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1957 Chrysler 300C

Published: September 13th, 2018     
1957 Chrysler 300C
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2

Engine

There was little flash on the engine parts with excellent details. You get just a basic Hemi engine.

Interior

Deep engraving can be seen on the door panels making it easy to detail paint. Seats and side panels are separate pieces from the floor. I used a Testors flat tan and flat black as called for on the detailed instruction sheet.

Body

The body went together very well with no adjustments necessary. My choice was to go with the Tru-Color artic white paint to maintain the factory stock look.

Chassis

The frame rails are separate from the chassis pan. Front, rear suspension, and exhaust are all separate pieces. All together, they make for a very pleasing assembly.

Instructions

The instructions are several pages long with suggested paint color for specific parts and a numbered list to tell you what part is what .

This was a very enjoyable kit to build with very little to non-existent flash on the parts. Thank you to IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

German 30mm Autocannon Mk 103

Published: September 11th, 2018     
German 30mm Autocannon Mk 103
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: Master-Model

I'm not sure I need to discuss the utility of having a really good rendition of the German Mk 103 cannon available in this scale. It was used on a number of aircraft - slung under the wings of tank-destroying Fw190s and Hs129s, mounted in the Do335 and the Horton Flying Wing, and even used in a fair number of ground mounts. This 30mm weapon was not to be trifled with.

It is, however, a fairly difficult shape to successfully mold using the standard styrene molding processes. Master from Poland has come to the rescue with a lovely little kit from their Air Master series. The kit supplies two complete barrel assemblies, including the barrels and adapters in brass and two variants of the complex gun muzzles in resin.

As can be seen, assembly is very straight-forward and the enhanced detail a true delight. I like the brass barrels, as it renders the assembly much stronger than it might have been if the barrels were resin. The delicacy of the muzzle detail is a eye-popping enhancement to any aircraft you care to add these to. For me, it's going to be the Fw-190. Fun!

A6M5c Zero Type 52 Gun Barrels

Published: September 11th, 2018     
A6M5c Zero Type 52 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: Quickboost

I love a quick fix. Lord knows there are plenty of labor-intensive so-called "fixes" out there in the modeling market (some photoetch sets spring immediately to mind). Quickboost, at least in this lovely little detail set, does all the heavy lifting for the modeler.

If you have the old Hasegawa 1/32nd scale Zero, the limitations of the molding process definitely shortchange the weapon systems of this classic craft - no fault of the manufacturer. Quickboost offers this simple, beautifully crafted set to bring this older model into the 21st Century. It also offers a similar set (QB 32 153) for the newer Tamiya offering.

Comprising five gun barrels - three machine gun caliber Type 3 and two 20mm Type 99-II cannon - this set is a direct replacement for the kit parts. Molding is exceedingly fine and without any blemishes or mold lines. Each gun features an open muzzle and the cooling holes in the machine gun barrels are beautifully reproduced.

The History of the Panzerjager

Published: September 10th, 2018     
The History of the Panzerjager
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

According to Sir Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This law describes the action of warfare as well, and so when the Allies introduced the revolutionary "tank" onto the battlefields of Western Europe in 1916, the opposing German forces quickly attempted to blunt the tank with the introduction of anti-tank weapons together with dedicated anti-tank units, known as Panzerjagertruppe. During the Second World War the anti-tank units were known as Panzerjager, or "Tank Hunters", a separate arm of the Wehrmacht dedicated to the destruction of enemy tank forces. These troops utilized a wide variety of weapons, from man portable items such as anti-tank rifles, to towed artillery pieces such as the 3.7cm PaK and 8.8cm Flak 18, and self-propelled weapons such as the Panzerjager 1.

Ju 87B-2/ R2 Zoom

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ju 87B-2/ R2 Zoom
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The ZOOM series of photo-etch from Eduard features the absolutely essential parts to upgrade your model. Typically, it includes the things in the cockpit that provide dramatic impacts such as the pre-painted instrument panel and various other knobs, buttons, and stuff in the cockpit.

It is packaged in a resealable packaging. The set includes one fret of nickel plated pre-painted brass. The detail contained in the pre-painted parts is phenomenal. The detail that is painted is better than I could ever do. Some like it and some don't. I love it.

In addition to the instrument panel are rudder pedals, radio faces, and all the little parts that are in the cockpit area. The amount of detail contained is impressive, to say the least. Adding this set to the kit cockpit elevates the cockpit to the level of some resin sets.

You will need another set, the seatbelts (set FE895) to complete the interior. Even so, this set will dramatically add to your model with minimal cutting. If you are going to buy one set, or in this case two, for your Stuka this is that set. Another great set from Eduard.

Highly recommended

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