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Volvo 240 Turbo 1986 ETCC Hockenheim Winner - Detail Up Parts

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
Volvo 240 Turbo 1986 ETCC Hockenheim Winner - Detail Up Parts
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/24
Company: Platz

In 1982 the Federation International de 'L'Automobile (FIA) developed Group A requirements to allow manufactures and individuals to race production model cars. In order to qualify, a process called "homologation", the manufactures had to build 2500 or 5000 cars or under "evolution" rules 500 cars which after inspection and approval qualified the cars to race. The subject of this review qualified under the Evolution, Group A rules by building 500 Volvo 240Ts. An interesting note is that 477 of those cars were stripped of competition equipment and sold as standard Volvo 240 turbos. In order to requalify, Volvo had to identify those 500 owners! Drama aside, the Volvo 240T turned out be a winning platform. Powered by a 340hp, 2.1-liter, intercooled turbo with water injection and weighing in at 2200lbs, these cars were real competitors against BMWs and Austins in its class. This kit replicates the two winning Volvo 240Ts run at the Hockenheim racetrack (about an hour and a half northwest of Stuttgart) in 1986. Volvo won the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) that same year.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Wheels Set

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Wheels Set
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of wheels for any 1/72 scale F/A-18E/F or G Super Hornet kit. There are no instructions, but any modeler familiar with resin parts will have no issues installing these wheels in lieu of the kit parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides realistic scale-detailed wheels with significantly improved appearance to molded plastic kit parts. The photo comparison is to the Hasegawa kit. The Brengun wheels have superior hub, brake and tread detail to those supplied in the Hasegawa kit.

AGM-88 HARM Missiles

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
AGM-88 HARM Missiles
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Brengun

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of two AGM-88 HARM missiles for any appropriate1/48 scale aircraft kit.

HH-60H 'Rescue Hawk'

Published: July 23rd, 2021     
HH-60H 'Rescue Hawk'
Reviewed by: Dan Brown - IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Kitty Hawk

The HH-60H "Rescue Hawk" was first developed in the 1990s as a rescue variant of the SH-60F "Sea Hawk". Two versions were developed at this time, the HH-60H for the US Navy and the HH-60J for the US Coast Guard. For its search and rescue role it is equipped with long range fuel tanks, a FLIR Sensor and a few defensive countermeasures. It can also support anti-surface operations by mounting up to 4 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles on special pylons. Since it is based on the SH-60F, the HH-60H retained the ability to operate from small flight decks and be folded up to fit in deck hangars. It's last year in service with the Navy was 2019. This new kit from Kitty Hawk is the latest in Kitty Hawk's line of Seahawk variants. The previous version being the MH-60R.

Mirage III EZ

Published: July 22nd, 2021     
Mirage III EZ
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:72
Company: PJ Production

A type well known to anyone with even a casual interest in aviation history, the Dassault Mirage III is one of the classic early supersonic fighter jets. First flown in 1956, it has served in 14 countries and accrued an impressive combat record most notably with the Israeli Air Forces. Another export customer was the South African Air Force. Two examples of the countries Mirages III EZs are represented in this kit. Seventeen examples of the EZ variant were purchased by South Africa and used between 1965 and 1972. They were used during the African Border War but as an interceptor, the radar system was found wanting. These aircraft are all retired from service today.

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