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A-4E Masks

Published: May 16th, 2018     
A-4E Masks
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

If you want to make life a little easier when masking and painting canopies and wheels, you may want to check out the line of masks produced by Eduard. This particular set is made for the Hobby Boss A-4E (kit 81764), and provides masks for the windscreen, canopy, and wheels/tires. The precut masks are easy to use, so modelers with a little experience placing items in exact locations will have no issues with this set.

After seeing the decals provided at the IPMS Nationals last year, I decided that I needed to add an A-4E Skyhawk to my stash, and being a relatively small plane, 1/48 scale seemed appropriate. Hobby Boss had recently released their kit of the E model, so it was an easy decision when I saw one on the Squadron table. My late father in law was a Naval Aviator, and he flew some A-4 missions in Vietnam, including Iron Hand, so this will a bit of a tribute to him once built.

British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2

Published: May 15th, 2018     
British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Gigorov

The Vehicle

In order to break into the fortified zones on the European continent, the Allies anticipated needing a new class of vehicles, assault tanks, which placed maximum armor protection at a higher priority than mobility. Nuffield responded with 18 separate designs (AT1 through AT18), each design larger and heavier than the last. The AT 2, the subject of this kit, was never built, but served as a stepping stone to the eventual development of the AT 16, or Tortoise, two of which were built, but the war ended before they were needed.

Don't be fooled by what looks like a turret on this vehicle. It's actually a fixed superstructure such as on a Sturmgeschutze. In the AT 2 version, it mounted a 95mm howitzer.

Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945

Published: May 13th, 2018     
Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945
Author: Kari Stenman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Kari Stenman has authored, or co-authored, aviation books for the past 49 years. He ran his own publishing company in Finland, focusing on Finnish Aviation History. Many of them were in his Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia series that were originally in Finnish only, but later re-released with Finnish and English text. including:

1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X

Published: May 13th, 2018     
1985 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell Inc.

This is a review of the Revell '85 Oldsmobile 442/FE3-X show car. I built it as a factory stock 442.

Engine

Zero to very little flash was on the engine components. Two items I disliked were the valve covers and oil pan molded to the block. Should have been separate pieces.

Interior

Extremely distinct engraving on the interior pan. Door panels are separate pieces as are the front seats. The rear seat is molded to the interior pan. Dashboard allows two different decals for the gauge cluster and there's two steering wheels.

Body

The body offers several variations. If you want to build the FE3-X version, additional body panels are available as well as three different front clips. Fortunately the front & rear bumper assemblies also attach to the frame when installing - makes for easier glue points.

I painted the car with Tru-Color metallic cameo white covered with a 2 part urethane clear.

German Sprengboot Tornado

Published: May 12th, 2018     
German Sprengboot Tornado
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: MikroMir

As WWII started going towards its end and the Germans were backed into a corner, they came up with some interesting ideas to try and turn the tide of the war around. Like the Japanese Kamikaze group, the German Kriegsmarine came up with the Sprengboot Tornado. The thought was to take two of the large floats from a Ju-52 Floatplane and add 7-800kg of explosives and provide power with the V-1's pulsejet engine. The theory was to get the boat up to speed of 53 mph having a pilot guide the ship and when close the pilot would take an attached boat or just bail out while the Tornado was remotely guided to hit the target. One of these was built and tested for sea trials but was destroyed as the allies overtook Europe. MikroMir has produced a kit of this very unusual subject in large 1/35 scale so let's look in the box.

The first thing of notice is the four large pontoon halves accompanied by three sprues of parts to finish the build. Also included are a sprue of clear parts, a photoetch sheet and clear instrument panel. There are no markings included.

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