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Hasegawa F-22 Raptor "Ace Combat Mobius 1" Egg Plane

Published: April 5th, 2017     
Hasegawa  F-22 Raptor "Ace Combat Mobius 1" Egg Plane
Reviewed by: Craig Gregory, IPMS# 49320
Scale: Grade A Large
Company: Hasegawa

This is my sixth Eggplane and the second review of the Hasegawa Eggplane Series. As I mentioned before, they assemble quickly and are generally well engineered. This kit is no exception. I always attempt to try one new technique or skill on each of my builds; I wanted to practice a camouflage paint scheme. Also from experience I know that large decals are hard to get to conform to the typical Eggplanes contours. Therefore, I decided not to use any decals to for the darkest tone of the camouflage pattern,

I started by painting the engine exhausts (A2). I airbrushed them with a base coat of Tamiya XF-24 Dark Gray. I masked the center saw tooth band of the exhausts with Bare Metal Foil and painted the two remaining bands Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminum. After the paint had dried over night I masked the entire painted outer surfaces of the exhausts with Bare Metal Foil in preparation for assembly.

Cross & Cockade International Spring 2017 Volume 48/1

Published: April 5th, 2017     
Cross & Cockade International Spring 2017 Volume 48/1
Author: Managing Editor: Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2017, features a photograph of a single bay Sopwith 2FR2 Bulldog. The rear cover features three color profiles of aircraft in the Castellorizo, and the Loss of HMS Ben-my-Chree article. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Me 262B-1/U1 Landing Gear

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Me 262B-1/U1 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Scale Aircraft Conversions

SAC has made an adaptation of the Me 262B-1/U-1 landing gear in white metal for the 1/32 Revell kit. The set contains the two main gear legs with oleo scissors and retraction struts. The main gear leg, its retraction strut, and its mount are also part of the set. I have seen photos of some 262s with an oleo scissor on the nose gear strut, but apparently, the B model did not have it. These are direct replacements for the parts that come in the Revell Me262B-1/U-1. Comparing the kit landing gear and the SAC landing gear side by side you will notice a lot of similarities between the two. Overall this is highly recommended for stronger landing gear especially since the 262 had tricycle landing gear and the nose will be weighted to keep the model from sitting on its tail. This is a great addition to the Revell kit.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for another great offering in metal landing gear and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.

Flying the Icon: Spitfire

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Flying the Icon: Spitfire
Author: Jarrod Cotter
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Fighting High Publishers

Description

The Supermarine Spitfire is not only one of the most famous British icons, but it is arguably the most widely-recognized and popular aircraft in the history of aviation. For many generations, it was said to be 'every schoolboy's dream' to fly a Spitfire, and Flying the Icon: Spitfire aims to give the reader an insight into what that requires.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of Prototype K5054 on 5 March 1936, author Jarrod Cotter presents something entirely different from the previously published histories of the Spitfire. Having spent a great deal of time talking to Spitfire pilots past and present, attending flight operations briefings and Spitfire pilot training courses, he has used his 'insider's' perspective to produce a book solely on flying this most iconic of all fighters.

Ventura MkII Seatbelt Steel Set

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Ventura MkII Seatbelt Steel Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch steel seatbelt set to for the Revell Ventura MkII which has mold seatbelts and really needs them. This set is colored and also made of steel which means they are better for forming. They are very realistic and accurate and really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for the set for a kit that needs them. I do find the steel seatbelt the best to form but be careful as the painted surface can peel if you're not careful.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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