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Resin Wheels and Tires for 1/48 F-16I "Sufa" (Storm)

Published: January 25th, 2018     
Resin Wheels and Tires for 1/48 F-16I "Sufa" (Storm)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Wheeliant

IPMS/USA thanks the crew at Aires for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, In this case another example of CAD-assisted resin wheel and tire assembly. This is a useful and timely landing gear addition in the ever-growing detail world for the sufferers of Advanced Detail Syndrome like me. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it my way to be reviewed.

This review is of the Aires/Wheeliant F-16I Sufa's wheel and tire set. It is truly an improvement over the basic kit items, as a mere glance at the photos can show. The one really noticeable bit is the writing on the tire sides ("Goodyear"), and the deep, scale tire grooves of the "heavy" landing gear rubber. Be aware that 148018 is the set for Kinetic's Sufa, and 148016 is the Hasegawa version. There are differenced in the axle arrangement, etc.

J7W2 Interceptor-Fighter Jet Version

Published: January 25th, 2018     
J7W2 Interceptor-Fighter Jet Version
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa has reissued an old friend in the form of a 1/48th scale J7W2 (Jet Version) Interceptor Fighter. The J7W2 was a natural follow-on to the prop-driven J7W1 kit which was released quite some time ago. While the J7W1 prototypes actually flew short test flights for a total time of just under an hour, the J7W2 never got off the drawing board. The Info-Paragraph on the Hasegawa website states that, "It took its first flight on August 3rd, 1945", but that comment refers to the J7W1 prop-driven aircraft. The only J7W1 left in existence is in the Smithsonian collection, and the J7W2 was never actualized. Within the kit instructions, the issue of whether the jet version ever flew is correctly put forward with a statement that reads, "The IJN, encouraged by the previous success of its propeller-driven Shinden prototype, had plans to build a jet-powered Shinden Kai, but historians have been able to ascertain exactly how far along this project was at war's end."

Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192

Published: January 23rd, 2018     
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192
Author: Raffaele D’Amato
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works in Istanbul at the Fatih University as visiting Professor for the TUBITAK (Turkish Government Research Institution) on a project linked to the arms and armour of Rome and Byzantium. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books for Osprey.

Born in 1950, Peter Dennis is an accomplished illustrator having contributed hundreds of books, including many Osprey Publishing titles. Peter studied at the Liverpool Art College and has been working as a professional artist and illustrator since 1991. Peter Dennis is also afflicted with the modeling bug and is a keen war-gamer terrorizing other war-gaming aficionados near Snowdonia Nation Park in North Wales. Check out his website at http://peterdennisart.com.

M32B1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV)

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
M32B1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV)
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Italeri

The Italeri M32B-1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) Kit # 6547, originally released way back in 1980, was, at the time of release, still standing sentry duty as the only readily available injection-molded set of sprues for this Sherman-based Allied tank recovery vehicle. The model has gone through a number of updates and improvements since, culminating in what you see reviewed here. After all this time, however, Italeri's offering 'still has it goin' on', sporting a relatively detailed interior and winch/cable assembly; all housed in a decent Sherman chassis. As boxed, this kit is one heck of a value.

M4A3E8 Korean War Sherman

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
M4A3E8 Korean War Sherman
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: Tamiya

Summary

Tamiya has enhanced their recently released M4A3E8 Sherman to represent the Korean War variant, including the colorful 'Devil' scheme. Several new sprues, new track, decals, and other odds and ends round out the new offering, including a complete, 2-sprue complementary kit of the Russian GAZ67B Field Car equivalent of the Willys Jeep. One thing is for sure - the kit this new version is based on is one of the finest armor models ever produced by Tamiya. And that is saying quite a lot - for just a pure, modeling experience, it just doesn't get any better.

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