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Russian Voroshilovets Tractor

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Russian Voroshilovets Tractor
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush - IPMS# 42838
Scale: 1/35
Company: Trumpeter

The Voroshilovets tractor was produced at the beginning of WWII and was used by the Russians as their heavy artillery prime mover. It had a crew of 2 and could carry the gun crew on the bench seats in the cargo bed. The Germans captured and used a few of these vehicles.

The kit is molded in yellow plastic, with the tracks in brown. There is also a sprue of excellent clear parts for the cab windows, tarp windows and headlight lenses. Molding is very good with a minimum of ejection pin marks. I had no references at hand, but the model looks to be close to the proper dimensions based on pictures I found on line.

The instructions are clear and nicely illustrated with 15 steps in 12 pages, including a parts map. The decal sheet measures 1 1/2 by 2 inches and includes 2 red triangles for the Russian version and 6 white markings for the German version. There is a separate painting and decaling sheet with full color 5 view drawings for each version.

3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry

Published: October 17th, 2010     
3 Stooges – Moe, Curly and Larry
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Company: Polar Lights

The Stooges

The 3 Stooges started out in Vaudeville in the 1930s as Ted Healy and his Stooges, but moved into movies, first at MGM, then to Columbia. Their short films were wildly popular, and although shorts fell out of favor in general, the Stooges kept the Columbia short film department open long after other studios had given up on them.

There were actually 5 Stooges in the movies. When the act started, Moe (Moe Howard), Shemp (Moe's brother Sam Howard) and Larry (Larry Fine) were the original 3 Stooges. Shemp left the act due to Ted Healy's actions. Shemp was replaced by another Howard brother, Curly (Curly Howard). In 1946 Curly suffered a stroke, and appeared as a cameo in only one movie after that. Shemp returned to the act in 1947, and remained a Stooge until he died of a heart attrack in 1955. Nevertheless, he appeared in 4 more films, using archive footage made before his death. What a trooper! In 1956 the fifth Stooge, Joe Besser, joined the group. Besser's character was not Stooge-like, and the newer films made in 1956-1957 were not as popular.

AU-23A detail items

Published: October 16th, 2010     
AU-23A detail items
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost
  • QB48 333 AU-23A Nose $3.49
  • QB48 334 AU-23A Propeller with tool $6.29
  • QB48 335 AU-23A Exhaust $4.61

Roden's AU-23A kit was a welcome addition for those who like Counterinsurgency (COIN) aircraft, and Roden has established itself with a fine line of kits. However, being a short run kit, there are areas that can be improved with the addition of resin details. Quickboost comes to the rescue, with a series of items to help overcome some of the minor shortcomings of the Roden AU-23A kit.

Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

It is refreshing to see a quality publication dealing with an airplane that is little known and rarely publicized. This certainly applies to the Parnall Panther, an airplane with as obscure a service history as any I've heard of. Conceived during the latter stages of World War I, the Panther was produced in some numbers at the end of the war, approximately 150 being constructed by several manufacturers. In addition, the U.S. Navy procured two for flight testing, the Japanese obtained a dozen, and one was briefly on the British Civil register, flying in the 1922 Royal Aero Club's Easter meeting.

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.

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