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B-26 F/G Marauder

Published: February 14th, 2017     
B-26 F/G Marauder
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I have a confession to make. I love the B-26…no idea why, I just like the way it looks and the markings and so this review is a little bit of a love affair with a specific plane. So, when Hasegawa’s B-26 F/G came up for review, I jumped at the chance.

Reviewing the kit in the box shows 12 sprues with two of those being clear. The clear parts not only include the canopies and windows but also the horizontal tails which is due to the small windows for the rear gunner which are next to the tail and small. In this way, the tiny windows are easier to mask and fit better. Also included is a set of poly caps for the props and a large set of decals covering three markings:

  • B-26F, Redlight Rosie of the 587th BS in natural metal
  • B-26G, Lak-a-Nookie of the 459th BS in olive drab over natural metal
  • B-26G, Round Too! Of the 584th BS in natural metal.

Great nose art and markings to choose from are a great way to start a build and I love the OD/natural metal scheme so it was Lak-a-Nookie for me.

Tie Down Straps

Published: February 14th, 2017     
Tie Down Straps
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is one of those detail sets that you don’t know you need it until you need it. It is a pre-painted fret of US straps and tie downs. Packaged in a typical Eduard re-sealable package with card stock to protect the contents. This pre-painted fret utilizes the new steel media to produce a thin and accurate strap. The straps can be manipulated fairly robustly without the paint chipping.

There are five different types of straps. The first one has a clip on the end that will have to be folded. There are three of them. The second one is a strap in tan that can be added to the first one to ‘lengthen’ it. There are two of these straps. The third strap is a ‘leather’ looking strap that can be added to one of the other straps. There are two of these straps. The fourth one is another tan/canvas style of strap, that again can be used to lengthen the others. The fifth strap is another leather style strap. There are three of them to use.

You can cut and lengthen the straps as necessary with these steel straps. The steel is pliable and the straps are realistically thin. You can secure a lot of stuff in your helicopter or on your tank.

Gray Primer Lacquer

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Gray Primer Lacquer
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MCW Finishes

Model Car World is a model company that specializes in resin car bodies and paint finishes matched to automotive colors. MCW was purchased by Wings Wheels and Waves in 2015 and they have expanded their paint line to include military colors.

The primer comes in 1oz. bottles that have a bb inside to facilitate mixing. The primer is pre-thinned for airbrush and is recommended by MCW for their finish paints

The primer is very thin and should be thoroughly shaken before spraying. MCW provides a thinner to be used with their paints, but the primer was pre-thinned and did not require additional thinning. The paint should be applied in thin wet coats, and the lacquer dries very fast. The airbrush should be 2 – 3 in. from the surface to obtain a wet coat.

US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975

Published: February 12th, 2017     
US Army Helicopter Pilot-Vietnam War 1960-1975
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Aerobonus

Aerobonus has been releasing new figures at a remarkable rate. They continue to offer figures to go with your aircraft model. They are now starting to offer more helicopter related figures. There latest is available in 1/48th and 1/32nd scale, a US Army Helicopter Pilot from the Vietnam War between 1960-1975.

Packaged in a re-sealing packet with a card stock backing inside. There is a painting guide included on the instructions. The outside shows the helmeted figure and inside is the Stetson or boonie cap one. This figure is molded perfectly in light grey resin. The figure comes on a single pour block. The figure represents the early style single piece flight suit. It was less than popular in the heat and humidity of Vietnam. As a former Army pilot I can tell you that a single piece flight suit may be nice to have during a post-crash fire but for everyday wear, it was not fun. Imagine trying to get it off with the runs. Not fun. Anyhow, back to the review.

Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Published: February 12th, 2017     
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

After ten years of Countach production, the 1985 four valve per cylinder “Quattrovalvole“ V-12 coupled with a new fuel injection system was a significant upgrade. If that wasn’t enough for auto enthusiast they only made 610 of them which sold out immediately.

This review covers the skill level 5 (ages 14 years and older) 2016 release of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole 1:24 Scale Italeri Model Kit #3683. This kit is molded in white, grey, black, chrome, and clear with vinyl tires. Decals are made for the detailed interior and the chassis is made in multiple parts for enhanced finishing. The motor is highly detailed and can be viewed through the open engine cover. The body is also a multi-part unit crisply molded and proportionally correct. Finished dimensions are Length 7-¼”, Width 3”, Height 2”.

Construction and Detailing

The body is molded in color (white) but there are some knit lines that are visible so primer and paint are recommended for an even color finish.

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