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Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service
Author: Robert M. Stitt
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Company: Mushroom Model Publications (MMP Books)

Mushroom Model Publications (MMP Books) Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service [Second, Revised Edition] by Robert M. Stitt

This softbound book is 224 pages and includes a wealth of information for the aircraft enthusiast or model builder.

The back cover reads "Rejected as a bomber by the RAF, the B-17 was used extensively as a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft by Coastal Command. This book tells the fascination story of these operations, a vital but often overlooked part of the fight against the U-Boats. All the aircraft involved are listed, and the tedious but essential work of their crews described, including some epic encounters with enemy submarines. Fully illustrated with many wartime photographs and scale plans of the airframe modifications." This is a great summary of what this fantastic book is all about.

Photoetch Set for for M4A3E8 Easy Eight

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Photoetch Set for for M4A3E8 Easy Eight
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler-Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for armor kits, as well as other subjects. As armor builders are aware, there can be many detail parts that are available to be added to the Sherman M4A, and Hauler has provided 60+ photoetch parts to "detail" the Tamiya 48th scale M4A.

The package containing this Hauler product is the standard clear plastic envelope, with a black card stock insert that adds some rigidity to the product while on the shelf. The product instructions are printed, front and back, on a piece of 5.25"x8.25" paper. All of the photoetch parts share the same parts runner.

While most of the photo etch parts are quite small, the detail is quite exquisite. This project is not a "dash and done" project but will require considerable care when removing the parts from the part runner. The instruction sheet is very clear and can be used with ease. The parts are numbered, both on the instruction sheet and on the part runner sheet as well, so identifying each part, and correctly placing it on the model is straight-forward.

Gear for Kinetic M-346

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Gear for Kinetic M-346
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This SAC product provides parts to replace the kit-supplied landing gear in the Kinetic kit of the M-346. The SAC parts in this review sample are without any noticeable flash or mold seam lines.  

Of significance is the fact that the SAC gear strut locating pins are of the same shape and size as the locating pins on the Kinetic kit. This is, of course, important so that proper fit and alignment can be easily achieved when using the SAC gear.

An advantage that SAC gear possess over kit parts is that they will not "break". Trust me, I'm an expert when it comes to breaking landing gear and I've performed a large number of "root canals" on those broken bits, using a length of wire glued into holes drilled in the broken parts, to align those parts properly when gluing them back together. Even when handled with tender loving care, travel damage will make a mess of landing gear. With SAC parts, that travel damage is significantly reduced because the SAC gear parts are made of white metal.

Japanese 250kg Bomb w/Rack

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Japanese 250kg Bomb w/Rack
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1:48
Company: Hauler-Brengun

Hauler-Brengun is well known as a supplier of high-quality aftermarket detail parts for aircraft, as well as other subjects. In this review, we will examine a resin 250kg bomb with rack for a 48th scale Japanese aircraft that was in service in World War II and may have carried such a weapon.

German Fighter Aircraft in World War I : Design, Construction, and Innovation

Published: January 14th, 2020     
German Fighter Aircraft in World War I : Design, Construction, and Innovation
Author: Mark Wilkins
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Casemate Publishing

Nowadays, when we think of cutting-edge aviation technology, things like stealth materials, satellite guidance and pilotless flying come to mind. But what was the cutting edge one hundred years ago, at the dawn of aviation? How about hinged ailerons, or steel tubing, or cantilevered wings? For better or worse, warfare spurs innovation, and by the time of the Great War, the needs of the conflicting Great Powers for the decisive weapon, coupled with the cutthroat nature of industrial competition, spurred aviation innovation at an astounding pace.

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