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Kate - I'll Be Right There

Published: January 17th, 2018     
Kate - I'll Be Right There
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models, out of the the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive displays.

The kit comes in a standard end opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, and Mr Color. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is close. The hair is slightly different and the blouse neckline is cut differently. Packaging of the thirteen parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

Morning Star, Midnight Sun

Published: January 15th, 2018     
Morning Star, Midnight Sun
Author: Jeffrey R. Cox
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publications

This book is a follow up of his successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies which I have also read and was a great read!

The book goes into details of the US Naval Campaign from Guadalcanal to the Solomon Islands.

It goes into incredible detail and covers some much of what appears to be a small book! The information is well written and draws you in as its rather Novel like in its narrative.

I learned so much from reading this and look forward to another book as a follow up to this one.

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of facts I have never heard before. The writing style is very factual a little dry at times, This made the book a little heavy going at times but well worth reading to the end.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest in the Pacific war.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear

Published: January 15th, 2018     
Su-35 Flanker E Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Short History

While we are all familiar with the Su-27 family of aircraft this beast is in a league all in its own. Sukhoi's Su-35 Super Flanker (NATO designation "Flanker E") took the world market by storm when it proved able to challenge and defeat any aircraft in the East (and West) except for absolute top-of-the-line fighters such as the EF2000 and F-22. The direct derivative of the Super Flanker, aptly designated the Sukhoi Su-37 Terminator, was only intended as a technology demonstrator but is one of the most maneuverable aircraft ever built.

What's in the Box?

The box comes with a total of 17 white metal pieces to replicate the kit parts very accurately and adding some needed strength to support the aircraft especially with larger 48th scale Russian aircraft as they tend to be bigger than typical similar scale aircraft and the swaying and shifting could cause the plastic gear to snap and shear off. The Landing gear comes packaged in the typical SAC cardboard and bubble blister packaging we are all accustomed to seeing.

M-76 Otter Light Amphibious Transport

Published: January 15th, 2018     
M-76 Otter Light Amphibious Transport
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Croco Models

About the Company

Croco Models is a small model manufacturer from the Republic of Latvia. They've recently begun developing small kits of rare vehicles, and various model building accessories. This is the second model of their offering and is of the M-76 otter which was a USMC light amphibious vehicle and this is the first time this subject has been offered in any scale.

Short History

Designed by the Pontiac Motor Division in the early 1950's as the T46, this vehicle began life as the intended replacement for the Studebaker M29 Weasel. This amphibious cargo carrier was designed to carry cargo or up to eight troops over shallow rivers and swampy terrains and would become the M76 also known as the Otter. Development started in the late 1940's with the less than enthusiastic US Army watching on. The Army soon lost interest in the project, but the United States Marines, who have a habit of accepting vehicles which the US Army disapproves of (for example the M103 Super Heavy Tank), became interested. Production would start on the M76 Otter in the mid-to-late 1950's

USAF F-15E 333rd Fighter Squadron

Published: January 14th, 2018     
USAF F-15E 333rd Fighter Squadron
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Academy

Over the years there have been quite a few F-15E Strike Eagle kits released by several different kit manufacturers in 1/72 scale. However most of these kits were adaptations of the manufacturer's F-15B or D kits with some extra parts to address some of the differences between the B/D and the E airframes. Academy's recent release is a not an adaptation of another two-seat F-15 kit, but instead was designed from the outset to be a Strike Eagle.

The kit is also a continuation of Academy's recent focus on enticing new people to the hobby, but it is not a snap-tight kit with all the negative connotations that often has, nor is it a "normal" model kit. Like several of Academy's other releases, this kit is for the most part a push-fit kit, however, it showcases some of the best model engineering I have seen as many joints where the parts fit together are either on actual panel lines or are in locations that are easily filled. The fit is spot on so most of the seams vanish once assembled.

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