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An Aeronautical Engineer's View….The Vought F4U Corsair and its Contemporaries

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
An Aeronautical Engineer's View….The Vought F4U Corsair and its Contemporaries
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad - IPMS# 36721
Company: Thomas Brinkman

Editor: This review updated 24 July 2011 with book author's e-mail address corrected

This is the 6th edition of this publication, published in 2010 and printed in May 2011. I reviewed the 5th Edition, published in January 2009. For those of you who may have missed the previous review I will include some of the original comments in this updated review.

When the previous An Aeronautical Engineer's View....The Vought F4U Corsair and its Contemporaries first arrived for my review I scanned through the pages and the only picture I found was that of the author. I need reference pictures, lots of pictures, of the Corsair, wheel wells, the cockpit, details, markings and so on. I thrive on line drawings. Nonetheless I had an obligation to review the publication, and the only way to do that was to read it.

P-38 propeller and Spinner (with jig)

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
P-38 propeller and Spinner (with jig)
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks once again to Quickboost, and Aires Hobby Models for providing IPMS USA review items; more cool stuff for us!

This is a "well-then" item for me. I wondered why, and learned soon. Enclosed in the upgrade are propellers, spinners, and a jig to make sure the props are properly aligned. This is a cool set, and here's why: in the side-by side pictures, you will note the kit items have a split spinner, with front and back parts. The props are ok, but could use a bit of "tweaking". These are ok if you don't mind a seam through where the props attach. I've built a few of these kits, and always had a bit of filler required to finish the spinner.

Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser Mogami

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser Mogami
Reviewed by: Michael Scott - IPMS# 43177
Company: Model Art

Although this large format publication on fine, heavy paper is almost entirely written in Japanese, it does feature an extensive set of line drawings detailing every bit of the surface features found on the various versions of IJN Mogami. Like 140 pages of them. Fortunately for English reading modelers, each page features explanatory text in both Japanese and English.

AIM-26B Missiles

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
AIM-26B Missiles
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt - IPMS# 46356
Scale: 1/48
Company: True Details

Description

Includes 2 resin AIM-26B missiles with separate exhaust nozzles. Designed for the Revell/Monogram kits (Note: these missiles are also included in the resin detail parts of the Encore F-102A kit).

History

The AIM-26 Falcon was a larger, more powerful version of the AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missile built by Hughes. The AIM-26A, with the nuclear warhead, entered service in 1961 with the Air Defense Command F-102 Delta Dagger interceptors. It used a radar proximity fuse and a radar guidance system. To date, it is the only guided U.S. air-to-air weapon ever to carry a nuclear warhead. Considering the issues with using nuclear weapons over the US homeland and friendly territories, the missile was eventually converted to a conventional high explosive warhead and designated the AIM-26B. These were carried by the F-102s, F-106s, and the J35 Draken (designated as RB27).

SU-24M Fencer D Air Scoop

Published: June 23rd, 2011     
SU-24M Fencer D Air Scoop
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thanks once again to Quickboost for providing IPMS USA review items; they have become quite prolific in output!

As usual, Quickboost provides a fast one-for-one replacement for the kit item, in this case the dorsal intake on the SU-24. A very visible item, the kit intake is a two-part box, and is "OK" out of the box; it uses the fuselage as its lower floor... Quick boost steps up and improves, providing an intake that has a more refined, rounded intake, and an exhaust section with the lower "floor" incorporated, which when carefully removed from the pour stub fits right in place of the kit items; it even has the locating tabs to make it easy.

I've heard some people ask "why" on other forums concerning Quickboost parts... In this case, having built the kit before, they just saved me about 1/2 hour of work filling, shaping, and adding a duct floor to more accurately depict what the real item looks like. That is what QB is all about! Thanks again Quickboost, Aires Hobby Models another great product, and to IPMS/USA for my review sample!

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