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F/A-18E/F/G Landing Gear (Aca)

Published: January 25th, 2021     
F/A-18E/F/G Landing Gear (Aca)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Academy 1/72 scale F/A-18 E/F/G Super Hornet kit.  The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts.  The supplied items include two main gear struts, and one nose gear strut with a separate oleo scissor and retraction struts.  Some other SAC packages include replacement wheels, as well, but not the case here.  You will need to use the Academy or other after-market wheels for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that should provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance.  In some cases where original equipment was left in a natural metal finish, painting may not be necessary.  As always, check your reference photos

Highly recommended.

A-37 Exhaust FOD Covers (Academy)

Published: January 25th, 2021     
A-37 Exhaust FOD Covers (Academy)
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced a set of FOD covers for the intake and exhaust parts on the Academy 1/72 A-37 Dragonfly kits.  The resin parts are simple drop-in plugs for the kit's plastic parts.  There will be some modification required to the kit and/or replacement parts to use these resin covers.

F4U Corsair Cross Tread Wheels Set

Published: January 25th, 2021     
F4U Corsair Cross Tread Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hauler Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic.  Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.  

Brengun has produced a set of wheels with a cross tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair.  There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts.  A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts.  

Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Company: MMP Books

Like many of us modelers, I simply never get tired of anything related to the iconic P-51 Mustang. In this volume of the MMP "Single" series, the authors focus on the Bravo model of the Mustang. 

Having never seen an example of this book series, I was a bit surprised at first glance. Unlike other publications that cover the development of the type, this book launches right into the content modelers like to see. The book opens with four-view scale drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Several pages of B&W wartime photos show the type in various roles. Next, are a series of drawings and photos taken from technical and pilot manuals showing the details of things we modelers like to see including engine, landing gear wells, gun bays, and cockpit. This volume closes with color plates of the instrument panel and three view renderings of "Sonava Buggar, a P-51B of the 355th Fighter Squadron. 

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