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FW-190A & F Wing Root Gun Covers Closed

Published: October 8th, 2010     
FW-190A & F Wing Root Gun Covers Closed
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Loon Models

Eduard's FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One 'nitpicky' thing is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position. Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them. Well you don't have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.

Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy. Tell them IPMS/USA sent you. Note: Loon Models is the "house-brand" for Roll Models, Inc.

C-47 Dakota Cowlings

Published: October 8th, 2010     
C-47 Dakota Cowlings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Recommended Kit: Trumpeter

I have read many reviews about Trumpeter's C-47 kit and, although they range from good to great, most reviews seem to pick up on the errors where the rudder and the cowlings are concerned. This review will cover Quickboost's corrected cowlings as compared with the kits cowlings.

F-100F Super Sabre

Published: October 5th, 2010     
F-100F Super Sabre
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

Background

In the decade following the end of World War II, aircraft performance and design advanced at a dizzying pace. Proposed in 1951 and first flown in 1953, the North American F-100 Super Sabre followed in the footsteps of legendary P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, and was the first American production fighter capable of flying at sustained supersonic speeds in level flight. Although intended as a clear-weather daytime air superiority fighter, the "Hun" saw its most notable service during the Vietnam War as a fighter-bomber. The quantum leap in performance over previous fighters was accompanied by an unprecedented accident rate, as Air Force pilots with supersonic experience were few and far between outside of the flight test community. In order to curb the high accident rate, North American developed a two-seat trainer variant on its own nickel, and the design rapidly evolved into a two-seat variant of the F-100D, designated F-100F. Although it did little to reduce the accident rate, the F-100F played an instrumental role in the birth of SEAD (suppression of enemy air defenses) mission as the first "Wild Weasel" platform and as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft.

Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings

Published: October 5th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I am reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing, which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J

Published: October 4th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J
Reviewed by: Les Walden - IPMS# 44687

Kagero has come up with another winner if you're a Panzer IV nut, like I am. The book is soft cover with heavy stock and full color art on the front and back covers. This book covers the Panzer IV J. The strength of the book isn't the text, unless you read Polish. The 1/35 scale drawings are beautiful showing all the angles of the tank, in all twenty seven pages. The drawings do have some text in English, so you know what variant you're looking at. The reader does know which production version is being represented. Included are exploded drawings of the different muffler systems, return rollers, idler wheels, road wheel assemblies, treads, muzzle brakes, cupolas, and armor skirts. There are also four pages of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings. Thirty-one pages in all. Add to this there are four pages of full color prints. They come with two tanks on each page.

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