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Wine Bottles and Wooden Crates

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Wine Bottles and Wooden Crates
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Limited

MiniArt has released a nice set that would look great in your WWII dioramas in their Buildings and Accessories Series. MiniArt provides twelve trees representing the crates composed of eleven parts per tree. The crates appear to be molded in light brown soft styrene as the parts are somewhat flexible and are easily cut. The twelve trees for the two different styles of wine bottles contain sixteen wine bottles out of a transparent green and transparent brown styrene. The transparent plastic seems to be a bit harder than the styrene for the crates. The waterslide decals provided offer markings for French and German wine companies for both the crates and the bottles. Packaging is quite nice with the finished product depicted on the top of the box and the contents / instructions / paint guide on the back of the box. The total parts count is 324 parts. I would recommend that you wash all the parts while they are still on the sprues to remove any remaining mold release.

H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana"

Published: February 15th, 2017     
H-21C Shawnee "Flying Banana"
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

This kit has been long in coming; a 1/48 scale H-21 appears to be a popular seller; first in the 1950’s with “Helicopters for Industry” corporation having tooled a rudimentary but well-done for the time model of the H-21A; released approximately in 1956, the molds of this kit (along with that company’s Hiller “ramjet” powered flying jeep helicopter with it’s rotor tip ramjet engines, and the H-19A), were then sold and marketed to Aurora around 1958.

This kit was available through the 1960’s, and is still a classic and much-sought collectors’s item, fetching up to $175 on the market. Fondarie Miniatures developed their own new kit of the H-21 helicopter in the late 1990’s, which was released with vacform canopy and cabin windows, metal parts, and the usual short-run struggle to build; then came Special Hobby with it’s vastly improved injection molded canopy and resin parts. So, when about four years ago Italeri announced it was finally going to scale up it’s excellent 1/72 H-21, rotorhead modellers rose up in anticipation, and have been thwarted in their happiness until now.

Has the kit been worth the wait? In my opinion,it’s a resounding “yes!”

Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams

Published: February 15th, 2017     
Gulf War Anniversary Box Diorama Set: Part 3 - US M1A1 Abrams
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

This is a diorama set which observes the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War. The kit comes with 4 - 1/72 models; The US AH-1 Cobra, the US M-1A1 Abrams, the Iraqi Mi-25 and an Iraqi T-62.

Because there are 4 models in the set, and we have time limits, the helicopters are built by Mike Hinderliter, and the armor by Jim Pearsall. The review will appear in 4 parts, as each of the 4 kits is finished.

F2H-2 Banshee Landing Gear

Published: February 14th, 2017     
F2H-2 Banshee Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) continues their replacement metal great releases with a set of metal gear for the Kitty Hawk F-2H Banshee. This white metal set is comprised of eight pieces and replaces both the nose gear as well as both main gear legs. Molding is excellent with only a hint of a seam which is easily sanded out.

The main gear legs are direct replacements and are a drop in fit to the kit parts and will provide a nice sturdy base to the plane. The nose gear is a bit more complicated (as is the nose gear on the real Banshee) and is made up of the remaining six parts. I built the kit parts for comparison and I am very glad to have the SAC set as the kit landing gear retraction strut snapped when I cut it loose. The nose gear leg is assembled by adding the strut into the u-shaped part and gluing the retraction strut in place. Use slow setting glue and get this aligned and then zap it to cure the glue. I added one side link in and got it glued solid and then added the link for the wheel and then the other side. As in the kit, there is no locating part for the wheel link to attach to the main strut and I reinforced the join with super glue.

Nakajima B5N2 'Kate'

Published: February 14th, 2017     
Nakajima B5N2 'Kate'
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

The Nakajima B5N2 'Kate' was the most numerous Japanese torpedo bomber of the Second World War, and while primarily operated from carriers, it also saw service as a land based bomber. A single engine monoplane, it was defended by just one rearward firing machine gun, operated by the radio operator, and its relatively low speed left it vulnerable to enemy fighters. Kates performed well at Pearl Harbor and went on to have success during the early battles of the war.

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