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R-60 Short-range Missile with P-62-l Launcher

Published: September 6th, 2016     
R-60 Short-range Missile with P-62-l Launcher
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Advanced Modeling

This has got to be the best time to be a modeler of modern Russian aircraft. I remember as a helicopter pilot in the Cold War, it was virtually impossible to find photos of aircraft let alone weapons systems. Advanced Modeling is the latest from the Russian manufacturers to represent missiles and bombs. This is the first time I've had the opportunity to review this company's products. All I can say is wow!

Packaged in a self-sealing bag, a card stock backing keeps everything safe. The instructions are glued to the backing card. They are beautifully printed on two folded pieces of paper. The instructions are written in Russian and English. The drawings are some of the most detailed drawings I've seen. The instructions even include some of the capabilities of the missile. Something unheard of during the Cold War. The instructions are broken down into two separate assemblies. The instructions also have the decal locations prominently displayed so there is no question what goes where.

Bf-108 Wooden Propeller

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Bf-108 Wooden Propeller
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Eduard Bf-108 has been around for some time and recently re-released. This little gem of a kit is a fun build and a very nice model.

There are limitations to things that you can do in plastic. In this instance the fine trailing edge of the prop blade can't get be thinned enough. Well resin allows you to do a lot of things that plastic won't. That is where this resin prop from Brassin comes in.

Packaged in a vacuformed container this set contains two pieces of resin. The resin is cast in light grey resin with no defects noted. The parts are the actual propeller blade and the nose cap. The key is the way Eduard casts their parts. I've found it to be very easy to remove and clean up.

There is also a sheet of decals for the prop blade logos.

The set is simple to add just drill a 2mm hole in the kit back plate and add the prop by threading the nose cap through the prop.

Simple, relatively inexpensive, realistically thin, beautifully cast what more do you need? Another great product from Eduard in their Brassin range.

Highly recommended

Su-7 (Fitter-A) Pitot Tubes and 30mm Gun Barrels

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Su-7 (Fitter-A) Pitot Tubes and 30mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

In model aircraft, especially 1/72nd scale, the pitot tubes are very fragile. Limitations of plastic also means that they tend to be overscaled. Even being overscaled the pitot tubes are fragile. Then there is the trouble of the mold lines on the part and keeping them round while removing it. If you are like me that means I can't do it justice, especially in this scale.

Protected by card stock backing, the parts are contained in a ziplock baggie. Inside of that baggie are two separate ones. One contains the turned metal parts and the other a piece of resin. Each brass piece is packaged separately. This means that you can't get them messed up. The resin piece is a piece of art in itself. The light grey resin is simply gorgeous. The resin is protected by a foam capsule and the parts are held in place with tape that ensures it doesn't get damaged. It is very tiny so care must be taken when adding the part to the turned metal barrel.

Martin Mariner & Marlin, Warpaint 108

Published: September 5th, 2016     
Martin Mariner & Marlin, Warpaint 108
Author: Kev Darling; Illustrator Richard J. Caruana
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Guideline Publications

This new Warpaint volume covers some of the last large seaplanes used in the world. Thank you to Guideline Publications for publishing an excellent work on these planes, and providing a copy for review. I am also very appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps support, whose efforts make this review program so good.

Author Darling and Illustrator Caruana's treatment of the Martin Mariner and descendent Marlin aircraft strikes an excellent balance of book size and detail. The content is laid out in a three-column text format, with two to three photos, data tables, or drawings per page. The color profiles show a beautiful variety of the marking schemes used by all operators of the aircraft with three aircraft per page. I found no historical inaccuracies, at least not from my limited expertise.

FW-190D-9 Mimetall Gun Cover & Early Gun Cover

Published: September 5th, 2016     
FW-190D-9 Mimetall Gun Cover & Early Gun Cover
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

  • QB 32 176 - Fw-190D-9 Mimetall Gun Cover - $5
  • QB 32 177 - Fw-190D-9 Early Gun Cover - $5

The late war production machine in Germany required that many smaller manufacturers of parts be decentralized. As such a situation developed different manufacturers modified parts as necessary to ensure they meet production quotas. This is the situation with the FW-190D-9 forward cowlings and gun covers.

Packaged is a familiar self-sealing package, these gun covers are molded in light grey resin with no visible flaws. They are drop in replacement for the kit parts. Simply remove them from the resin pour stub and add to the model.

The latest offerings from Quickboost highlight some of these changes and allow you to modify your Hasegawa D-9 accordingly. The first release is QB 32 176 and is the early style five-piece gun cover. This particular cowling features panel lines on the aft side of the gun cover with round covers stamped in the inserts. This was a good cowling but the complex shape and five-piece design was found to be labor intensive. It does show a distinct 'pinch' in on the cowling.