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Miles M-65 Gemini

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Miles M-65 Gemini
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

Yet another beautiful kit from Leonid Shilin and Konstantin Nikolaychuk aka, Croco models. This is the third kit I've reviewed from these gentlemen and they continue to produce subjects the big companies never will. This time around we get a fantastic replica of the Miles M-65 Gemini, a light twin with some novel design features I'll get into later. The Miles aircraft company started in the early 1930s and consisted of Fredrick George Miles, his wife Maxine and his brother George. Known for some interesting designs of both light civilian and several specialized military aircraft that were used for training and target tugs for gunnery practice. Examples of the later include the familar Martinet, Magister and Messenger. The Gemini included some of the elements Miles had used in other designs including trailing beam landing gear, fixed slats inboard of the engine nacelles and separate flaps that simplified the wing structure while increasing the wing area. Combining these features with the smooth structure constructed primarily of wood resulted in respectable cruise speeds while also allowing excellent short and soft field operations.

Mirage 2000

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Mirage 2000
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Kitty Hawk

IPMS/USA says "thanks kindly" to Glenn and the Kittyhawk team for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with yet one more of their "nobody else did it" releases

So, on to the next Kitty Hawk "new" kit...

This kit is one of Kitty Hawk's better releases. The plastic is strong yet easy to work with, and receptive to standard cements. The parts have a clean appearance on the runners, and when assembled were accurate in dimensions and fit. External tanks that are round and require a minimum of seam cleanup made me happy.

Building the Revell 1/32nd Scale Bell AH-1G in a Vietnam Vignette

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Building the Revell 1/32nd Scale Bell AH-1G in a Vietnam Vignette
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Richard Marmo

This is my first time reviewing a PDF book. The author, Richard Marmo, is a long time IPMS member. His IPMS/USA number is #2 so that means he has been modeling for years. So he may know a thing or two about modeling and being an author.

Richard has taken this 52-year old kit and enhanced it with some Cobra Company (now Lonestar Models) upgrades and placed it into a neat vignette. He describes how to build the model and the entire vignette, including a cover for it. As a former Cobra pilot, I couldn't wait to see what he had to say.

Utilizing the 1967 release of the Revell Bell AH-1G, Richard puts a unique camoflage scheme on the model, but first he tells you how to build it. There are plenty of pictures of how to build it included. There are 47 photos interspersed throughout the 49 page 'book'. Because it is in PDF format you can enhance and blow up the photos to see them on your computer and print them out should you want or need to.

Mission Models Paint - Color Change

Published: May 23rd, 2020     
Mission Models Paint - Color Change
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: Mission Models

Several of my modeling friends have been using Mission Model Paints and telling really good things about them. When I had the chance to review some of them I jump on that opportunity.

Before I go into the particular details of these color change colors, I wanted to mention a few things about the Mission Models Paints:

The very first thing you notice is the volume you get in each bottle: 1 fluid oz. That would keep you painting for a while. You might worry about the fact that the paint might go bad before you are out of it, but don't worry. Based on the chemistry of it, it is shelf stable. I don't know if after 5 or 10 years it will still be as good as pristine, but it should last you a long, long time.

Another thing to highlight is that each bottle has a "mixing ball" inside. I'm not sure if it is truly a ball, but you can shake that bottle and the little "rattle" will help you mix the paint thoroughly.

The Mission Models Paint website has an extensive section on "FAQ" and "Tips". I would recommend you read it before you use this paints. As they say there "...we are teaching you new tricks".

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