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BigEd Detail Set for FW-190F-8

Published: November 6th, 2017     
BigEd Detail Set for FW-190F-8
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

History Brief

The Fw 190F-8 was based on the A-8 Fighter, having a slightly modified injector on the compressor which allowed for increased performance at lower altitudes for several minutes.

Armament of the Fw 190 F-8 was two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in the wing roots and two 13 mm (.51 in) MG131 machine guns above the engine. It was outfitted with an ETC 501 Bomb rack as centerline mount and four ETC 50 bomb racks as underwing mounts.

Set Contents

  • 1 x 32372 Fw 190F-8 Landing Flaps 1/32
  • 1 x 32842 Fw 190F-8 Interior S.A. 1/32
  • 1 x 32843 Fw 190F-8 Seatbelts 1/32
  • 1 x JX181 Fw 190F-8 Painting Mask

Set 32372: Landing Flaps

Starting with the first photo etch set I commenced cutting the parts from the plastic kit and preparing them for modification, and boy I was not prepared for the work that lay ahead of me. It was very detailed and precise to the very end so close attention is required.

After prepping and reading further I saw I was replacing parts 23 and 24. The Ridges on the bottom flaps can just be scrapped of with a hobby knife and then sanded smooth.

Railway Guns of WW I

Published: November 5th, 2017     
Railway Guns of WW I
Author: Marc Romanych and Greg Heuer
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

Railway guns are in simple terms huge guns on trains. First conceived and fabricated during the American Civil War in 1862 by Confederate forces, railway guns came into being to rapidly bring large artillery where needed. Traditional methods of dismounting a large gun tube and moving them by horse drawn train was time consuming and manpower intensive. European observers sent to scrutinize took notice of many of the advances made during the Civil War, and improved upon what they saw. Fast forward to World War I and railway guns were again deployed. Most of the combatants deployed railway guns of varying size and with varying results. This book is a basic course on these WWI era weapons.

Vought F4U-1D Corsair

Published: November 5th, 2017     
Vought F4U-1D Corsair
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/32
Company: Tamiya

When I was a kid of about eleven living in Lincoln, Nebraska, I used to regularly visit one special park there. That's because not only did they have an open Sherman tank you could crawl around on, but a real live ex-Korean Corsair. I spent many a happy Saturday afternoon inside the cockpit or wandering over the wings of that aircraft, and ever since then I've had something of a love affair with this bent-wing beauty.

As a modeler, I translated this love into 1/32nd scale ever since high school. I've built the Revell kit too many times to mention, the 21st Century Toys version and the Trumpeter version. However, nothing I have ever seen compares to the quality of the Tamiya rendition of this bird.

So, what do you get for your money? Actually, quite a lot. Not only does this kit provide literally hundreds of parts on numerous finely-cast sprues, but it has two frames of really useful photoetch, rubber tires, a fat brochure on the history of the Corsair, a separate color guide for the decals, masks for the canopies, and even a small screwdriver if you decide to attach your finished piece to the included stand.

M-67 Flamethrower Tank

Published: October 31st, 2017     
M-67 Flamethrower Tank
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Introduction:  Dragon's product website states that  "Building further on the success of its line-up of 1/35 scale kits of the famous M48 Patton medium tank, Dragon has produced the interesting M67 flamethrower used by the US military. Nicknamed the "Zippo", it was originally based on an M48A1 tank hull, with the usual 90mm gun replaced with an M6 flame gun connected to an M7A1-6 fuel and pressure unit. The 48-ton M67 was disguised somewhat with its flame gun hidden inside a dummy gun tube. The first M67 was completed in 1955 and a total of 109 units were manufactured for US Marine Corps and US Army service. They were fielded until 1974, which meant they saw combat in Vietnam".

Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressing during the build.

Astaco Neo Crusher/Cutter

Published: October 31st, 2017     
Astaco Neo Crusher/Cutter
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Hasegawa USA

This is a re-issue of a kit first issued in 2015. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x black rubber sprues
  • 2 x orange sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 3 x dark grey sprue
  • 1 length of hose
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 4 x poly caps
  • 1 mesh sheet
  • 2 x springs
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 collector card

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The parts are all molded in the correct colors so if the build is done well there is no need to do much painting.

Construction

Stage 1 Assembly begins with the female driver, I left the arms off as these need to be positioned correctly once in the cabin seat.

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