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F-14 Weapons Set

Published: July 17th, 2017     
F-14 Weapons Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has combined three wonderful resin sets into a combo set called the BigSin set for the Tamiya F-14A. I would think it would also work with other F-14's but watch the variant so you could match it to the missile variants. The set comes in an excellent box with a full set of four AIM-54A Phoenix missiles, four AIM-7E Sparrow missiles and four AIM-9G/H Sidewinders with launch rails and seeker head covers. Each set comes with full stenciling and individual instructions in color including the color call outs for painting. Let's look at the sets individually.

Heinkel He-162D

Published: July 16th, 2017     
Heinkel He-162D
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

The Aircraft

The Heinkel 162 series was a last-ditch effort by the RLM to stop the destruction of Germany's industries, transportation system and energy distribution by Allied bombing. The project began in September of 1944, with the prototypes first flown in December.

The He-162A versions were mostly wood construction, with the single turbojet engine. It ended up being the fastest jet fighter flown during WW2. The wood construction turned out to be highly problematical, as the glue used was not compatible with the wood, and the second prototype flight ended with one aileron coming apart, and the aircraft crashed, killing the pilot.

The He-162A also suffered from weakness in the horizontal and vertical stabilizers on the tail. The He-162D's V tail was supposed to solve this problem.

There were also stability problems with the He-162A, which the forward-swept wings might have taken care of.

All of these improvements were a moot point, as the He-162D never got into production.

T-54-2 Model 1949 Soviet Medium Tank

Published: July 16th, 2017     
T-54-2 Model 1949 Soviet Medium Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Background

As production ramped up, it was discovered that the T-54-1 Model 1947 had a number of technical issues. This lead to relatively few vehicles being produced, and production ceasing quickly, to be replaced as the problems were sorted out with a modified variant, the Model 1949. This second variant had a different turret configuration than its predecessor, the fender mounted machine guns of the Model 1947 were deleted, and the fender mounted cylindrical fuel tanks (as seen on late model T-34/76 and T-34/85 tanks) were replaced by a rectangular design.

This is the second T-54 kit from MiniArt that I have had the great pleasure of reviewing for IPMS/USA. The first, MiniArt Kit #37003, was of the T-54-1 Model 1947, the first production variant of this important Soviet Cold War warrior. For this review, see here: T-54-1 Review

Workshop Windows: Square and Round

Published: July 16th, 2017     
Workshop Windows: Square and Round
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel

Plus Model was established in 1990 in The Czech Republic. Their product range is comprised primarily of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane plastic

They offer a superb line of quality dioramas made from a specially hardened gypsum, styrene sheets, of varying thickness for your own use and design, and other modeler accessories or tools. They also have a wide range of printed-paper 1/35th scale accessories - scale posters, road signs, rations boxes, tents, etc.

Husky MKIII VMMD

Published: July 15th, 2017     
Husky MKIII VMMD
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Panda Hobby

First released by Panda-Hobby in 2015, this is a good kit of an interesting and very unusual vehicle. The parts have some fit issues, but are generally okay. There are not a huge number of parts (220) and there is not a lot of detail to the vehicle, which simplifies assembly.

Background

The Husky VMMD was first developed for the South African Defence Force in the 1970s to clear military convoy routes of mines.

Formerly called the Chubby System, the Husky uses ground penetrating radar to locate mines and IEDs. Driven by a single occupant, the vehicle can withstand explosions and is easily repairable due to its modular construction. The Husky VMMD has been used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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