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Rocket Launcher UB-16 and UB-32

Published: May 31st, 2011     
Rocket Launcher UB-16 and UB-32
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Czech manufacturer Eduard continues expanding its "Brassin" line of detail parts for aircraft. This time they are offering the UB-16 and UB-32 rocket launcher which has seen widespread use in Soviet designed aircraft, like L-39, MiG-21/23/27, Su-7/17/20/22, and Yak-28/38.

The detail kit includes 10 resin parts (casted in two different resin colors) and a small PE fret with another 6 parts. Resin parts are nicely detailed with great surface detail and very cleanly casted, with small pour stabs. Photoetch parts are exquisitely thin and very easy to work with.

It took me a total of 30 minutes to get all four rocket launcher assembled. The assembly is simple and straightforward but releasing the parts R3 and R4 (rocket launcher back cones) from their pour stabs requires some dexterity and a very thin razor or saw. Those parts are most fragile parts of the whole detail set.

As it seems to be the standard in the Brassin line, instructions do not include color references. I wish color references were included in the instruction sheet. I've downloaded the instructions for their Mig-21 and got the color information from there.

P-51D Mustang

Published: May 31st, 2011     
P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

THE AIRCRAFT

The P-51 was the ultimate propeller driven fighter for the US in World War II. Fast, maneuverable, excellent range, plenty of punch, good load carrying ability, and it could be used for any mission the higher ups thought of. While it was superseded by jets, the P-51D was used for tactical bombing in Korea, and some air forces didn't retire their Mustangs until the 1980s. There was much excitement in the Warbird community when the Dominican Republic decided to sell their P-51Ds in 1984.

THE KIT

I thought I had built this kit before, but I was wrong. The older Minicraft/Hasegawa P-51 has raised panel lines; this one has recessed panel lines. It's a new mold. This kit is issued with new markings for 44-64076, "Jumpin' Jacques" of the 3rdFG and 44-14606 "Jan" of the 4thFG. There are 4 gray sprues and one clear. Everything is flash-free and clean.

F4U-1 Corsair Pitot Tube

Published: May 31st, 2011     
F4U-1 Corsair Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Kit parts vs. Quickboost parts (left)

WWII U.S. Sherman Tanks

Published: May 31st, 2011     
WWII U.S. Sherman Tanks
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

The M4 Sherman is probably the most easily recognizable American tank ever built. This book focuses in the variants and used by the American Army in World War II.

Variants cover include: Small Hatch M4, Small Hatch M4A1, Small Hatch M4A2, Small Hatch M4A3 75 mm, M4 Composite, M4 105 Howitzer, Large Hatch M4A1 (76)W, Large Hatch M4A2, Large Hatch M4A3 75 mm, Large Hatch M4A3 (76)W, M4A4 (105), M4A3E2, M4A6, M4A3E8 and a section devoted to specialized uses like Amphibious (DD Tanks), Bulldozer, Flamethrowers, etc.

The book is profusely illustrated with close to 200 B&W pictures and several color period pictures as well. There are just a few color profiles. The book covers variants that saw services in North Africa, Italy, D-Day, and the Western Front -including the Battle of the Bulge- as well as the Marine's use of the Sherman in the Pacific.

Detailed line drawings provide details of each sub-variant, including details on the turret, hull, tracks and weaponry. Although most pictures with personnel are likely to be staged, several pictures have military personnel in them providing an insight on military uniform and gear.

Bf 110 Instrument Panel – Limited Edition

Published: May 31st, 2011     
Bf 110 Instrument Panel – Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/4 (Not 1/48!)
Company: Eduard

Czech manufacturer Eduard has a great reputation for its aftermarket instrument panel and now it provides the modeler with the ultimate instrument panel: the 1/4 scale Bf 110 instrument panel.

This kit was first available as a bonus for the Bf 110 Royal Class edition and now it is been released as a 'stand-alone' kit in a Limited Edition format. You get a whole instrument panel, a sprue full of bezels and levers, two sprues of clear parts, two fret of pre-painted PE and a set of vinyl instrument faces.

Plastic parts are molded in very accurate colors. Still I've decided to paint the instrument bezels in black and the back of the instrument panel in RLM 66.

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