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WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I

Published: August 31st, 2009     
WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Bottom Line

None better - has very fine sagged and straight railings in 2- and 3-bar styles.

Photoetch Set Review

Lion Roar has a large line of 1/700 photoetch accessories for United States, Japanese, German and Royal Navy WW2 navies. This set is devoted exclusively to US Navy railings, both 2- and 3-bar varieties.

The fret contains seven types of railings:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #750, June 2008

Published: August 31st, 2009     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #750, June 2008
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

This must be Model Art's 50th Anniversary - at least, that is how I interpret the little 50th logo on the front cover. As usual, Model Art No. 750 June 2008 is in almost 100% Japanese language. The format is close to 7x10 inches in size, and as usual, the printing and reproduction quality is excellent. Most of the articles and reviews (but not the featurettes or ads) are mostly in color.

British Light Utility Car

Published: August 30th, 2009     
British Light Utility Car
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/48
Company: Tamiya

This British "Car, Light Utility" was based on a passenger car chassis. They were produced by several manufactures and used throughout WWII from Dunkirk to North Africa. Nicknamed "Tilly", they were powered by a 10 hp engine, lacked 4-wheel drive, and poorly suited for off road assignments. They were used in rear areas and on British airbases in a variety of roles.

Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"

Published: May 31st, 2009     
Ferrari 312T2 "1976 Monaco GP Winner"
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I would like to thank Dragon Models USA for submitting this item to IPMS for review and IPMS for allowing me to review it.

BACKGROUND

The Ferrari 312T was designed by Mauro Forghieri for the 1975 Gran Prix season. Over the next six years the 312T series won 27 races, four constructors' and three drivers' championships The car was powered by a flat-12 cylinder engine which produced approximately 510bhp. The "T" in "312T" stood for transverse. This was the mounting configuration of the gearbox which improved the car's handling characteristics over its predecessors.

Tyrrell P-34

Published: May 23rd, 2009     
Tyrrell P-34
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Back in 1976 Ken Tyrrell ran a Formula One Race team. He employed an innovative car designer named Derek Gardner. Up to this point in Formula One or Grand Prix as it is called, many designers tried some pretty radical designs in the hopes of gaining an advantage over the other competitors. Mr. Gardner came up with one of the wildest designs and it worked. This was the Tyrrell Project 34 six wheeled car. He felt that by reducing the drag on the front end the car would have an advantage in front line speed. By doing this he put four small (10") wheels on the front thereby reducing the drag and still keeping the grip. This car ran for 30 races between 1976 and 1979 and achieved a win in the process at the Swedish Gran Prix.

Because the governing bodies in this form of racing felt that the six wheels gave the Tyrrell P-34 and advantage it was banned at the end of 1977. Tamiya have produced a very fine model of this exotic car in 1/20 scale. As per their standard, there are many parts and loads of detail.

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