Recent Reviews https://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews_date en Redstone Launcher https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/redstone-launcher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/redstone-launcher" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/redstone-launcher/2005_redstone_launcher_artwork.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Be aware that ordering the kit direct from Horizon will entail a postage fee. Horizon is located in Australia. Also note that Horizon is offering reduced pricing for their other 1/72<sup>nd</sup> scale spacecraft kits.</p> <p>The kit instructions can be downloaded at <a href="https://www.horizon-models.com/1-72-redstone-launcher" rel="nofollow">https://www.horizon-models.com/1-72-redstone-launcher</a></p> <p>Horizon Models has, in the last few years, has established itself as a source of superior models of launch vehicles for both unmanned and manned space flight.</p> <p>The Redstone Launcher will be my third Horizon model and hopefully, it will not be my last. This, kit, however, is the final release in the Redstone series according to Tony Radosevic, the Managing Director or Horizon Models.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/redstone-launcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/redstone-launcher#comments Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles Kits Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:19:54 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8324 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org KC-10 Extender https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kc-10-extender <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kc-10-extender" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/kc-10-extender/cd144016_inst-1.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Package" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Caracal Models is one of the leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The KC-10 is not a new subject, however it has been a long time since this subject has been available. With that being noted, older decals may not be reliable and the quality of printing is also in question.</p> <p>Printed by Cartograph, the single sheet is printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. Markings included from unit markings at March, Travis, Barksdale, McGuire and Seymour-Johnson. With these six different markings, there are three different color schemes with a clear guide on the time frame the color applies to. There are instructions consist of eight color sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied. There is a note on a suggested FS blue color which is the one used on the decal sheet so those two will match.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kc-10-extender" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kc-10-extender#comments Aircraft Decals Sun, 21 Apr 2019 04:39:21 +0000 William O'Malley 8323 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Mercedes-Benz SL 230 Series 2001-2011 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mercedes-benz-sl-230-series-2001-2011 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mercedes-benz-sl-230-series-2001-2011" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/mercedes-benz-sl-230-series-2001-2011/cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This publication is one from a series of books covering the Mercedes Benz SL series by Veloce Publishing. &nbsp;It is a 208 page hardcover book, printed in 25cm x 25cm (9.75" x 9.75") format. &nbsp;Publication date was February, 2015.</p> <p>Other publications in this series are:</p> <ul> <li>Mercedes Benz SL R130 Series 1989-2001</li> <li>Mercedes Benz SL &amp; SLC 107 Series 1971-1989</li> <li>Mercedes Benz SLK R170 Series 1996-2004</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mercedes-benz-sl-230-series-2001-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mercedes-benz-sl-230-series-2001-2011#comments Automotive Publications Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:26:39 +0000 Doug Cole 8322 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org M3A1 Scout Car: The US Cavalry’s Primary Reconnaissance Vehicle in World War II https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3a1-scout-car-us-cavalry-s-primary-reconnaissance-vehicle-world-war-ii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3a1-scout-car-us-cavalry-s-primary-reconnaissance-vehicle-world-war-ii" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/m3a1-scout-car-us-cavalry-s-primary-reconnaissance-vehicle-world-war-ii/low_ground_m3a1_scout_car_cover_front.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>David Doyle's latest book is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). This tome is the ninth release in the Legends of Warfare - Ground series.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3a1-scout-car-us-cavalry-s-primary-reconnaissance-vehicle-world-war-ii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3a1-scout-car-us-cavalry-s-primary-reconnaissance-vehicle-world-war-ii#comments Military Vehicles Publications Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:16:56 +0000 Doug Cole 8321 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Fundekals F4U & FG Corsairs part 2 Whistling Death https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/fundekals-f4u-fg-corsairs-part-2-whistling-death <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/fundekals-f4u-fg-corsairs-part-2-whistling-death" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/fundekals-f4u-fg-corsairs-part-2-whistling-death/cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Packaging" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Background</strong></p> <p>Originally conceived and developed as a carrier-based fighter for the United States Navy, the F4U Corsair was initially adopted by the US Marine Corps as a dependable and extremely lethal land-based fighter-bomber.&nbsp; The Corsair's unique and innovative configuration incorporated engine oil coolers in the inboard wing sections, with the resulting airflow through them making an unmistakable whistling sound, audible over the sound of the engine and firing of its guns.&nbsp;&nbsp; So predominant and unnerving was this sound to the Japanese forces on the receiving end of Corsair wrath that they dubbed the Corsair "Whistling Death."&nbsp; Designed and manufactured by Chance Vought under the designation F4U and license built by Goodyear as FG-1, Corsairs became the staple of Marine Corps fighter units in the Pacific Theatre from 1942 until the end of World War II in 1945.&nbsp; Rugged, fast, dependable, and robustly armed, Corsairs continued service as fighter-bombers into the jet age through the Korean War.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/fundekals-f4u-fg-corsairs-part-2-whistling-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/fundekals-f4u-fg-corsairs-part-2-whistling-death#comments Aircraft Decals Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:27:15 +0000 Doug Cole 8320 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org M3 Half Track https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3-half-track <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3-half-track" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/m3-half-track/box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was around 10-11 years old, I got into a small-scale armor kick.&nbsp; The local shop carried Airfix kits and I built a lot of their kits at the time.&nbsp; The first time I built the M3 Half Track it was an MPC release in their Battle of the Bulge Historama kit.</p> <p>Fast forward 45, cough, years later and Airfix is rereleasing many of their kits under their Vintage Classics range.&nbsp; The kit appears to be the exact same plastic first released in 1966 including the 1 Ton Trailer.&nbsp; The kit includes 54 parts molded in an OD plastic.&nbsp; There is a bit of flash but what would you expect from a set of molds almost older than me.&nbsp; The kit includes some nice detail, a driver and one of the nicest small scale .50 caliber machine guns.&nbsp; Decals are included for a M3A1 during Operation Overlord.&nbsp; More about them later.&nbsp; The color scheme is shown in full color in the instructions.&nbsp; Other than that change, the instructions look like they did when I first built it.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3-half-track" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m3-half-track#comments Military Vehicles Kits Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:17:34 +0000 Doug Cole 8319 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Meng Sd.Kfz. 179 Bergepanther Ausf A https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/meng-sdkfz-179-bergepanther-ausf <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/meng-sdkfz-179-bergepanther-ausf" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/meng-sdkfz-179-bergepanther-ausf/box_top.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Top" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the development of the Panther and the Tiger 1 the Germans came to the realization that they needed an armored recovery vehicle that could handle the weight of these larger vehicles. MAN was originally tasked converting Panther Ds for use in this capacity.&nbsp;&nbsp;The vehicles selected for conversion had the turret removed and replaced with a central 40-ton winch and a large rear spade to dig the vehicle in. A wooden work platform was built over the winch and a light crane (1500 kgs capacity) was installed on the rear deck.&nbsp;&nbsp;For armament, a 2cm KwK-30 cannon was mounted on the front along with the standard machine gun.&nbsp;&nbsp;This new kit from Meng is the first new modern kit of this interesting vehicle and the first release of this vehicle since the old Italeri kit from the mid-1990s.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/meng-sdkfz-179-bergepanther-ausf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/meng-sdkfz-179-bergepanther-ausf#comments Military Vehicles Kits Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:37:57 +0000 William O'Malley 8318 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Tempest Mk. V https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-0" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/tempest-mk-v/82121_z1.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Hawker Tempest Mk V was a follow-on fighter from the Typhoon. It proved to be a superb mid to low level fighter and ground attack aeroplane.</p> <p>This is Eduard's brand new mold of the Tempest and effectively puts their older (but still very acceptable) model, Cat 1169, out to pasture.</p> <p>This is the ProfiPACK which includes color photo etch, masks for the canopy, wheels, lights and walkways, as well as a nice in register decal sheet and a high quality paper instruction book. The ProfiPACK provides the modeler with just about everything needed to build a very nice model out of the box. For this build review, I also used Eduard's resin wheels, exhaust pipes, "Look" instrument panel, steel seat belts and gun bays.</p> <p>For whatever reason, several parts had separated from the sprue trees and some were separated or broken. I have other Eduard kits where everything was intact, so this damage may have occurred in transit somewhere with the extra mailing of the review kit. Everything was repairable.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-0#comments Aircraft Kits Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:29:49 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8317 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Kagero Top Drawing 57 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Vol 1 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kagero-top-drawing-57-messerschmitt-bf-110-vol-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kagero-top-drawing-57-messerschmitt-bf-110-vol-1" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/kagero-top-drawing-57-messerschmitt-bf-110-vol-1/bf_110_100_5865.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Front Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The book provides great detail drawings of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 which was a work horse for the German Luftwaffe.</p> <p>I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very versatile aircraft.</p> <p>Along with the many outline drawings (both 1/48 &amp; 1/72 scale) there are 10 very nice profile drawings. Also include in the book is a mask for the Eduard 1/72 BF 110 C/D/E kit.</p> <p>There is also a pull out 1/48 scale plan drawing.</p> <p>I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the BF 110 and a must for modellers.</p> <p>Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kagero-top-drawing-57-messerschmitt-bf-110-vol-1#comments Aircraft Publications Wed, 17 Apr 2019 01:58:33 +0000 Jim Pearsall 8316 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org M12 Gun Motor Carriage - Images of War https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m12-gun-motor-carriage-images-war <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m12-gun-motor-carriage-images-war" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/m12-gun-motor-carriage-images-war/ddbm12_front.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Front Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>From the author's website:</em></p> <p>Although only 100 examples were produced, the 155mm Gun Motor Carriage M12 served with distinction as an infantry - support weapon and in particular as a bunker - buster during the U.S. assault on the Siegfried Line in the winter of 1944 - 45.</p> <p>Spread through 144 pages, almost 200 photos, nearly evenly divided between photos of the sole surviving example and vintage development and combat photos, including numerous previously unpublished images, chronicle the history of this pioneering self - propelled gun and its companion M30 ammunition carrier.</p> <h3>What's Inside...</h3> <p>This volume in the series follows the typical format found in the Images of War collection and contains the same excellent level of quality in providing atypical images of this important ancestor of modern self - propelled artillery. The real meat of the book is in the photos and accompanying captions. There is just enough text to provide interest and a good overview of the evolution of the M12 without being overwhelming. The chapter breakdown is:</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m12-gun-motor-carriage-images-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m12-gun-motor-carriage-images-war#comments Military Vehicles Publications Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:25:46 +0000 David Wrinkle 8315 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Real Colors of WWII Aircraft, Limited Edition https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/real-colors-wwii-aircraft-limited-edition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/real-colors-wwii-aircraft-limited-edition" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/real-colors-wwii-aircraft-limited-edition/ak_interactive_colors_book_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Book Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This massive tome landed in my mailbox courtesy of the fine folks at AK Interactive who have also provided us with multiple samples of paint, brushes, weathering media and the like. This is the icing on the cake for any modeler of American, Russian, Luftwaffe, or British aircraft of the WWII period. The book is divided into 4 sections accordingly, with sub-sections for the various branches (e.g. USN, USAAF and/or time periods such as pre-war, early and late war and again, where appropriate, operational theatres such as Tropical and Mediterranean areas). </p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/real-colors-wwii-aircraft-limited-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/real-colors-wwii-aircraft-limited-edition#comments Aircraft Publications Mon, 15 Apr 2019 05:15:39 +0000 William O'Malley 8314 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Hawker Sea Fury FB.II https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-sea-fury-fbii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-sea-fury-fbii" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/airfix-hawker-sea-fury-fbii/a06105_hawker-sea-fury_3d-box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've had a couple of Trumpeter and the Hobbycraft versions of the Hawker Sea Fury in my growing stash waiting for a rainy-day project to come around. I really like the brutish appearance of this big five-bladed prop driven monster. I purchased several Barracuda Studios aftermarket goodies for the Trumpy kit to do a colorful Canadian Navy Artic Research version. So, when Airfix announced their version of this aircraft, and it came up for grabs from the kit review stash, I jumped at the chance to do a review build as a warm-up for and comparison to the others. John Noack had been given the Fundekal's Sea Fury Pt. 2 decal sheet at last year's Phoenix Nationals for review. He emailed an offer to use them as I was in the middle of the build. You can find my concurrent review of that sheet elsewhere on the IPMS Reviews website. The Sea Fury's colorful history is well known and extensively documented, so let's get on with my build and impressions of this 1/48 scale plastic version.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-sea-fury-fbii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-sea-fury-fbii#comments Aircraft Kits Mon, 15 Apr 2019 04:48:03 +0000 William O'Malley 8313 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Tempest Mk. V TFace Canopy Masks https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-tface-canopy-masks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-tface-canopy-masks" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/tempest-mk-v-tface-canopy-masks/tface_canopy_mask2.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Product" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the greatest things to ever hit the modeling community was the invention of the canopy mask! These unassuming sets have to be the Holy Grail of saving untold hours masking simple and complex canopies!</p> <p>Eduard has supplied canopy masks for many years, and recently they introduced a new line of TFace masks. These include the standard masks for the outside of the canopy and also a set for the inside. The beauty of these is that the canopy frames can be painted their respective color on the inside. This results in a more realistic look and no tedious masking to remove glossy frames.</p> <p>I used the TFace masks on Eduard's new Tempest Mk V. The inside of the canopy was masked off and painted black, while the outside received the camouflage colors. My canopy is quite small, but the inside painted areas can still be seen. The masks for the sliding canopy fit perfectly, but I thought the inside masks for the windscreen side glass were a little large.</p> <p>Where these TFace masks will really shine is when used on a model with larger windows that are easily seen. Examples would be side opening canopies, or models in 1/32 and</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-tface-canopy-masks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-tface-canopy-masks#comments Aircraft Details Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:56:58 +0000 Doug Cole 8312 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Tempest Mk. V - Instrument Panel and Harness https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-instrument-panel-and-harness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-instrument-panel-and-harness" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/tempest-mk-v-l-k-148-instrument-panel-and-harness/look_instrument_panel1_.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Product" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The "LooK" instrument panels sets are a welcome addition to the ever expanding offerings from Eduard. They provide the modeler with a ready to use panel. To compliment these, they are accompanied by a set of steel pre-painted seat belts. These two items will really set a cockpit apart and take it to the next level from the standard kit parts.</p> <p>When the IPMS offered Eduard's latest releases for review, I requested the Tempest Mk V along with this set. My intention was to use the LooK instrument panel and seat belts.</p> <p>The Tempest kit was the ProfiPACK that included a color photo etch (PE) instrument panel.</p> <p>Eduard's new PE instrument panels come complete with clear gloss over the instruments. No more having to carefully add tiny clear gloss drops to simulate glass instrument lenses. The LooK instrument panel likewise includes clear "glass" over the instruments.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-instrument-panel-and-harness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/tempest-mk-v-instrument-panel-and-harness#comments Aircraft Details Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:50:58 +0000 Doug Cole 8311 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Hawker Tempest Mk. V Gun Bays https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-tempest-mk-v-gun-bays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-tempest-mk-v-gun-bays" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/hawker-tempest-mk-v-gun-bays/gun_bay_box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Product" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The recently released Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk V really sets a high standard for all other 1/48 scale Tempest's. While building this kit, I included the Eduard gun bay which took it to an even higher standard! </p> <p>Gun bays are provided for both wings, but I decided to only use the right wing parts. Now I have a spare set for another build.</p> <p>The set includes resin and photo etch (PE) parts. They are very nicely packaged in zip-lock bags, within a cardboard box and protected by soft foam.</p> <p>All resin parts are attached to pour stubs or resin supportive framework. They were easily removed with careful use of a razor saw and gentle sanding. I managed to break a delicate cross member part beyond repair and replaced it with sheet plastic.</p> <p>I first removed the right wing gun bay covers using a razor saw. Extreme care is needed not to damage the lovely surrounding wing details so I used Dymo Tape to outline the bay edges. Any slips went over the tape and not the wing. Sanding any rough cut areas completed this stage, and ensured a perfect fit of the resin gun bay walls.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-tempest-mk-v-gun-bays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-tempest-mk-v-gun-bays#comments Aircraft Details Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:37:28 +0000 Doug Cole 8310 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org