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L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops

Published: May 22nd, 2017     
L-29 Delfin - Delfin Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

The L-29 Delfin was a jet-powered trainer airplane that was designed by the Aero Company of Czechoslovakia. An excellent kit of the Delfin has recently been released in 1/72 scale by AMK. Although this kit, in my opinion, is very good, our friends at Aires/Quickboost have found some areas where the accuracy of various parts can be improved.

B-17 E/F Interior Set

Published: May 21st, 2017     
B-17 E/F Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch Interior set to for the Hong Kong Models B-17 E/F. This set with three photoetch sheets, two are colored and adds a lot of needed detail to the cockpit and other areas. They really make the cockpit stand out.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details to this massive kit. The cockpit parts really add great additional and replacement details to this kit. I did find some of the small parts were very tricky to add. The set includes lots of additional instrument panels and details. The only advice will give is that there are some additional raised details that need to be removed to allow the install of the parts. The other item of note is that the straps are provided for the Parts J7, J8, J31, and J32, of which there is a total of 16 but only parts for 12 sets are provided. The straps could also have been longer in some locations. The seat cushion parts look at little stiff and could do with being thinner so they could be shaped better to look more like cushions.

T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type

Published: May 21st, 2017     
T-34/85 Running Gear Late Type
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

Background

For the past couple of years, MiniArt has been producing some exquisite, super detailed kits of Soviet/Red Army armored vehicles from the Second World War and immediate post-war period. The company has decided to take various components of these kits, and repackage them as "Up Grade" sets for the kits of other model companies. In the case of the set under review, MiniArt has taken the running gear (road wheels, idler and drive wheel, plus tracks) from their T-44 tank kit, and reboxed them as T-34/85 Late Type components.

What's in the MiniArt Box

  • 21 sprues of gray plastic parts

There is no printed paper instruction sheet for this set included with the parts inside the box. Instead on the back of the kit box is printed a schematic showing the sprues, and the construction information. A painting guide is also provided on the back of the box, covering the following paint brands: Ammo by Mig, Mr. Color, Testors, and Vallejo. The parts included on the sprues are beautifully detailed, without sink marks, ejection pin marks or flash.

MiG-31B/BS Foxhound

Published: May 21st, 2017     
MiG-31B/BS Foxhound
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/48
Company: AvantGarde Model Kits (AMK)

The Kit

The AMK 88008 Mig-31 follows on their earlier MiG-31 BM/BSM (88003) Foxhound kit and comes in a large, solid, top-opening box that is packed solid. Similar to Wingnut Wings kits, it will take extreme care to repack the sprue packaging back into the box if you are not starting cutting sprues right away. Sprues are individually packaged in re-sealable packaging, with some parts (missiles, forward fuselage, and main upper fuselage) packed in their own boxes. Parts are molded in a medium gray styrene that is fairly hard and comparable to Tamiya sprues. Panel lines may be considered by some to be a little heavy, but I found no issues. The transparencies come molded in both clear and a transparent-smoke color and include separate open and closed options. The IRST lens, landing light lenses, the forward refueling probe cover, and the gunsight are also included in clear and smoke transparencies. A small fret of photo-etch (radar dish and seatbelts) is included.

Opel Kfz. 305 Ambulance

Published: May 21st, 2017     
Opel Kfz. 305 Ambulance
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

The Opel "Blitz" truck was produced from 1930 to 1975. It was used as a commercial vehicle, and when the Wehrmacht needed a reliable and fast truck, the Blitz was chosen. In 1937, the Nazis had Opel build a factory at Brandenburg, which turned out over 130,000 Blitzes, until the RAF stopped production in 1944 by bombing the plant.

This kit is the ambulance version of the Opel Blitz. The ambulance had a transportation box on the back to handle casualties.

The Kit

There are two sprues, along with a clear sheet for windows, and a decal sheet. One sprue is for the chassis and cab, the other is the ambulance box. No PE, no resin, no problem.

The model is fairly straightforward to build. There's a frame section, the cab, the ambulance box, the wheels, and some detail parts. The kit is a reissue of the ESCI ambulance from the 1970s. The molds have been reworked, as there 's no flash, and the parts are pretty well molded.

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