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Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Cover with Radiator
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther - IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost is striving mightily to make enough sets for a modeler to make a perfect Spitfire Mk.IX, if that is possible. The latest by their own definition is a 1/72 scale engine cover with radiator. What you actually have is the lower engine cover with carburetor intake. The part is perfectly cast in Quickboost fine grain resin and it only took me a few minutes using a razor saw, snips and a sanding block to remove the casting gate.

I took down my Hasegawa kit #AP42, 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX as Quickboost says the recommended kit is Hasegawa. The instructions states that this cast part "replace(s) kit part #F1 + F2." Well, I beg to differ. If you look a photo 2, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the lower engine cover/carburetor intake made from sprue E and the resin part is a match for it. In photo 3, you'll see the Quickboost part next to the sprue F (parts 1 & 2) and it's clear that the F sprue has a longer carburetor intake than the Quickboost part. If you intend to make the 1943 Spitfire model then by all means use the Quickboost part, but if you're going to make the 1945 Spitfire model then use the F sprue that has the long carburetor intake.

Pedestrian Bridge

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Pedestrian Bridge
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan - IPMS# 34779
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

Having no knowledge of this series of MiniArt kits, I was expecting about 5 pieces of resin to clean up, prep, slap together quickly, paint and weather. Wrong! One finds upon opening the box 464 grey plastic pieces on 48 sprues. However, there are only 3 different sprues, each repeated 16 times. Instructions are line illustrations on two double-sided 8x11 sheets, and are pretty straightforward - more on this later. When the dust has settled, you will not only have a brilliant diorama accessory but also a number of extra parts left over which will be extremely useful for the diorama hound.

Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Samochod Pancerny wz. 34 Polish Armored Car
Reviewed by: John Yager - IPMS# 40097
Scale: 1/35
Company: Mirage Hobby

A Brief History

The wz. 34 armored car was developed as a modification of the wz. 28 half-track armored car with the tracked wheels being replaced with tires. This allowed simpler maintenance and improved the off-road capabilities. Ten squadrons of armored cars (80+ vehicles) were mobilized in September 1939. In these first days of fighting, the cars were used for reconnaissance and support. Polish crews achieved success by using the element of surprise despite German equipment superiority.

Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: Model Art

This little paperback is intended to provide modelers with examples of the various colors that are normally used in plastic modeling. It is organized according to nationality and service, beginning with primary colors, fluorescent colors, and a list of Mr. Color shades. The nationality colors lists begin, naturally, with Japanese Army and Navy, followed by Luftwaffe, RAF, US, US Contemporary, Israel , Japanese SDF, Car Model Colors, WWII German AFV's, NATO German AFV's, Allied AFV's, IJA AFV's, JGSDF AFV's, Ship Colors, and Rail Colors. Some colors have FS numbers, and the Luftwaffe RLM numbers are provided. Also included are several shades of silver, and at the extreme back, there are some colors listed that are probably commercially available model paints.

Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Grumman EA-6B "Prowler" Part 1
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48

When this all new release became known to the modeling world, the announcements were accompanied with a plethora of photographs of an unpainted builtup with plenty of close-ups showing the incredible detail contained here. That created a near riot in the modeling community with posts on almost every forum stating that they couldn't wait to receive it. Well, it has arrived and it appears to be well worth the wait!

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