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F-4E-F-G-J-S PHANTOM II EXAHUST NOZZLES

Published: October 15th, 2010     
F-4E-F-G-J-S PHANTOM II EXAHUST NOZZLES
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006
Scale: 1/72

While this set is designed for the Fujimi kit, it's a direct drop in; you can easily use it on any of the Hasegawa offerings (which I'll be using). It's an excellent upgrade from the kit parts and requires minimal modeling effort to complete.

It consists of a single fret of 2 PE afterburner flame rings and two sets of exhaust "feathers" (long), afterburner cans, and exhaust cones. My sample was cast in dark grey resin and was bubble free. The cut lines are clearly defined and the resin separates easily from the pour stubs with a few swipes from a razor saw. A few swipes with a sanding sick leveled the parts up and they were ready to assemble.

Be very careful with the PE afterburner flame rings. They are extremely delicate and are somewhat oversized for the afterburner cans. I used a wooden dowel, to gently move them into position, to where the grooved afterburner can liner begins.

As always, make sure you wear a respirator when you make your cuts and vacuum up the residual dust once you're finished.

Overall this set is just the ticket for anyone looking to make a more Phabulous Phantom.

Toyota Prius G "Touring"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Toyota Prius G "Touring"
Reviewed by: Jay Mesawitz - IPMS# 42925
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

The Toyota Prius has made its way from a government incentive driven experiment to a very successful mainstream product offering. As such it really deserves to be noticed for its place in history. The Prius body styling and the kit subject matter in general, however, may only appeal to the Prius enthusiast.

The Fujimi kit represents the 2009 model year of the 3rd generation Prius and is an all new kit. White, clear and chrome trees are all individually bagged. Also included are soft rubber tires, a small decal sheet and window masks. Part count is just over 80 pieces and the build up is fairly simple. The result is a curbside model with no open elements.

The chassis pan and suspension build up easily and are molded with deep relief allowing for the use of washes and various other weathering effects to be applied to the underside. The suspension has poseable front wheels. Each wheel is installed with a vinyl bushing to allow them to roll; however, I was not able to install them and achieve smooth operation on all four wheels. The bushings look like the Tamiya competition but install in the wheel/rim itself rather than being encased in the wheel/brake hub.

Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Happy Medium Press

Let's take a journey, a journey into the mind of a scratchbuilder. Not just any scratchbuilder, not one who takes an actual object that existed and builds a replica from scratch. But one who gives three dimensional shape and form to an idea in a novel or a picture in his head. Author Andy Pearson is just such a modeler. He is regularly featured in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller magazine.

In this book's eleven chapters; Andy will show you how to take an image in your mind or a book and give it form and substance. Each chapter is a walk through the building of project. From futuristic construction equipment, cybernetic whale, a cross sectional far away planet's seascape, space ships and much more, Andy takes you on the journey from idea to model.

This book is a must have for Sci-Fi and fantasy modelers and anyone who has been thinking about a first time scratch built project. The tips and techniques contained within will be of benefit to anyone who even thinks they might attempt such a project one day, be it fictional or real.

MC.200 Saetta

Published: October 14th, 2010     
MC.200 Saetta
Reviewed by: Chris Durden - IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/48
Company: Italeri

Italeri has been releasing more Italian WWII subjects in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales over the past several years, with mixed success. Several were excellent kits such as the CR.42 and the SM.82 while others, like the most recent Re.2002, were poorly received by some modelers. The recent release of the MC.200 has drawn some negative pre-release publicity as well as comparisons to the well done PCM kit released earlier. Being a sucker for anything in splotchy camouflage, I jumped at the opportunity to try the kit for myself, and found a solid effort with good points and some bad points as well.

Fokker D.VII (MAG)

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Fokker D.VII (MAG)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Eduard for providing this kit to IPMS/USA and to them for allowing me to review it.

We are all familiar with the Fokker D.VII, but a little historical background may be helpful to explain the markings seen on the subject of this review. The D.VII was such a formidable aircraft that the Armistice ending WWI specifically called for all surviving D.VIIs be delivered to the Allies. The United States pick up a few for testing, but nothing ever came of the effort. However, other countries used them operationally. One country, the Hungarian Soviet Republic, a short-lived Communist regime established in the chaos following WWI, used a number of D.VIIs in the Hungarian/Czechoslovakina/Romanian War of 1919. Some of these aircraft were ex-German aircraft and some were built by MAG, (Magyar Altalanos Gepgyar - Hungarian General Machine Company) an Austro-Hungarian company licensed to build the D.VII using the Austro-Daimler engines. It was from early 1919 to July 1919 that the Hungarian Soviet Republic used their D.VIIs emblazoned with the red star as seen on this model.

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