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Tempest Mk. V Landing Gear

Published: November 10th, 2019     
Tempest Mk. V Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This white metal landing gear set was specifically designed as the replacement for the latest 2019 Eduard model of the Tempest Mk.V. There are now two such kits as single kits and dual kit 'Royal Class' boxing affording the modeler to build several of the Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC).

The SAC gear provides the modeler with a replacement while metal landing gear set, including the main gear and the rear tail strut. One great advantage of the SAC metal gear is their ability to be bent where necessary to more accurately sit on the gear.

My first task was to remove the visible seam lines, using small sanding sticks and no. 11 blade scalpel. I then primed each piece, using my standby Mission Model black primer, which allows me to easily see where I might have missed when I sprayed the final metallic paint. Although this was primed and painted with an acrylic, I still apply a coat of clear gloss and let it set for several hours. Then I applied a light coat of burnt umber wash to bring out the raised details and recoat it with a matt clear finish.

USAF B-1B 34th BS "Thunderbirds"

Published: November 10th, 2019     
USAF B-1B 34th BS "Thunderbirds"
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/144
Company: Academy

Academy Model Kits is adding to their 1/144th scale bomber fleet with the addition of a Rockwell B-1B Lancer. Academy's previous foray in 1/144th scale aircraft kits was with a B-47 kit. This B-1B is the sixth, depending on how you count them, 1/144th scale B-1. Lindberg, Minicraft, Panda/Dragon, Monogram, and Revell have all had offerings of this aircraft in this scale.

However, Academy's 'Bone' is newly-tooled and molded in multiple colors of plastic so it can be built without the use of paint. The fuselage and other aircraft parts all molded in gray, with the landing gear in white plastic, and the wheels and engine exhaust nozzles in black. (Operational B-1's are overall gunship gray with white wheel wells and ordnance bays.)

Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster – Part 1 of 3

Published: November 9th, 2019     
Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster – Part 1 of 3
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: H-K Models Co.

In 2012 Hong Kong models entered their first 1/32 scale model the B25J Mitchell and since that time modelers have been seeing a long line of 1/32 scale kits, multiple B25s, B17E, F and Gs, the Dornier Do 335A and B and the De Havilland Mosquito B Mk. IX/ Mk. XVI and Mk. IV Series II. Now we have the Avro Lancaster B Mk.I which has been reviewed by IPMS member Eric Christianson this year, and of course the Lancaster B Mk.III Dambuster that I am reviewing now.

Osprey B-58 Hustler Units

Published: November 9th, 2019     
Osprey B-58 Hustler Units
Author: Peter E. Davies Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Osprey Publishing

Hearty thanks to Osprey for sending IPMS USA one more of their first-class reference books to review, and thanks to John and Phil for the opportunity for me to do something different in reviewing... READ ON!

I have been asked on numerous occasions about what I like to read. I am so busy building and painting and doing "the day job" that I find it hard to define. I like modeling trade magazines for learning what is the new "Shiny thing" that has come along, and also little frammazamits coming available to budget for. I also read of the world we live in (THE EPOCH TIMES comes to mind) or a foot-thick manual on how to save a marriage (yep, me too).

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