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Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48

"So many Spitfires...so little time..." or at least that's the way seems to die-hard modeling fans of Supermarine's legendary fighter. Of all of the kits offered in 1/48th scale, Tamiya's varied offerings of the Mk V are among the most popular with competitive and serious modelers. Excellent accuracy, detail, and general engineering of the kit put it in an elite class of quarter-scale Spitfires.

If Tamiya's outstanding kit weren't enough, those folks from Aires just had to take things a step further with their recent release of a cockpit set for Tamiya's Mk V's. Boy, do they deliver! Eight crisply-cast chunks of resin, a fret of top-notch photoetch, and a small sheet of acetate with instrument faces and gunsight glass to raise a high bar even higher.

AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010

Published: September 5th, 2010     
AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: AFV Modeller

Issue No. 52 of AFV Modeller has the usual mix of articles and special features that this magazine is known for. However, the emphasis of most the articles in this issue seems to be on weathering. I know that weathering is in the eye of the beholder and some may not be convinced that a heavily weathered vehicle is appropriate. Nevertheless, the articles provide illustrated instructions on how to get the job done.

The cover article, on the odd German vehicle known as the Minenraumer, uses the 1/35 scale RPM kit. Rather than concentrating on constructing the kit, the focus of Albert Lloret's article is on weathering this unusual vehicle. In a step-by-step process, Mr. Lloret provides a number of techniques using masking, diluted paint, and weathering powders to produce a well weathered vehicle.

Two other World War Two vehicles are highlighted in articles, the Dragon 1/35th JSU 122 and the Dragon's Panzer VI ausf. B. As with the previous article, Michelangelo Sicilia focuses on modeling and weathering the JSU 122. Using thinned paint, weathering powders, and dry-brushing, Mr. Sicilia provides an overview on weathering Russian vehicles.

Ferrari F60

Published: September 4th, 2010     
Ferrari F60
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/20
Company: Tamiya

Upon opening the box you will find 9 baggies containing 182 parts, one tree of P.E. parts, a couple of small sheets of decals, a 10 page instruction booklet, and a decal placement flyer. Parts are molded in three colors; black, red, and chrome. The chrome parts have an aluminum tint to them, making them much more realistic and appealing to the eye than the typical "chrome" parts found in most car models.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Published: September 1st, 2010     
Ferrari 250 GTO
Reviewed by: Joe Staudt - IPMS# 39453
Scale: 1/24
Company: Fujimi

Background

In 1962 and 1963, Ferrari produced a small number of cars that were essentially racecars for the street. FIA rules at the time required that at least 100 examples of a car had to be built in order for it to qualify for racing in the GT class, but with a little sleight-of-hand and a few other tricks, Ferrari managed to get by with building only 39 vehicles in a couple of variations. These cars have gone on to become legendary and highly desirable, to the point where collectors today will pay several million dollars to get their hands on one. Over the years, several kits of this vehicle have been produced. I still have a 1/24 scale slot car that I can remember my Dad purchasing and building in the mid-1960's, and I also have a kit (still unbuilt) that I purchased over 20 years ago. Fujimi has recently brought out an all-new tooling of this car in 1/24 scale; let's take a look at it.

Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP

Published: July 17th, 2010     
Ferrari 312T2 1976 Japan GP
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

I really am an airplane modeler normally but I have not been able to resist these F-1 race car models. This time around IPMS was kind enough to allow me to build the 1976 Ferrari 312T2 of Niki Lauda. After a steady decline, Ferrari built the 312B3 in 1974 and had some success but was hampered by reliability issues. The 312T and T2 were built to address the B3s problems. Based on a flat 12 engine producing 485 HP coupled with a transverse mounted (hence T in name,) transmission the 312T was driven by Lauda to four first place finishes and the overall championship in 1975. For the 1976 season the 312T2 was introduced with Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni driving. The major design change for the 1976 season was the relocation of the engine air intakes to the area in front of the cockpit to comply with F-1 racing rule changes. The 1976 season was marred by a terrible crash that almost claimed Lauda's life. At the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Lauda's suspension failed after he contacted a curb and his car careened out of control, hit the rail and erupted into flames.

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