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Saturn V Apollo 11

Published: October 7th, 2013     
Saturn V Apollo 11
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

A direct descendant of the German V-2, NASA's Saturn V rocket was – and still is – the most powerful rocket in the world.  It was developed over a period of seventeen years, with its final name and design being accepted in 1963.

Apollo 11, the subject of this Dragon kit, was in some peoples’ estimation the greatest achievement of mankind.  The mission itself was the fifth in the Apollo program and the second with an all-veteran crew.  Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin comprised the crew, and Apollo 11’s LEM landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969.  The first to step on the moon was Neil Armstrong who said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind..  The command module is currently located in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Today there are three Saturn V’s which survive, one in Huntsville, Alabama, the second at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the third at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

JGSDF Type 10 Tank

Published: October 7th, 2013     
JGSDF Type 10 Tank
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

History

Development of the Type 10 began in 1996. Production of four experimental models began in 2002, and one of these was introduced to the media in 2008.  In 2010, two prototypes gave the first demonstration to the public at the JGSDF Fuji School’s 56th anniversary.  Although smaller and lighter than the Type 90 that it replaced, the Type 10 is equivalent or better than the older Type 90.  Armed with a new 44 cal. 120mm smoothbore main gun that features a lightweight, high pressure barrel that gives it penetration on par with the Leopard 2’s armor-piercing rounds, it can be replaced with a larger 55 cal. 120mm barrel for even better firepower.  Because it uses an autoloader, the tank only needs a three-person crew (commander, driver, and gunner).  The Type 10’s welded hull and turret have modular ceramic and steel composite armor sections to provide protection against kinetic energy penetrator and chemical rounds, and the modules are individually replaceable in case of damage or upgrade.

Großer Hund Ausf. K KYKLOP Humanoid Unmanned Interceptor

Published: October 7th, 2013     
Großer Hund Ausf. K KYKLOP Humanoid Unmanned Interceptor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

As a bit of background, and from Wikipedia, the Maschinen Krieger universe is a science fiction universe created by Japanese artist and sculptor Kow Yokoyama in the 1980s. The franchise originally began as the science fiction series SF3D which ran as monthly installments in the Japanese hobby magazine Hobby Japan from 1982 to 1985. To develop the storyline, Kow Yokoyama collaborated with Hiroshi Ichimura as story editor and Kunitaka Imai as graphic designer. The three creators drew visual inspiration from their combined interest in World War I and World War II armor and aircraft, the American space program, and films such as Star Wars, Blade Runner, and The Road Warrior. Inspired by the ILM model builders who worked on Star Wars, Yokoyama built the original models from numerous kits including armor, aircraft, and automobiles. He mostly concentrated on powered armor suits, but later included bipedal walking tanks and aircraft with anti-gravity systems.

Focke Wulf Ta-152C-11

Published: October 7th, 2013     
Focke Wulf Ta-152C-11
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hobby Boss

The Ta-152 was the last upgrade to the Fw-190 series designed by Kurt Tank. The H versions were designed for high altitude interceptors while the C versions were designed for lower altitude jobs. None were produced or employed operationally in sufficient numbers, so this is a Luftwaffe ‘46 project. Hobby Boss continues their Fw-190/Ta-152 releases with this C-11 version.

This kit consists of seven gray sprues, a clear sprue, a small PE fret, and decals for one plane, Yellow 11. The sprues are excellent – no flash, great panel lines, and the clear parts are very thin and clear.

Construction is straightforward and starts with the cockpit. The PE fret replaces the rudder pedals, and there is also the needed seatbelts already included. Decals are included for the instrument panel and the side panels. The cockpit looks great all painted and weathered.

A-1D Skyraider Landing Gear

Published: October 6th, 2013     
A-1D Skyraider Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Thanks again to Ross at SAC for providing IPMS USA this review set.  As usual, we are more than grateful for your support.  And thanks to IPMS USA for providing it to me.

This set is one which fits a real need for a kit upgrade.  First, the Trumpeter Skyraider is an excellent kit for an early SPAD…the requirement to remove the later-in-life” armor plating on the external forward skin is not there, so if it is an early blue Skyraider you want to build, here’ s your starting point.

The one thing that needs to be replaced in this otherwise excellent, well-fitting kit is the main landing gear.  Some odd shortcuts have been used, and the SAC gear addresses those.  As you can see, the follow-up struts on the upper portion of the gear are molded as a solid item on the kit gear.  SAC corrects this by providing separate A-frame items and retraction cylinders for the main gear.  Take your time, pull out your references, and build on.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.4

Published: October 5th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.4
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The July/August 2013 edition of Windsock Worldwide is the fourth issue of Volume 29, and the multiple images on the colorful cover foretell three of the features in this issue.  A photo of a pilot astride an Albatros D.Va suggest this issue’s ongoing coverage of 1/32 scale WWI figures.  A close-up photo of a bare bones Camel promotes a preview of the new 1/16 scale Hasegawa kit, and a colorful SE5a/E side profile is a sample of one of this issues’ main features.  Also of note is the cover masthead declaration that this edition begins the recognition of next year’s World War One Centenary.  It all sets the stage for another excellent edition of Windsock Worldwide.

VEF Irbitis I-16

Published: October 5th, 2013     
VEF Irbitis I-16
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master-X

Upon opening the box, one is greeted with a simple resin kit of an aircraft so obscure that even though I pride myself on my knowledge of WWII aircraft and have built over 100 resin kits of many obscure aircraft, I even had to look this one up!

The Irbitis I-16 was an indigenous fighter design from Latvia. The aircraft was small, approximately 24 feet in length with a wingspan of 26 feet 11 inches and a height of 8 feet 2 ¼ inches. Maximum speed was estimated at 298mph. It was to be armed with two Browning machine guns in the fuselage and two in the wings. The aircraft was test flown in Latvia during the spring of 1940. Shortly thereafter, in the summer of 1940 the Soviets occupied Latvia and further development was stopped until early 1941. Then, in the summer of 1941, the Nazis invaded and took over Latvia. Under the Germans, development continued and when the aircraft was completed it was claimed by the Luftwaffe and from there it disappears into the mists of time. To learn more visit: http://latvianaviation.com/en/index.php?./home.ssi#content.

The Super Wing Series He 219 Uhu, Fuselage

Published: October 4th, 2013     
The Super Wing Series He 219 Uhu, Fuselage
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Again, many thanks to Mr. Hideyuki Shigeta for honoring me with the privilege of building the Super Wing Series He 219 Uhu (Eagle Owl) model kit for public review as an IPMS Reviewer Corps representative.  I am deeply appreciative of the trust and confidence shown in me by both Mr. Shigeta and the IPMS Reviewer staff.  I am delighted to report on the next stage of construction:  the fuselage.

Executive Board Meeting Minutes - September 2013

Published: October 3rd, 2013     
Submitted by: IPMS/USA Webmaster

Spitfire, Merlin Variant Walk Around

Published: October 3rd, 2013     
Spitfire, Merlin Variant Walk Around
Author: Ron Mackay
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

Squadron Signal Walk Around publications have a long history of high quality and accuracy in detail. This new addition to that line of books is no exception. This particular product focuses on the land-based Spitfires equipped with the Rolls Royce Merlin engine, including the Mark I, Vb, and IXc variants. Displayed in extensive detail are the external and internal workings of the aircraft that played a key role in Britain's defense.

This publication is a scale modeler’s delight. Included in the 80 pages within the book are scale drawings, b&w images from WWII, and many color images of museum aircraft. It is the latter than intrigued me as a modeler. As an example, please refer to the image labeled Sample picture 1 and check out the caption. I often articulate the rudder on the Spitfires that I build and I now know that the deflection angle should not exceed a specified number of degrees. That’s good to know!