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F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 15th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (shark nose versions) - F-5 E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with five turned parts, two gun barrels, two different sized plugs (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" (two sizes) that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty Hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a shark nose

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "shark nose" F-5E or F-5 F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "round" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-110, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels

Published: January 14th, 2020     
F-5 Tiger II "Freedom Fighter" (standard nose versions) - F-5A, E, F - Pitot Tube and 20mm Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with four turned parts, two gun barrels, one plug (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid "rod" that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a round nose.

Master details is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. This will enhance any 1/32 scale "round nose" F-5A, E or F Tiger II model kits. If your kit has a "shark" nose, you will need the gun set, AM-32-111, instead of this set. Kitty Hawk gives you both nose choices in their kit.

I would like to thank Master Models for this review sample.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3
Author: Mick Davis, ed.
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2019, features a front cover painting by W.E. Johns of a RNAS Bristol Scout D. W.E. Johns also contributes the back cover painting of a Bristol M1C flying high over the checkered landscape.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Norman L.R. Franks kicks off this issue with a nice 4-page highlight of Captain Arthur Treloar Whealy. Included are eleven family photographs of this well-known fighter pilot. Bernard de Broglio follows with an investigation into an eBay photograph of a Bristol Scout D crash surrounded by Ottoman soldiers in "Air Fighting at the Dardanelles". This eleven-page feature includes fifteen photographs, a detailed map, and a page and a half of sources and notes.

Building the Wingnut Wings Hanover Cl. II

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Building the Wingnut Wings Hanover Cl. II
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Ray Rimell's (Raymond Laurence Rimell) latest in the "Building the Wingnut Wings" series was originally intended to be a paired build with the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II for a combined Albatros Special. The sheer volume of material saw that these two aircraft would be quickly separated (Building the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II will be the next release in this series). The Cl.II was designed as a two-seat escort fighter to meet a 1917 requirement to protect reconnaissance aircraft. As the war progressed, the Cl.II saw an increasing role in ground attack. The first release by Wingnut Wings was in November 2012 (Sold Out on January 19, 2016) with a Cl.II late version (kit 32024). Wingnut Wings released the early service version on September 10, 2019 (kit 32079).

Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters - Part 2 of 3

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters - Part 2 of 3
Reviewed by: Chris Gibson, IPMS# 49143
Scale: 1/32
Company: HK Models Co

Welcome back to the second installment of the HK 1/32 Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters review.

Last time was cockpit and interior assembly and painting and fuselage assembly, also turret assembly and painting.

Part 2 will cover the bombay changes, engine assembly and painting and installation on the wings, wing and tail plane assembly and installation on the fuselage.

Bomb bay

The bomb bay area is different on the dambusters edition of the Lancaster, it eliminates the bombay doors and replaces it with a cover and the structure for the spinning bomb. You have to reference the Dambuster instructions #27 & 28 to install that section. Everything went together well and I pre-painted everything flat black except the spinning bomb which is olive drab green.

Engines

The engines are easy to assemble and comprise of about 30 pieces, once assembled they are a fair representation of the Rolls Royce Merlin engines but can use some detailing to bring them up to contest quality. I will not have my engines uncovered so I will not do any further detailing.

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