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Bf 109F-4 with German Ground Personnel

Published: August 6th, 2020     
Bf 109F-4 with German Ground Personnel
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: ICM

ICM Holdings has re-issued their 1/48 Bf 109F that has been around since the mid 2000s. After these years (review is written in 2020) the molds are showing their age a tiny bit. There is some minor flash in some parts, but nothing that a few minutes with a blade and a sanding stick cannot correct.

The airplane itself comes in 3 grey sprues plus a clear sprue and it includes a full engine and a cowling that can be displayed open. In addition, this particular boxing includes a set of 7 figures in summer uniform plus a dog. I believe this is the first time this figure set has been released and the sculpting of the figures is outstanding. I'm not an expert on uniforms, but I think you get 3 officers and 4 enlisted personnel.

The assembly of the model follows a typical process for an airplane, starting with the cockpit. The cockpit itself is simple, but reasonable for the scale and acceptable if you have the canopy closed. There are no seatbelts molded nor provided as a decal.

F-16C/D Block 40/50 GE F110 Engine Nozzle

Published: August 3rd, 2020     
F-16C/D Block 40/50 GE F110 Engine Nozzle
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The new engine was added to the F-16 beginning with the Block 30. This engine was the General Electric F110-GE engine. Two versions were used on the F-16, the GE-100 on the Block 30 and 40. The Block 50 fitted the GE-129 model. They are virtually identical externally. This is set for the Tamiya F-16 kit, in particular the Aggressor and CJ kit,

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box are three high quality grey resin pieces which in themselves are packaged in a resealable plastic bag. There is a small instruction sheet that tells you what you need to replace. There are no blemishes anywhere on any of the resin pieces. The detail is phenomenal throughout.

Starting at the back, the exhaust itself which is the most visible part of the set, has flawless detail for the petals and the connecting ring. The detail on the inside is even nicer. Compared to the kit part, which has no detail, the resin piece is beautiful. One thing I noticed was that the resin exhaust appears slightly longer than the kit part. I do not know which one is correct.

F-16C/D Block 42/52 PW F100 Engine Nozzle

Published: August 3rd, 2020     
F-16C/D Block 42/52 PW F100 Engine Nozzle
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The Tamiya F-16 series of kits are phenomenal renditions of the real airplane. There are multiple boxings. This particular set is designed to replicate the exhaust of the Pratt and Whitney F-100 Exhaust used on the Block 42 and Block 52 aircraft. They are externally very similar. The Block 42 has the -200 version and the Block 52 uses the -229.

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box are two pieces of light grey resin inside of a resealable plastic sleeve. The two parts are perfectly cast with no blemishes anywhere. The detail on both pieces is remarkable.

The exhaust nozzle is a gem. It includes beautiful detail inside and out. Compared to the kit parts which only hints at the detail, the resin exhaust is perfect. There are beautiful exhaust petals and actuators.

The other piece is the afterburner liner. The kit liner is nothing more than a smooth surface. The real thing and the resin one has exquisite detail.

DH.98 Mosquito Two Stage Merlin

Published: August 3rd, 2020     
DH.98 Mosquito Two Stage Merlin
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

The Tamiya Mosquito is a beautiful kit but it does have one drawback, it can't be built into a two-stage version. The Airfix kit is the only way to get a two-stage Mosquito out of the box, but they are hard to find and not as easy to build as the Tamiya kit. A few other conversions have been done but they are long out of production. So if you want the build one of the high altitude variants, such as the FB Mk. IX, Mk. XVI, NF XV, or PR Mk.34 or any of the later variants you'll need this resin set.

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with eight resin pieces, two upper engine nacelles, two lower nacelles and four exhaust stacks. Also included is a fret of photo etch to make the intake screens. The parts are protected in a resealable bag. The resin is light grey and absolutely flawless. Test fitting the resin upper and lower cowling proved that the fit was perfect. And that is without even removing the pour blocks.

A single fret of brass allows you to build the tropical variant by adding the intake and side vents.

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