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German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45

Published: October 15th, 2019     
German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45
Author: Mario Eens
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishing

The author of this tome, Mario Eens, is well known to those on the international modeling scene as an award winner at European model shows, together with being a regular contributor to the excellent French modeling magazine, Steelmasters.  The book itself consists of a master class in building, painting and finishing scale models, divided into five chapters, and spanning 128 pages measuring  8" x 10".

Despite the title stating the contests are about tank models, one of the five subjects is a figure.  I also find the subject choices rather scattered in nature.  The German subjects didn't see action in Russia, which I thought might have been the theme of the book just looking at the title, and the subjects are a mixed bag when it comes to scales.  Three of the five chapters cover 1/35th subjects, while the other two are 1/72nd and 1/48th.  My experience with most modelers is that they stick to one scale?  Be this as it may, what do we get for our money with this book?

Sikorsky HO35-1, R-5/S-51, Westland WS-51, Hr.2/3 Landing Gear & Rotor Parts

Published: October 14th, 2019     
Sikorsky HO35-1, R-5/S-51, Westland WS-51, Hr.2/3 Landing Gear & Rotor Parts
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA again thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for those who build.  And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed. 

This set has eight parts:  two nose gear halves, two shock struts for the main gear, a main rotorhead three-point blade swashplate, a cyclic main rotor mount plate with four points, a main rotor brace, and a tail rotor pitch link assembly.    Rotor heads are the main focal point and the failure point of most rotary wing aircraft... and metal is the perfect solution for the fragile bits.

UMM-USA ROLLMADE III Set w/ Harden AL Rod Universal Roller

Published: October 14th, 2019     
UMM-USA ROLLMADE III Set w/ Harden AL Rod Universal Roller
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Scale: N/A
Company: UMM-USA

UMM USA (Unique Master Models) produces unique, out-of-the-mainstream tools and supplies, as well as unusual and exciting kits.  Each time I go to the IPMS Nationals, the UMM booth is a must-stop venture - there is always something new and interesting, and the busy owner always takes the time to walk you through what he has for sale, and how it works. 

This time around we have a photoetch bending set that comes with a graduating roller as well as two bending trays.  If you haven't added this handy and versatile tool to your modeling bench, you might want to give it a try.  Some roller sets will have you keep track of a bunch of differently-sized wood or metal rods that you use to press and bend PE in a tray. The beauty of using a tool like this to do the same thing is the simplicity of using a single roller for all widths, all in one tool.  The hardened aluminum tool can be used for rolling and bending brass, copper and aluminum sheets.

American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)

Published: October 14th, 2019     
American Gasoline Loaders (1910s)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/24
Company: ICM


This is another kit in ICM's series of Model T vehicles and figures, and includes two figures that can be posed loading gasoline cans into the rear of ICM's Model T Light Delivery Car, or other 1/24 truck. The Figures and Delivery Car are combined in another ICM Kit, #28019.  Gas and oil can accessories are included with the kit.

The kit comes on three sprues molded in soft light gray plastic, one sprue with the two figures, and two duplicate sprues of the gasoline and oil tanks. The instructions come on a single page, double-sided, 8 1/4"x11 1/2" sheet. One side shows a diagram of the sprues and identifies paint colors in Revell and Tamiya colors. The opposite side of the instructions are color illustrations of the figures showing part numbers and detail painting.

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