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Office Furniture & Accessories

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Office Furniture & Accessories
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt seems to have its collective ear to the ground in terms of what they’re bringing to the modeling world, and this kit is no exception. Having dealt with dioramas with interiors, I know the frustration of rooms with little to no furniture. This lovely set is most welcome for that alone.

So what do you get for your money? The box comes with a number of opaque and clear sprues, all with some of the most delicate castings you’re ever likely to see (the phone cradle alone is most impressive), all of which make up into:

Mig-3 Propeller with Tool

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Mig-3 Propeller with Tool
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has produced a replacement prop for the Trumpeter and ICM 1/48 scale Mig-3 kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit’s plastic parts. The supplied items include a separately cast spinner, post and blades with a cast resin assembly tool for inserting the blades at a consistent pitch. There is no modification required to the kit to use this prop assembly.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) and shots of my completed Trumpeter Mig-3 “Early” indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate and “crisp” blade representation of a Mig-3 propeller. The kit parts have the brown spinner cap, and the Quickboost prop assembly spinner is gray. Note, however that using the tool will cause the prop blades to be installed at the incorrect rotation pitch. My web research found that Mig-3 props rotated clockwise (when viewed from the front of the aircraft), as depicted in the kit’s propeller assembly.

Combat 22 Panzergrenadier versus US Armored Infantryman

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Combat 22 Panzergrenadier versus US Armored Infantryman
Author: Steve J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has released number 22 in their Combat series. This series deal with two adversaries, mainly infantry, from throughout history by comparing and contrasting them. Battles these two fought against each other are examined from both perspectives with split-screen artwork. This book deals with the German and American armored infantry that fought with armor units between July and Dec 1944.

Here is the summary from the back of the book:

“During World War II, the two pre-eminent mechanized infantry forces of the conflict, the German Panzergrenadier arm and the US Army's armored infantrymen, clashed in France and Belgium after the Normandy landings. These engagements went on to profoundly influence the use of mechanized infantry in the post-war world. Drawing upon a variety of sources, this book focuses on three key encounters between July and December 1944 including during Operation Cobra and the Battle of the Bulge, and examines the origins, equipment, doctrine and combat record of both forces. With specially commissioned full-color artwork and maps, this study sheds light on the evolving nature of mechanized warfare at the height of World War II.”

Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Nagmachon Early Heavy APC Israel Defense Forces
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tiger Model

Introduction

The Nagmachon was developed from the Nagmashot which was based upon the British Centurion hull. Initially this APC was used as a counter-insurgency platform and for urban warfare. The Nagmachon is a heavily armed fighting vehicle fielded by the IDF. It contains three armoured shields on the roof containing vision blocks of armoured glass to protect the soldiers firing 7.62 mm machine guns. Additionally, the Nagmachon carries heavily armored belly protection as well as being equipped with ER armour. The Nagmachon weighs in at 52 tons and carries a crew of up to 10 including driver and commander.

This kit by Tiger Model is a release of the early version of the Nagmachon following the release of their “Doghouse” Late APC version in 2015. The “Doghouse” version, kit number 4616, has the distinctive raised superstructure intended to protect the soldiers. The model measures 225mm (8.9”) long x 115mm (4.5”) wide x 100mm (3.9”) high when completed.

F-16 (Light) Landing Gear

Published: February 19th, 2017     
F-16 (Light) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Scale Aircraft Conversions adaptation of the F-16 Light landing gear in white metal for the 1/48 Kinetic kit.

The set contains the aft gear bulkhead along with the retraction struts. The nose gear includes a separate nose gear and its retraction strut and oleo scissor.

This set is for the light versions of the F-16 (-1 to -20 versions or the F-16A/B variants).

Also included in this set is a nose gear door landing light, and an altered main gear bulkhead, which makes the installation of the main gear easier.

These are a direct replacements for the ones found supplied with the kit with just a little more detail.

Overall this is highly recommended for stronger landing gear and added detail and is a great addition to the Kinetic kit.

I would like to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for another great offering in metal landing gear, and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this item.

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