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TA-4J Airbrakes

Published: April 12th, 2011     
TA-4J Airbrakes
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

When Hasegawa finally followed up their excellent 1:48 A-4 series with a TA-4J, many modelers were thrilled, including me. Of course shortly after its release, aftermarket companies soon had various releases to detail the kit even further. Eduard produced several new photo-etched sets for the TA-4J, a couple of which are applicable to other A-4 variants.

First we will look at the airbrake set. A single fret of etch is included along with one page of instructions in the usual Eduard style. The final assemblies completely replace the kits flaps, plus provide parts for the upper spoilers seen on the TA-4J, TA-4F, A-4F, and A-4M. Also one advantage the etched parts have is there is no ejector pin marks as seen on the kit parts.

French Dragoon (Napoleonic Wars)

Published: April 12th, 2011     
French Dragoon (Napoleonic Wars)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/16
Company: MiniArt

This was a "mom saw it, and I bought it" modeling effort. Here in OKC (the home of Hobby Lobby Corporate) they have a discount outlet for the wedding crowd; and that is where they drop the occasional "model samples"; the store is called the "Basket Mart".... Depends on when you show up if you get cool stuff. 98% of the time, nothing... but in this case I walked in and instant birthday gift for the horse-loving mother of mine, who just turned 21 this week. (HA!)

Ya'll know I am an aviation/naval/sometimes armor guy. And in this case, I had an opportunity to do something a bit different. Waaaay different. Having visited Waterloo, I was aware of the time period this model represents; Warfare was changing again, and the use of cavalry was still being finessed. This kit represents a time period unlike any other... Muskets, Swords, and Horsepower.

La-7 ProfiPACK

Published: April 12th, 2011     
La-7 ProfiPACK
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Lavochkin La-7 was in many ways a Lavochkin La-5, strengthened internally and modified externally to improve performance. It was introduced into operational testing in late 1944 and then served with numerous Soviet fighter units as they contributed to the push into Germany in 1945. The La-7 was considered by many to be one of the very best fighters built during WW II. It equipped the elite Guards fighter Air Regiments and Divisions and was the fighter flown by many Soviet aces who achieved that status by downing some of the Luftwaffe's best late-war aircraft. These included Colonel Vasiliy A. Zaitsev, Ivan N. Kozhedob and Major Vladimir D. Lavrinyenkov.

Instrument Panels

Published: April 12th, 2011     
Instrument Panels
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32 - 1/24
Company: Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements

Specific Instrument Panels

P-39 Flaps and Inserts

Published: April 12th, 2011     
P-39 Flaps and Inserts
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Another beautifully mastered set, nicely cast in light tan resin without warps or pinholes. These are exceptional in that they go a long way to enhance an already extremely nice model and require a minimum of surgery to install. For me, they earn the "most highly approved" designation. Many thanks to Quickboost and to IPMS/USA for the review sample.