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MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube

Published: June 13th, 2019     
MiG-15 & MiG-15BIS Gun Barrel Set / Antenna Base / Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model

In southeastern Poland runs the beautiful, but powerful San River. The San winds its way through the steep mountain gorges on its way to the Vistula River. Before it gets there, the river widens and is used by a number of hamlets along its banks to power various watermills and all manner of  machinery. Some of that machinery is diminutive lathes and the other assorted machines common to a tool and die maker. It is within this environment that we find ourselves in the company of a number of gnomes working diligently on various tasks. It is this skilled work force that Master Model of Poland  utilizes to manufacture their ever-expanding line of small scale, after-market brass replacement parts.

One of Master Model's newer items is a set of gun barrels (three), antenna base, and pitot tube for a 1/144th scale MiG-15.  While these items will work nicely for any small scale kit, the one kit that I immediately thought of is the lovely series of MiG-15 offerings from Eduard,  for which this particular set of brass replacement parts seems to have been designed. 

Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I

Published: June 13th, 2019     
Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:35
Company: Weird Armies Reign (WAR)

Monowheel Background (from the instructions)

Lois & Co. was a British industrial combine, a group of businesses manufacturing military and sporting bicycles, motorcycles, iron castings, machine tools, and hard chrome process. It was founded by Spencer Lois, who had a passion for new innovative ideas, in the city of Birmingham.

Motor bicycles were added to bicycle products in 1910. The Lois & Co. Monowheel Mk.I was exhibited at the 1913 Olympia Show, London for the 1914 season. In November 1916 Lois & Co. launched their first military monowheel after a big contract with the British Ministry of Armaments.

MiG-21 SM/ M/MF /BIS Fishbed J/L/N Pitot Tube

Published: June 10th, 2019     
MiG-21 SM/ M/MF /BIS Fishbed J/L/N Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland is becoming as prolific as Eduard when it comes to supplying modelers with after-market brass bits to enhance their latest projects. One of the latest offerings from Master Model is a brass replacement pitot tube for any 1/144thscale MiG-21. While this part will do nicely with any kit, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer example of a small scale (1/144) MiG-21 than those produced by Eduard.

This brass pitot tube is a straightforward replacement for the kit-supplied part. All you need do is snip off the forward section of the kit part, drill a hole in the mounting bracket to accept the new part, and attach the pitot tube (All of this, courtesy some well-drawn instructions). Exercise some caution because I managed to bend the thing just getting it out if the packaging. But don't fret too much as the brass pitot tube will need to be bent slightly (see instructions) to conform to the curve of the fuselage.

Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - A Formidable Pair

Published: June 10th, 2019     
Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - A Formidable Pair
Author: Philip Birtles
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishers

The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants, and full history of a classic British World War II aircraft, the Typhoon and the Tempest.

I found this book so informative and was full of facts and details I was never aware of. The articles on the variants that were explored during the development were especially interesting.

The book is full of amazing photos of the aircraft in development, manufacturing, in action etc. These would be great as reference for any modeler. Another nice touch is the inclusion of the Pilots Notes and aircraft production lists.

I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensable in my library.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in military aircraft.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

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