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Crusader Air Intakes (For Afterburner Cooling)

Published: July 10th, 2017     
Crusader Air Intakes (For Afterburner Cooling)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Extreme appreciation to Eduard for their having once again provided a sample copy of a long-awaited product, the F-8E Crusader, and the usual wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for ensuring I received it!

This upgrade provides additional detail for the recently re-released Hasegawa F-8E crusader under the banner of Eduard, in the form of a hollowed out intake with visible depth to the intake. Just four parts here; two very thin PE baseplates with rivet detail, and the scoops themselves.

Installation steps: drill the two mounting holes in the afterburner position on the model at the pre-located drill hole wells from the inside, then carefully remove the PE baseplates from their fret. Dress the cut marks with your favorite method, then set aside.

The resin intakes themselves require an individual to: carefully remove them from the casting web and bloc; clean up the mounting surface; then fit the two pegs through the PE mounting plate and into the spot on their model.

SE.5a Propeller Four-Blade

Published: July 9th, 2017     
SE.5a Propeller Four-Blade
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has issued a four-bladed resin propeller to upgrade the propeller in their SE.5a kit. The upgraded propeller includes resin and photoetch parts with much finer detail than the kit propeller.

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 was introduced in 1917 with a 150 HP V8 Hispano-Suiza 8A engine with two-bladed counter-clockwise (left) rotating propeller. The SE.5a was an improved version of the SE.5 and was one of the fastest fighters of WWI. The SE.5a aircraft was originally produced with a 200 HP

Hispano-Suiza 8B gear-driven engine ('Hisso'), with a counter-clockwise (left) rotating four-bladed propeller. The gear-driven engines proved unreliable, and were quickly replaced with the 200 HP Wolsely Viper direct drive engine with clockwise rotating (right) two-bladed propeller.

In their recently issued SE.5a kit, Eduard includes both the Hispano-Suiza 8B and Wolsely Viper engines, as well as right & left two-bladed propellers, and a left four-bladed propeller. The propeller reviewed here is the four-bladed upgrade to the kit propeller. The counter-clockwise (left) four-bladed propeller is for the Hispano-Suiza 8B engine.

USMC F-4B/N VMFA-531 "Gray Ghosts"

Published: July 9th, 2017     
USMC F-4B/N VMFA-531 "Gray Ghosts"
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Academy

Extreme appreciation to Academy and their USA distributor Model Rectifier Corporation for sending out this new version of their venerable F-4B/N kit, and the usual cheerleading wave of thanks to the IPMS USA leadership for sending it to me.

This kit sat a while in the link. I've built two of the Academy F-4's, a "B" and a "J", and had impressive results from even MY feeble modeling skills. Kits like this take a bit of time to construct, but are well worth it in the end.

What's in the box are the same parts from the previous Academy Rhinos, with the exception of single color gray plastic, with no white, black, and gray parts.

Yes, also clear parts. The decal sheet is new, for two plain-Jane gull gray over white F-4B's from the Vietnam era for VMFA 531, The "Gray Ghosts". The last version is the overall Light Gull Gray scheme with a Dark blue fin and markings. Yep, I went for some original color!

F-100 Super Sabre Pitot Tube

Published: July 9th, 2017     
F-100 Super Sabre Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes, and gun barrels.

This "add-on" is a single pitot tube. It's very fine turned brass. The detail is so fine that I had to use my magnifiers to determine that there are three different diameters on the pitot, getting smaller at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the length.

The instructions are to the point:

  • Remove the kit pitot from the mount.
  • Drill a hole in the mount.
  • Glue the new pitot in the hole using CA
  • Put the mount under the F-100's intake.

I was able to skip step 4, as the kit pitot was already mounted under the nose.

Otherwise, things went very much as planned.

I did manage to get the Master pitot mounted slightly off left and right, but the brass part is easily bendable. When I was working on typebar typewriters, back in the last century, we never referred to bending a part. It was always called "forming". So I formed the pitot to straighten it out.

German SU-76i with Cupola

Published: July 8th, 2017     
German SU-76i with Cupola
Reviewed by: Peter Bucher, IPMS# 50232
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

What's in the Box?

  • 13 grey plastic sprues
  • 1 plastic lower hull
  • 1 Photo etch sheet
  • 2 bags of magic tracks (one left and one right)
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 set of Instructions


The SU76I was based on the German Panzer III and Stug III chassis. It was armed with a 76.2 mm gun. Approximately 200 of these captured vehicles were converted by the Russians. A new superstructure enclosing the 76.2 mm gun was added to the tank. The tank was issued to self-propelled gun units starting in autumn 1943, but it was withdrawn from the front in early 1944. Some SU-76i were recaptured by the Germans who added a Panzer III commander's copula fixed on the roof. I found this to be very interesting in that the original vehicles had been re-purposed twice.

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