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Sparco Blue Racing Harness

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Sparco Blue Racing Harness
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/24
Company: Eduard

Having recently gotten back into car modeling, more specifically Group "C" type cars, I jumped at the chance to review this pre-painted (blue) 5-point Sparco harness set. As with most high speed racing endeavors, the rules require some very stout driver to seat retention systems (seat belts), but these are poorly represented by either molded-in details or by decals. Eduard has come to the rescue with these excellent looking seat belt/harness sets. 

I had to do a little research and stash cross-referencing to see what Group "C" car model that I had that would use the blue harnesses. After a short search, I found that the 1988 Le Mans winning Jaguar XJR-9LM (the Tamiya kit) used this color harness. The belts have a very nice texture to them and the colors are quite brilliant. As can also be seen in the photos, the lettering is very sharp and clearly printed. 

Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Company: AMT

All right, a new Star Wars kit.  AMT has finally released the Corporate Alliance Droid from the Revenge of the Sith(c).  This kit features 37 parts molded in light gray plastic and instructions.  There are no decals or painting instructions provided with this kit, even though the instructions call out 11 different colors of paint.

The molding is fairly sharp with some ejector pin marks and mold separation lines.  One part has the Lucasfilm copyright marking right were it will be seen, rather than on the inside of a part.  The tracks are molded in one piece with separation lines down the middle and mold stubs all over the inside that will require some careful cutting to remove.

Overall this is a welcome kit from the Star Wars universe and with a little research on painting should make up into a very nice model.

(c) 2005 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

Millennium Falcon

Published: February 6th, 2009     
Millennium Falcon
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fine Molds

What can I say about this new model kit except WOW.  The box is a whopping 17.75" x 27.75" x 4".  Inside the box there is 16 part trees, a poly bag of screws and poly caps, decals, and a 24 page instruction booklet.  The instruction booklet has 34 steps with options to build the Falcon from either Episode 4 or 5, because you get figures of Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia, C3P0, and Obi-Wan seated (for display in flight on the display stand) or of Leia, Luke, Han, and Sandtroopers standing with weapons.  You get a paint and decal placement chart that is the size of the box, and a second sheet that has color photos of the filming prop.

The molding it top notch with only few ejector pin marks.  The parts were all protected inside three parts boxes and all the trees were inside poly bags.  This kit looks to be one of the best that I have seen this year.  It is a very welcome release for those of us who like the Star Wars movies and hated that the kits were in odd scales.  With this kit you can now do that Hoth ice hanger diorama that you have always wanted to do...

Standard Rolling Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Rolling Set
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw, IPMS# 35806
Company: The Small Shop

The Small Shop, the makers of the "Hold-n-Fold" photo-etch workstation, have added a new tool to their lineup, the "Standard Rolling Set".

This set comes with a milled aluminum base and a total of twelve rollers in metal and wood.

  • Wood - 3/4", 5/8", 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 5/16", 1/4" & 3/16"
  • Steel - 0.125", .09375", .078" & .0625"

The milled base has a series of rounded cutouts that many of the smaller rollers will fit into. The base is not needed for the larger diameter rollers.

Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Standard Photo Etch Cut-Off Set
Reviewed by: Robert Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: The Small Shop

What You Get in the Bag

The Photo Etch Part Cut-Out Kit is packaged in a simple poly bag containing 3 black 3/32 inch-thick Plexiglas square tiles just shy of 4 inches on each edge, 1 clear 3/8 inch diameter Plexiglas rod 1 inch long, and 1 clear 3/32 inch thick Plexiglas tile measuring 1 by 1.5 inches. The rod has a slight chamfer (a 45 degree cut that softens the edge) on one end, and one long edge of the small clear tile is also chamfered. A one page instruction and description sheet is included. All of the parts were loose in the bag, but the black tile had protective paper to protect the finish.

How Does the Thing Work Anyway?

Now that the dry descriptive part of the review is out of the way, the operational part of this neat little tool is really quite delightful. The Small Shop makes an impressive variety of photo-etch tools, and the cut-out kit is intended to be used in conjunction with other tools offered in the same line. It is important to note that the kit will work just fine without any additional co-purchases.

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