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Lancaster B Mk III Dambuster Interior

Published: June 14th, 2015     
Lancaster B Mk III Dambuster Interior
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

My thanks to Eduard for furnishing this photo-etch set for review and IPMS for allowing me to do it.

The Avro Lancaster was arguably the RAF’s most famous bomber of the Second World War.  Most of its fame was gained as a night bomber.  Of the 7,377 Lancasters built, 3,039 were B.Mk.III bombers with Packard built Merlin engines.  Nineteen of the Mk.IIIs were specially modified to use the Barnes Wallis-designed "bouncing bomb" and assigned to No. 617 Squadron.  That squadron with its modified Lancaster bombers conducted one of the war’s most famous raids – the night attack on four Ruhr Valley dams trying to cripple Germany’s industry in the region.

Lewis Mk.II WW1 Gun

Published: June 14th, 2015     
Lewis Mk.II WW1 Gun
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

In this BRASSIN detail set, Eduard provides modelers with everything needed to build a pair of highly realistic Lewis Mk.II machine gun that will add detail to any 1:32 scale model of a WWI Allied aircraft that carried one or two of these iconic weapons.  The set consists of 14 resin and 4 photo-etched brass parts.  Each gun is made up of five resin parts and one photo-etched part.  The additional resin parts provide a pair of spare ammunition magazines and the additional photo etch parts are extras of the little one that folds up into the gun barrel site (because Eduard expects some of these very small parts will find a way to disappear in the carpet monster…as mine did). The level of detail in each component is impressive.

North American FJ-4B Fury Jet Pipe

Published: June 14th, 2015     
North American FJ-4B Fury Jet Pipe
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

The Navy FJ-4 was, to many people, the culmination of the basic North American Sabre Jet.  This final naval variant featured a more powerful engine which required a larger intake, a shorter, deeper fuselage, a larger tail, larger wing area and a longer nose gear.  Its front line service was short, however.  By the late ‘50’s, the Fury was being phased out by newer, less expensive fighter and attack aircraft but the FJ-4B was loved by its pilots.  They referred to it as the “Cadillac” while its counterpart and eventual replacement, the A4D was referred to as the “Tinkertoy”.

Emhar issued the FJ-4B in 1/72nd scale in 1990 and is a great kit.  There are really only two shortfalls of the kit; the first being a rather basic cockpit and the second being a crude, short exhaust/jet pipe.  Pavla has recently released resin detail parts for the cockpit and the jet pipe.

GBU-8/B HOBOS

Published: June 13th, 2015     
GBU-8/B HOBOS
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The GBU-8/B HOBOS (Homing Bomb System) was developed in the late 60’s by the U.S. Air Force in an effort to improve the accuracy of its bombs.  The HOBOS consisted of an electro-optical guidance system fitted to a MK 84 2,000 lb. bomb and was intended as an alternative to the then new laser guided bombs.  The advantage of the HOBOS was that once the seeker was aligned with the target and locked on, the weapon could be released as a fire and forget weapon.  Disadvantages were that the seeker needed an area of high contrast to lock on to and the system was more expensive than the laser guided bombing systems.

Eduard’s GBU-8/B HOBOS is a nice addition to their growing Brassin range of modern ordinance.  The set consist of just 4 parts, consisting of two complete bombs as individual castings with a small clear resin casting of the two seeker heads.  The set also includes a small be complete decal sheet providing enough stencils and markings for both bombs, with a few extras in case some of the small decals are lost.

Cockpit for F3D-2/2Q Skyknight

Published: June 13th, 2015     
Cockpit for F3D-2/2Q Skyknight
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Pavla Models has been putting out a lot of very nice cockpit sets for older kits that really don’t have more than an oversized seat and a shape for a control panel. One example is the older Matchbox kits that came out in the 70s and 80s. This set was designed to fit into the Matchbox kit and talk about an upgrade; it gives you the control panels for 2 configurations. I’m one of those people that are hooked on the model kits of my childhood because of the fond memories that they bring back. My dad was a postman and he would always seem to bring me some model kit from the Saturday garage sales on his route.

I like these old kits but it is a blessing to be able to add some detail to them.

This set comes molded in the familiar grey resin. The mold is crisp and bubble free with a lot of detail. There is a tub, seats, 2 different instrument panels, pedals, stick, headrests, 3 instrument panels for the sides, and a choice of 2 parts for the deck behind the crew. There are 2 small sheets of instructions showing how the parts come together, what parts of the original kit to remove, and a simple color call out.