flash in my sample. You also get two decal sheets (including stencils) providing you with German, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian and Italian markings.