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German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)

Published: May 19th, 2017     
German Submarine U-Boat Type VIIC/IXC 'U-Boat Aces Part 2' (Limited Edition)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/700
Company: Hasegawa

One of the latest releases from the folks at Hasegawa is a re-release of the waterline Type VIIC and IXC U-Boats in a limited edition form that includes photoetch parts and decals for the markings of four "Aces". The kit includes four submarines in all, two of each type, as well as the bow and stern sections of two sinking merchant ships. Basic assembly is quick and easy, but installation of the photoetch railings requires removing the kit's plastic representations and forming the metal replacement parts, which could challenge less experienced modelers. I would still highly recommend this kit to those interested in adding some small U-Boats to their collection.

The Type VIIC was the most produced submarine for the Kriegsmarine with some 572 being built during the war as a short and medium-range vessel. The Type IXC was built for long-range operations and only 54 of these would be completed by war's end. What follows are the brief histories of each of the four U-Boats represented in this kit.

B-17E/F Photoetch Set

Published: May 18th, 2017     
B-17E/F Photoetch 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 is colored and adds a lot of additional detail to the cockpit and other areas This set adds some nice touches to the cockpit.

In the packet is:

  • 1 colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a really nice set for the set for a kit that needs it. I do find some of the small parts were very tricky to add to the instrument panel and the levers. Also you do need to remove some more raised details of part number 033 which is not highlighted on the instructions.

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

Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 Trop

Published: May 18th, 2017     
Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 Trop
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/32
Company: Fly

Fly Models is quickly making a name for itself in the 1/32 world by making high quality, short run kits. Their new Hawker Hurricane series continues this trend. The version I am reviewing is the Mk.1 with Tropical Modifications. This kit is a "multimedia" kit as it has resin and photo etch parts. Both of which are top notch.

Construction

There are a couple of things to note before I talk about the construction. One is that none of the sprues have numbers for the parts, and two there are extra parts you won't use for this version. I recommend looking at the instructions first as it shows what parts you don't need and remove them from the sprue before starting the build. It will make things easier in the long run. You can also number the parts on the sprue using the instructions as well. I did both of these things and it made the build much more enjoyable. The other "issue" is that the instructions do not show any color call outs in the steps. But page 5 and 6 of the instructions show every part and their appropriate color. I also marked the parts with what color so as to not overlook them when the time came to paint.

Excelsior Aztec Decals

Published: May 18th, 2017     
Excelsior Aztec Decals
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Round 2 Models

Round 2 Models has released a large 3-sheet decal set to accompany their newly revised and released U.S.S. Excelsior kit from the Star Trek series. Printed by Cartograf, these decals are commendably thin and for the most part, feature little to no carrier film to deal with. They respond quite well to MicroSol, which I used to help them conform to some of the compound curves found on the model.

These sheets actually perform two functions rather than one; first, they provide decals for virtually all of the elaborate paint scheme for this model, eliminating an incredible amount of extremely tedious masking and painting. Second, they provide surface texture in the form of tiny panels. Let me deal with these two aspects separately.

Hawker Hunter F.6/FGA.9

Published: May 17th, 2017     
Hawker Hunter F.6/FGA.9
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1/48
Company: Model Rectifier Corporation

The Hawker Hunter is a transonic British jet-powered fighter aircraft that was developed by Hawker Aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was designed to take advantage of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engine and the swept wing, and was the first jet-powered aircraft produced by Hawker to be procured by the RAF. On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record for jet-powered aircraft, achieving a speed of 727.63 mph (1,171.01 km/h; 632.29 kn).

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