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Mk. 82 500 Lbs GP Bomb w/Conical Low Drag Fin Unit

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Mk. 82 500 Lbs GP Bomb w/Conical Low Drag Fin Unit
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Details

1/32 scale has seen a bit of a renaissance of late with a very large selection of new kits hitting the market. Among them are many cold war to modern era US aircraft including F-4, A-4, F-8, F-16, and F-18 just to name a few. All of these aircraft, and many more, use the ubiquitous Mk 82 500 LB bomb. These bombs are commonly seen carried signally, on a Triple Ejector Rack (TER) or on the Multiple Ejector Rack (MER) and have been used in every conflict after Korea.

Though there are a lot of these type of bombs available in some of the plastic kits, none are as detailed or as accurate as this resin item from Master Details. In the bag you get enough parts to complete two bombs with a full selection of fuses including the "daisy cutter" fuse extender. A total of 30 resin parts plus a small jig to align the fins is included. Fuse types are:

TBM-3S2 Avenger J.M.S.D.F.

Published: June 1st, 2011     
TBM-3S2 Avenger J.M.S.D.F.
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel - IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Background

The Grumman TBF Avenger was designed as a torpedo bomber to replace the TBD Devastator. The Devastator had been one of the first modern torpedo bombers for the US Navy but it was lacking is speed, firepower and armor protection. The Avenger entered production in 1942 and soon proved itself to be the perfect fit for the job. To meet production demands, General Motors' Eastern Aircraft Division started production and eventually produced the majority of all Avengers. These were designated TBM.

Late in its production life, the Avenger was modified for anti-submarine warfare. Some of these featured an AN/APS-4 radar pod under the starboard wing and a searchlight pod under the port wing. In some cases, the rear turret was removed and the radar operator was housed in an extended rear canopy.

In the pacific, the Avenger made its reputation against the Japanese. During its time in service, the Avenger contributed to the sinking of twelve of nineteen Japanese carriers, six of eleven battleships, nineteen of forty-one cruisers, twenty-five destroyers and scores of smaller craft.

Hansa-Brandenburg W.29

Published: May 31st, 2011     
Hansa-Brandenburg W.29
Reviewed by: Jim Stratton - IPMS# 20703
Scale: 1/32

History

This is another superb kit from the guys at Wingnut Wings. According to the detailed history on the instruction booklet, the Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 was allegedly designed by Ernst Heinkel on the back of a cabaret wine list and was basically a W.12 biplane with the top wing removed. This advanced monoplane had markedly improved performance due to the reduction of drag afforded by the loss of the upper wing as well as the lack of guy wires. The solid construction was achieved because of the rigid strut arrangement for the floats. Three prototypes were constructed in January 1917 and each was powered by a different engine for the comparison purposes. When production began in April of 1917 it was decided to use the 150hp Benz Bz. III. A total of 199 W.29s were produced in two versions. 156 planes were built with 3 machine guns (C3MG) and another 43 were built with 2 machine guns (C2MGHFT) and a wireless radio. The advanced design of this aircraft was such that it saw extensive post war service and was licensed built in Denmark and Japan.

Arado Ar-196A-3 Photo etch Sets and Decals

Published: May 31st, 2011     
Arado Ar-196A-3 Photo etch Sets and Decals
Reviewed by: Rick Bellanger - IPMS# 35220
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Since all the sets and decals mentioned above go to one aircraft model, I decided to combine all the reviews into one. Hopefully making it easier to follow. I will not review the Revell Ar 196A-3, but this has to be one of the nicest models I have ever built.

Airco DH-2

Published: May 31st, 2011     
Airco DH-2
Reviewed by: Nick Buro - IPMS# 12053
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

To briefly describe the aircraft, it was a single sweater pusher, bi-plane, powered by a 100 HP Gnome rotary engine. The lack of synchronizing mechanism made this necessary to have a forward firing machine gun allowing the pilot to "aim" with the aircraft and gun at the same time.

The kit is composed of 62 plastic parts, 36 photo-etched parts, a clear acetate sheet with a choice of two windscreens, depending on which version of the aircraft you choose to build; painting masks are also provided plus a decal sheet for four different aircraft. The detailing on the plastic parts is up to the usual superb Eduards standard.

The nacelle containing the cockpit and engine assemblies went together like any normal model. The cockpit extends well forward of the upper wing and its interior is very visible. It begs for, and you should give it careful attention. Eduard supplies, a detailed interior that makes this possible. Externally the details on the nacelle, ammo-drums, etc are exceptionally well done. Careful enhancing of the stitching here will pay great dividends on the final appearance of the completed model.

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