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F-4 Phantom II Warpaint Series No. 114

Published: April 16th, 2018     
F-4 Phantom II  Warpaint Series No. 114
Author: Charles Stafrace
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

This is another excellent addition to the War Paint Series written by Charles Stafrace, a well-known and repeat contributor to the War Paint series. Theillustrations by Richard J. Caruana support the text and story line, and in and of themselves, are an excellent collection of Aviation Art. This book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most well-known aircraft, especially for those who came to maturity during the Vietnam conflict. The historian will find that the book covers the development and service of the Phantom II in detail, and the modeler will find the book to be an excellent source of information, detailing the aircraft with photographs and outstanding artwork.

As a modeler, I found this book to be rich in detail with a thorough coverage of the markings that are very helpful. The photographs, especially those in the "Walk-Around" section of the book, provide a great source for "detail", as well as colors and weathering, if one is into weathering models. In short, this book is a gold mine for the modeler.

Tie Downs and Straps German Steel

Published: April 15th, 2018     
Tie Downs and Straps German Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set of various German WWII type tie down straps. This set has one colored photoetch sheet with both sides being colored.

In the Packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for adding some great details to any German WWII vehicle to replace molded-on straps or to attach additional aftermarket stowage materials. There are 14 straps/tie downs included of three different colors and 6 different designs. Being steel, that are very easy to form and shape. They can even be flattened again and re-formed without the paint peeling as it does with brass.

I will be buying a few more sets for my many armor builds to come.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine

Published: April 14th, 2018     
C.S.S. Hunley Civil War Submarine
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Scale: 1/35
Company: MikroMir

Disclaimer: Mikro-Mir's 1/35 CSS Hunley is probably one of the more accurate representations of this iconic Civil War submersible. As preservation of the original craft continues, more details come to light regularly. There are numerous interpretations of different features of the boat, and online research probably raised more questions for me than answered them. In the end, I elected to go with my best judgement of how to represent these features, most of which involve the spar torpedo arrangement. It's also quite possible that the actual configuration changed during the Hunley's brief career, so my interpretation is just that - an engineering judgement on my part. Here are several websites that may be helpful to you if you elect to build this kit:

https://www.hunley.org/ is the official Hunley website, and well worth a visit

Soviet Tupolev TB-1 Heavy Bomber

Published: April 14th, 2018     
Soviet Tupolev TB-1 Heavy Bomber
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: MikroMir

History

The Tupolev TB-1 heavy bomber was a historically significant aircraft, in that it was the world's first all-metal multi-engined bomber. After World War I, Dr. Hugo Junkers established an aircraft plant in the Soviet Union, and Russian designers, notably Andrei Tupolev, learned from the Germans' techniques of building metal aircraft, and began design and construction of a twin engine prototype bomber in 1925. The prototype was built in Moscow, but in November, 1925, the aircraft was flown, and the decision was made to place the plane in production as the TB-1. A former Junkers plant in Fili, near Moscow, was used for production. Powered originally by British Lion engines, the production models had 680 hp. Russian Mikulin M-17 water cooled engines, which were developed from German BMW VI's.

Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders

Published: April 13th, 2018     
Valentine Mk. II/IV w/ Desert Fenders
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Eduard

This is a Big Ed set which contains three Eduard PE sets for the new tooled Tamiya Valentine Mk.II /IV kit.

In the Big Ed sets the following sets:

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