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Executive Board Meeting Minutes - June 2014

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2014     
E-2C Hawkeye Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions, or SAC, make replacement landing gear for a wide variety of aircraft, in all the major scales.  They are cast in white metal which is stronger than the plastic used in the kit’s pieces.  To quote the company’s website, “Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear, tail gear and/or adjacent related components.  Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts.”

This set is made to replace the landing gear on Hasegawa’s relatively recent E-2C kits.  With added nose weight and all the parts that make up the kit, it can be relatively heavy.  The metal landing gear will much more easily support that weight. Since they’re direct replacements for the kit parts, no modifications are really necessary.  As with most of the things we do, some minor mold seams may need to be cleaned up, but they’re not bad at all.  You may also find some parts have become bent in shipping, but the metal is malleable enough to handle being straightened out.

Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Martin Baker MB Mk4 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits. Among their many products is a series of ejection seats to replace the usually plain kit-provided examples.

This particular seat is a Martin Baker Mark 4 seat. The listing isn’t more specific than that, but says it is to be used in Lightnings, Alpha Jets, Canberras, Hunters, and Vampires.

Now, I’m not entirely up on the Mk 4, but I know that most of those jets used different versions of the Mk 4, along with seats other than the Mk 4, in various versions of the aircraft. For instance, the Lightning used Mk 4BSB, 4BSC, 4BST, etc., while the Canberra used the Mk 1C, 3CSB, 4Q, 4QS, and others in various versions of the aircraft. I’m pretty sure the differences in the different types of Mk 4 were visually minor, so that’s acceptable to me.

F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay

Published: July 6th, 2014     
F-100C/D Super Sabre Wheel Bay
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires has created a new wheel bay upgrade set for the Trumpeter F-100C or F-100D. The set’s parts include the main wheel bay in the fuselage, the nose wheel bay, inserts to go into the wings, the nose gear doors and various struts, hoses, and retraction arms, along with a piece of wire to be used to replicate the hydraulic hoses for the main gear struts. In my set, the smaller pieces were broken off the casting block and all but two were missing. However, I’ve seen other copies of this set and this is not typical.

In order to install this set, you are directed to remove the kit wheel bays and the detail inside the top part of the wing. An advantage of this set is that you will not have to deal with the seam down the middle of the main bay after assembly. Additionally, there is added detail compared to the kit parts, especially in relation to the gear doors.

As is typical with Aires, the parts are cast in a medium-gray resin with very fine details and no casting flaws. All in all, a useful set for your next Hun and certainly recommended.

My thanks go to Aires Hobby Models for supplying the set and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Spitfire Mk. XIV Landing Gear

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Spitfire Mk. XIV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

I am a fan of Scale Aircraft Conversions gear, having used a number of SAC gear sets on previous projects.  I do not replace the kit gear because they are of poor quality, but rather, the SAC gear are much stronger than the plastic kit parts, and require far less clean-up. It is the strength of the metal SAC parts that I particularly like.

Clean up on the SAC gear usually can be accomplished, when necessary, by a few swipes of an X-Acto blade which removes any mold steps. SAC gear can be primed and then shot with the same colors one would use on the plastic parts. In fact, the painting process for SAC gear is the same as for the kit parts.

SAC parts fit extremely well. In fact, the gear seen in the accompanying images were photographed prior to being glued into place. Some superglue was applied, and after a minute or so the SAC gear were firmly fixed into position.

This product comes with main gear and the tail wheel molded along with the tail wheel strut. At the MSRP of about $12, one can make a significant improvement to a fine Academy kit by adding the SAC gear as part of the project.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Air Intakes

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Air Intakes
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

This is another typical Quickboost accessory set.  It’s designed to be a drop fit replacement for a kit part, usually with detail enhanced in some way.  For this particular set, the ends of the intakes are hollowed out for you.  As you can see in the accompanying pictures, you’d have to do that for yourself with the kit parts.  Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with the kit parts.  This set just saves you the time it would take to add that extra level of detail and there are eight of them.  The parts are nicely molded, with crisp detail and no casting flaws or bubbles.  They are handed, so be careful that you put the correct one on the correct side.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type B

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Halifax B Mk.I/II Exhaust Type B
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

For those of you who have acquired the Revell Halifax in 1/72, you may have noticed that it gives you lots of options, including three different types of exhausts.  While they’re not at all bad as they come in the kit, you’ll need to hollow out the ends of the exhaust stacks and that can be very tedious when you’re doing stacks for four engines.  Quickboost, as they usually do, have stepped in and done that for you.

This set is for the Type B exhaust and provide exhausts for all four engines.  They are nicely cast, in one piece, with no bubbles and the ends already hollowed out for you.  Additionally, the kit parts are in two pieces each and you’d have to remove that glue seam.  As usual, they’re a drop fit replacement for the kit parts and at the price, seem well worth it.  After all, what is your time worth?  Recommended.

Thanks go to Quickboost for providing the sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

Napoleon’s Red Lancer

Published: July 6th, 2014     
Napoleon’s Red Lancer
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Box

This is the first of a series of 1/32nd Napoleonic figures from Master Box, who has always given us unusual or creative modeling subjects. Upon opening this box, the modeler will find one sprue of gray plastic with 45 parts. Detail is good, with the kit representing a mounted French Red Lancer as he marches through Holland on his way to Russia, a local girl has provided a drink for him and his mount.

Napoleon formed a unit made of Polish volunteers, which became the 1st Regiment of Lancers of the Imperial Guard. In 1810, following the annexation of the Kingdom of Holland by France, a second Lancer Regiment of the Imperial Guard was formed of Dutch volunteers, the Dutch Lancers, but due to their bright red uniforms they were more commonly called the Red Lancers. Commanded by General Colbert, one of Napoleon’s most capable leaders, the Red Lancers distinguished themselves in battle many times, although they suffered heavily in the invasion of Russia, where many of the original Dutch Lancers died. The Red Lancers served Napoleon to the end and fought at Waterloo.

Garbage Truck

Published: July 5th, 2014     
Garbage Truck
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

This was really a fun kit.  There’s not many parts but you do get 4 surfboards, 3 figures, 2 garbage cans (fuel tanks), and SCUBA tanks.

Engine

Bottom half of the engine is molded to the chassis.

Chassis

Front ans rear ladder bars hold the suspension.  There’s really not much to it.

Interior

Seats, shifter, steering wheel and column, resemblance of a dashboard is all you get. 

Body

It’s a real simple body without much detail.   I decided my version would resemble a pickup truck turned into a landscaping vehicle.  After priming the body with Duplicolor grey sandable primer, I shot a few coats of Dupli-Color dark cherry  followed by a coat of Nason 2 part urethane clear.  Only a little bit of wet sanding and polishing with Novus #2 was necessary before applying a coat of The Treatment Model Car Wax.

Monogram/Revell needs to be thanked for producing the kit and thank you to IPMS for the opportunity to build and review the kit.

SAR Helicopter Crew

Published: July 5th, 2014     
SAR Helicopter Crew
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

PJ Productions from Belgium makes resin aftermarket accessories for aircraft, as well as some very nice resin aircraft kits.  Among their many products is a series of aircrew figures ranging from WWI pilots through sitting and standing pilots for all the major combatants in WWII to modern pilots from Vietnam era through the most modern.  These cover American, British, German, French, and Russian style helmets and crew equipment molded on the figures.