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IRIS-T

Published: July 8th, 2016     
IRIS-T
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The IRIS-T (infra-red imaging system - tail / thrust vector controlled) is a heat seeking missile developed by a consortium of European countries as a replacement for the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The program was led by Germany, but included other NATO countries such as Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain and the IRIS-T has been exported to several countries such as Austria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. The IRIS-T became operational in 2005 and is carried on the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, Tornado and the Gripen

A-6E TRAM Exterior Detail Set

Published: July 8th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Exterior Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many peoples most wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn't mean there isn't some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit. This set upgrades the exterior and contains two large frets of photoetch parts for the kit.

The set addresses several areas and I will cover them separately as they are separate construction. First, there are several smaller spots addressed with finer replacement parts such as the chaff/flare dispensers. These are simple drop in replacements.

A-6E TRAM Undercarriage Detail Set

Published: July 7th, 2016     
A-6E TRAM Undercarriage Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many peoples most wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn't mean there is not some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit. This set upgrades the under carriage and wheel wells and contains one large fret of photoetch parts for the kit.

All three wheels wells are addressed and we can take a look at the nose gear well first. This is fairly well appointed in the kit but sidewall detail is lacking on the aft bulkhead. Eduard includes a very nicely done fix for the bulkhead and also half a dozen enhancements for the nose gear well which will add to the detail.

The nose gear strut (thoughtfully done in white metal by Trumpeter) gets the addition of some missing bolt heads and the main wheels get a new brake pad and backing. All little touches, but an added improvement.

Bf 109G-6 Wheels

Published: July 6th, 2016     
Bf 109G-6 Wheels
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS USA is grateful to Eduard for kindly providing yet another magnificent example of one of their new items to review, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me.

This add-on release is designed for the new and vastly improved 1/48 ME-109 series. This wheel and tire set is designed to be used on the ME-109G-6, but also works on the G-5 and probably others.

The four-part set includes a paint mask. It's a simple thing to spray the parts with Automotive primer, paint the wheels separately, or use the masks to keep the gloss black off the tires if you assemble the hubs to the wheels first, and then carefully attach the whole thing to the wheel struts. Epoxy or superglue works, just be careful.

Eduard's new '109 is a fantastic kit... and this wheel and tire set adds a worthwhile amount of detail to the model. I recommend it without reservation. Well done Eduard!

Bf 109G-6 Propeller

Published: July 6th, 2016     
Bf 109G-6 Propeller
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

IPMS USA is grateful to Eduard for kindly providing yet another magnificent example of one of their new items to review, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me..

This add-on release is designed for the new and vastly improved 1/48 ME-109 series. This propeller and spinner set is designed to be used on the ME-109G-6, but also works on the G-5 and probably others.

The six-part set (including the prop installation Jig) makes easy work of a tough task. The spinner is better defined than the kit plastic, as are the propellers and the hub and backplate. Also included is a prop shaft with a highly-detailed castellated installation nut and hollow gun tube. This would be a great set for a diorama!

After carefully sawing off the casting block off the back of the backplate and prop hub asembly, you will need to make sure it the part is ightly sanded flush with the backplate itself for true assembly. The prop jig allows you to insert the prop hub into the center witness hole, and then (CAREFULLY) cement the prop blades to the hub with the correct pitch angle one at a time. Epoxy or superglue works, just be careful.

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