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Precision Punch & Die Set

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Precision Punch & Die Set
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

Punch & die sets are one of those tools that you don't think too much about until one day when you need it. Then once you have one, you wonder how you ever did without it. Roll Models now offers the familiar Waldron set containing a punch guide and six punches in the following sizes:

.160", .120", .089", .081", .059", and .039"

Using the set is simplicity itself. One need only slightly separate the sandwich guide, slide in the material to be punched out, line it up in the appropriately sized hole, insert the punch and lightly tap it with a small hammer. You're rewarded with a perfectly round punch-out. Aircraft modelers have long used this tool to cut out small, round instrument panel dial and gauge decals. Ship modelers will find it useful when the time comes to cut out circular decals for 1/700 or 1/350 Japanese, British or U.S aircraft decals for carrier models. One aspect that I did notice was that a good magnifier came in handy as I used the smaller punches. This was to ensure that the item to be punched was properly centered in the guide hole.

US Air Force Special Operations Command

Published: September 24th, 2010     
US Air Force Special Operations Command
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000

Several weeks ago, I attended a change of command ceremony for a unit of the United States Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg. My mind was still full of memories of Ft. Bragg and the visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum when this book became available for review. I jumped at the chance to do the review. Thank you SAM Publications for providing the review sample.

Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther - IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is striving mightily to make enough sets for a modeler to make a perfect Spitfire Mk.IX, if that is possible. The latest by their own definition is a 1/72 scale engine cover with radiator. What you actually have is the lower engine cover with carburetor intake. The part is perfectly cast in Quickboost fine grain resin and it only took me a few minutes using a razor saw, snips and a sanding block to remove the casting gate.

I took down my Hasegawa kit #AP42, 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX as Quickboost says the recommended kit is Hasegawa. The instructions states that this cast part "replace(s) kit part #F1 + F2." Well, I beg to differ. If you look a photo 2, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the lower engine cover/carburetor intake made from sprue E and the resin part is a match for it. In photo 3, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the sprue F (parts 1 & 2) and it's clear that the F sprue has a longer carburetor intake than the Quickboost part. If you intend to make the 1943 Spitfire model then by all means use the Quickboost part, but if you're going to make the 1945 Spitfire model then use the F sprue that has the long carburetor intake.

Pedestrian Bridge

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Pedestrian Bridge
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan - IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Having no knowledge of this series of MiniArt kits, I was expecting about 5 pieces of resin to clean up, prep, slap together quickly, paint and weather. Wrong! One finds upon opening the box 464 grey plastic pieces on 48 sprues. However, there are only 3 different sprues, each repeated 16 times. Instructions are line illustrations on two double-sided 8x11 sheets, and are pretty straightforward - more on this later. When the dust has settled, you will not only have a brilliant diorama accessory but also a number of extra parts left over which will be extremely useful for the diorama hound.

Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car
Reviewed by: John Yager - IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A Brief History

The wz. 34 armored car was developed as a modification of the wz. 28 half-track armored car with the tracked wheels being replaced with tires. This allowed simpler maintenance and improved the off-road capabilities. Ten squadrons of armored cars (80+ vehicles) were mobilized in September 1939. In these first days of fighting, the cars were used for reconnaissance and support. Polish crews achieved success by using the element of surprise despite German equipment superiority.

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