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He-162A-2 Salamander

Published: November 9th, 2010     
He-162A-2 Salamander
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Cyber-Hobby

The Reich Air Ministry (RLM) issued requirements for a single-seat fighter powered by a single BMW 003 jet engine on September 10, 1944. From the many German aircraft manufacturers interested, Heinkel's proposal was selected. Heinkel designed and built The He-162 very quickly. The final design was chosen on September 25th and the He162 flew for the first time on December 6th, less than 90 days later.

It was made primarily of wood due to the short supply of metals. In early test parts came unglued in flight with one such event resulting in the death of the test pilot. As a result, parts were strengthened and some redesign was needed. The glue for the wood parts was found to be defective in many cases. The aircraft was the fastest jet aircraft in the air hitting 550 mph at sea level and speeds reaching 562 mph at 19,000 feet.

The He162 was built at three locations; Salzburg, the Hinterbruhl, and the Mittelwerk. By the time of Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945, 120 He 162's had been delivered; a further 200 had been completed and were awaiting deployment.

Model Art AFV Profile, #1, Jagdpanzer IV L/70 "Lang"

Published: November 8th, 2010     
Model Art AFV Profile, #1, Jagdpanzer IV L/70 "Lang"
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Model Art

Model Art has produced many titles and now has started a new series with this first publication; AFV Profile #1 Jagdpanzer IV L/70 "Lang". While this work mainly covers the Panzer IV Lang (V) (the "V" standing for VOMAG the company that developed this version) it also touches on the Panzer IV Lang (A) (A for Alkett the company that developed this version). If you read Kanji maybe you can help the rest of us who do not. Even so a lot of information can be found in the profiles (color and B&W), the hundreds of photos and the limited use of English with this profile.

The first eight pages are the 12 color profiles which will be helpful in developing a color scheme for your modeling project. Each tank profiled has, in English, listed the unit (if known), the location and the date: again just what the modeler needs. The next 18 page section is the Modeling Guide where a build of the Cyber Hobby and Tamiya 1/35 scale Jagdpanzer IV L/70 tanks occurs. However, it's all in Japanese which really limits its usefulness.

Bf 109E Wheels

Published: November 8th, 2010     
Bf 109E Wheels
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Fresh and new Eduard's "Brassin" name is a welcome addition to the aftermarket world of modeling. A sub-set line from the Eduard Model Accessories the claim of 'Best Resin Around' it appears credible with this offering.

Package contents:

  • Brassin detail set for Bf 109E in 1/32th scale from Eduard
  • 9 super-detailed resin parts
  • Express Mask

After just finishing the Eduard 109 kit I can see where these bits would have been appreciated. They are finely cast with excellent details and would have greatly improved some areas of the kit. Most notable is the tail gear and gearbay.

The set comes in a blister pack containing 11 resin pieces of differing shades of gray and a mask set along with detailed instructions offering a choice of two rims.

I highly recommend this set for your next 109 build and thanks Brassin and IPMS for the review sample.

F-5E Alconbury Gomers

Published: November 5th, 2010     
F-5E Alconbury Gomers
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Once again, aircraft from "My era", the early 1980's, are starting to appear on decal sheets.  RAF Alconbury was a busy place; Not only for the RF-4C's that were stationed there, but the U-2R (TR-1 at the time) was a common sight. And in between all that activity, the dart-shaped F-5E's of the 527th Aggressor squadron claimed AR as home. They were frequently deployed to other locations such as Deccimommano, Italy, and USAFE bases in Germany and Spain to practice their trade on our local USAFE fighter pilots.

German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun

Published: November 4th, 2010     
German Krupp 12.8 cm K 44 L/55 High Velocity Anti-Tank Gun
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Scale: 1/35
Company: Great Wall Hobby

Brief History      

The 12.8 cm PaK (Panzerabwehrkanone) 44 was the largest caliber German anti-tank gun fielded by her armies during World War II. It was designed as a final response to the escalating armor/anti-armor spiral which continued right through the end of the war, and afterward. Experiences with Russian 122-mm guns and the heavy armor of the KV and IS tanks had shown that even the vaunted 88-mm gun had its limitations.

The choice of 128-mm was made due to existing tooling being available for this caliber as naval and anti- aircraft weapons.

Contracts for design and prototypes were awarded to both Krupp and Rheinmetall-Borsig, with testing commencing in late 1944. The Krupp design was chosen for series production, and although performance was impressive, a towed weapon weighing nearly 11-tons was simply not practical. Various carriages, both foreign and domestic were tried, with varying degrees of success.

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