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Weighted Wheels and Tires

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Weighted Wheels and Tires
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/32

These represent a fairly new product from Aires, long time producer of quality resin aftermarket aircraft accessories and they are absolutely GORGEOUS !!!

As image shows, all tires and hubs are cast flawlessly as separate pieces which makes making painting a breeze. The tires have raised "Goodyear" and tire info in raised letters that take a light dry brushing extremely well. Images show the difference between kit and resin parts. There is also included a length of copper wire to be used as a brake line. I truly believe that these will sell very well when the work spreads as to the quality found here. See the "Wheeliant" line on Aires website at https://www.aires.cz/en/. Many thanks to Aires for the review sample.

Please note that cost is an estimate.

Building the P-51 Mustang

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Building the P-51 Mustang
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner - IPMS# 30864
Company: Specialty Press

The book is hardbound, measures 11-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches tall, and comprises 239 pages, divided into 6 chapters, as follows:

FW-190A / F and FW-190D-9/D-11/D-13 Wing Root Gun Covers (Closed)

Published: October 16th, 2010     
FW-190A / F  and FW-190D-9/D-11/D-13 Wing Root Gun Covers (Closed)
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

Eduard's FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One of the things that is 'nitpicky' about them is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position. Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them. Well you don't have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides you with the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.

Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Roll Models at https://www.kitlinx.com/ . Tell them IPMS/USA sent you.

Range Finder and Binocular Telescope Set

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Range Finder and Binocular Telescope Set
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum - IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
Company: Fine Molds

This is the latest detail set from Finemolds. It is part of their Nano Dread 350 series (okay I have no idea why it is called "Nano Dread"). This detail set provides replacement bridge equipment for Imperial Japanese Navy warships, even though the box does not say that. What is noteworthy of Finemolds is that their after market detail sets are injection molded styrene; there is no multi-media included. What is surprising, since this is my first look at a Finemold molding, is how petite and detailed the injection details are!

In the box are four sprues of details; two each of Sprue A and Sprue B.

Sprue A contains:

  • 1 magnetic compass binnacle (mis-identified as a Gyro Compass)
  • 3 azimuth gyro repeaters
  • 4 mounted binoculars

Sprue B contains:

Birds of Prey

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Birds of Prey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Company: Specialty Press

The concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is not a new concept. But UAVs have been hot-points in the news from many parts of the world over the last decade. "Birds of Prey" is an absolutely fascinating, current, and in-depth description of the wide variety of these vehicles. The author skillfully intertwines factual information with almost "Tom Clancy" descriptions of combat action. The huge variances in the size, style and missions are covered extremely well. To put the size variance into a modeling perspective, the smallest winged UAV, the Scan Eagle has a 1 inch span in 1:48 scale! Compare this to the Global Hawk Block 20+vehicle with a wing span of 32.5 inches in the same scale.

I did not verify the details presented throughout, and there is no reference section or source list. However, there appear to be enough dates, names, and other information to follow up or research additional areas.

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