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F-4 Phantom "Vietnam Aces"

Published: October 5th, 2017     
F-4 Phantom "Vietnam Aces"
Reviewed by: Camden & Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Background

Originally developed as the Navy's primary fleet defense interceptor in the 1950'ss, the F-4 Phantom II rapidly evolved into the mainstay multiple fighter for the Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps by the mid '60's. During the Vietnam War air war, the Phantom became the exclusive mount of all 6 American "ace" (airmen scoring 5 or more air-to-air victories) emerging from that conflict.

In this release, Italeri presents 4 of the F-4's flown by Americas Vietnam aces. Markings and parts options are included for Navy F-4J "Showtime 100" flown by Randy Cunningham and Willy Driscoll, Air Force F-4C flown by Robin Olds, an F-4D flown by Jeff Feinstein, and an F-4D flown by Steve Ritchie and Chuck DeBellevue.

Camden was inspired to do this build by the kindness of Col. Chuck DeBellevue, USAF (ret), America's leading Vietnam Ace, who spent an hour with Camden one morning while visiting Dayton, OH. During their breakfast meeting, Col. DeBellevue shared some of his war stories and wisdom with the aspiring young aeronaut, further fueling Camden's imagination and passion for military aviation...and his love for modeling.

Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Black Bunny F-4J VX-4 Decals
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you to Furball Aero-Design for providing excellent specific markings set for this very unique aircraft. I am certain that F-4 fans will be thrilled with this set! Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

The words that capture this decal set are "stunning detail." Furball chose the striking color scheme of Vandy 1, the gloss black test F-4J aircraft operated by VX-4, providing both the original 1969 markings and the later "bunny" markings. What makes this set different from kit decals and aftermarket decal sets are the nearly 200 crisply-printed stencils printed in white. Modelers often correctly make the argument that stencils are often quickly worn off and not visible, but this aircraft was maintained in "high-polish" with all markings likely there.

Fokker (ProfiPack Edition) German WWI Fighter

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Fokker (ProfiPack Edition) German WWI Fighter
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has re-released this kit from 2008 as a ProfiPack of the Fokker Dr.1 with markings for six versions included in the Aircraft.

In the box is;

  • 3 x light grey sprues
  • 1 film sheet
  • 1 large decal sheet
  • 1 mask sheet
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 3 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with a little flash but great detail; the decals allow you to finish the aircraft in two different versions with 6 markings to choose from.

Construction

First is the construction of the interior which is well detailed. Photo Etch helps a lot to make this a very impressive cockpit. The fuselage halves joint perfectly.

Next, you join the middle wing.

At this stage, I choose to paint the main colors and add the main decals as I selected to build the D scheme.

I did forget to I drilled the holes to allow for easier rigging later. So please remember as it will make it easier later.

Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with Dog

Published: October 5th, 2017     
Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with Dog
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aerobonus

Aires Hobby Models is a company in the Czech republic that has been manufacturing resin aftermarkets bits for some few days now. (Actually years.) They produce cockpits, complete engines, detail and conversion sets, and figures. The scales range from 1/72nd to 1/32nd.

Their figures are sold under the banner of Aero Bonus and include a large number of nicely sculpted and molded resin figurines. The subject of this review is a Middle East Allied Pilot WWII with a dog in 1/48th scale. The dog looks to be an Airedale Terrier in need of grooming but it could just be a mutt.

The kit is molded in light gray resin and includes six parts. Aero Bonus also provides a painting guide with the kit. The pilot is posed leaning on a crate while commiserating with a dog. The figure is also holding a map. There is a small resin bit that may represent a map case but you could do away with that and use the folded up, printed map Aero Bonus provides on the painting instructions.

F-4S Phantom II: Part 1, Comparison and Cockpit Build

Published: October 5th, 2017     
F-4S Phantom II:  Part 1, Comparison and Cockpit Build
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

I am honored and privileged to review a beautiful new scale model offering in the Super Wing Series from Zoukei-Mura, Inc. I also wish to extend a very deep appreciation to the IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps for choosing me to review the F-4S variant of the famous McDonnell Phantom II.

The kit was released on 26 JUL 17, following on the heels of a previous F-4J release in the same scale and series. This review will be the first of two sequential reviews. I thought at first I would compare the F-4S kit with the earlier F-4J and describe the build planning in this first review. I actually couldn't wait to get started, so construction of the cockpit is described here as well. The second and related review will include my adventures in completing the kit build. Both of these reviews will dovetail with previous IPMS reviews of the earlier F-4J kit.

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