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Avia B.534 III.serie

Published: October 27th, 2016     
Avia B.534 III.serie
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The Avia B.534 was developed in 1934, and although obsolete by the time WWII started, it was used in combat as late as 1944! The 534 went through a few changes along the way, most notably the cockpit and landing gear. A 534 is credited with having been the last biplane to record an aerial victory (A Hungarian Ju 52 on Sept. 2nd, 1944).

The Kit

Inside the box are 4 sprue of grey and 1 of clear plastic, a decal sheet, photo etch fret, a sheet of painting masks and a 16-page instruction booklet. The plastic is is nice with very fine lines, little to no flash and no noticeable sink marks. The pre painted photo etch looks nice and the decals are very nice. One thing Eduard did was scale back on the photo etch fret as it looks like they give you just the parts needed for the III.Serie.

"Shidenkai no Maki" Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai (George)

Published: October 27th, 2016     
"Shidenkai no Maki" Kawanishi N1K2-J Shidenkai (George)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

"Hagoromo Maki is going to an all-girls high school, a special one that allows its students to commute by plane! She and her first friend at school, Hasegawa Motiko, have found a plane and fixed it up for themselves to fly! However, it turns out that it was a plane used by a legendary pilot who protected the airspace for their school, and their school's ace pilot does not approve of them having it. Will Maki be able to fly and protect the air for their school?" (tethydust)

But of course.

To Western sensibilities, Japanese pop culture sometimes offers seemingly bizarre juxtapositions, such as giant warrior robots shaped like teddy bears. Or a girl's school involved in deadly aerial warfare with other schools using antique aircraft. Go figure.

Ladder for F-4 Phantom II

Published: October 27th, 2016     
Ladder for F-4 Phantom II
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Plus Model

Plus model, maker of fine detailed aftermarket products, just produced a ladder for the McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II. What is unique about this item is that it is injection molded instead of resin or photo etch that other companies make. Although this does require some assembly, being able to make fine adjustments to better fit the various kits is a real bonus.

The kit comes in a sturdy box and the sprue is in a suitable plastic bag. The instructions are printed on the back of the box and are basic but sufficient to assist your build. I am not sure if the parts layout changed from previous releases but instructions indicate the steps (rungs) are separate parts but that is not so with what is on the sprue. That is very good since I can image how difficulty it would be to attach and align those parts. Hopefully the instructions will be updated on future releases. The 8 parts have minimal flash which cleans up easily.

US Navy Deck Crew with Chocks

Published: October 25th, 2016     
US Navy Deck Crew with Chocks
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

Thank you Video Aviation for providing this elegant aircraft accessory deck crew figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community. Video Aviation is a small Italian company that offers a variety of diorama and vignette accessories in three scales that will make a welcome addition to aircraft displays. The casting masters are completely CAD designed and rapid prototyped for production. This allows the same figure to be easily produced in different scales.

US Navy Deck Crew with Holdbacks

Published: October 25th, 2016     
US Navy Deck Crew with Holdbacks
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Video Aviation

Thank you to Video Aviation for providing this elegant aircraft accessory deck crew figure, and thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review it! I am very appreciative of all you do for the scale modeling community. Video Aviation is a small Italian company that offers a variety of diorama and vignette accessories in three scales that will make a welcome addition to aircraft displays. The casting masters are completely CAD designed and rapid prototyped for production. This allows the same figure to be easily produced in different scales.

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