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World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter

Published: May 20th, 2017     
World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter
Author: Col. Doug Barbier, USAF (Ret)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Specialty Press' biography : "Col. Doug Barbier grew up to the sound of F-106s flying out of Selfridge AFB, MI, where a visit on Armed Forces Day 1962 began a lifelong interest in the jet. A U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours, he flew the Lockheed T-33, the supersonic Northrop T-38, and logged more than 1,000 hours in the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. Barbier finished his military career flying the F-16, spending many hours sitting Air Defense alert, and making three intercepts of Soviet Tu-95 Bears along the way. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a major airline for twenty years. Barbier has had over 200 photographs published worldwide, and this is his first full-length feature book." You can find additional information on the F-106 at https://www.f-106deltadart.com along with several Facebook groups, including Convair F-106 Delta Dart, Convair F-102 & F-106...Deadly Deltas, and Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Ultimate Interceptor.

Tales from the Apocalypse, The Waitress

Published: May 19th, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse, The Waitress
Reviewed by: Dave Steingass, IPMS# 47624
Scale: 1:16
Company: Gecco

I've never met a Japanese kit that wasn't top-quality, and the Tales From The Apocalypse series from Gecco Models is no exception.

This series of figures carries a 1980s-era B-Movie Horror theme. In what may be the most brilliant packaging of any models I've ever seen, these figures are packaged in look-alike VHS tape boxes.

Number 5 in the series, is a Diner waitress, wearing a Blue Dress, white smock, and pink Chuck Taylors. Like the Traffic guard, she has recently experienced some trauma. A broken arm, multiple leg wounds, and a gouged out right eye and a machete seems to have hacked her neck. She is carrying a very gruesome Blue-plate Special of severed arms. Tasty.

The kit is made of high-quality styrene with virtually zero mild lines or flash. The Pen she is holding in her twisted right arm, fits sort of crooked, but it really isn't noticeable unless you are looking for it. No basing was included in the kit (an optional resin basing kit is available for each figure, sold separately) so I built my own bases. All parts fit well, as is expected from high-quality Japanese kits.

LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons

Published: May 19th, 2017     
LRF 4 Rocket Launchers with Pylons
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Productions is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale. Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin set of two (2) LRF 4 rocket launchers for use with aircraft armed with such types. An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates two reproductions of the French-manufactured weapons and options for either CES 3 or ADP 2 pylons that provide a realistic scale-detailed assembly for mounting to your kit. The panel detailing is extremely fine, with fore and end caps cast separately.

T-54-1 Model 1947 Soviet Medium Tank

Published: May 19th, 2017     
T-54-1 Model 1947 Soviet Medium Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

Background

The T-54/55 series of Soviet tanks are the most important tanks to see operation in the Cold War era, if for no other reason than sheer numbers: some estimates put total production at over 100,000 units. This series of tanks have also been used in almost every conflict of the second half of the 20th century, large and small, beginning with the invasion of Hungary by Soviet forces in 1956, the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967, 1973, 1982, the Vietnam war from 1967-75, the Iran-Iraq wars of 1980-88, the conflicts in Afghanistan, the Yugoslav Civil wars, and conflicts across Africa. This new, super detailed kit from MiniArt represents the initial production variant of the T-54 which started rolling off production lines in 1947, but suffered from a great many teething troubles. For a superb blog on the T-54, please check here: https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/t-54.html

German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)

Published: May 19th, 2017     
German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Hasegawa

One of the latest releases from the folks at Hasegawa is a re-release of the waterline Type VIIC and IXC U-Boats in a limited edition form that includes photoetch parts and decals for the markings of four "Aces". The kit includes four submarines in all, two of each type, as well as the bow and stern sections of two sinking merchant ships. Basic assembly is quick and easy, but installation of the photoetch railings requires removing the kit's plastic representations and forming the metal replacement parts, which could challenge less experienced modelers. I would still highly recommend this kit to those interested in adding some small U-Boats to their collection.

The Type VIIC was the most produced submarine for the Kriegsmarine with some 572 being built during the war as a short and medium-range vessel. The Type IXC was built for long-range operations and only 54 of these would be completed by war's end. What follows are the brief histories of each of the four U-Boats represented in this kit.

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