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Curtiss P-40 B/C - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube Detail Set

Published: January 22nd, 2018     
Curtiss P-40 B/C - Browning .30 cal and US Type Pitot Tube Detail Set
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

Airfix's new 1/48 early P-40 models have been very popular with modelers of late. Despite these being very good kits, there is always need for some improvement. Master Model's recent product address some of those needs.

Master has come out with aftermarket sets that replace Airfix's gun barrels and pitot tubes, as well as furnishing ring and bead sights that are missing from the original kit. There are separate Master packages for the American and British boxings, with appropriate changes in the pitot tubes and gun barrels.

IPMS and Master were kind enough to allow me to review the 'US version' of this set. It is comprised of the following brass pieces: four 0.30 cal gun barrels, two blast tubes for the nose guns, a 2-piece pitot tube (brass + resin), a bead sight, and a photoetch brass fret of ring sights.

Berge-Panther mit aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV turm als Befehlspanzer

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Berge-Panther mit aufgesetztem Pz.Kpfw.IV turm als Befehlspanzer
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

The German Panther is one of the most important and recognizable tanks of WWII. There were many variations and Dragon's boxing here is a special conversion by heavy tank destroyer battalion s.Pz.Abt.653. I believe this was a one-off conversion in the field. Basically a Panther D hull with a Panzer IV Ausf. H turret added to the top. There is no history of the vehicle on the directions or box top, but there is a little to be found online. I've read conflicting things online stating that the gun was operational, or if it was non-functioning. The sources I've found did all agree with one thing - the turret was fixed forward. This vehicle saw service in Russia 1944 with s.Pz.Abt.653 - which is the kit's sole marking option.

This Dragon release is in a nice sturdy box literally packed with kit parts. My thoughts when opening the package were literally "what did I get myself into?" There are over 20 sprues of parts included. One quickly sees that there are sprues for Dragon's existing Panther kits and Panzer IV kits compiled into a boxing for this specific vehicle. The builder will end up with a mountain of "extras" for their spare parts box after the kit is finished.

F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors

Published: January 21st, 2018     
F-16C Baby Got Fullback Aggressors
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Two Bobs

The Air Force's 64th Aggressor Squadron uses specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-5s and F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Last year, the Squadron painted several of its F-16s in the "Shark" and "Splinter" schemes recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs has now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict both schemes.

Sheet 72-104 provides markings for two aircraft in the "Splinter" scheme and one in the "Shark" scheme. Two of the aircraft (one in each scheme) are Block 32 jets while the third is a block 25 jet. As I had an old Hasegawa model of an early block F-16, I decided to use it for this project. I am not an F-16 expert, so it is possible that the kit actually represents a different block number, so I apologize in advance if I did get it wrong!

Metal Landing Gear for C-5

Published: January 21st, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for  C-5
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/144
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC)

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world. And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. New crew is on point and clearing well...

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the new release 1/144 C-5. I shall refrain from calling the C-5 "Fred" in public because my old boss might find out. Old Generals show up at the most inopportune moments... and we were told not to call it that. BUFF is for the B-52. We'll just call it "the Screamer" and leave it there.

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