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Introduction: The primary organization of the IPMS/USA Review website is by IPMS/USA National Contest Class. Within each Class there are sub-menus by kits, decals, books, etc. The Miscellaneous Class is for items that are not class specific or that cross two or more classes.

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Hurricane Canopy

Published: October 20th, 2018     
Hurricane Canopy
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Brengun

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.

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.

The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville

Published: October 20th, 2018     
The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville
Author: Mark Stille. Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

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.

A-1J Skyraider Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2018     
A-1J Skyraider Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

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.

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.

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.

I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.

A-1H Skyraider Tailwheel

Published: October 20th, 2018     
A-1H Skyraider Tailwheel
Reviewed by: Damon Blair, IPMS# 49062
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

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.

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.

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.

I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.

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