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Saab J-35 Cockpit Set

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
Saab J-35 Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Scott A. Bregi - IPMS# 32683
Scale: 1/72

Another outstanding addition to the Aires line of resin cockpit sets. This set for the Hasegawa 1:72nd scale J-35 Draken is beautifully cast in a medium grey resin and features extremely minute details to include sidewall structure. Anyone who loves The Saab Draken will want to add this set to their model. .

The only problem I had and one to pay attention to is fitting of the glare shield under the front windscreen. I inadvertently removed too much plastic and this left gaps near where the windscreen fits to the fuselage. I recommend test fitting often and only remove a very small amount of the plastic at a time. It is way too easy to remove too much material.

Since I was fitting this to an Austrian aircraft I had a hard time figuring out the color of the cockpit. Research indicated they painted their cockpits in a light grey color which is different than the norm as all other countries flying the Draken paint their cockpits in a dark grey green finish. The only area requiring putty was again near the edge of the windscreen and above and behind the ejection seat.

RAF Instrument Dial Decals and WW2 Allied Cockpit Placard Decals

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
RAF Instrument Dial Decals and WW2 Allied Cockpit Placard Decals
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Scale: 1/48

The two decal sets are in clear register, well printed and of great use to the aircraft modeler. Those that scratch build their own instrument panels will find these immensely useful. As one who builds a lot of resin kits I can see these being of great benefit there as well. They also will enhance a kit instrument panel going over the raised detail. Lastly, the gauge decals also include a small rectangle of clear, thin plastic so those with a punch and die set can make their own glass covers for the instruments.

L-Birds: American Combat Liaison Aircraft of World War II

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
L-Birds:  American Combat Liaison Aircraft of World War II
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

The Story

I bought this book because it was recommended to me by David W. Menard, the noted aviation historian and photographer, after I asked him some questions about American liaison aircraft used in Europe during World War II. Dave suggested that I contact Terry Love, the author, and the result was that I now have a copy of the book. I'm glad I bought it, because it certainly fills a gap in my library, and fills me in on some of the "L" types that were used during the war, and the reason why they were developed at that time. Although the book was originally published in 2001, I was not aware of it until now.

Saab J-35 Exhaust Nozzle

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
Saab J-35 Exhaust Nozzle
Reviewed by: Scott A. Bregi - IPMS# 32683
Scale: 1/72

Another outstanding addition to the Aires line of resin detail and upgrade sets. This set for all versions of the venerable Hasegawa 1:72ndscale J-35 Draken. It may be able to fit to other kits but that is for you to find out! It is exquisitely cast in a medium grey resin and features extremely minute details absent from the kit parts. Anyone who loves The Saab Draken will want to add this set to their model. .

Only place to watch out for is cleaning up the inside seams at the top and bottom of the aft fuselage as this will be visible after the new tailpipe is installed. Again test fit many times before committing to glue. I had to install a stop bar of sorts behind and inside the fuselage to keep the nozzle from falling inside.

Aficionados of the Saab Draken will want to add this set to their pride and joy; and don't forget these other sets:

Heavy Duty Cases (Modern)

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
Heavy Duty Cases (Modern)
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich - IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Pro Art Models

Pro Art Models has been around since 2002. I first found out about them when I was looking for aftermarket items to hop-up the Italeri HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). They were one of the only names in the game. They had details for the interior, exterior, the fuel pump system and tires. They now carry a highly detailed rear mounted crane. They also carry a few radio sets that are absolutely gorgeous. There are currently three US distributors of Pro Art Models: Master Modelers Marketplace in Beaverton, OR, R&J Enterprises in Quilcene, WA and Military Hobbies in Orange, CA. You can also order direct from their site. They take MasterCard, Visa and my favorite PAYPAL.

This is a simple and easy to use accessory. The set contains 18 cases. You get two of each style. These all have a striking resemblance to the Pelican case brand. The casting of the resin parts is superb and each has a small (relative to the size of the container) pour lug that can be sanded off or razor sawed off and finished with sanding. Remember that resin dust is hazardous so use wet sanding and sawing, use a mask and work in a ventilated area.

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