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Blanc Mont Ridge 19

Published: September 18th, 2018     
Blanc Mont Ridge 19
Author: Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Illustrated by Graham Turner, and authored by Romain Cansiere and Ed Gilbert, this publication is available in two versions. The paperback version, # 9781472824967, is priced at $24.00, and the eBook (PDF) version, # 9781472824943, is priced at $19.20. Osprey offers 25% off if both versions are purchased.

Mr. Turner has illustrated a number of publications for Osprey and specializes in the medieval period. His work with scenes of battle highlight the uniforms and weaponry of the battle and of the historical age, are exquisite in detail, and add drama to the publication. Figure painters and modelers will find the artwork of great value.

Ed Gilbert has authored books for Osprey's Warrior Series, Battle Orders Series and Campaign Series. Romain Cansiere concentrates on the history of the US Marine Corps. He has co-authored an award-winning book entitled, "Tanks in Hell-A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa.

Ju-87B-2/R-2 Seatbelts STEEL

Published: September 16th, 2018     
Ju-87B-2/R-2 Seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Airfix Stuka is an impressive kit but there is room for improvement. One area that would benefit from aftermarket is the seats. In short, they lack the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses needed to bring this kit out of the ordinary.

Packaged in the typical Eduard resealable packaging with a cardboard stiffener inside is a single pre-painted fret. The cardboard helps prevent bending during storage. The single fret is beautifully represented with 'shading' and silver buckles. Since they are thin steel, they are beautifully detailed and bend easily without losing their paint. There are shoulder harnesses for the front seat and lap belts and straps for the other two seats.

The seatbelts are easy enough to add and when seen through the canopy glazing will make a dramatic change to your cockpit. This set is another great example of Eduard's craft at its finest.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: September 16th, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a new version of the King Tiger following up on the release of the Henschel version last year.  My first impression was wow what a very well detailed kit. I did review this kit with the addition of the Interior set SPS-062 and Zimmerit Set SPS-060 so the picture will include parts not included in this kit. You can see my reviews of these on this site also. The set is very impressive with the amount of parts and detail included. The parts that would be cast metal on the real tank are well detailed and defined.

The kit contains

  • 10 sprues molded in tan styrene
  • 1 lower hull
  • 1 Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 Clear Sprue
  • 1 Metal gun barrel
  • 1 sprue of rubber ploy caps
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 Painting booklet in color
  • A limited edition Map

Construction

Step 1 through 5 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues, except for a few injection pin marks that needed filling.

Step 6 through 9 - Builds and installs the rear armored wall. This was a very easy with no issues at all.

Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set

Published: September 16th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a Zimmerit Decal set for the Meng Model Sd.Kfz. 182 King Turret (Porsche Turret) kit TS-037.

The set contains one sheet of textured decals and one instruction sheet.

Zimmerit was widely used on the early King Tigers. These decals will make adding the Zimmerit a lot easier.

The decals are printed onto one sheet with the patterns in relief. Individual decals are supplied for all the various areas of front, Sides and rear armor. The turret has the most decals to ensure all the areas are covered properly.

The textured pattern is very nicely raised on the decals and looks very good once applied.

It is highly recommended to primer coat under the contoured areas especially.

There are a few things to be careful with as follows. The edges of the decals once dry can be easily caught and can peel bits away. Be care applying decals 9 and 14 which go on rounded surfaces as they can fall apart easily. Last ensure you orientate decal 2 correctly.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

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