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Nicaragua 1961-1990: Volume 2: Contra War

Published: February 26th, 2020     
Nicaragua 1961-1990: Volume 2: Contra War
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

David Francois, from France, earned his PhD in Contemporary History at the University of Burgundy and specialized in studying militant communism, its military history and relationship between politics and violence in contemporary history. In 2009, he co-authored the Guide des archives de l'Internationale communiste published by the French National Archives and the Maison des sciences de l'Homme in Dijon. He is regularly contributing articles for various French military history magazines and regular contributor to the French history website L'autre cote de la colline.


Mission Model Metallic Paints

Published: February 26th, 2020     
Mission Model Metallic Paints
Reviewed by: William O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models Paint (MMP) has released some new metallic colors to add to their acrylic paint range. The colors reviewed with this release include.


MMP paints include the following:

  • Gun Metal MMM-010
  • Brass MMC-002
  • Gold MMC-003


Mission Models also provided Gloss White Base MMGWB-002, Grey Primer MMS-003, and MMS-007 Clear Primer. The Gloss White Base can be used as an alternative to Gloss Black Base under metallic colors to provide a lighter shade of the finish paint. Mission Models Clear is an interesting primer that can be tinted to match finish paints for a more uniform color coat. Blaine Singleton has provided a nice review of MMP's clear primer here.


Part 1 Zoukei Mura F-4J Phantom- Base Kit Construction

Published: February 26th, 2020     
Part 1 Zoukei Mura F-4J Phantom- Base Kit Construction
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Zoukei-Mura

Brief History (Exerpts from Wikipedia)

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a two-seat, twin engine, all-weather, long-range supersconic jet fighter-bomber and interceptor originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonald Aircraft.  It first entered service in 1960 with the Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their air arms.

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles,air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was initially designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M16 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance, including an absolute speed record and an absolute altitude record.

KC-130 J Harvest Hawk

Published: February 25th, 2020     
KC-130 J Harvest Hawk
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengen produces a wide range of unique resin, photo-etch (PE)accessories and full kits in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.  This conversion set was previously produced by Attack Squadron (Arma Hobby) and that product line was sold to Brungen which now offers the C-130 product line many are familiar with.

This resin set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing a refueling pod (typical on KC-130's) but the remaining parts are unique to the Harvest Hawk (Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit) platform. These parts include a AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight System that blends into one of the wing fuel tanks, AN/ALQ-144 IRCM in the left and right rear sponson and the "special package" AGM-114 Hellfire missiles with the respective wing pylon and launch rails. Decals and photo etch for the missiles are also included. A single sheet instruction set clearly gives the modeler a good guide on modifications required on the kit and placement of parts however cross check references to aircraft photos available online.

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