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GAZ-05-194 Ambulance

Published: January 17th, 2016     
GAZ-05-194 Ambulance
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This is an excellent kit, with extremely fine detail, great fit of the parts, and makes a highly realistic model. It’s not easy getting there however. Be prepared for small, delicate parts, microscopic locating pins, unclear instructions on some part locations, and many separate tiny parts where one would suffice without loss of detail. With a little patience an experienced modeler will enjoy a challenging build resulting in a great model.

Background

Gorkovskiy Avtomobilnij Zavod (GAZ) automobile company was a joint venture with the Ford Motor Company prior to WWII. The GAZ-05-194 Ambulance is one of several Soviet Army vehicles based on the Ford Model A truck, with an additional axle for a 2 ton truck. Captured vehicles were also used by Germany’s Wehrmacht.

FOD Buckets, Drums and Flightline FOD Points

Published: January 17th, 2016     
FOD Buckets, Drums and Flightline FOD Points
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:32
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has come out with three sets under their Aerobonus line which have modelers covered for any situation concerning FOD (foreign object debris). All three 1/32nd scale sets are cast in Aires gray resin and include decals and instructions.

S35E Draken

Published: January 15th, 2016     
S35E Draken
Reviewed by: Tom DeMichael, IPMS# 49640
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Designed by Swedish aerospace company Saab, the S35E Draken is a reconnaissance version of the original fighter Draken. The Draken was manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974 it was built to replace the Saab J28 Tunnan and Saab 32 Lansen. However to this date Draken’s have been retired from military service.

There are roughly 117 parts in the kit totaling 9 sprues with very few parts not being used. The decals provided allow you to make your plane either the 11-02 or 11-16 version. Most decals provided are not used (decals 17-35). There is no armament with this kit. The fuselage comes in two halves (top and bottom), they fit together really nicely. The one thing I noticed immediately was the nice panel lines that this kit has. There are only 13 steps to this kit but that’s because two steps have a large amount of pieces to glue on.

Ford Ranger Pickup Truck

Published: January 14th, 2016     
Ford Ranger Pickup Truck
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Ford Ranger has been the number one selling vehicle in America for over three decades. It’s hard to argue with that kind of success.

The Kit

This review covers the Ford Ranger Pickup Truck 1:24 Scale Revell Model Kit #85-4360. This is a nice clean kit with some pretty good detailing and it is one that can readily be improved with some additional work. Just adding some foil to the trim and a wired engine makes it a standout on the display shelf. This is a re-release as it has seen other boxings in the past.

This kit has 78 parts molded in white, clear and chrome with vinyl tires. The decals are newly designed for a two-tone color scheme. The instructions are well presented, although there are some errors in it. It has a nicely detailed engine and interior. Finished dimensions are: Length: 7-13/16", Width: 3-15/16", Height: 3".

Construction and Detailing

Assembly starts with the motor. At fifteen pieces it’s a pretty basic V-8 with molded in detail but it dresses up well if you add some wires. There’s no oil filter on this one so you’ll have to fab one to give it a complete look. When you’re done set it aside to dry.

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

Published: January 14th, 2016     
Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour”.  These words, spoken by Winston Churchill on June 18, 1940, braced his island nation for the German aerial onslaught awaiting them just a few short miles across the English Channel. The outcome is, of course, well known as the Royal Air Force repelled the Luftwaffe, but at a terrible cost in lives, mainly from the German bombing campaign that the battle turned into. This same island would become the launching point for the allied bombing raids and the D-day invasion across that same channel four years later. 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of this epic battle and Airfix has boxed some of the most famous aircraft involved in the battle to commemorate it.

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