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Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ju 88G-6 Night Fighter Detail Set
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The Ju 88 is one of my all-time favorite aircraft. I especially like the night fighter variants. I recently picked up the new limited edition Hasegawa Ju 88G-6 "Berlin Radar" version and received this latest Eduard zoom set at the same time. This zoom set features the now standard color photo photoetch with self-adhesive backing for some of the photoetch. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; Eduard has this down to an art. All the colors are in perfect register and have a glossy sheen.

Following the instructions I removed the recommended raised details to prepare the surfaces for the self-adhesive photoetch. I then gave the kit interior surface a coat of Tamiya German gray, I find this to be a good match for RLM 66 in 1/72. I had previously masked off the surfaces that would receive the self-adhesive photoetch. I then dry brushed and pin washed all the surfaces to pick out the details, painted a few panels black, and then painted other details in silver and red. It was now time to remove the masked areas and add the self-adhesive photoetch. They were very easy to apply but I applied tiny amounts of super glue to lock them in permanently.

Ilyushin IL 40-01 "Brawny"

Published: November 24th, 2010     
Ilyushin IL 40-01 "Brawny"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/72
Company: AModel

It's hard to find words to describe this cross between the famous IL-2 Sturmovik and a T-34 tank. Like its WWII cousin, the IL 40 was born as a jet powered heavily armed and armored ground support aircraft. First flown on March 7, 1953, this beast carried 4000 pounds of armor plates protecting the crew and vital airframe components.

Weapons were carried internally and on external hard points. Additional firepower consisted of four 23 mm cannons mounted on the underside and another in a remotely aimed stinger protecting the rear quadrant. This kit represents the refined prototype as the original had air intakes at the wing roots and the cannons in the nose. As many other aircraft designers discovered, cannon gasses don't mix with jet engines and as a result the guns on the IL 40 were moved back and the intakes moved as far forward as possible.

8.8 cm Flak 37 auf Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf. H

Published: November 22nd, 2010     
8.8 cm Flak 37 auf Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf. H
Reviewed by: Mark A. Dice, IPMS# 31326
Scale: 1/35
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Background:

The 8.8 cm Flak gun proved to be a very versatile and potent weapon for the Germans in WWII. The Germans explored many different vehicle-weapon combinations and the subject of this kit is one of them. There were only 3 prototypes of this variant of the Pz.Kpfw IV produced by 1942. While they performed very well in field trials, no more were manufactured because tank production took priority. It was heavy for a self-propelled gun and its size would have made moving it by rail problematic. The project was cancelled by Albert Speer in January 1945.

Kit:

This is a limited edition kit from Cyber-hobby and it is loaded with goodies. The large box contains almost 1000 pieces of light gray plastic, 4 small photoetch frets, aluminum barrels, metal chain and metal wire. It combines the DML Pz.kpfw IV H kit and the Flak 36/37 kit with some additional new parts that replace where the center section of the Pz.kpfw IV hull and turret would go. Your spares box will be greatly enriched from this kit, as several of the trees provide only a couple parts each with the remainder not being used on this model.

Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Arado Ar-196 Radio Equipment
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

The next set, QB 48 332,  for the Ar-196 is a simple set for the radio set up. The kit offering features soft detail in a highly visible cockpit. This is a simple upgrade. Molded in blemish free light grey resin, this upgrade is as simple as remove the part from the pour block, paint and add. This is a direct replacement for part number 21A. I did notice that the kit part looks slightly different than the Quickboost part. As I don't have my references handy, I'm leaning towards the Quickboost part as being correct.

These parts are quite nice and will make the work for the modeler so much easier. The radios are a nice addition and certainly look more like radios than what is in the kit.

Highly recommended

You can obtain your copy at your local hobby shop or online.

Our thanks to Quickboost and Aires for the review sample.

Arado Ar-196 Correct Cowling

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

I never expected to see another injection molded plastic Ar-196 but Italeri and Tamiya recently surprised me with their releases. While nice looking kits there are some issues. Quickboost makes a several upgrades for the kit.

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