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Metal Landing Gear for the Valom B/RB-45A/C Tornado

Published: March 30th, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for the Valom B/RB-45A/C Tornado
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it for review.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the 1/72 Valom B-45 series. (Yes Mrs Robinson, there was an aircraft named "Tornado" before the "Tornaaaahhhdo" in the European sense.) This SAC gear is extremely simple, much like the kit itself. As a note, the Valom B-45 kits are easier to build than the other 1/72 B-45s out there as well... even though it is also a short run style kit, the quality is much more refined. SAC's set is comprised of six parts... and are quick additions.

#10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Fusion

Published: March 30th, 2018     
#10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Fusion
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell Inc.

With her Indy car win in Japan in 2008, Danica Patrick has become a house-hold name in racing and a celebrity based on her clever add campaign with Go Daddy, one of her past sponsors. In 2010 Danica moved to Nascar and although she hasn't won any races she has claimed pole position and led a number of laps. She has proven her ability as a racer and follows in the footsteps of Shirley Muldowney and the up and coming Cortney Force.

This kit represents one of Danica's 2017 cars sponsored by Aspen Dental. Running under the Ford Banner for the Stuart-Hass racing team, the car is shaped to represent the Ford Fusion. All the teams ran the Roush-Yates FR-9 engine that season. This 358 CI engine was equipped with fuel injection and were restricted by a plate on the intake manifold to 850HP.

B-52D/F Stratofortress

Published: March 30th, 2018     
B-52D/F Stratofortress
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Models

History: The B-52 is arguably the best bomber ever made. First deployed in 1955 as a high altitude "atomic bomber" later versions of it are still in use today.

The kit: Inside the box you will find 8 sprues of light grey and clear injected plastic. An 8-page instruction manual and a nice sheet of decals. Basically, only the fuselage halves and sprue F are new to this kit as everything else comes from, and is marked, for the B-52H kit. The one minor hitch here is that the very fine panel lines in the wings do NOT match those on the fuselage as these are more Matchbox like. The decal sheet is very nice and in register.

Oilbrushers

Published: March 29th, 2018     
Oilbrushers
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Scale: NA
Company: Ammo by Mig Jimenez

Ammo by Mig Jimenez has developed a line of oil paints that are already thinned and come in a clear bottle with a brush attached to the cap. Here is their description for these oilbrusher:

Ammo by Mig Jimenez Catalogue 2017

Published: March 27th, 2018     
Ammo by Mig Jimenez Catalogue 2017
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: AMMO

This is Ammo by Mig Jimenez's 2017 product catalog (or catalogue in British English since this is translated from Spanish to this). This publication is large, 132 pages of glossy, colorful pages. It starts with a one-page introduction directly from Mig Jimenez. He writes a paragraph that I really think sums up modeling progression:

"The difference between an average modeler and an excellent modeler is not based on the tools used by each of them, not is it based on the airbrush, paints, or models that they purchase. What really makes a modeler different from the others is their "experience". The experience is not limited to models but includes all things in life. Experience makes us evolve, improve, move forward, discover new worlds, and take aim at new targets. In short, our experiences make us better in all aspects of life. Everything a modeler needs to make better models can be discovered through experience. Unfortunately for modelers, experience is always linked to time and time is the most limited resource in our lives."

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