Review Author
Keith Gervasi
Published on
July 18, 2015
Company
Airfix
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$24.99

History

During the early years of the Second World War the Dornier Do17 was one of the Luftwaffe’s most important medium bombers. Developed during the early 1930s, first as a mail plane then as a reconnaissance bomber, the Dornier was nicknamed ‘the flying pencil’, due to its very thin tapering fuselage. While early versions used inline engines, the iconic and most widely used Z variant used Bramo radial engines, and featured a re-designed cockpit area, with the intention of providing more space and defensive capabilities for the crew. However this was not wholly successful; its small crew area and lack of power operated turrets making it easy prey for allied fighters.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
July 17, 2015
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.95

Thanks again to our prolific IPMS supporter, Ross at SAC, and to IPMS leadership for providing this set for review.

This set simply replaces the main and tail gear on the Airfix 1/48 new release (2014) Spitfire Mk I and Mk V.

BUT wait, there’s more! Included in this set are two different versions of the spine-mounted Radio aerial post, and the underwing Pitot tube. Very nice, and good use of a small set’s versatility, particularly since there is not much to this set as far as metal volume. Might as well amortize costs, and this does it.

Notice on the stock kit that the main gear is in two parts; the upper strut and pivot assembly, along with the uplock arm, which attaches to the trunnion pivot points, and then later in the build, the lower shock strut. Why was this done? So you could install the fragile gear later, while working on the rest of the model, without cleaning off the gear with gorilla hands. Smart engineering.

Review Author
Joe LoMusio
Published on
July 16, 2015
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$21.00

Master Box has joined the parade of World War One subjects, commemorating the centennial of the Great War, by providing this set of British Infantry from the time around the Battle of the Somme in 1916. During these centennial years of the Great War (1914 -1918), we are seeing numerous WWI subjects especially aircraft and armor hit the market in record numbers. Aerodrome ground crews, tank crews and infantry will provide modelers with the opportunity to create some dynamic dioramas of this important conflict.

Review Author
Mark Aldrich
Published on
July 16, 2015
Company
Bronco Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$51.99

The Loyd Carrier was built upon the mechanicals (engine, gearbox and transmission) of a 15 cwt 4x2 Fordson 7V truck with light steel frame to which armor plate was bolted to the front and sides for minor protection. The engine was at the rear of the Carrier with the radiator places behind it. The transmission took the drive forward to the axle at the very front where it drove the tracks. Both the front drive sprockets and idlers (which were also notched) at the rear of the tracks were fitted with brakes, actuated by a pair of levers by the driver. To turn the vehicle to the left, the brakes were applied on that side and the Carrier would slew round the stopped track.

The upper hull covered the front and sides but was open to the rear and above; as the Carrier was not expected to function as a fighting vehicle this was not an issue. To protect the occupants from the weather a canvas cover could be put up with included frames.

Review Author
Keith Gervasi
Published on
July 16, 2015
Company
Delta One Decals
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.88

Delta One has produced some interesting decals and this set is no different. This sheet gives you marking options for 7 different Dornier Do-17Z’s of the Croatian Air Legion on the Eastern front {10.(Kroatisch)/KG 3, 15.(Kroatisch)/KG 53} and Croatian Air Force 1941-1945.

You are provide in a ziplock bag a beautifully printed decal sheet, that's in register, inside of an 11 page booklet. Inside the booklet on the first two pages is a brief history of the Croatian Do-17Z, a brief description of each of the 7 aircraft and sources for their research.

There is color artwork for 7 A/C that includes both sides, top and partial underside views and also a color chart for each aircraft. The options included are: