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Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Genesis.XG, and XN Series Double Action Top Gravity Fed Airbrushes
Reviewed by: Mike Hoekstra, IPMS# 56528
Company: Grex USA

Two more green machines added to the arsenal. The basic kit included the Genesis XG ( $149.98) airbrush with a 7ml cup capacity, .3mm nozzle, and weighs in at 4.2 OZ. To assist with consistent line widths, the Genesis has a Pre-set knob at the back of the airbrush rear handle cap. Turning is clock-wise limits the trigger and how much amount of paint sprayed. Turning it counter-clockwise, allows for more/unlimited paint and trigger extension. Just the feel of the airbrush lets you know it's solid. The balance is very nice as the rear handle cap is all metal. Not plastic  like some other airbrushes in its price range of $120. Grex also makes the comfort grip set that can be purchased separately for a more ergonomic/comfortable feel.

P-39 Airacobra over New Guinea

Published: January 6th, 2011     
P-39 Airacobra over New Guinea
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Although not as glamorous or well-known as some of its contemporaries during World War II, the Bell P-39 Airacobra was an innovative and effective weapon system -- when employed to take advantage of its strengths while minimizing vulnerability to its shortcomings. Originally commissioned in the mid-1930's as a high-altitude interceptor, the Airacobra's lack of a supercharger limited its effective operational altitude to 17,000 feet. By 1941, adversary aircraft - fighters and bombers - had effective operational ceilings considerably higher than the P-39. As a result, the Airacobra found it's niche in ground strafing and close air support roles, namely in service with the Soviet Air Force, but did also see some success with U.S. and other Allied air forces in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of operation. Its unusual mid-fuselage engine configuration was chosen to allow incorporation of a 37mm forward firing cannon along the aircraft's centerline - in this case, firing through the propeller's hub. Bell built over 9,500 P-39's until production lines closed in 1944, with over 4,700 seeing service with the Soviet Air Force.

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence
Author: Braxton R Eisel and James A Schreiner
Reviewed by: Bill Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

If you're a military aviation geek like me, you can't get enough of books like this. It chronicles the exploits of the authors as they deployed, fought, and returned home from Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

  • Chapter 1 covers the history of the Wild Weasel program, including the origin of the now infamous "YGBSM" unofficial motto. They also get into the specific threats faced and the basics of how they can bring down enemy aircraft.
  • Chapters 2, 3, and 4, detail the career paths of the authors and their training to become Wild Weasels.
  • In chapters 5-16 every imaginable detail of the their exploits during Desert Shield / Desert Storm are chronicled.

Occasionally, it does tend to get very technical but there's an excellent appendix that spells out the more complex Iraqi systems. The color plates are excellently done and the B & W are very well placed in the context of the mission descriptions.

Tom Daniel's - Ice T

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Tom Daniel's - Ice T
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton, IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/25
Company: Monogram

This is a re-release of a real "Golden Oldie" show car. The original kit was released in 1970. As the box top art states, this is a Tom Daniels design. Tom Daniels designed 87 model cars for Monogram between 1967 and 1976. As I stated in the review of "Rommel's Rod" most of his kits could be built in an evening or two.

The Kit:

Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot A

Published: January 5th, 2011     
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot A
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: Trumpeter

First comment

Thanks to Stevens once again for providing yet another superlative Trumpeter kit for IPMS to review. The best we can do for appreciation is to buy kits they offer; and this one is worth every dime!  I'll go on record as saying this was the best Trumpeter kit I've built.

On the porch

"Hey, that's a big box". It's also a heavy box. Postman is rolling around on the lawn in pain kind of heavy. I go out and do a clean-and-jerk lift.... And it's off to the workbench!

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