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X-Wing Fighter

Published: January 1st, 2009     
X-Wing Fighter
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fine Molds

Is there anybody on earth that hasn't heard of Star Wars? Released in 1977, the George Lucas film changed the genre of Sci-Fi forever. One of the biggest stars of the show was the Incom Corporation T-65 X-Wing Space Superiority Fighter, or just X-Wing for short. When flown by the infamous Red Squadron, the X-Wing was able to fight its way to the Death Star and "then maneuver straight down this trench" and launch a proton torpedo and destroy the Death Star. This specific movie event solidified the X-Wing's place in history, or at least in the mind of this young 15 year old boy.

Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle
Reviewed by: Don Matthys, IPMS# 32708
Scale: 1/144
Company: Cutting Edge
  • Masks - CEBM44002 - $9.99 USD
  • Decals - CED44002 - $18.99 USD

The Masks

Here is one good idea from a company called Cutting Edge, a part of Meteor Productions.  These are pre-cut painting masks for painting the orbital stage of the NASA space shuttle.  Cutting Edge has released two sets, in 1/144 and 1/72 scales, both good for the models made by Academy/Minicraft and Monogram.

These "Black Magic" masks consisted of slightly kiss cut black vinyl.  They are very flexible and self adhesive.  The mask patterns conform to the models color breaks, panel lines and over contours.  Thus it saves the time and trouble of making your own masks and friskets.

I wanted to try these out right away so I will use the Academy/Minicraft 1/144 Space Shuttle stack.  Most all of the assembly of the model is per instructions.  With the exception of using Meteor Productions resin replacements for the orbiter main engines and the camera mount now fitted to the existing fleet of orbiters.  All this is done to the point of painting.

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