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Spitfires Part 1

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Spitfires Part 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Fündekals

The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred. Not to be overlooked Fundekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag. They are on two decal sheets. One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels. They are printed by Cartograf. The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with.

But where are the instructions? You have to download them from the Fundekals website. This does a couple of things, the most important one is to keep costs down and allows more money to be spent on the amount of aircraft included. It also allows Fundekals to include plenty of reference photos and history on each aircraft. The instruction booklet is full of great reference snippets and photos. Things like the factory installed mirror. Unit information and pilot information to go along with the decals. There is a lot of research that went into each subject aircraft.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3
Author: Mick Davis - Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940. This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels. The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

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.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"

Published: December 5th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets

Published: December 5th, 2018     
IJN 14cm Barrels With Or Without Blast Bags Sets
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Scale: 1:700
Company: Master-Model

Bottom Line: Brass barrels in 1/700 scale for all WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) warships mounting 14cm (5.5in)/50cal guns, for mountings without (-058) or with (-059) blast bags.

 

What You Get

A 2 3/4 by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is difficult to see, but it's there.

 

F-14D Cockpit Photoetch

Published: December 5th, 2018     
F-14D Cockpit Photoetch
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Tamiya 1/48th scale model of the F-14D recently introduced is a fantastic kit following the earlier release of the -A version. The parts are crisply molded and loaded with detail typical of Tamiya kits. However. some of us are never quite satisfied and wish to raise the detail bar a little higher, while some of us have difficulty staying within the lines when painting fine kit detail such as found in cockpits and instrument panels.

Contents Description

This small pre-painted fret includes parts to replace the front and rear instrument panels, the side consols, and various sidewall instrument panels. The set includes two pages of instructions that show the kit raised surface detail that must be removed and the placement of the photo-etched parts. It sounds simple and it is, but the careful removal of the surface detail is time-consuming, and one might be inclined to shed a tear or two while removing that fantastic kit detail. Once the raised detail is removed the kit parts are painted in the appropriate color and when the paint has cured the PE may be fixed in place.

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