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Ju-87B-2/R-2 Canopy Masks

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

Many Luftwaffe aircraft had canopy framing on the inside but not on the outside. How to replicate and paint this has always been a challenge. The Stuka has a few of these panels. Well, what is a modeler to do? Well if you are like me you look to Eduard to help you because I hate to mask canopies.

Eduard's masks are made from Kabuki tape which is just like Tamiya tape. The tape is precisely cut and conform to curves perfectly. This sheet of masks comes in the traditional resealable packaging that Eduard uses. The larger than usual masks includes all the masks you'll need for your Airfix Stuka, except the camouflage.

The set is broken down into each canopy section and is quite easy to understand. There are masks for the outside and the panels that are just the inside framing. German aircraft frequently use the internal framework that until now has been represented on the outside. With these masks, you'll finally be able to do it right. A nice addition is the inclusion of wheel masks for all the wheels.

The instructions can look daunting switching back and forth from inside to outside but careful studying makes is short work.

Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Ringtrichter Richtungshörer Horchgerät (German WWII Acoustic Monitor Tool)
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/72
Company: CMK

Background information from Wikipedia:

Ringtrichter Richtungshorer Horchgerat, or literally 'hearing aid for anti-aircraft guns' were developed in the First World War as military reconnaissance devices to locate guns on the battlefields. The successes were modest, however, because artillery fire is only short-term sound events, and there were several gun positions on the battlefields so that the localization was difficult. The directional receiver was much better suited for the localization of aircraft. By means of several devices, the true position of a relatively slow sound source moving in the subsonic range could be determined by cross-bearing. They were still used during the Second World War in order to locate enemy aircraft, even in weather such as fog or darkness. With the increasing speed of aircraft and the invention of radar technology, the Richtungshorer was largely obsolete.

This kit is from Czech Master's Kits (CMK), which is now part of Special Hobby.

Japanese Anti-Submarine Aircraft in the Pacific War

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Japanese Anti-Submarine Aircraft in the Pacific War
Author: Ryusuke Ishiguro, Tadeusz Januszewsk; IIllustrators: Dariusz Karnas, Zygmunt Szeremeta
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

MMP has brought out another large, hardbound book on a topic that has been underrepresented in the world of reference books on WW2 aviation.

This book is hardbound and comprised of just under 250 pages. Production quality is quite high, and there are photos and 3-view drawings throughout the book. At the end of the book are several pages in color, including 21 pages of color profiles, 1 page of color photos, and a few pages of cutaway drawings.

Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Gunships Raining Fire (1) - USAF/VNAF AC-119G Shadows & AC-119K Stingers in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: AOA Decals

When something in 1/144 scale comes up as available for review, I will quite often jump on it. There isn't NEARLY as much in 1/144 as in 1/72 or 1/48, so I'm quite often looking at a list with nothing for me. When I saw the AOA Decals AC-119 decals in 1/144, I grabbed it. And I'm glad I did.

The Roden AC-119K Stinger is a pretty good kit, but I really wish the Eastern Europeans would start putting locating rings and tabs on their parts. A simple butt joint doesn't always hold up well to handling. In this case, if you look at my Stinger, you'll notice that the tail booms don't line up very well with the fuselage. That's because I managed to rip these parts off the kit THREE times.

So I'm very happy to review AOA's decals for the AC-119.

Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells

Published: September 10th, 2018     
Browning .50 cal. Cartridges and Empty Shells
Reviewed by: Ben Morton
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Model

One of the perks about being a member of the IPMS/USA Review Corps is that occasionally you get pre-notification from a manufacturer on their latest releases. Along with this notification comes the opportunity to order, for review, any of those newer items. Such an opportunity was recently presented to reviewer corps members by Master Model of Poland.

Master Model of Poland is a company that was created by a passion for modeling. Their focus is on providing metal details to give the modeler the opportunity to build replicas of the originals. Their turned brass and aluminum items include gun barrels (naval, armor, and aircraft), antenna sets, ship masts, and aircraft pitot tubes. These items range in scale from 1/700th to 1/24th.

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