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Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Published: December 8th, 2018     
Beechcraft T-34A Mentor
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Minicraft Models Kits

Aircraft and history:

The Beechcraft T-34A Mentor is a single engine, two place (tandem cockpit) military trainer developed in 1948. The design is based on the highly successful Model 35 Beechcraft V-tail Bonanza but uses a conventional tail and narrower fuselage seating two in a tandem arrangement. The T-34A first entered service with the US Air Force in 1953 and replaced the North American AT-6 Texan as the initial primary trainer. Two years later the Navy ordered the T-34B for the same role at the Air Force. The T-34A remained in service with the USAF for just a few years until it was replaced by the T-37 "tweet". T-34's that were not sent to flying clubs or foreign military sales were transferred to the USAF auxiliary Civil Air Patrol until they were retired in 2003.

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AIM-9X Sidewinder

Published: December 7th, 2018     
AIM-9X Sidewinder
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Entering service in 2003, the AIM-9X is the latest version of the "Sidewinder" family of heat seeking missiles. Some of the advancements over previous versions is 90 degrees off boresight capability that is compatible with helmet mounted displays. The missile also incorporates thrust vectoring control improving turning capability. The AIM-9X also internal cooling which removes the need for launch rail nitrogen bottles. The AIM-9X is typically air launched but can be fired from land and sea platforms.

Eduard is known for a wide variety of high quality resin, photo etch and full kits. The AIM-9X is part of their "Brassin" line includes resin and appropriate decals. This product is cast in gray resin and bubble free with a small pour block that you can clearly define where the part is and what resin needs to be cut away.

IDF Sho’t Kal Gimel Type II- Operation Peace for Galilee 1982

Published: December 7th, 2018     
IDF Sho’t Kal Gimel Type II- Operation Peace for Galilee 1982
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Scale: 1/35
Company: AFV Club

They say first impressions really do define a relationship- and when I first received this kit and opened it up to see the vast amount of plastic inside, I knew this would be a long term commitment. One thing to note is the mix of gates from the older Centurion kit, mixed along with newer gates with the newer features of this specific Sho't Kal kit like the explosive reactive armor (ERA). This led to some challenges during the build as the older Centurion parts trees had their labels raised in very small letters along the sides of the gates.- although the location varied. Sometimes it was on the edge and other times it was towards the middle. The newer trees had their labels as newer kits do--outside with a dedicated square label that is very easy to read. In the end, I used some masking tape labels I made myself as I grew tired of searching for which sprue was which.

German StuG IV Sd.Kfz.167 Ver. Early

Published: December 7th, 2018     
German StuG  IV Sd.Kfz.167 Ver. Early
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy

Brief History

The Sturmgeschutz IV (StuG IV) (Sd.Kfz. 167), was a World War II German assault gun variant of the Panzer IV used in the latter part of the war. It was identical in role and concept to the highly successful StuG III assault gun variant of the Panzer III. Both StuG models were given an exclusively tank destroyer role in German formations and tactical planning in the last two years of the war, greatly augmenting the capability of the dwindling tank force available to the German army on the Eastern and Western fronts.

From December 1943 to May 1945, Krupp built 1,108 StuG IVs and converted an additional 31 from battle-damaged Panzer IV hulls. While the number is smaller than the 10,000+ StuG III, the StuG IV supplemented and fought along with StuG III during 1944-45, when they were most needed.

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