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1/35 PANDA M1 IP Abrams MBT

Published: February 25th, 2021     
1/35 PANDA M1 IP Abrams MBT
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/35
Company: Panda Hobby

M1 IP Abrams MBT

The M1 IP (Improved Performance) Abrams was produced briefly in 1984 and was a transitional tank to the M1A1. Some of the upgrades included a new "long" turret with thicker frontal armor--upgraded from 650mm to line-of-sight thickness of 880mm. 894 M1 IP tanks were manufactured for the US.

First Impression

This PANDA kit was released in 2018 and is a re-issue with new parts from the original kit which came out in 2017.  The box contains one clear sprue, PE, one waterslide decal sheet, brass wire, upper & lower hull pieces, and seven sprues (four of them dedicated to the tracks). The parts are molded in dark yellow plastic. The detail is fair. This kit has a large amount of injector pins and injector pin remnants attached to parts. Some parts had a moderate amount of flash which required cleanup.

RGD-33 Soviet Grenade

Published: February 25th, 2021     
RGD-33 Soviet Grenade
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hauler Brengun

Background

Hauler/Brengun was founded in 1999 and produces scale plastic kits, resin kits and accessories, photo-etched details for kits and other accessories.

Essex Class Aircraft Carriers 1943-1991

Published: February 25th, 2021     
Essex Class Aircraft Carriers 1943-1991
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

As a former carrier sailor, books on the history of these ships fascinate me, and both modelers and fans of the Essex-class carriers will enjoy this new release in the "Images of War" series from Pen and Sword in their Maritime line.  There are some great photographs of the ships and their aircraft, along with some of astronaut recoveries.  A total of 24 ships of the Essex-class were built and served well from World War II through Korea and Vietnam, with the last ship serving as a training carrier until 1991.

Peanuts Snoopy and Woodstock Bird Bath Ice Hockey Game

Published: February 25th, 2021     
Peanuts Snoopy and Woodstock Bird Bath Ice Hockey Game
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

It's a model, it's a game it's two, two, two things in one! Atlantis Models has done all the heavy lifting getting the molds and license for this kit. Once built, you can play ice hockey. Inside the box, you will get multicolored sprues (yellow, black and white and one spring) all ready to assemble and play. This kit is well molded and has no flash. It is snap tite in that it all pushes together. There are stickers included for the hockey sticks, Snoopy's spot and the markings on the "ice'.

Assembly, start to finish, will take about 30 minutes. A good sprue cutter or razor saw will help remove the parts as the sprue gates are substantial. The pieces are heavy too, in order to tolerate the beating the game will take being played with constantly. I did deviate from the instructions in that I glued Snoopy and Woodstock together and clamped them well. A quick sanding and I repainted both. I hand painted the eyes, mouth and noses and gave them several good coats of clear.

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