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Ventura MkII Exterior Set

Published: February 17th, 2017     
Ventura MkII Exterior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch exterior upgrade set to for the Revell Ventura MkII. The set adds some great additional details to the kit.  

In the packet is

  • 1 large photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set and adds some really nice additional details and parts to the kit. The set includes machine gun details, light surrounds, engine wiring, lots of access panels, Main door, and many may more parts. The set does require some hard work when it comes to adding all the engine wiring but it’s well worth the effort. The only issues I found were A- the items 48 and 49 were a little too big and may have been better installed at stage 10 of the build. B- The parts 24 and 25 were a little short. If you have the Revell kit you have to get this set as it adds details that make the kit really look great!

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

Messershmitt Bf-109G-10

Published: February 17th, 2017     
Messershmitt Bf-109G-10
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Scale: 1/32
Company: Hasegawa

History

The Bf-109G-10 aircraft is rather unique by the fact that it was somewhat of a ‘Frankenstein’ aircraft put together with available resources at the time. The airframe consisted of a standard G model and incorporated a DB 605 D-2 engine. The reasoning for this was an attempt to create as little disruption to factory production of the Bf-109K’s.

Other external differences from the standard G model were deeper air cooler intakes, wide blade props, larger rudder, a Morane antenna, larger main wheels, and an extended tailwheel to provide a slightly better forward view.

There was a total of 2600 G-10 built after 1944 and one lone survivor resides in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle

Published: February 17th, 2017     
British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle
Author: Dan Sharp
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crecy Publishing

Dan Sharp studied history at the University of Liverpool and has worked as a writer and editor since 1998. As a hobby he began doing primary source research that has resulted in quite a few historical aviation books. These include Cold War – Sex, Spies and Nuclear Missiles (2013), Messerschmitt Me 262: Secret Projects and Experimental Prototypes (2013), Messerschmitt Bf 109: Secret Projects and Experimental Prototypes (2013), Dueling Above the Trenches – Sopwith Aircraft of the Great War (2014), D-Day Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy (2014), Luftwaffe Secret Jets of the Third Reich (2015), Spitfires Over Berlin (2015), The Hated Volksjäger: Histories of the Heinkel He 162 (2015), and Luftwaffe – Secret Bombers of the Third Reich (2016). Dan Sharp currently lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.

Ventura Mk II Undercarriage Set

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Ventura Mk II Undercarriage Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch undercarriage upgrade set to for the Revell Ventura Mk II. The set adds a great deal of detail to the kit.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x large photoetch steel sheet
  • 1 instruction sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set and the kit really needs this as it’s a major improvement to the land gear and the landing gear bays. The set does require some work removing the simple molded details on the kit parts. The set was simple and easy to install, the only issue I had was one part had some damage due to the photo etch process but this is the first time I have ever seen this. If you have the Revell kit you have to get this set!

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 2 - U.S. Cobra AH-1W

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 2 - U.S. Cobra AH-1W
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Italeri has put together a set of models to commemorate the anniversary of the Gulf War. The set includes tanks and helicopters from the United States and Iraq. Iraq is represented by the T-62 main battle tank and the Hind-D MI-25 helicopter, while the U.S. is represented by the M-1A1 main battle tank and the Cobra AH-1W helicopter.

Since this is a large box of models, Jim Pearsall asked me if I would like to build the Helos from the set. I was glad to accept because both of these models are on my “Models I want to build list”.

The Cobra AH-1W

The AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter is a close air support attack helicopter used by the United States Marine Corps. It has a 20mm M197 Gatling gun; and can carry Hydra 70 rockets, 5 in Zuni rockets, TOW missiles, AGM-114 Hellfire, and AIM-9 Sidewinders. It was originated from a U.S. Army demonstrator concept helicopter in 1962 based on the Huey UH-1. The Super Cobra was the world's first attack helicopter and the Marines have been flying it since 1986.

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