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Mirage III Pitot Tube

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Mirage III Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for creating nicely detailed drop-in replacement parts to enhance the detail of plastic models. This time they present a trio of pitot tubes for the Mirage III, for either the Eduard or the Hobby Boss kit.

The pitot tubes are perfectly cast in grey resin, with a smooth, bubble-free finish. The molding includes two side walls to prevent accidental damage of the parts while in transit or storage. Removal of the parts should be easy, with either a hobby saw or even by scoring with a #11 blade if you take your time.

This set provides you with spare parts, which is a very thoughtful decision from Quickboost, as pitot tubes are very easily broken off. If you are careful in construction, you have spares for your next Mirage!

Perhaps the single best advantage of this replacement part is the lack of a mold seam (in comparison with the plastic one), and we all know that a nose-mounted pitot tube is one of the focal points of any airplane.

Recommended to modelers of all skill levels, as the replacement of this part is trivial and will enhance the look of your finished model.

Mirage III Gun Barrels

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Mirage III Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is well known for creating nicely detailed drop-in replacement parts to enhance the detail of plastic models. They have released a set of gun barrels for the Mirage III, for either the Eduard or the Hobby Boss kit. It might be possible to use this set with the Italeri Mirage IIIE, but I am not sure.

The cannon barrels are perfectly cast in grey resin, with a smooth, bubble-free finish. The molding includes two side walls to prevent accidental damage of the parts while in transit or storage. Removal of the parts should be easy, with either a hobby saw, or even by scoring with a #11 blade, if you take your time.

You can compare the resin parts with the plastic ones provided in the Hobby Boss kit. The main difference you’ll see is the muzzle brake detail and a much finer cannon barrel.

Based on the limited research I’ve done, the look of resin cannon and muzzle brake resembles more the visual aspect of a Colt Mk 12 (20m) than a DEFA 30 mm, the standard Mirage III cannon. However, in my opinion, the resin parts look nicer than the plastic ones. Do your own research and make your own conclusion.

Freight Shed

Published: November 13th, 2013     
Freight Shed
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/72
Company: MiniArt

Mini Art has been releasing a series of modular buildings in 72nd scale. By modular I mean you get parts for roofs, windows, doors, walls, etc., and you potentially could mix-and-match and make your own building. The modular design allows a significant level of flexibility, but it comes with the price of multiple pieces (perhaps 83 pieces are a bit too many for a building of this size?) and with too many seams.

The kit is molded in different plastic colors with the intention of being displayed without actually painting it. I decided to build it that way so you will see what you get if you were to build it out-of-the-box.

Upon construction of the building foundation, I found that the wooden planks that form the floor would flex, given how long – and unsupported – they are. So I added some scratchbuilt runners made out of sprue to keep things straight and somewhat flat. Also, you are supposed to modify (trim and fit) one of the floor pieces in order to fit it to the overall size of the foundation.

Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman
Author: Ron Field
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

In this book, the author covers the Civil War’s eastern theater from 1861-65 and leads you through a progressive linage of the fighting infantryman on both sides under the, quoting the book, “appalling realities of warfare in the industrial age.” You’ll follow the infantryman in the key battles such as First Bull Run/Manassas, “The Bloody Angle” Gettysburg, and Chaffin’s Farm/New Market Heights. The later battle sets focus on African American troops fighting for the union. The book further discusses in-depth the tactics and strategies used by both sides. The evolution of uniforms worn by the troops is an interesting story in itself and will surely aid the purist modeler. The diorama modeler will appreciate the interesting period b&w photographs, plus it’s packed with a wide range of colorful paintings and maps.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey hits another home run with this 2nd volume on Japanese destroyers. Picking up where the 1st volume left off, this book covers several classes, principally the Asashio, Kagero, and Yugumo. It also details the history, weapons, and tactics of the Japanese destroyers. The author further weighs in on the design and construction, armament, service modifications, and wartime service of each class. The book also covers an interesting experimental destroyer, the Shimakaze, with a top speed of almost 40 knots and 15 torpedo tubes. I found the book’s contents to be well thought out, with a very coherent outline. And it’s written with easy to understand explanations. It has beautiful color paintings and artwork including cutaway illustrations. It offers a wide range of vintage b&w photographs that are pretty decent and would be helpful to the ship modeler. The book has a softcover with a corded gum binding and it’s printed very well.

Forbidden Planet Robby the Robot Poster Edition

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Forbidden Planet Robby the Robot Poster Edition
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/12
Company: Polar Lights

Future Brief

Early in the 23rd century, the United Planets Cruiser C57-D travels to the planet Altair IV, 16 light-years from Earth, in search of the Bellerophon, a spaceship sent on an expedition 20 years earlier. Upon arrival on Altair, the crew is warned not to land or they could find themselves in harm’s way. The ship’s Commander disregards the warnings and lands anyway. Once safely on the planet, the crew observes Robby the Robot making a grand entrance driving his high speed land rover. He then invites them to visit Dr. Morbius, a survivor from the Bellerophon. This is where the ship's CO, XO, and the ship’s Doctor meet Altaira "Alta" Morbius, the daughter of Dr. Morbius.

Messerschmitt Bf-110G-2

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-110G-2
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard continues downsizing their 1/48 Bf-110 family to 1/72 with their latest G-2. I have wanted a G series forever, as the Italeri and Frog renditions leave a lot to be desired. You get a total of 194 parts in dark gray plastic, clear plastic, and etch. You also get canopy masks to make painting the frames easier. There are four decal options. The moldings are flash free and the panel lines are recessed and finely done. Some parts won’t be used and some are offered in both plastic and etch, so you will have bits left over for the spares box or perhaps to help dress-up other Bf-110s you have in your stash. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I started with the cockpit as usual; there are plenty of details out of the box, no need to add anything. Construction was straightforward; again, as with their C, the G didn’t pose any issues.  You get really nice MG 81 Zwilling rear guns with etch crosshairs. The cockpit was painted Tamiya German gray and all the details painted in the various colors as per the instructions.

Messerschmitt Bf-110C/D

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-110C/D
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Eduard has masterfully downsized their 1/48 Bf-110 family to my favorite scale of 1/72. I have waited a long time for an accurate 110 in 1/72, and from what I see in the box Eduard has delivered. You get a total of 171 parts in familiar light olive plastic, clear plastic, and etch. You also get canopy masks to make life easier when painting the frames. There are five decal options. The moldings are flash-free and the panel lines are recessed and finely cast. Some parts won’t be used in this boxing and some are rendered in both plastic and etch, so you will have bits left over for the spare box or perhaps to help dress-up other Bf-110s you have in your stash. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Eastern Inferno

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Eastern Inferno
Author: Hans Roth, edited by Christine Alexander and Mason Kunze
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book is a compilation of 3 journals written by Hans Roth, a soldier with the 299th Infantry Division, attached to the Sixth Army. It covers the period 1941 to 1943.  It is an incredible first-hand narration of the life of a German soldier in the Eastern Front.

It is particularly interesting as it was written within days of the events being narrated (often on the same day), meaning that the memories were fresh and undisturbed by the pass of time. At the same time, being its own personal journal, censors were not able to edit out parts of the narration, reflecting the exact thoughts of a soldier in the front.

There are parts of the book when I almost felt like I was intruding in the personal life of Hans Roth, as he would describe his thoughts about his wife, daughter, and home, back in Germany. At other parts of the book, I could feel the stress, fear, and relief of Roth, due to his having survived a battle, waiting for a tunnel mine to explode, or just enjoying the sun in his skin.

California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals

Published: November 11th, 2013     
California License Plate 1963-2012 Decals
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/24
Company: Warbird Decals

Warbird Decals is known just for that, its airplane and warbird decals. This release is a new venture and is for 1/24 scale cars. It features California license plates from between 1963 and 2012, and comes with the background on the color and style changes. This set contains 112 license plates covering the different styles. Eight of these are pre-lettered, but the remaining 104 are blank. Below this are the letters you use to customize the plates to your liking.

To customize a plate, pick the appropriate letters and color and cut them out. Warbird has provided a line indicating where the lettering should be located. Drop the letters on the plate (and there are great instructions on how to accomplish this) and let dry. The decal can then be applied with your own customized license plate!

The printing and alignment are superb. This set is highly recommended to all automotive modelers looking for some California Dreaming!

My thanks to Warbird Models and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this set.