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Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

As with most Ginter books, the research touches on all serial numbers manufactured, and traces them to their assignments. This was a particular interesting read for yours truly, in that I hold a type rating in this venerable old bird. In the closing pages of this book, I was able to trace, by registration number, the two birds I had the pleasure to fly. I was surprised to see just how many of these post-war relics made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.

Black-It Out Washes

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Black-It Out Washes
Reviewed by: Robert Folden - IPMS# 45545
Company: The Detailer

As any modeler knows, a good wash can pick out details and set a model apart from the crowd. There have been a lot of tips, tricks, and formulas over the years for the perfect wash. But The Detailer may have finally done it. The Detailer has created a line of twelve pre-mixed washes in various colors.

The washes come in 1-oz. bottles and are available in colors ranging from black through grey and white to greens and even purple. There are several uses for the washes, whether you're a car modeler or a military modeler. The liquid is slightly thicker than water, and can be used straight from the bottle or thinned with water. The Detailer website shows some of the automotive uses such as blacked out grills, chrome tinting, lens and glass tinting, and various anodized metal looks.

I didn't haven anything with chrome handy, so I went through testing the washes in military applications. The first was using the tan and black washes on a pair of 1/35 28mm Anti-tank guns. I found the black worked great, however the tan was a little too rust colored. I later found out you can mix the colors. I found tan mixed with a bit of white was a perfect wash for Dunkelgelb.

River Embankment Section

Published: October 18th, 2010     
River Embankment Section
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

The MiniArt River Embankment Diorama Section consists of two sets of parts, some pieces being injection molded and some being vacuformed. The parts for the street surface, river embankment retaining wall, and access steps are vacuformed. The sidewalk railings, various street posts and stanchions, "park" benches and manhole covers are all injection molded. Each of the six part trees included in this kit are identical and each carries a manhole pipe casing and manhole cover, a storm grate frame and cover, parts for two sidewalk railing stanchions, and half of the parts required to build up a "park bench". These parts provide the builder with all of the pieces to build up the street scene as shown on the box lid as well as extra parts so the builder can do a little free-lancing.

The vacuform parts are molded with a very convincing "rock" texture on the river retaining walls and steps, and a cobblestone texture on the surface of the street. The molded features of the rock and cobblestone surfaces are properly proportioned for a 1/35 scale scene.

Albatros D.III

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Albatros D.III
Reviewed by: Greg Wise - IPMS# 44378
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

On a first look you find the reboxed plastic along with a photo etch fret and a masking set. You also have 5 decal options that I will get to shortly. Removing the plastic from the resealable bag you'll see all the hard work paid off for the Eduard crew. The level of detail is incredible and the offering is just as nice today as it was 10 -11 years ago when first released.

L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track

Published: October 17th, 2010     
L4500 Maultier Heavy Half-Track
Reviewed by: Tom Jett - IPMS# 46082
Scale: 1/35
Company: Zvezda

When this kit arrived in the mail I was pleasantly surprised by the my impressions of the kit. Although I'd never build a Zvezda kit, my understanding about their kits was... well, let's say not so good. Let me say right here at the start that if this kit is any indication of the quality of kits they now produce, I'll gladly put down my money to buy one if the subject interests me. This is a great kit of an unusual German heavy truck. The kit is molded in dark tan styrene. The quality of the molding is very good, with minimal flash and clean up required. There were some minor sinks on the suspension bogies that needed to be filled and sanded, but were not difficult to accomplish. The sturdy box contains 10 sprues, 9 in dark tan and one clear sprue and a small decal sheet. No photo etch is included. The kit does include two very nicely cast crew figures as well.

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