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1957 Chevy Bel Air

Published: April 21st, 2016     
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Reviewed by: Gordy Miller, IPMS# 49574
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The '57 Bel Air is truly one of the most beloved cars in the history of the automobile. Its unique styling is unmistakable. I was thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to build Round 2's newest creation. It is released under their series of cars entitled "the Car Culture" series. Everything comes molded in white so to me that's a good thing. It has no flash and the entire car is very intricately detailed. It contains 160 plus pieces including photo etched chrome.The chrome etching covers the namesake fins, as well as the front and back gold V's that require some gold paint to accurately depict them, as well as the 3 inserts in the front fenders. As of these pics I hadn't completed these yet.

Windsock Centenary Datafile 171 Aviatik (Berg) D.I At War!

Published: April 19th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Datafile 171 Aviatik (Berg) D.I At War!
Author: Paolo Varriale
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Italian historian Paolo Varriale has taken a new look at the Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I service in WWI.

A single seat fighter designed by Julius von Berg, the Aviatik D.I first flew October 16, 1916, unfortunately killing the test pilot. Approximately 677 airframes were built, and that constituted nearly 43% of the fighters accepted by the Austro-Hungarian Army Air Service. The Aviatik (Berg) D.I was light and fast, but suffered from poor manufacturing quality leading to an adverse reputation for shedding wings.

Peter M Gross’ Datafile number 45 has been long out of print, so it is about time that Windsock revisited Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I. The cover features a Roberto Zanella painting of Oblerleutnant Bela Macourek ‘s Aviatik (Berg) D.I. shooting down a DH4 on the Albanian coastline. Ronny Bar contributes nine large color side profiles, including 338.95, featuring a smartly dressed lady smiling on the side of a late production Aviatik D.I. I counted 84 photographs (including four in colour) and two tables.

TBF/TBM Avenger Eggplane

Published: April 19th, 2016     
TBF/TBM Avenger Eggplane
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Hasegawa

Summary

Hasagawa has re-released their previously out-of-production Tamago Plane Series Egg Plane caricature of the venerable TBF/TBM Avenger, this issue sporting two sets of new markings, including the popular set for USS Mission Bay (Code E16).

The small, sturdy box contains two sprues of relatively hard, blue plastic, a clear plastic canopy packaged separately, one medium sheet of decals which are thin and in perfect register, and one instruction sheet totaling 6 pages with 2 steps, printed in black and white.

The markings in the kit cover two schemes: TBF-1C: U.S. Navy USS Mission Bay Code: E16 and TBM-1C: U.S. Navy VC-42 Code 21.

Construction

Assembly took just over 15 minutes, with most of that time involved with clipping and cleaning the 21 parts (25 if you attach the underwings rockets).  This kit was meant to fun!  I had no fit problems whatsoever, and quickly brought the fuselage, wings and tail together, leaving the propeller, gear, and canopy off for easier painting.

Joey Logano #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion

Published: April 19th, 2016     
Joey Logano #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion
Reviewed by: Joe Porche’, IPMS# 20296
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

Early last year I was excited to see that Revell was going to release two new NASCAR kits sometime in the 4th quarter of 2015. I was equally excited because these would be of the newer Generation 6 style of cars and Ford Fusions. Well the bubble burst when I discovered that these kits would be SnapTite kits. Excited for the kids and snap builders, but a little disappointed that we haven’t had a new glue-style NASCAR kit in almost two decades.

I understand Revell plans to rectify this situation in 2017-18, based on the sales of these snap kits. At $24 dollars each I am really skeptical that they will be able to penetrate the youth market with these kits.

ERA-3B Skywarrior, Part 1

Published: April 19th, 2016     
ERA-3B Skywarrior, Part 1
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This is the first installment, “First Look,” of Trumpeter’s Douglas ERA-3B 1/48th scale variant to be released by Trumpeter in 2016.  The plane represents the US Navy, VAQ-33 ‘Firebirds’, ERA-3B, 104/GD BuNo. 146447. The ERA-3B variant was converted from the RA-3B variant as an electronic aggressor aircraft serving with the VAQ-33 and VAQ-34. I won’t bore you with a long lengthy dissertation on the history of the Douglas A3 and this variant so I will just include here a description presented on Trumpeter’s product website which will suffice for most modelers.  I’m sure during your build one would do their own further research. “The Douglas A-3“Skywarrior”was a strategic nuclear bomber developed for the US Navy.

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