Recent Reviews https://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews_date en BAC Lightning Vacu Canopy https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/bac-lightning-vacu-canopy <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/bac-lightning-vacu-canopy" 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/brengun-bac-lightning-vacu-canopy-revell-kit/brengun_lightning_canopy_package.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Package" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a replacement canopy for Revell's 1/144 EE Lightning jet fighter.</p> <p>Everyone has that moment when they realize that the canopy for their model is missing, damaged, or unusable for some reason. As far as unusable, I've had canopies for some kits which were so thick and murky that there wasn't any reason to put detail in the cockpit.</p> <p>This one was just an exercise in doing a vacuform canopy. The Revell canopy for their EE Lightning F.6 was usable, but this item had been sitting on the list for a while, and I thought we owed Brengun a review.</p> <p>I built the Revell Lightning pretty much out of the box, except for the markings which I borrowed from aftermarket sheets, modified from the kit decals, and made my own serials and aircraft numbers.</p> <p>Once I got the decals on, I thought I'd better put the canopy on. I cut the canopy from the sheet using a pair of fine decal scissors. I had to wear a magnifier to see the edge lines, but I was able to cut the sides very close to fitting. The front and rear were a little more problematical, but I only had to cut the front edge down a little to get it to fit in the opening.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/bac-lightning-vacu-canopy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/bac-lightning-vacu-canopy#comments Aircraft Details Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:40:50 +0000 William O'Malley 7971 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Operation Linebacker II 1972 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/operation-linebacker-ii-1972 <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/operation-linebacker-ii-1972" 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/operation-linebacker-ii-1972/9781472827593_6.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Book Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In his organization of this book, Mr. Michel provides a logical approach to this 'air campaign.' The Table of Contents provides for the basic outline:</p> <ul> <li>Introduction</li> <li>Chronology</li> <li>Attackers' Capabilities</li> <li>Defenders' Capabilities</li> <li>Campaign Objectives</li> <li>The Campaign</li> <li>Aftermath and Analysis</li> <li>Select Bibliography</li> <li>Index</li> </ul> <p>During his introduction, I was surprised to read the author's comments about an earlier book I had read and prior to this point considered to be the basic groundwork for this air war over Vietnam; Linebacker II: A View From the Rock. He calls this early recounting of the Linebacker II operations "an inaccurate and self-aggrandizing memoir."</p> <p>In this book, the author clearly lays out the 11 nights of the Linebacker II, and often ill-conceived organization, planning, and operations of these strategic and tactical missions. He does so in a very convincing manner.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/operation-linebacker-ii-1972" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/operation-linebacker-ii-1972#comments Miscellaneous Publications Mon, 22 Oct 2018 03:39:59 +0000 William O'Malley 7970 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org IJN 14cm Barrels Without or With Blast Bags Sets https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ijn-14cm-barrels-without-or-blast-bags-sets <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/ijn-14cm-barrels-without-or-blast-bags-sets" 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/ijn-14cm-barrels-without-or-blast-bags-sets/figure1_bucci_master_models_ijn_40cm-50_barrels_sm-700-058_-059_sets.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Packaging" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>What You Get</h3> <p>A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.</p> <p>These barrels are intended for Ise and Nagato battleship classes (secondary armament), Hosho aircraft carrier, Tenryu, Kuma, Nagara, Sendai, Yubari, and Katori light cruiser classes, and tenders Nisshin, Itsukushima, Okinoshima, and Jingei (Figure 3). Other auxiliaries and armed merchant cruisers carried this weapon as well. Be sure to check your references since Hosho, light cruisers and auxiliaries were refitted, sometimes removing or altering the number of 14cm gun mounts. And of course, check references to see if blast bags were fitted on your build. Another way to determine whether or not blast bags were fitted is to check the original kit barrels/mounts.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ijn-14cm-barrels-without-or-blast-bags-sets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ijn-14cm-barrels-without-or-blast-bags-sets#comments Ships Details Sun, 21 Oct 2018 20:06:32 +0000 Doug Cole 7969 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Shinmeiwa SS-2 'Rescue Seaplane' https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/shinmeiwa-ss-2-rescue-seaplane <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/shinmeiwa-ss-2-rescue-seaplane" 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/hasegawa-172-shinmeiwa-ss-2-rescue-seaplane/ss-2_kit_box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Kit Box" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Shinmeiwa SS-2 Rescue Seaplane is a development of the Shinmeiwa PS-1 anti-submarine aircraft. The aircraft was used in a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) role, acting as an "Emergency Ambulance" for residents of Japan's isolated islands.</p> <p>Hasegawa's kit of the SS-2 is an older kit that has been updated to represent the SAR version of this aircraft. Overall, the fit of the kit is fair, and there are some problem areas with parts fitting together. The detail on the flight deck is sparse for a kit of this size with a lot of windows to look in. It is a tail sitter, and you will need to add weight into the nose.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/shinmeiwa-ss-2-rescue-seaplane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/shinmeiwa-ss-2-rescue-seaplane#comments Aircraft Kits Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:05:47 +0000 Jim Pearsall 7968 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Hurricane Canopy https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hurricane-canopy <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/hurricane-canopy" 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/1144th-scale-hurricane-canopy/brl144135-1.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a replacement canopy for Sweet's 1/144 Hurricanes. The Sweet kit is a really great Hurricane, very nice to build, with great fit. The kit canopy is molded as a solid piece, very thick. Well, for a 1/144 kit it's very thick. There's no hollow part inside the canopy, it's just a chunk of nicely molded clear plastic. But that's not why I really, really appreciated this review item. When I got the canopies in the mail, I got out a kit I bought at a local swap meet. The kit comes with two complete aircraft. Except this box only had ONE CANOPY!! That's when I really knew I owed Phil Peterson and John Noack a big thank you for this one.</p> <p>OK, back to the review. The kit was partially built in the box, so it was only a few items to cement together. The Sweet kit is nicely molded, easy to build, and the fit is spectacularly good. Once I had it mostly assembled and the decals installed, I put on the landing gear, the prop and the antenna. I was not ready to install the canopy.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hurricane-canopy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hurricane-canopy#comments Aircraft Details Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:17:16 +0000 Dave Morrissette 7967 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/solomons-1943-44-struggle-new-georgia-and-bougainville <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/solomons-1943-44-struggle-new-georgia-and-bougainville" 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/solomons-1943-44-struggle-new-georgia-and-bougainville/solomons_campaign.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Osprey Publishing continues to add titles to its long running Campaigns series, this time tackling the struggle to liberate the remaining islands in the Solomon's Island chain in the months after the successful conclusion of the Guadalcanal campaign. Using their tried and true format, the volume looks at the opposing commanders, forces, and plans before diving into the narrative on the campaign. Using contemporary photographs, superb maps, and full color illustrations, this volume does an excellent job in summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. Since these volumes are meant as an overview, they do not go into great detail into the campaigns, but provide enough information to give the reader a grounding in the campaign.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/solomons-1943-44-struggle-new-georgia-and-bougainville" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/solomons-1943-44-struggle-new-georgia-and-bougainville#comments Miscellaneous Publications Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:03:34 +0000 Dave Morrissette 7966 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org A-1J Skyraider Tailwheel https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1j-skyraider-tailwheel <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/1j-skyraider-tailwheel" 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/1j-skyraider-tailwheel/image.file_.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance.</p> <p>Quickboost's A-1J Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1 kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut.</p> <p>I cut the bottom portion of the tailwheel strut where indicated in this kit's instructions, and then glued the replacement strut piece into place using cyanoacrylate glue. Once the glue was dry, I painted the strut, installed the wheel onto the strut, and installed the strut onto the model.</p> <p>I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1j-skyraider-tailwheel#comments Aircraft Details Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:49:17 +0000 Dave Morrissette 7965 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org A-1H Skyraider Tailwheel https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1h-skyraider-tailwheel <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/1h-skyraider-tailwheel" 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/1h-skyraider-tailwheel/image.file_.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance.</p> <p>Quickboost's A-1H Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1H kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut, and you have a choice of two wheel designs, one being spoked and the other is a solid wheel design.</p> <p>I cut the bottom portion of the tailwheel strut where indicated in this kit's instructions, and then glued the replacement strut piece into place using cyanoacrylate glue. Once the glue was dry, I painted the strut, installed the wheel onto the strut, and installed the strut onto the model.</p> <p>I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1h-skyraider-tailwheel#comments Aircraft Details Sat, 20 Oct 2018 13:38:45 +0000 Dave Morrissette 7964 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org A-1H Skyraider 'USS TICONDEROGA' with 2 kits https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1h-skyraider-uss-ticonderoga-2-kits <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/1h-skyraider-uss-ticonderoga-2-kits" 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/hasegawa-1h-skyraider-uss-ticonderoga-2-kits/a-1h_kit_box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Kit Box" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance. Both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force flew the A-1H in the Vietnam War. The kit represents two aircraft flown off of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier during that war.</p> <p>Hasegawa's A-1H kit has petite, engraved panel lines. The fit of most parts is excellent, except for the bottom aft wing-to-fuselage joint. That joint requires careful fitting, along with some putty to smooth it out. Most of the other seams required little more than sanding.</p> <p>The cockpit is sparse in detail, consisting of a seat, an instrument panel, and a control column. Instruments and consoles are represented by decals. With the engine, you have the choice of having the cooling flaps open or closed.</p> <p>Pay particular attention to the aircraft as you build them-there are subtle differences between the two aircraft. There is also an extra antenna that requires removal from both aircraft. Otherwise, they are identical.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1h-skyraider-uss-ticonderoga-2-kits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1h-skyraider-uss-ticonderoga-2-kits#comments Aircraft Kits Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:58:02 +0000 Jim Pearsall 7963 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org CASA C-41A – "US Transport Plane" https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/casa-c-41a-us-transport-plane <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/casa-c-41a-us-transport-plane" 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/casa-c-41a-us-transport-plane/c-41_-_boxart.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The CASA-212 Aviocar is a versatile transport aircraft that was manufactured in Spain since the '60's, and Indonesia until 2012. The C-41A is a military version used by the US, Mexico and many other countries within Central and South America. It exhibits excellent short field takeoff and landing (STOL) abilities, and is able to operate from unprepared airstrips.</p> <p>This model is a re-release of various other versions of the aircraft. It comes in a very sturdy top opening box with a nice painting of the US military C-41A. All sprue trees were contained in one bag, with the clear parts and decal sheet in their own bags. The clear plastic bags are closed with sticky strips, so be careful when removing the decal sheet, and that you don't allow the sticky strip to attach itself to the decals. I did, somehow, and had a heart stopping minute separating them! The instruction manual is printed on good quality glossy paper, and each step is clear, accurate and in color where needed.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/casa-c-41a-us-transport-plane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/casa-c-41a-us-transport-plane#comments Aircraft Kits Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:08:46 +0000 Jim Pearsall 7962 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Armored: Olive Drab: 1939-1956 Paint Set https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/armored-olive-drab-1939-1956-paint-set <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/armored-olive-drab-1939-1956-paint-set" 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/tru-color-paint-set-armored-olive-drab-1939-1956/img_20180922_141912336.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Paint Set" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.</p> <p>The specific set I tested was specifically for armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:</p> <ul> <li>TCP-1400: Olive Drab #1, 1944-1945; All Theaters</li> <li>TCP-1401: Olive Drab #2, 1939-1941; All Theaters</li> <li>TCP-1402: Olive Drab #3, 1942-1944; All Theaters</li> <li>TCP-1423: Olive Drab #4, 1950-1956; US Army Only</li> <li>TCP-403: Matte Mud, #1</li> <li>TCP-408: Matte Aged Rust</li> </ul> <p>The set also included a sample of their masking /&nbsp;frisket paper.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/armored-olive-drab-1939-1956-paint-set" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/armored-olive-drab-1939-1956-paint-set#comments Miscellaneous Modeling Products Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:54:14 +0000 William O'Malley 7961 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bubbletop" https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop <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/republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop" 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/republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop/51o44m7zydl.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won't say the ride was completely smooth...but it was a fun ride regardless.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/republic-p-47d-thunderbolt-bubbletop#comments Aircraft Kits Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:29:34 +0000 William O'Malley 7960 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet" https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/british-ironclads-1860-1875-hms-warrior-and-royal-navys-black-battlefleet <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/british-ironclads-1860-1875-hms-warrior-and-royal-navys-black-battlefleet" 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/british-ironclads-1860-1875-hms-warrior-and-royal-navy-s-black-battlefleet/british_ironclads_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/british-ironclads-1860-1875-hms-warrior-and-royal-navys-black-battlefleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/british-ironclads-1860-1875-hms-warrior-and-royal-navys-black-battlefleet#comments Ships Publications Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:44:17 +0000 Doug Cole 7959 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Northrop Delta Mk. II/III https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/northrop-delta-mk-iiiii <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/northrop-delta-mk-iiiii" 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/northrop-delta-mk-iiiii/img_1760.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>The Kit</h3> <p>The kit consists of five light grey styrene sprues and one clear unit. Many parts, especially on Sprue D, are listed as not to be used. Some bombs and racks are also provided on Sprue G, but there is no reference in the instructions as to which variants carried them. More good fodder for the spares box.</p> <p>The parts are well molded with very little flash, although the window openings required a little bit of trimming. Concerning the window arrangement, there is apparently another version of this kit with a straight row of rectangular windows, but this one had four square and four round windows, plus some oddly shaped windows by the cockpit, and, of course, the pilot's windshield. There is adequate interior detail, including a complete cockpit, some rear cargo compartment detail, including radios, a seat, and several cameras. There is even a machine gun mounted in a ventral position. I can't imagine why this was installed, but I included it in my model</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/northrop-delta-mk-iiiii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/northrop-delta-mk-iiiii#comments Aircraft Kits Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:21:03 +0000 Doug Cole 7958 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/international-autumn-2018-volume-493 <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/international-autumn-2018-volume-493" 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/international-autumn-2018-volume-493/cci_autumn_2018_49-3_cover_front.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Front Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The latest journal of Cross &amp; Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940. This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels. The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.</p> <p>Cross &amp; Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/international-autumn-2018-volume-493" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/international-autumn-2018-volume-493#comments Aircraft Publications Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:57:47 +0000 Doug Cole 7957 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org