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SB2C-3 Helldiver

Published: January 18th, 2013     
SB2C-3 Helldiver
Reviewed by: Rob Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/72
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Having built the Academy Special Edition 1/72 Helldiver a couple years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to review the new Cyber-Hobby Helldiver. The kit represents a slightly earlier Helldiver, with one of the most noticeable differences being the solid dive flaps. When the kit arrived, I was very impressed. The molding was well done, with crisp detail and no molding flaws. The kit is the high quality we have come to know from Dragon/Cyber-Hobby.

Mansyu Ki-98 Ground Attack Fighter

Published: January 18th, 2013     
Mansyu Ki-98 Ground Attack Fighter
Reviewed by: Rob Folden, IPMS# 45545
Scale: 1/72
Company: Meng Models

Meng Models has released yet another great kit. Having built four of their kits now, I cannot say enough good things about them. One of their latest offerings is this great Mansyu Ki-98 Ground Attack fighter. Similar to their first aircraft release, the Katsuodori, the Ki-98 is another Japanese WWII prototype. This one, however, never made it past the wood mock up.

Subject

The Ki-98 was a Japanese prototype high-altitude ground attack fighter. The design has been rumored to be based on a cross between the Shinden fighter and the American P-38 Lightning. The twin-boom, single-seat fighter used a rear-mounted pusher engine, allowing the nose to house two 20mm cannons and a 37mm cannon. The prototype was destroyed prior to Japan’s surrender to Allied forces.

A-6 Intruder Wing Fold Set

Published: January 17th, 2013     
A-6 Intruder Wing Fold Set
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Along with several other photo etch sets made for detailing the Kinetic EA-6B and A-6E kits, Eduard offers this wing fold enhancement.  Though the kit detail of the wing fold is adequate, this set definitely fine tunes the whole mechanism and lends a lot of detail.  All together, there are 66 pieces of photo etch detail, all of which must be folded at least once, most twice.  Removal of four tabs and four hinges on each kit wing gets the process started.  These are replaced with three dimensionally-etched hinges and rib detail which, when painted and dirtied up, will give a great depiction of the real thing.  Each wing also gets a very delicate manifold and plumbing piece.  All of these are etched in the light gauge steel that Eduard sometimes uses, so they are a little more stiff that the normal photo etch, which is great for this application.

My thanks to Eduard for the review sample.

A-10 Thunderbolt II – 21st Century Warthog

Published: January 16th, 2013     
A-10 Thunderbolt II – 21st Century Warthog
Author: Neil Dunridge
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Reid Air Publications

The anticipation of Neil Dunridge's new book A-10 Thunderbolt II 21st Century Warthog was very high among modelers and enthusiasts alike.  They certainly were not disappointed.  From the eye-opening front cover to the awesome back cover, the author documents the A-10's present life at home and in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The author presents his material in chapters – each chapter a unit flying the A-10.  The chapters include seven active U. S. Air Force units, three Air Force Reserve units, six Air National Guard units, and a chapter on the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center.

MiG-21 PF, PFM Pitot Tube

Published: January 16th, 2013     
MiG-21 PF, PFM Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

One of my favorite aircraft to model is the MiG-21.  The airplane was the most important fighter of the old Soviet Union for many years and was exported virtually around the world.  The number of interesting color schemes abounds.

We have all seen a great number of reviews of impressive parts from Master Model and have purchased a few, so I jumped at the chance to review their new MiG-21 Pitot Tubes.  The subject of this review is a solid, milled replacement for the plastic pitot tubes from Fishbed D and F models.  These MiG-21 PF and PFM models were a part of the second generation Fishbeds and were widely exported.

The attached photo shows a comparison of the Master Models part against an old Airfix MiG-21 model.  A day and night difference.  The instruction sheet does a great job of showing how to modify the kit to accept the Master Model part, how to align the new part, and how to paint it.

These parts are highly recommended and will greatly improve the appearance of any of the noted MiG-21 models.  A big thanks to Master Model for supplying the sample and to IPMS for allowing me to do this review.

British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II: Prototypes, Research Aircraft, and Failed Production Designs

Published: January 16th, 2013     
British Experimental Combat Aircraft of World War II: Prototypes, Research Aircraft, and Failed Production Designs
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Hokoki Publications

History

We are all familiar with the success stories of British World War II aircraft. but the author of this work examines the careers of some of the types that either didn’t make it to the production line or were never intended for service use.  The author has made a life study of British aviation history, having worked in the industry for many years, and he has published numerous articles and books on the subject.

Many of the aircraft covered in this publication were produced by companies that produced relatively few successful military designs, such as Blackburn, Folland, Miles, Martin-Baker, and Saunders-Roe, while other types were developments of in-service models, such as the Hawker Typhoon/Tempest series, the DeHavilland Mosquito, and the Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire.  There are thirty five chapters in all, each covering a specific type.  Some relatively unknown types appear, such as the Hillson “Bi-Mono” and “Slip Wing” projects, and another particularly fascinating type, to this reviewer at least, the Folland Fo. 108 and Fo. 116 engine test beds, planes that were designed exclusively to test engines of various types.

MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals

Published: January 16th, 2013     
MiG-21 Czech Stencil Decals
Reviewed by: Chad Richmond, IPMS# 10346
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has given us several MiG-21 offerings, which allows us to build just about any MiG-21 in any country’s service.  Right after their release of their MiG-21 in Czechoslovak service, they released this decal sheet that is just stencils in Czech.  And there are a bunch of them.  I started to count them, but gave up.  There are 132 different stencils, and there are anywhere from two to eight of each of them.  Markings are included for all of the pylons and external tanks, as well.  Even though the markings are tiny, when you put them under magnification, they are readable.  And, they are super-thin.  You can barely see the carrier film.

A 5.7” x 8.2” placement chart is provided and it will cause you to go cross-eyed trying to follow the tiny lines and numbers.  These are very high quality decals, and are highly recommended.

My thanks to Eduard for the review sample and IMPS/USA for the review opportunity.
 

British Forces Land Rover Twin Set

Published: January 16th, 2013     
British Forces Land Rover Twin Set
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/48
Company: Airfix

The Kit

This 1/48th scale kit offers two vehicles for the price of one (both are available as single kits, too). Airfix has released several kits of vehicles, troops, and helicopters deployed to Afghanistan. Both vehicles are derived from the Land Rover Defender. The Snatch is a patrol vehicle with supplementary armor, “suitable for armored patrols in potentially hostile environments.” The WMIK serves as a Special Forces vehicle. Unlike its brother, the cab is replaced with a roll bar and is open to the air. The models are shipped in one plastic bag so several of the WMIK parts were damaged during shipping. Most of them could be repaired. It would be nice if Airfix could do a better job protecting parts during shipping. There are four sprues in light blue plastic (two for each vehicle), one sprue of clear parts, and a sheet of decals. There are two full-color exterior paint call outs for Humbrol paints. There is a total of 190 parts: WMIK – 89, Snatch – 101.

Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

Published: January 16th, 2013     
Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
Reviewed by: Dale Huether, IPMS# 48186
Scale: 1/24
Company: Monogram

The Kit

The kit for the Cobra can only be built as a stock vehicle. Representing the first generation of Cobras, it’s very highly detailed, being a true representation of the full-size car. The instructions are easy to read and the drawings are well detailed. All parts are called out by number, and there is a paint scheme included for all the parts.

The Build

The chassis is the first part of the kit to build; it has a lot of details and consists of many parts. Each part is a precise representation of the original and fits where it should. The motor also consists of multiple parts and accurately reflects the engine when completed. Most of the motor parts are small but are easy to place on the motor. The interior consists of basically the seats, stick shift, and the dash with all the Cobra’s gauges. The body of the kit is accurately molded, with the correctly rounded fenders and the body’s true lines. There aren’t many decals to put on since the original Cobra did not itself have a lot of decals on it.

PLA PTL-02 Wheeled Tank Destroyer

Published: January 16th, 2013     
PLA PTL-02 Wheeled Tank Destroyer
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hobby Boss

Bronco continues to release interesting subjects from the People’s Liberation Army. From the kit, “The PTL-02 wheeled assault gun system was based on the ZSL-92 wheeled armored vehicle, integrated with matured weapon technologies including the Type 86 100mm towed anti-tank gun and the Type 88 MBT. The vehicle was designed to engage armored vehicles, bunkers, fortifications, and other stationary or moved targets. The PTL-02 has been fielded along with the ZSL-92 IFV and ZSL-92A APC in the PLA rapid reaction wheeled mechanized infantry troops. The PTL-02 is powered by a BF8L413F 4-stroke, 8-cylinder, turbo-charged, air-cooled diesel engine with a standard power of 320hp. The vehicle uses a mechanical gear box, with 9 forward gears and 1 reverse. Power assisted steering, independent suspension, and central inflating system are fitted as standard. However, the PTL-02 lacks the two rear propellers found on the ZSL-92, which suggests that the gun system is not amphibious.”

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