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More Stars in the Sky

Published: July 8th, 2011     
More Stars in the Sky
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel - IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have been aware of the company Iliad Design for many years based on their very interesting line of Aircraft Color Charts. I have a few of their sets covering some unique areas - Polish Aircraft, French Aircraft, Condor Legion etc.

I had not been aware that they also produce decals. Upon checking out their web site, I found several interesting sets of decals. Most of them are 1/48 scale but they also have a pleasing selection of 1/72 decals.

The subject of this review is their latest 1/72 scale release. It covers the following;

Neubau-Fahrzeug: Rheinmetall-Fahrgestell und Krupp Turm Geänderte MG-Türme

Published: July 8th, 2011     
Neubau-Fahrzeug: Rheinmetall-Fahrgestell und Krupp Turm Geänderte MG-Türme
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

Short History

In the interwar years the Germans experimented with large, multi-turreted Medium tanks. The Neubau-Fahrzeug is the result of those experiments. Beginning in 1934, Rheinmetall-Borsig produced five vehicles, two prototypes and three 'production' vehicles. The prototypes were used for training and the production models eventually took part in the Norwegian campaign where one was destroyed.

What's in the box

M5 Stuart Tank Walk Around

Published: July 8th, 2011     
M5 Stuart Tank Walk Around
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich - IPMS# 39295

My oh My!!! By definition that men are visual creatures......I am men!!! I LOVE getting reference books that are FULL of pictures of vehicles. Save the reading and writing for another form of model builder. Give me a picture, obscure or basic, and I am a very happy camper. Squadron's new series of walk arounds have not been a disappointment. They contain numerous pictures of preserved and restored vehicles. Some contain a few line drawings and color plates while come have a minimum of in actions shots as well. How can you go wrong with that? You can't.

Realistic Sagged Tyres

Published: July 8th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich - IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Pro Art Models

With Trumpeter's release of their M-1078 Light Medium Tactical vehicle (LMTV), it was only a matter of time before the after-market companies stepped up. There are at least one full PE set, two different resin interiors/exterior sets and four different tire sets. This is understandable as many modelers (for one reason or another) do not appreciate or like the rubber/vinyl tire option. The Trumpeter tires look fine to me. However, if you have to have resin, this is a way to go! The only difference between these two sets is the number of tires included. One set (35030) contains five tires, two front, two rear and a spare and the other set (35037) contains two front, four rear and a spare. Set 35037 is being sold for the Trumpeter M-1083 that was announced but has not yet been released. For the difference in cost, I would suggest getting the seven wheel set. That way, regardless of which one you build, you will have all the tires you need or some extras.

FIRST LOOK North American P-51D Mustang

Published: July 8th, 2011     
FIRST LOOK North American P-51D Mustang
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/32
Company: Tamiya

Considered by many to be the finest piston-engined fighter aircraft ever to take to the skies, the P-51 Mustang is legendary among aviation aficionados and modelers alike, and needs little introduction in this "first look" at Tamiya's exquisite rendition of the defining Mustang variant, the P-51D.

Riding on the tremendous popularity of its 1/32 Scale Aircraft series thus far, Tamiya once again ups the ante with the introduction of the P-51 series. As with their Zeros, Phantoms, and Spitfires, Tamiya has clearly engineered their tooling to crank out Mustang variants other than just the "-D."

Upon completion of the Spitfire Mk. XVIe a few weeks ago I seriously questioned if those show-off engineers and toolmakers at Tamiya could top the Spitfire series. Well, they may have done just that. Although I've had the kit for barely 8 hours, it's clear the engineering and layout of the kit bears much resemblance to that of the "Spit." Here's a breakdown of what's in the box:

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