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Top Drawings 8 Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Top Drawings 8 Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J
Reviewed by: Les Walden - IPMS# 44687

Kagero has come up with another winner if you're a Panzer IV nut, like I am. The book is soft cover with heavy stock and full color art on the front and back covers. This book covers the Panzer IV J. The strength of the book isn't the text, unless you read Polish. The 1/35 scale drawings are beautiful, showing all the angles of the tank, in all twenty seven pages. The drawings do have some text in English, so you know what variant you're looking at. The reader does know which production version is being represented. Included are exploded drawings of the different muffler systems, return rollers, idler wheels, road wheel assemblies, treads, muzzle brakes, cupolas, and armor skirts. There are also four pages of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings. Thirty one pages in all. Add to this four pages of full color prints, with two tanks on each page.

If you're a Panzer IV J fan, you won't be disappointed. Kagero has given us a reference with the modeler in mind. The price may seem high for a soft cover publication, however, the artwork makes it worth owning and a set of masks are provided with the book.

Panzerspahwagen BA-64[r] w/Crew

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Panzerspahwagen BA-64[r] w/Crew
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

This kit is a re-box of the Vision model 35002 WWII Russian BA-64 Armored Car with new decals to depict a captured armored car in German service. Plus the addition of a MiniArt figure set that calls them the "crew".

Yankee Scout and Tracker

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Yankee Scout and Tracker
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

Looking over the figures, they had very minimal flash, and no ejection pin marks. What mold lines that were there were easily removed with a sharp blade. There are no decals provided and the painting instructions are for Vallejo only. You will need to refer to what you see in the illustration or any references that you may have access to. There is not even any part numbers on the sprue, just a picture on the back of the box with the numbers listed next to the part.
The figures went together without a lot of shaping and filling. They are all balanced so they can stand without pins or glue. The biggest problem with construction was the assembly of the Yankee scout. The rifle and saber were mostly guess work as to where the items went and how they were to be attached. The assembly pictures on the back of the box show several items that are not in the box. The reins, canteen, and saber all require something from your own supplies to make them. I used lead foil and it appears to be okay. The saddle was placed on the horse in the, what I thought, correct direction. I showed it to a civil war buff and he said the saddle should have been reversed.

WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks

Published: October 11th, 2010     
WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

I was intrigued by the title of this PE set when I was notified by John Noack of its availability and was very excited when it arrived. You would think that a set titled "WWII USN Accommodation Ladders and Gangplanks" would not stir the imagination, after all accommodation ladders are available in other sets. But I have never seen gangplanks offered anywhere. It is a subject often neglected by PE manufacturers - "how do you get on and off a ship." Well, this PE set is the answer.

There is a lot of detail and options packed into this small set:

A6M5 Exhausts

Published: October 11th, 2010     
A6M5 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Fred Amos - IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blond color we have become accustomed to. And of course the ends of the pipes are hollow.

As can be seen in the photos of the packaging, each pipe is numbered and each number is referenced to the Tamiya part number that the part replaces.

If you have or anticipate getting a Tamiya 1/32 A6M5, you will want these exhausts to enhance the detail of the kit engine.

I can highly recommend this set.

Thanks to Quick Boost for providing the review item. And remember, you can get your copy of these exhausts and many other superb resin accessories by contacting Quick Boost directly at their website and at your favorite hobby store or supplier.

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