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Bobcat IL-28T

Published: February 17th, 2020     
Bobcat IL-28T
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bobcat Hobby

The long awaited IL-28T torpedo bomber is the first release of what will probably be a series of IL-28 versions from Bobcat Hobby Model Kits (formerly Xuntong Model). The parts are molded in a grey, slightly soft/slightly brittle plastic (more on the drawbacks of this later). Each of the half dozen sprue trees is individually wrapped in a resealable plastic bag. The kit has been well designed, and most of the parts themselves are highly detailed, even if the exterior surface scribing is a bit heavy. The pilot's cockpit and bombardier's compartments in particular are very well fitted out, and the landing gear and wheel wells are nicely detailed, as are the two different torpedo types (for a total of four weapons). The ailerons, flaps and rudder are positionable. Extra parts are included to have both the landing gear doors and pilot's canopy either opened or closed. Two nose glazings are included, although the difference between them is easy to miss. There are even parts to modify the bomb bay doors to accept an in-flight display stand (not included in the kit).

250 lb. AN-M57A1 Bomb

Published: February 17th, 2020     
250 lb. AN-M57A1 Bomb
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is known as a supplier of high-quality detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. Once assembled and painted the bomb provides a very nice addition to an aircraft model.

A-4F Skyhawk with Photoetch Enhancements and SAC Metal Landing Gear

Published: February 13th, 2020     
A-4F  Skyhawk with Photoetch Enhancements and SAC Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144

Eduard has added to it's line of Super 44 aircraft model kits with a 'new boxing' of an 1/144th scale A-4 F Skyhawk. This re-release of the Platz kit from 2009 comes in a bag with the addition of photo-etch, a decal sheet with markings for four aircraft, and wheel and canopy self-adhesive masks. Alert readers may remember an earlier review (Academy's B-1B) and my inability to remember where I had stashed the canopy masks for that kit. Hopefully that won't be a problem here.

A-4E/F Skyhawk Landing Gear

Published: February 13th, 2020     
A-4E/F Skyhawk Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Ben Morton - IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144

For those that be unfamiliar with Scale Aircraft Conversions this handy explanation from Scale Aircraft Conversions website should solve that problem: We (SAC) are currently producing a line of white metal landing gear for 1/24 to 1/72 scale aircraft. Some sets consist of the main gear only while others include the nose gear. Some inaccuracies in the original kit gear have been corrected but the mounting points remain identical to the factory parts. We have not sought to duplicate component parts where the factory plastic parts are reasonably accurate.

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