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F-4E Phantom II

Published: October 25th, 2010     
F-4E Phantom II
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

If you aren't at least familiar with the F-4 Phantom II, you have either lived in a cave or a monastery for the last 50 years. Or you might be a WW2 fanatic. The Phantom was produced in huge numbers (5195) and sold to many countries (11). The US Air Force, Navy and Marines used the F-4. The last of the Phantoms are now flying with the Turkish Air Force, Japan and South Korea.

This kit is the F-4E, an Air Force version with the internal 20 mm cannon. If you're interested in less well known air forces, the F-4E has been used by Australia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Israel, South Korea, and Turkey. Germany also had some F-4Es, but they were based at Holloman in New Mexico with the Luftwaffe training group.

Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren

Published: October 25th, 2010     
Mercedes Benz SLR722 McLaren
Reviewed by: Chuck Herrmann, IPMS# 33111
Scale: 1/24
Company: Tamiya

Subject:The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a supercar designed to compete with the world's greatest sports cars, such as Ferrari and Porsche.  The SLR series, which means "Sport, Leicht, Rennsport" (sport, light, racing) was first designed by M-B in the 1950's. This modern version was a joint project between M-B and McLaren Automotive, the championship racing team who used M-B engines in their Formula One Grand Prix race cars.  Like many other recent retro style cars, many design elements were classic vintage Mercedes trademarks, such as the long front hood and the gull-wing doors hinged at the top. The new SLR was launched in 2003.   This 722 Special Edition, of which only 150 were to be built, was launched in 2006. The differences were a more powerful engine, new front splitter, different wheels and unique badging. Only 150 were produced, all silver.

MiG-29A Intake and Exhaust Covers

Published: October 25th, 2010     
MiG-29A Intake and Exhaust Covers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost
  • Intake Covers Type A or B
  • Part No. : 32088 / 32091
  • MSRP: $ 8.95
  • Exhaust Covers Type A or B
  • Part No. : 32087 / 32090
  • MSRP: $ 8.95

I love building jets but there are two things that are a pain on most of them and that is getting the ejector pin marks out of the intakes and exhausts. Besides that, almost all jets have covers on them as soon as possible to prevent FOD damage so if you want to pose a parked jet, it should have these covers on them- engines are expensive!

Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF

Published: October 24th, 2010     
Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF
Author: Chris Thomas
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Typhoon was the primary close ground support aircraft for the British and Canadian land forces in the European theater of World War II. Twenty squadrons flew this aircraft in the 2nd TAF, who were also instrumental introducing the use of controversial rocket armament. The aircraft may not be pretty but has a listed history of successful land supported engagements. This Osprey book brings the Typhoon to life in a very condensed ninety-six pages. Since the author's father was a pilot of these aircraft, I imagine there must have been many conversations between them.

Air Modeller #31, August/September 2010

Published: October 24th, 2010     
Air Modeller #31, August/September 2010
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Air Modeller

Air Modeller's latest issue, #31, contains some of the best looking models I've seen in quite some time. The cover photo alone is really impressive, a well worn and weathered F-100. Typical of the magazine, this one contains 64 pages of brilliant color photographs.

The first model highlighted is a highly detailed two color scheme F-104 built by Diego Quijano. This is actually the second part of the build, continued from the previous issue. It in no way detracts from the beautiful job. The scratch building is impressive and the weathering is outstanding. The weathering is explained thoroughly and will help any modeler improve their model.

The next model is part one of multi-part builds of 1/72nd scale Hasegawa B-26 by Andrea Vignocchi. This highly detailed model is displayed in a beautiful diorama. When you see the amount of work inside this model you will be astounded. I know I was.

A big scale Contact Resin Sopwith Camel built by Michel Roland shows that even WWI era aircraft can be built in an astounding manner. There are a lot of tips inside this article. Tips that will aide modelers that don't build WWI aircraft.

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