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German Medium Tank Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G/H/J

Published: June 23rd, 2021     
German Medium Tank Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G/H/J
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

For all fans of the most produced German Tank of WWII, the Panzer IV, Michae Kuchciak and the folks of Kagero have put out a wonderful book on the final three variants of the tank. The 80 pages are filled with line black and white photos, drawings, eight pages of color side view lithographs, and an enclosed lithograph of an Ausf. H vehicle. Filled with history and technical details, I can highly recommend this new offering from Kagero in their in-Combat line!

Leather Color Range

Published: June 23rd, 2021     
Leather Color Range
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: NA

For figure builders, or anyone who builds models that might have some leather (seat covers and the like), one of the latest releases from Ammo by Mig is a six-piece leather color range set. The colors vary from dark brown to rust ochre and should satisfy all your brown leather painting needs. The paints all have a stainless-steel mixing ball already contained in the bottles to aid in mixing, and the colors can be mixed to provide the base color, shadows, highlights, and even scratches and tears. I would highly recommend this set to any modeler looking to add some brown leather to their builds.

US Pilots with JHMCS Helmet Seated in a/c

Published: June 22nd, 2021     
US Pilots with JHMCS Helmet Seated in a/c
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: PJ Production

If you are looking to add a little life to your modern 1/72 scale aircraft by including a pilot wearing the JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) helmet, PJ Production has come to the rescue. This new release includes two pilot figures in slightly different poses and will look great in your F/A-18, F-15, F-22, or F-35. While also used in the F-16, the figures are seated at the wrong angle for the Falcon's ejection seat but set 721124 will fulfill this need. For the detail created in these small figures, I would highly recommend this set as a great addition to the cockpit.

From my research, this new style of helmet began to be ordered by Boeing in 2000, and by August of 2006, there were ten international customers ordering this system. The helmet is made to allow the pilot to quickly acquire and aim at a target by just looking at it. The system also supports designating both air and ground targets and raises pilot awareness of important aircraft parameters such as speed, altitude, angle of attack, and even gravitational pull. All of this is intended to aid the pilot in flying the plane as efficiently as possible in any conditions.

Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo ’82 Rally of 1000

Published: June 21st, 2021     
Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo ’82 Rally of 1000
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek - IPMS# 48016
Company: Platz

This is a review of the NuNU Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo '82 Rally of 1000 Lakes race car by Platz Hobby.

Engine

Disappointed that there's no engine. It is curbside kit.

Interior

Interior is wonderfully engraved and fits extremely well. Very little, if any, flash needed to be cleaned up. Did not even have to paint some of the parts.

Body

Body was crisp and clean with no flash. I used HOK snow white pearl on the body, applied decals, and then sprayed 1 coat of clear to protect the decals. While the instruction sheet for the decals was available, I found them to be lacking in sufficient detail to apply correctly, especially on the door posts.

Chassis

The suspension parts are separate from the chassis pan as is the exhaust system. Some of the parts are pretty small and care must be taken when working with them.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with sufficient detail in most areas.

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