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Polikarpov U-2/Po-2VS

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Polikarpov U-2/Po-2VS
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: ICM

History

The Polikarpov U-2 biplane was designed and built during 1928 as a primary trainer for the fledgling Soviet Air Force, and it seemed to possess all of the characteristics desired by that service, including rugged all-wood construction, a low-powered but reliable power plant, and excellent flying characteristics.  It was produced in massive numbers, approximately 40,000 of them eventually being manufactured in the Soviet Union and foreign countries. The type was adaptable to many uses, including training, air ambulance, night bombing, crop dusting, and a few were even used as floatplanes. During the war, the plane was re-designated Po-2 in honor of the designer, Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov.  A few were even used by the North Koreans during the Korean War for night harassment, as, having all-wood construction, they had a very low radar profile.  There are still a few flying today, especially in Europe.

Pitot Tubes for SU-27, Sea Harrier FRS.1, and Harrier GR.3

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Pitot Tubes for SU-27, Sea Harrier FRS.1, and Harrier GR.3
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

  • Sukhoi Su-27, AM-48-066, $8.50
  • Harrier GR.3, AM-48-069, $5.50
  • Sea Harrier FRS.1, AM-48-070, $6.50

Iwona and Piotr at Master Model in Poland are a gifted team.  Here’s to you and your efforts; we FINALLY have a source for detailed, strong, accurate pitot tubes (and other things like gun barrels) with exquisite detail!  Thank you for providing IPMS USA with these review samples, which were passed to me.  We appreciate and support you!

OK, what I received from Dick and Steve at IPMS/USA were three little packets, one with an SU-27 pitot tube, one SHAR (Sea Harrier) FRS.1 pitot tube, and one Harrier GR.3 pitot tube and angle of attack (AOA) probe.  I immediately pulled the requisite kits out from the slowly shrinking stash and started assembly.  Of note: every one of these pitot tube additions have first-rate, set-the-standard instruction sheets with not only installation instructions, but also color callouts!  VERY impressive, and something others should emulate.  Now, on to the builds: first, the Academy SU-27.

Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1

Published: February 7th, 2013     
Night Stalkers Don't Quit! Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Werners Wings

New from Floyd Werner and Werner’s Wings are decals and history for the Night Stalkers, the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (SOAR). This set of decals covers the history of the group from its conception in 1981 through Operation Gothic Serpent in 1993.

The aircraft covered here are H-60's and H-6’s in 1/72 scale. The decals are also offered in 1/35th and 1/48th scales. The decals cover eight markings for the H-6 and 9 markings for the H-60. Each scheme has a specific color guide and also notations about specifics of that particular helicopter. There are notes about antennae locations, markings, and history of all airframes.

The most impressive thing that comes with this set is the specific history of the Night Stalkers. The coverage ranges from its inceptions after the failed attempt to recue the hostages in Iran into combat in Grenada and Operation Prime Chance, protecting oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The history concludes with Operation Gothic Serpent, which was in Somalia. Lastly – and most sobering – is a list of the men who have given all in support of the US and it allies and operations.

January/February 2013

Published: February 7th, 2013     
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Issue Information
Journal Year: 
2013
Journal Volume: 
25
Journal Issue: 
1
  • Getting Going on a Big Boeing - The AMT EC-135 and the Lessons in Teaches in Building Large Aircraft, by Richard C. Engar
  • Focus Stacking - Bringing clarity to your model photography, by Dan Thompsom
  • Apollo Program - Recreating the giant leaps of the manned lunar landings, by Pete Malaguti
  • Krokodil! - Building the fictional E-100 Jagdpanzer from the New Connection conversion, by David Bridges
  • McLaren in the Buff - The thrill of building - but not painting - James' Hunt's 1976 Formula 1 ride, by Jonathan Silverthorn
  • Super-sized Stinger - The Scorpion’s Mechanical Steed, Scratchbuilt in 1:72 Scale, by Dan Thompson

T-28C Trojan

Published: February 6th, 2013     
T-28C Trojan
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Sword Models

The North American T-28 was used by both the Air Force and Navy and was designed as a replacement for the old T-6/SNJ.  It saw use in the American military from the 1950's until the mid 80's.  In the end there were 4 variants, the A, B, C, and the counter-insurgency D models.  Several other variants, such as the Fennec, were used in foreign service.

The T-28C, the subject of this kit, came out in 1955 and was the same as the B model except for the tail hook installed for carrier training and a slightly shorter prop. The T-28C had a Wright R-1820 engine and a three-bladed prop.

The kit came in a colorful box with the cover painting showing the scheme I decided to model, and with all three possible markings options on the back.  Upon looking at the sprues, I was impressed.  They had recessed panel lines and very little flash, but there are no part numbers on the parts so you need to look at the layout in the instructions to figure out what’s where.  My sample had an extra left fuselage without the cutout for the tail hook.

Bf-110C Instrument Panel

Published: February 6th, 2013     
Bf-110C Instrument Panel
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/4
Company: Eduard

Should you be looking for a little something different to build, I would like to point you in the direction of this one-quarter scale instrument panel that is being offered as a Limited Edition release by the folks at Eduard.  The kit assembles with relative ease, and is a good representation of the instrument panel used in the Messerschmitt Bf-110C variant, although the variant is only mentioned once on the side of the box.  The needles used in the various gauges are the only tricky items to handle during construction, so this would be a good item for modelers fourteen and up, as the box recommends.

Upon opening this kit, the builder will find a one-piece instrument panel along with ninety-nine parts spread across two sprues, all made of a medium gray plastic.  In addition, there are two sprues that hold twenty-eight clear parts, two photo-etch frets holding a total of sixty-one parts, and a decal sheet with forty-one items.  The instructions are contained in an eight-page manual printed in color on glossy paper.

Arnie Beswick's "The Super Judge" 1969 Pontiac GTO Funny Car

Published: February 6th, 2013     
Arnie Beswick's "The Super Judge" 1969 Pontiac GTO Funny Car
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

To honor funny car racers of the ’60s and ’70s, Round 2 LLC announced last year that it will be releasing a new drag racing memorabilia line called "Legends of the Quarter Mile."  The first model kit released was Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick's 1969 GTO funny car known as the "Super Judge."  Hailing from Morrison, Illinois, Beswick is a legend in his own time. He is the most well-known Pontiac drag racer in the world. For over 50 years, his successes have made him a fan favorite.  Keep in mind this nostalgia kit was originally issued in 1969 by MPC, and has been reissued several times since, this time in a very cool original box art.  As it’s an older kit, expect to spend considerable time cleaning up the parts.  Round 2 has also added  "MH Racemaster" printed slicks and very nice Beswick decals.  The assembly breaks down into several sub assemblies:

F-8E/J Pitot Tube

Published: February 4th, 2013     
F-8E/J Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master Model is a company that makes turned brass aftermarket parts, specifically pitot tubes, refueling probes, and antennas.

The first thing I would like to point out is how good the packaging and instruction sheet is. The packaging consists of a zip-lock type bag, while the part is in a smaller bag, keeping it from moving all over. The instruction sheet is very clear and easy to understand, only needing 3 steps. Cut off original part, drill a hole (0.8 mm), glue in the new metal part – complete. Just be careful drilling the hole, especially in 1/72.

When compared to the kit part – there is no comparison. The kit pitot tube looks like a little blob of plastic, while the Master Model part is a complete work of art. Once you use a couple of these pieces you will be completely spoiled and never want to use the kit pitot tubes again.

I highly recommend this product if you want a really superior-looking model. The only problem I have now is that I want one on every one of my kits. Thanks to Master Model and IPMS-USA for the chance to do this review.

Vampyre Lord Bust

Published: February 3rd, 2013     
Vampyre Lord Bust
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Scale: 1/32
Company: Morland Studios

I was intrigued in seeing a 54mm bust available for review. I had painted a few larger scale busts, and have also painted a number of 54mm figures, but never a bust in such a small scale. I asked to review it and subsequently received the Morland Studios 54mm offering of a – or would it be The – Vampyre Lord? I finally settled on The Vampyre Lord because I couldn’t find anything relating him to a gaming scenario or a story line, so I see him as a standalone character. Not personally knowing any vampyre lords, it’s always so hard to figure how they would like to be addressed!!!

Produced in white metal, the kit contains 4 pieces. The head and upper torso are cast as one piece. The right arm is separate, as is the hand, holding a scepter. A pedestal base completes the parts inventory. The casting of the parts is crisp and clean. The few mold lines I encountered were easily removed by light scraping with an X-acto knife tip. The face is well represented, and shows two fangs protruding from the mouth. The Lord is sporting a top hat with a pair of goggles strapped around the brim.

Sd.Kfz.184 Ferdinand, Kursk, 1943

Published: February 2nd, 2013     
Sd.Kfz.184 Ferdinand, Kursk, 1943
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

This kit is basically a slightly upgraded re-box (reboot) of their Premium Edition Kit 6317 that came out in 2008. The new parts are two photo etched tool boxes instead of one, a newly designed photo etched tool box to fit on the rear of the fighting compartment, different Magic Tracks specifically for the Kursk campaign, and a new set of decals that are supposed to allow you to build any vehicle that served with the s.Pz.Jg.Abt.653 or s.Pz.Jg.Abt.653 units at Kursk.

This is a multimedia kit comprised of 270+ styrene parts, magic tracks in the early pattern, three photo etched frets, a turned aluminum gun tube, decals, and the set of instructions that need to be reviewed very carefully before gluing any parts together. Most Dragon models today are a collection of old sprues with new sprues added to create a new kit variant, and Dragon has done so with this kit.

Step 1. This step is the assembly of the drive sprockets and road wheels. There are no problems here, other than the removal of the mold line which is noticeable on the road wheels. These road wheels are all steel rimmed, so don’t paint them a rubber color.

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