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Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Nakajima Ki-43 Decals Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1/48
Company: Lifelike Decals

This is one of two new sheets Lifelike Decals has released covering the Nakajima Ki-43.  A quick check of Lifelike’s website reveals that this latest addition to their line is only available in 1/48 scale at the moment.  The website is definitely worth a visit, as they not only list their products, but from time to time also give updates and corrections to existing decal sets.

The instructions consist of two sheets of paper (approx. 8 1/2” x 11”), each printed on one side and folded together, resulting in a small booklet.  One sheet is printed in full color and provides profiles of the aircraft, while the second features in-depth text describing each subject.  Clearly, a lot of time and effort has gone into the research on this sheet.  13 different reference books (or websites) are listed and cited throughout the individual aircraft descriptions.

Star Trek Deep Space 9

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Star Trek Deep Space 9
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/3300
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

Growing up building all genres of AMT/ERTL/MPC kits, it was sad to watch the demise of the company to a shell of its former self.  Being a particularly big Star Trek fan and with AMT being the only game in town all those years ago for Star Trek models (before the internet), it was a sad to see them go.

Then, a few years ago, along came Round2 – acquiring the AMT/MPC molds, fine-tuning several of them, and re-releasing most of the old kits we all remember.  Many are being re-released with Retro-Style packaging, while others are being issued with all-new box art and packaging.  In late 2012, Round2 re-released Star Trek Deep Space 9 (DS9) in a new, colorful package with a short history of the space station on the box bottom.  Thanks to Round2 for reviving those old Star Trek kits, for updating a few of them like DS9 (to include the USS Defiant), and especially for bringing out the new ones!

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #46, Winter 2012 – Special Ship Model Edition

Published: January 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #46, Winter 2012 – Special Ship Model Edition
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s special quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. As with the regular Model Art Magazine, this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles.

In this issue, the main focus is on the IJN Unryu-class aircraft carrier.  There is a multitude of color and black and white photographs that show both models and period photos of the ships in this class.

The rest of the issue is a series of smaller articles mainly dealing with IJN subjects. One of the other articles covers models of three Japanese Coast Guard vessels by Pit Road Models. The last non-IJN article covers Revell’s USS Flasher, Growler, and Lionfish submarine model kits. This is not three different kits — it’s the same one marked differently over the lifespan of its molds.

Overall if you have an interest in naval vessels, especially IJN subjects you would find this issue interesting.

I would like to thank Model Art Magazine and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this fine magazine.

Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 2

Published: January 4th, 2013     
Fokker Eindecker III Late – Part 2
Reviewed by: Michael Scott, IPMS# 43177
Scale: 1/32
Company: Wingnut Wings, Ltd

Resuming after a holiday break, I finished the model on January 2. Once the fuselage was closed and the wings and undercarriage were glued, the major work involved rigging the undercarriage, wings and control wires.

Castor Oil, Grim, Mud, Dirt and Goo

Reference photos show that once an Eindecker went into front-line service, it rapidly became stained, oily, and dirty. The two main factors were the dirt and grass airfields, which soon became muddy during most months of the year (except when they became snow-packed ice fields), and the engines which threw off their lubricating fluid as they operated. My understanding is that this was primarily castor oil, or some similar substance that was ubiquitous to all rotary engines. Consequently, I had no choice but to dirty up the wings and fuselage. Fun!

Ferdinand/Elefant: Detail In Action

Published: January 4th, 2013     
Ferdinand/Elefant: Detail In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Jeffrey Brown, IPMS# 42302
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The book Ferdinand/Elefant: Detail In Action by David Doyle is a nice addition to the library of any German armor modeler. It is packed with 80 pages of drawings, photos, and information on the Ferdinand and Elefant tank destroyers. This book also contains a small part in the front covering the Porsche Tiger, which was the predecessor of the Ferdinand/Elefant. In fact, Ferdinand Porsche designed the suspension of these three behemoths.

My favorite part of these In Action books is always looking at the pictures of the actual vehicles during the war. From these photos you can get a sense of how used these tanks were, and how the paint schemes look as compared to the museum specimens. I enjoyed looking at the photos of these giant monsters. An interesting comparison is the photos of the damaged Ferdinand #501 as seen during its capture and, later, in modern times at the museum.

There are a lot of great pictures and information in the book which will give you an insight into the making of these tank destroyers. The book also contains photos of museum pieces from the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia and the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum.

P-40B/C Replacement Parts

Published: January 4th, 2013     
P-40B/C Replacement Parts
Reviewed by: Howie Belkin, IPMS# 16
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

  • Kit No. QB 72 374 Exhaust & Damper Cooler, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 375 Gun Barrels, $5.50
  • Kit No. QB 72 376 Undercarriage Covers, $5.50

Soviet Tank Crew

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
Soviet Tank Crew
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box

This is a five-figure set of a World War II Soviet tank crew. The first figure is an officer who is sitting and smoking a cigarette He is wearing a blue jacket and khaki pants, but does not have any headgear. The second figure looks like a commander, since he fits into the commander’s hatch of the Trumpeter KV-85 that I am also reviewing. There are two options for his left arm. One is extended with his hand resting on the turret top, while the second one is crossed in front of him and is resting on the split hatch.

The third figure appears to be a loader or gunner, since he sits perfectly on this open hatch. The box art show him with a pistol and a cross-chest belt, but that is not on the actual figure. The next figure is the driver, who is posed as actively driving the tank with both hands on the control sticks. The fifth figure is a crewman who is holding his helmet and has a foot propped up on something in a casual pose.

Soviet KV-85 Heavy Tank

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
Soviet KV-85 Heavy Tank
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet Red Army heavy tanks, named after the Soviet defense commissar. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armor protection during the early part of World War II, especially during the first year of the invasion of the Soviet Union.  Later in the war, the KV series became a base of development for the Joseph Stalin (Iosif Stalin, or IS) series of tanks.  The KV-85 was a KV-1S with the 85mm D-5T cannon in a new turret, and with the ball mounted hull machine gun removed and the hole welded shut. 148 of these tanks were produced from the second half of 1943 until the spring of 1944 as a stopgap until the IS tank series entered production. This tank had its original turret, but later models were equipped with IS-1 turret.

Weather Satellite Himawari

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
Weather Satellite Himawari
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aoshima

Quick and easy. This kit can be described in those two words. This kit was assembled over a period of 3 days, spending no more than 30 minutes during each of the 3 modeling sessions. And when one considers that most of the time was consumed in painting the parts, that tells you that the actual construction process was….quick and easy.

The Parts

The kit consists of 33 parts, 6 of which make up the display base. There are two versions of the Himawari that can be built. An earlier version will use the 8 antennas (parts 15) while the more recent Himawari does not need those parts.

The quality of the parts is high and the fit is very good. In fact, no seam filler was used to complete this kit. The parts that make up the band of solar cells that circumnavigate the main body are a critical component of the model. These parts are molded very well and the fit is almost perfect. One of the nice features about this kit is the inclusion of a mirror contained within the “shoe,” consisting of parts 6 and 7.

American Aces Against the Kamikaze

Published: January 3rd, 2013     
American Aces Against the Kamikaze
Author: Edward M Young
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Philippines to Okinawa, the unthinkable Kamikaze generated surprise and fear across the US Pacific fleet that outweighed the actual combat effectiveness of these Special Attack units. The new title in the Osprey aces series focuses on the Navy, Marine, and USAAF commands that confronted this new threat. The IJN and IJA lost some 900 aircraft in these mass attacks. 91 pilots from the Navy, Marines and USAAF became aces during these campaigns (most aces were from the Navy).

Edward M Young walks you through the development and first use of the Special Attack units right up to VE day. The Navy’s response and tactics to counter this new threat is very well chronicled. Each ace is covered with his individual tallies and the circumstances of each victory.

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