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Late Gotha Bombers, Windsock Datafile 143

Published: December 30th, 2010     
Late Gotha Bombers, Windsock Datafile 143
Author: Colin Owers
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Although most World War I enthusiasts are familiar with the Gotha bombers, and for a time, the name Gotha was the generic term for any large biplane bomber with black crosses on its wings, little information has been published about the airplanes that Gotha designed to replace its standard long range bombers. Although too late for service in the Great War, these planes represented a step forward in bomber design, featuring better streamlining and higher performance using smaller airframes. Several prototypes were ordered, including the G.VII, GL.VII, G.VIII. and G.IX. There were many variations of the basic design, and some were envisioned as reconnaissance aircraft with specialized camera installations, and even as armored ground attack types. Only a few early models appear to have been used on operations, mainly on photographic missions, although no documentation survives. About 200 late model Gotha bombers were turned over to the Allied Armistice Commission after the war.


Published: December 27th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II

ALC306 Bottle White Primer & Microfiller

ALC309 Bottle Black Primer & Microfiller

Never resting on his laurels (or whatever else he might call them), Tony Hipp, inventor of Alclad II, does it yet again. As I have stated in several "how to" articles on this product, I couldn't stress enough the subject of surface preparation prior to applying the metal finishes. If any sanding scratches were present, they would require a base coat of a primer with filling capabilities, then sanding and polishing so that in the case of the "high shine colors", a gloss black primer could be applied, followed by whatever finish coat was desired. These new offerings cut down on the workload substantially, in that these primers may be applied, sanded and polished to the desired sheen and followed by any of the Alclad II metal finish coats, thus eliminating one or two full steps and drying time.

Combat Carriers, USN Air and Sea Operations from 1941

Published: December 27th, 2010     
Combat Carriers, USN Air and Sea Operations from 1941
Author: Martin W. Bowman
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Amberley Publishing

Thank you to Amberley Publishing and the hardworking duo of John Noack and Dave Morrisette for providing this book to enjoy and review!

Martin Bowman has earned an excellent reputation as an aviation historian. Combat Carriers continues this legacy with a wonderful series of chapters detailing important events related to carrier aviation since the start of World War II.

The table of contents is paraphrased below:

6 Hikotai F-2A/B

Published: December 24th, 2010     
6 Hikotai F-2A/B
Reviewed by: Chip Jean, IPMS# 13823
Scale: 1/48
Company: Afterburner Decals

OK guys, a show of hands; how many of you don't like Hasegawa kit decals? You've had bad experiences with them and hate 'em to the point that you won't build or even buy a given Hasegawa kit unless you can get aftermarket decals for it? Not a problem for those F-Teen kits where you easily have many more aftermarket decal choices than kits. However, when it came to cool looking, non-gray jets, like the Mitsubishi F-2, you were stuck....until now.

What's in the Bag?

Afterburner has solved the 1/48th scale F-2 problem with this excellent release, which, as decal sheets go, is a complete package. In the large, resealable plastic bag, you'll find an attractive cover sheet with sample color profiles of included aircraft (see Cover Sheet); a large 8" x 10" decal sheet and a 23/4" x 3" supplemental sheet (see Sheet 1 and Sheet 2), both printed by Cartograf; 6 pages of color profiles/instructions; and a 2-sided black and white stencil guide (see Stencil Guide 1 and Stencil Guide 2).

T-55 Stripped Motor Compartment

Published: December 23rd, 2010     
T-55 Stripped Motor Compartment
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Celticwerks

Once upon a time there was a guy named Rob Ferreira and he was a TreadHead. Unfortunately, unlike most TreadHeads, Rob just didn't enjoy building a military vehicle and weathering it. Nope that was too easy. What Rob liked to do was take a military vehicle to it's final resting place. Be it as a monument on display in the open, an old forgotten wreck sitting in some wooded area all but forgotten about, a vehicle destroyed by some catastrophe, or a vehicle sitting in a vehicle track park in Afghanistan. He created a website to showcase his work.

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