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Early Canadian Military Aircraft Vol. 1

Published: June 20th, 2011     
Early Canadian Military Aircraft Vol. 1
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger - IPMS# 40196
Company: Aviaeology

The full title of this book is: Early Canadian Military Aircraft, Acquisitions, Dispositions, Color Schemes & Markings: Volume 1, Aircraft taken on strength through 1920 with credits to the authors above and also illustrations by Andrew Tattersall (aircraft) and Terry Higgins (maps).

This is the first volume of an intended series which will cover all Canadian military aircraft taken on strength from 1920 through 1938 -- there are 58 such aircraft, and this volume covers the first seven. It's easier to visualize the contents if you know the "taken on strength" date is effectively the first date a particular type is brought aboard, and not just the date individual aircraft were received. The first seven types were taken on strength in 1920 but many aircraft of a type arrived after that date and served through 1929.

The research was done, or at least the balance of it, over a period of 30 years, and the effort is now on publishing it -- which, of course, will be determined by demand for each volume. This is not a minor point because it is rather pricey and postage from Canada doesn't help matters.

'68 Corvette L88 "Rebel Racer"

Published: June 20th, 2011     
'68 Corvette L88 "Rebel Racer"
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Revell, Inc.

History

The Chevrolet Corvette is the quintessential American sports car. Included in the numerous models produced since the cars introduction in 1953 were some very serious performance cars. The L88 version was a special order 427 big block option available for three model years 1967 to 1969. For $5000.00 you got a factory built racecar with over 500 horsepower under the hood. The subject of this kit is the 1968 (some sources say 1969) L88 powered car driven by Dave Heinz and Bob Johnson to first place at both the 12 hour Sebring and the 24hr Daytona races. Some interesting notes about this car include its Ferrari red paint, which was required because this and a sister L88 'Vette were running in two Ferrari slots just to get in the races. A backdoor agreement through Goodyear tires who used their connection to Enzo Ferrari to open the slots. The unusual headlamps were moved up and covered with custom lenses to allow more cooling air into the engine compartment. The confederate stripes were a response to another car painted in a stars and stripes livery. The resulting victories put the Corvette and GM on the map for a class of racing traditionally dominated by foreign manufacturers.

French Wings No. 2: Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29 & Ni-D 62 Family

Published: June 20th, 2011     
French Wings No. 2: Nieuport-Delage Ni-D 29 & Ni-D 62 Family
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: Stratus

The Story

Although many companies in France produced fighters during the interwar period, Nieuport manufactured two landmark fighters beginning with the end of World War I. The Ni-D 29 biplane fighter appeared at the end of the war, and was produced for the Aeronautique Militaire during the twenties, as well as in several foreign countries. Export models were also sold to Belgium, Italy, Siam, Argentina, Spain, and Sweden. By the mid twenties, it was obvious that a replacement would be needed soon, and Nieuport then developed a high wing monoplane replacement, the Ni-D 62 series, many of which were built with a small stub wing, making it sort of a biplane. There were numerous variations in the production models, with differences in powerplant, wing arrangement, and fuselage structure. These were first built for the French, but later, many were sold to Spain, Romania, and Brazil. These aircraft served for many years, some being used as trainers as late as 1940. They were not particularly easy to fly, and were used in Spain after they were outdated, but they still were effective fighters under the right circumstances.

German Fighter Messerschmitt Bf-109 F2

Published: June 18th, 2011     
German Fighter Messerschmitt Bf-109 F2
Reviewed by: Clarence Wentzel - IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/144
Company: Zvezda

Background

I'm sure that everyone is aware of the Messerschmitt Bf-109 series of aircraft. The F model entered production in November, 1940 and differed from the previous "E" models by using a more powerful version of the DB 601 engine and featuring a more streamlined nose cowling. Armament consisted of two nose mounted machine guns and a cannon shooting through the engine crankshaft. Many of Germany's top aces preferred the F model over the earlier E or even the later G and K models. I recommend Lynn Ritger's two books from SAM Publications for reference purposes.

The Kit

FW-190D-9 Late

Published: June 16th, 2011     
FW-190D-9 Late
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The Focke-Wulf 190D-9 was a superb aircraft but situations in the war prevented it from being really effective. The production of the aircraft was done by sub-contractors with final assembly taking place at various locations. Occasionally, the sub-contractors couldn't keep up; such is the case of this version of the 190. It appears that approximately five aircraft received the Ta-152 type tail at the Mimetall factory, but the exact number is not known. There is photographic evidence of at least two aircraft. The Germans did not see the quandary that they would cause model builders in the future but they didn't have any different designations to denote the new tail.

Eduard's FW-190s are in my opinion are the best ones on the market. They were criticized for their A models as being over engineered and fiddly. I found them to be really nice but I could understand the modeler's viewpoint. Well Eduard listens to the model builder and with the Dora series they have taken pains to simplify it. What results is, in my opinion, the best Dora available in 1/48thscale.

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