Recent Reviews https://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews_date en Nakajima Ki-34 "Thora" https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nakajima-ki-34-thora <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/nakajima-ki-34-thora" 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/nakajima-ki-34-thora/1_ki-34_box_artimg_3451_1600x1200.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Top" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>History</h3> <p>After Nakajima obtained a production license to manufacture Douglas DC-2 airliners in 1935, the Japanese airlines decided to sponsor the development of a smaller airplane to serve routes that they perceived the DC-2 to be too large for. The result was the development of the AT-1, an eight passenger twin engine aircraft which closely resembled a scaled-down DC-2. The prototype first flew in 1936, and was of all metal construction except for the control surfaces, which were plywood. Power was originally provided by Nakajima Kotobuki 2-1 radial engines of 580 hp. with fixed pitch wooden propellers. Production models used the Kotobuki 41, rated at 710 hp, with variable pitch metal props. These were designation AT-2. </p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nakajima-ki-34-thora" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nakajima-ki-34-thora#comments Aircraft Kits Sun, 23 Jun 2019 23:16:31 +0000 Jim Pearsall 8415 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org WWII British Reflector Gunsight https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/wwii-british-reflector-gunsight <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/wwii-british-reflector-gunsight" 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/wwii-british-reflector-gunsight/dsc_0003.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Many of these aftermarket items are resin, P.E., or a combination of the two mediums.</p> <p>Marketed under the "Brengun" label, this review looks at the Brengun BR48110 WWII British Reflector Gunsight item. There are three gunsight variants included, the RP1, RP2, and RP3 variants.</p> <p>The RP1 gunsight is a little more complex in shape and configuration than the other two, having more detail on the sides of the gunsight. The support arms for the clear lens are single-arm brackets, tilting toward the pilot upon which the clear lens is attached. Note that the lenses, which are included in the Hauler package are printed on a small transparent piece of material with the lenses outlined with a black border. There are two lenses supplied for each gunsight, providing an "heir and a spare". The "C" film is to be attached to the RP1 gunsight. The "C" lens is rectangular in shape with rounded corners and is slightly wider than the "B" lens, which fits on the RP3 gunsight.</p> <p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/wwii-british-reflector-gunsight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/wwii-british-reflector-gunsight#comments Aircraft Details Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:41:42 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8414 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Lancaster Mk.1B - Part 2 of 3 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lancaster-mk1b-part-2-3 <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/lancaster-mk1b-part-2-3" 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/hkm-lancaster-mk1b-part-2-3/boxat_with_watermarkst.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome back! Last time we had just completed the interior and internal framework, front end and cockpit of the big 1/32nd Scale HKM Lancaster Mk.IB. This second installment will bring the engines, wings, fuselage, bomb bay and wheel-wells together, leaving the final assembly and finish for the last segment of this three-part review.</p> <p>Work is going along smoothly, with just a few exceptions here and there. While I had a few problems here and there, the overall build is simple and straightforward, and the fit is excellent. Let's get back to work!</p> <h3>Things to Consider Before You Start.</h3> <p>This is a big model. Accordingly, I had to build some jigs to hold components while they were being assembled and finished. Working with 1/2" Gator Board and HoldTheFoam adhesive, I constructed three jigs that held each wing and the fuselage in such a way as to allow the assemblies to be flipped upside down so I could work on both sides (top and bottom). The three jigs were also designed to fit together into the original box, for transport to and from shows.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lancaster-mk1b-part-2-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lancaster-mk1b-part-2-3#comments Aircraft Kits Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:26:57 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8413 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org HMS M1 Submarine https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hms-m1-submarine <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/hms-m1-submarine" 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/hms-m1-submarine/okb_grigorov_m1_box_art.png" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>HMS Submarine M.1 was an innovative but ill-fated attempt to overcome the poor performance and high per-shot cost of contemporary torpedoes. The unique solution was to add a 12-inch Mark IX gun, initially intended for battleship use. The gun was to be fired at a flat trajectory on the surface, or even at periscope depth (!) through use of a simple bead gunsight. 3 of the 4 M-class vessels that were ordered were actually completed, but operational results were poor at best. To reload, the sub had to surface, and it has been reported that the Royal Navy was reluctant to risk the possibility of German replication of this concept. M1, the first in the class, did not see wartime service, and sadly was lost in a collision with a Swedish transport vessel in 1925, and was discovered again in 1999, reported in a BBC television documentary airing the next year.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hms-m1-submarine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hms-m1-submarine#comments Ships Kits Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:39:07 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8412 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org South African Air Force Fighter Colors Vol.1 East Africa Campaign 1940-1942 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/south-african-air-force-fighter-colors-vol1-east-africa-campaign-1940-1942 <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/south-african-air-force-fighter-colors-vol1-east-africa-campaign-1940-1942" 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/south-african-air-force-fighter-colors-vol1-east-africa-campaign-1940-1942/front_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is volume one in a three volume set to cover the SAAF in WWII. This volume covers the East African Campaign with the following two volumes to cover North Africa and Malta as well as Sicily, Italy and the Balkans! The SAAF was sent to protect the Sudan and Kenya early on in the war from the Italians and their 200,000 troops and some 400 aircraft. The SAAF 1, 2 and 3 squadrons were equipped with mostly obsolete bi-plane aircraft such as the Gauntlet, Gladiator and Fury with which to counter any Italian attack. These were augmented by a few fabric winged and wooden propeller equipped Hurricane Mk Is. Later on these units joined by 4 Squadron that brought its Curtiss Mohawk fighters and Gladiators.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/south-african-air-force-fighter-colors-vol1-east-africa-campaign-1940-1942" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/south-african-air-force-fighter-colors-vol1-east-africa-campaign-1940-1942#comments Aircraft Publications Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:24:19 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8411 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH) https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-5e-tiger-ii-landing-gear-kh <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/f-5e-tiger-ii-landing-gear-kh" 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/f-5e-tiger-ii-landing-gear-kh/tigergear_1.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Scale Aircraft Conversions has been providing replacement gear for a wide range of aircraft models for some time now, and the quality of their products is, by now, unquestioned. This new product for the Kitty Hawk Range of F-5E Tiger II models in 1/32<sup>nd</sup> scale is no exception.</p> <p>Comprised of ten pieces in cleanly-molded white metal, this kit is designed to directly replace most of the major components of all three landing gear, including hydraulic rams and oleo scissors. Examining the pieces next to the kit-provided gear, they appear to be exacting replicas of the originals, although some of the finicky assembly work of the plastic items has already been done for you, as well as the filling in of a few rather awkward pin marks.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-5e-tiger-ii-landing-gear-kh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-5e-tiger-ii-landing-gear-kh#comments Aircraft Details Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:12:52 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8410 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Yokosuka MXY7 OHKA Model 22 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/yokosuka-mxy7-ohka-model-22-0 <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/yokosuka-mxy7-ohka-model-22-0" 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/yokosuka-mxy7-ohka-model-22/box_art.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Brengun has released a few different kits of the Ohka and in several scales. This is the latest which is the Model 22 and in 1/72 scale. This was a purpose built rocket powered Kamikaze attack aircraft. It was used against allied ships towards the end of world war two. </p> <p>In the box is:</p> <ul> <li>1 light grey sprues</li> <li>1 clear sprue</li> <li>1 decal sheet</li> <li>11 x resin parts</li> <li>1 instruction booklet</li> </ul> <p>The sprue is well molded with very little flash and great detail. The resin parts are to allow you to make the three aircraft wooden stands used to support the aircraft ready for fitting to the carrier aircraft.</p> <h3>Construction</h3> <p>First is the construction of the cockpit the one half of the fuselage which is well detailed for the scale. I did add some more detail to the instrument panel as it needs some to give it more realism.</p> <p>The next stage is the addition of weight in the nose, which I do feel was not required when mounting on the provided wooden stands. The fuselage joins need a little filing and you need to be careful lining it up correctly.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/yokosuka-mxy7-ohka-model-22-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/yokosuka-mxy7-ohka-model-22-0#comments Aircraft Kits Mon, 17 Jun 2019 01:37:03 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8409 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org F-16C/D Wheels https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-16cd-wheels <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/f-16cd-wheels" 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/f-16cd-wheels/brl48109-1.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Product Packaging" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Brungen produces a wide range of unique resin and photo-etch accessories in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 as well as 1/144. This wheelset is cast with zero flash and prominent pour blocks up half the wheels. The finish is slightly textured but realistic and raised lettering is visible however the wording cannot be read. In this scale, reading the tire should not be an issue to most modelers. </p> <p>These wheels are for the heavyweight gear found on Block 40/42 and 50/52. Earlier Block 25 and 30/32 which have the lightweight landing gear use a narrower gear with different vents on the rim. The tires have the correct number of grooves (tread) in the tires and the depth is realistic as compared to reference photos. Each tire has a notable and nice expanded section for weight on wheels. Each wheel is a single part, unlike other resin sets that are multiple pieces which keeps it simple. Depending on your kit, the hub may need to be opened up or drilling the hub deeper to attach to your landing gear. Brake calipers and tie sown ring is clearly visible the left and right wheel is easily noticeable with the tie down "clocked" correctly relative to the ground.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-16cd-wheels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-16cd-wheels#comments Aircraft Details Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:47:39 +0000 David Wrinkle 8408 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Images of War, M1 Abrams, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/images-war-m1-abrams-rare-photographs-wartime-archives <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/images-war-m1-abrams-rare-photographs-wartime-archives" 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/images-war-m1-abrams-rare-photographs-wartime-archives/ddm1_c.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Book Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are a fan of the M1 Abrams, which has now been in service for over 30 years, David Doyle satisfies your visual needs with this book showing images of the XM-1, M1E1, M1A1, M1A2 SEP as well as some variants in between. For Abrams fans and modelers alike, the photographs provide a wealth of detail for the tank from the prototype through the M1A2 variant. The author provides many of the photos, but there are also plenty taken by the military that shows these tanks in action. Overall, this is a great visual history of the tank beginning with photographs of the XM1 in 1976 and concluding with the M1A1 and M1A2 in 2017. </p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/images-war-m1-abrams-rare-photographs-wartime-archives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/images-war-m1-abrams-rare-photographs-wartime-archives#comments Military Vehicles Publications Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:29:18 +0000 David Wrinkle 8407 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-15-mig-15bis-gun-barrel-set-antenna-base-pitot-tube <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/mig-15-mig-15bis-gun-barrel-set-antenna-base-pitot-tube" 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/mig-15-mig-15bis-gun-barrel-set-antenna-base-pitot-tube/mig-15_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Packaging" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In southeastern Poland runs the beautiful, but powerful San River. The San winds its way through the steep mountain gorges on its way to the Vistula River. Before it gets there, the river widens and is used by a number of hamlets along its banks to power various watermills and all manner of machinery. Some of that machinery is diminutive lathes and the other assorted machines common to a tool and die maker. It is within this environment that we find ourselves in the company of a number of gnomes working diligently on various tasks. It is this skilled work force that Master Model of Poland utilizes to manufacture their ever-expanding line of small scale, after-market brass replacement parts.</p> <p>One of Master Model's newer items is a set of gun barrels (three), antenna base, and pitot tube for a 1/144th scale MiG-15. While these items will work nicely for any small scale kit, the one kit that I immediately thought of is the lovely series of MiG-15 offerings from Eduard, for which this particular set of brass replacement parts seems to have been designed.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-15-mig-15bis-gun-barrel-set-antenna-base-pitot-tube" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-15-mig-15bis-gun-barrel-set-antenna-base-pitot-tube#comments Aircraft Details Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:44:21 +0000 Doug Cole 8406 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lois-co-monowheel-mki <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/lois-co-monowheel-mki" 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/lois-co-monowheel-mki/box_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>Monowheel Background (from the instructions)</h3> <p>Lois &amp; Co. was a British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting bicycles, motorcycles, iron castings, machine tools, and hard chrome process. It was founded by Spencer Lois, who had a passion for new innovative ideas, in the city of Birmingham.</p> <p>Motor bicycles were added to bicycle products in 1910. The Lois &amp; Co. Monowheel Mk.I was exhibited at the 1913 Olympia Show, London for the 1914 season. In November 1916 Lois &amp; Co. launched their first military monowheel after a big contract with the British Ministry of Armaments.</p> <p>The British Army version was armed with a Lewis machine gun mounted on a side swing arm. The ability of the monowheel to overcome trenches along with its high-speed performance and great firepower made it very popular with troops. Hundreds of monowheels were given to the French army (who mounted the FM Chauchat), ANZAC and Greek army as military aid. Several monowheels were captured by the Imperial German Army and Ottoman Army who rearmed it with the MG 08/15.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lois-co-monowheel-mki" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/lois-co-monowheel-mki#comments Military Vehicles Kits Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:28:00 +0000 Doug Cole 8405 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org MiG-21 SM/ M/MF /BIS Fishbed J/L/N Pitot Tube https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-21-sm-mmf-bis-fishbed-jln-pitot-tube <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/mig-21-sm-mmf-bis-fishbed-jln-pitot-tube" 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/mig-21-sm-mmf-bis-fishbed-jln-pitot-tube/mig-21_cover_art_001.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Package" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Master Model of Poland is becoming as prolific as Eduard when it comes to supplying modelers with after-market brass bits to enhance their latest projects. One of the latest offerings from Master Model is a brass replacement pitot tube for any 1/144thscale MiG-21. While this part will do nicely with any kit, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer example of a small scale (1/144) MiG-21 than those produced by Eduard.</p> <p>This brass pitot tube is a straightforward replacement for the kit-supplied part. All you need do is snip off the forward section of the kit part, drill a hole in the mounting bracket to accept the new part, and attach the pitot tube (All of this, courtesy some well-drawn instructions). Exercise some caution because I managed to bend the thing just getting it out if the packaging. But don't fret too much as the brass pitot tube will need to be bent slightly (see instructions) to conform to the curve of the fuselage.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-21-sm-mmf-bis-fishbed-jln-pitot-tube" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/mig-21-sm-mmf-bis-fishbed-jln-pitot-tube#comments Aircraft Details Tue, 11 Jun 2019 02:09:11 +0000 William O'Malley 8404 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - A Formidable Pair https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-typhoon-and-tempest-formidable-pair <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-typhoon-and-tempest-formidable-pair" 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-typhoon-and-tempest-formidable-pair/cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Book Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants, and full history of a classic British World War II aircraft, the Typhoon and the Tempest. </p> <p>I found this book so informative and was full of facts and details I was never aware of. The articles on the variants that were explored during the development were especially interesting.</p> <p>The book is full of amazing photos of the aircraft in development, manufacturing, in action etc. These would be great as reference for any modeler. Another nice touch is the inclusion of the Pilots Notes and aircraft production lists.</p> <p>I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensable in my library.</p> <p>I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in military aircraft.</p> <p>Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hawker-typhoon-and-tempest-formidable-pair#comments Aircraft Publications Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:34:05 +0000 William O'Malley 8403 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org English Electric Lightning F1/F1A/F2/F3 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/english-electric-lightning-f1f1af2f3 <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/english-electric-lightning-f1f1af2f3" 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-english-electric-lightning-f1f1af2f3/airfix_1_48_lightning_f1_f1a_box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks first off to Hornby/Airfix for sending IPMS/USA this kit, and keeping the brand alive! If you have not built one of the new Airfix kits, you need to get over to the store and buy one, or several. HELP KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS, as Airfix has many economical and fantastic kits. Kudos to John and Phil to providing it to me to review.</p> <p>Airfix's re-release of their venerable 1/48 English Electric Lightning kit is a welcome return of an old friend, not one of their newest molds. When originally released in 1997, the kit was considered ground-breaking with "state-of-the-art" molding technology. The parts fit was lauded as best available, with detail impeccable for the time. This kit and the Spitfire Mk 22/24 and Seafire FR46 were the "new Airfix" in the late 1990's for a short time, but this kit was one of the best at the time.</p> <p>The Lightning F-1/1A was first out the door, with its small fuel tank on the belly. This kit was rapidly followed by the F-6 with a totally new fuselage with large underbelly tank and over-wing tanks as optional parts, including gun panels for the lower fuselage tank area for the few fitted with that setup.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/english-electric-lightning-f1f1af2f3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/english-electric-lightning-f1f1af2f3#comments Aircraft Kits Mon, 10 Jun 2019 04:45:11 +0000 William O'Malley 8402 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Aero Commander 560 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/aero-commander-560 <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/aero-commander-560" 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/aero-commander-560/cmd7206_2.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art " width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Aero Commander line of medium twin-engine aircraft began with the Model 520 first flown in 1948. Designer Ted Smith used design cues from his work on the A-26 Invader in formulating the Aero Commanders layout. Known for stable handling characteristics and seating capacity, the Aero Commander proved its utility in service. The 560 series introduced more powerful engines and a swept vertical tail. In its later variants, the Commander would gain PT-6 turboprop power. Notable firsts for the type include the U S Air Force purchasing some designated L-26 or U-4 to carry President Eisenhower, the first medium twin authorized to carry the POTUS. Perhaps the most famous Aero Commanders were flown by the legendary Bob Hoover. His routine included full aerobatic maneuvers with two engines, one engine, and no engines! </p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/aero-commander-560" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/aero-commander-560#comments Aircraft Kits Sun, 09 Jun 2019 22:28:49 +0000 David Wrinkle 8401 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org