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Pz.bef.wg. 35(t) German Command Tank

Published: March 6th, 2016     
Pz.bef.wg. 35(t) German Command Tank
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy

Short History

The Panzerkampfwagen 35(t), commonly shortened to Panzer 35(t) or abbreviated as Pz.Kpfw. 35(t), was a Czechoslovak-designed light tank used mainly by Nazi Germany during World War II. The letter (t) stood for tschechisch (German: "Czech"). In Czechoslovak service, it had the formal designation Lehký tank vzor 35 (Light Tank Model 35), but was commonly referred to as the LT vz. 35 or LT-35. Four hundred and thirty-four were built; of these, the Germans seized two hundred and forty-four when they occupied Bohemia-Moravia in March 1939 and the Slovaks acquired fifty-two when they declared independence from Czechoslovakia at the same time. Others were exported to Bulgaria and Romania. In German service, it saw combat during the early years of World War II, notably the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France, and the invasion of the Soviet Union, before being retired or sold off in 1942.

AC-47 Gunship Masking Set

Published: March 6th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Masking Set
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This complete die-cut adhesive mask set is "just what the doctor ordered" to cure the masking blues. Especially if you’re building the Revell/Monogram AC-47 Gunship. This must have set includes: wheel mask, landing light mask, observation dome mask, windscreen panel mask, and exterior cabin window mask. The masking media used for this set is the typical high-quality product we’ve seen and used for years (very similar to Tamiya tape). The die-cut patterns fit perfectly to their respective proper location. They’re easily peeled away from the backing paper, and repositioning is just as easy. Preparation before painting is key to a nice looking model and masking plays a vital role in this preparation. The clean sharp edges of perfectly-fitting masking are hard to beat. After placement of the mask, I lightly burnish them with a rounded toothpick to prevent any leakage.

The Bottom Line

A five -star product, I highly recommend this masking set to everyone who plans to build the AC-47. I would like to thank Eduard and IPMS for the opportunity to present this fine offering.

Ford 3 Litre GT Starter Set

Published: March 6th, 2016     
Ford 3 Litre GT Starter Set
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/32
Company: Airfix

Thanks to Airfix from supplying this kit for review and to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

In the world of motorsport, the rules for the most advanced racing cars, Group 6 prototype, changed drastically in 1967. Principally, the engine displacement was reduced to 3 liters maximum. In March 1968 Ford introduced their new car designated the P68, but commonly called the Ford 3L GT. The power plant and chassis was based on the Ford-Cosworth DFV 2993cc V8 Formula 1 car. Its first competitive appearance was at the April 7, 1968 BOAC 500Kms race at Brands Hatch, England. Of the two P68s entered, only one was able to qualify for the race. The car that did qualify developed mechanical problems while leading the race and failed to finish. Such was the case for the remainder of 1968 and into the 1969 racing season. Reliability problems kept the Ford 3L GT from qualifying or finishing a single race. The P68 program was obviously a failure and the program was cancelled. A beautiful, fast but troublesome car quickly faded into racing history.

F-86 Ultimate Sabre

Published: March 5th, 2016     
F-86 Ultimate Sabre
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

In the last several years, Eduard has had great ideas by taking well done kits from certain manufacturers, adding their beautiful photoetch, masking sets and Brassin resin to it and issuing it as a complete set. This is one of those kits and it is a winner! What you get in the package is Hasegawa’s excellent 1/48th scale F-86 Sabre with a masking set for the wheels and canopy. Also included are excellent resin castings for the ejection seat and two frets of photoetch. One is colorized and is used to detail the cockpit with seat belts, multipart instrument panels, and other small parts. The second fret is not colored and contains replacement parts for the canopy deck and details, more seat details, and other smaller bits. Also included is an excellent color instruction guide and decals for five different markings:

AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.

Published: March 5th, 2016     
AC-47 Gunship Interior S. A.
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Product

The set is made up of two frets: one brass and one tin printed self-adhesive. First let’s look at the brass one, it mainly supports the mini-guns and ammo boxes with just a few parts for the cockpit and forward cabin pieces. Next the printed tin fret, it’s loaded with radio faces, console panels, and the instruments panel. It also has a complete set of seat harnesses and assorted placards. My sample arrived in perfect condition and included an easy to understand fold out instruction sheet.

The Build

Starting in the forward sections; cockpit and radio room. First the kit parts require a little plastic removal and land scrapping. The new radio faces and instruments panel fit perfectly as did the rest of the smaller items The hardest items to contend with were all the small levers and control knobs. The rudder pedals turned into a nightmare of photo-etch payback, but I managed somehow. The pilot seats received a makeover complete with seat belts. The ammo boxes look pretty decent but are over engineered.

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