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Spitfire Mk.XIVc Cockpit Set

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.XIVc Cockpit Set
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48

The Academy Spitfire Mk.XIVc is a really nice kit but it is let down by the cockpit. Aires rectifies that with this new set. Molded in light grey and tan resin that is blemish and bubble free the amount of detail is impressive. The casting is flawless and some of the undercuts are really deep. I don't know how they can do it. Besides the 12 pieces of resin there is a film for the instruments and a fret of photo etch. The breakdown is logical and well thought out.

The hardest part of the whole conversion will be the need to thin down the side kit sidewalls. Everything else is just as simple as removing the parts from the pour stubs and assembling them. The resin parts are precisely made and look fantastic. If you have this kit you'll want this interior.

Simple yet effective, this interior will add immensely to the Academy kit.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires for the review copy. You can obtain yours from your LHS, online retailers or directly from Aires at http://www.aires.cz/en/ . Let them know IPMS/USA sent you.

F-16 Pitot tube and Angle of Attack probes

Published: October 12th, 2010     
F-16 Pitot tube and Angle of Attack probes
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

In case you have already perused my review on the Master F-14 Alpha and Angle of Attack probe, this review was an added bonus when I voiced my interest to the Reviewer Corps. Unlike the Tomcat with a broken probe, I did not have a Viper in need of repair, nor did I have one assembled to add the parts to, but of course, I did have one or two sitting in my stash (there may be more, but please do not tell my wife). For the purpose of this review, I compared the Master set with what is provided in the Monogram release of a few years ago, which is actually a Revell Germany kit (according to the sprues anyway).

F-5, T-38 Ejection Seat

Published: October 12th, 2010     
F-5, T-38 Ejection Seat
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Pavla Models

Pavla models has added an ejection seat to their 1/72 aircraft accessory line. This one is for the F-5, T-38. Pavla Models doesn't specify a kit for this seat, but it will have to be a kit that has a cockpit in it. I picked the Italeri F-5A freedom fighter, kit # 1231.

This offering is a quality piece of resin; smooth, seamless and bubble free. The detail is also very nice and doesn't need any extra work to bring out the detail. All that I needed to do to make it fit the kits cockpit was to just remove the molding block and paint it. A drop of super glue and it was installed.

Wings of the Luftwaffe, Flying Captured German Aircraft of World War II

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Wings of the Luftwaffe, Flying Captured German Aircraft of World War II
Reviewed by: Bill Hollis - IPMS# 42250
Company: Specialty Press

Eric Brown is one of those very fortunate and rare individuals who happened to be not only in exactly the right place at the right time, but was eminently capable of extracting the most out of the opportunities presented him in the bargain. His qualifications and accomplishments as an airman leave most of the rest of us, military and civilian alike, deep in the shadows of the backfield. A distinguished combat veteran, he went on to become a world class test pilot logging test, experiment and evaluation time in 487 types of aircraft. In addition to 2,407 aircraft carrier landings, he has amassed a record of achievements, accomplishments, and awards that really do take the entire rear dust cover to list-without the need for filler and no double spacing. By anybody's standard, Capt. Brown is the "real deal".

When Worlds Collide - Space Ark

Published: October 12th, 2010     
When Worlds Collide - Space Ark
Reviewed by: Fred Amos - IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/350
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

If you are old enough, you may remember a great science fiction movie in 1952 called "When Worlds Collide". The story line was that astronomers have discovered a sun and a planet on a collision course with the planet Earth.

After a great deal of discussion it is decided to build an "Ark", a large rocket, capable of evacuating the best minds of science, engineering, animal husbandry, farming and other "best and brightest" citizens of the planet Earth to a new planet, and there to start a new race in peace and harmony. As would be expected, chaos erupts at the last hour, caused by the unfortunate people who are to be left behind. The Ark is launched just in time to avoid the collision and proceeds to the new Earth, finding it a paradise.

Pegasus has released a model of the "Ark". The scale is 1/350th which would make the 11 1/2 inch model 335 plus feet long in prototype form. The kit consists of 26 pieces of very smooth light gray plastic. There are no decals or clear parts.

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