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Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Sheet
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

Meng has done something comparatively new to accompany their outstanding Porsche-turreted King Tiger model in 1/35th scale, offering a separately-available decal sheet for the zimmerit coating found on so many of these monsters at this stage of the Second World War.

The decal sheet is certainly comprehensive - providing 3-dimensionally printed decals for literally every surface that might have had this coating on the real beast. All parts show a remarkable fidelity to the surface they're supposed to cover and have virtually no film to interfere with the edges. On complicated areas, such as the rear of the hull and turret, multiple decals simplify getting around surface detail. All tool attachment points and other such extrusions are also left free of film to facilitate gluing.

King Tiger (Porsche Turret)

Published: October 10th, 2018     
King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

My, but when it rains it really pours, doesn't it? After years of comparatively limited (and sometimes pretty iffy) kits of the impressive King Tiger, we now have numerous companies falling all over themselves to provide THE definitive version of this classic monster. Meng, a relative newcomer to the modeling community, has chimed in with their own contribution - one which offers a lovely Porche-turreted vehicle in classic 1/35th scale, but also a separate kit of the full interior as well as a decal set for the zimmerit.

As a limited edition, this offering not only includes a metal barrel, photoetch parts, and various other non-styrene bits but a military map from the Battle of Caen, drawn in 1944. The latter might make a nice poster for your modeling area wall if you're into that sort of thing.

Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Mk. 103 German 30mm Cannon Detail Sets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Models

Master Models has released another great set, this I a barrel and muzzle set for the German Mk. 103 30mm cannon used in WWII. It was used primarily for "tank-busting" but could be used in air to air situation also.

Do335 A & B-2 Detail Sets

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Do335 A & B-2 Detail Sets
Reviewed by: Dave Morrisette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Models

Master Models of Poland has issued two sets of upgrade sets for the two currently released 1/32 scale D0-335 kits from HK Models. Set 32107 is specifically made for the D0-335A and includes the blast tube for the nose cannon, top mounted MG151 machine gun barrels, pitot tube and the IFF FuG 25A antennae which is not included in the kit. Set 32108 is for the B-2 heavy armament version and includes all of the 32107 set plus two barrels and muzzles for the wing mounted cannons.

Yak-23 "Flora"

Published: October 10th, 2018     
Yak-23 "Flora"
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Mikro-Mir

Mikro Mir has come on the scene from Ukraine, releasing a lot of new naval kits and some aircraft. I had earlier reviewed their new CAD designed model of the British 1/144 Holland Class Submarine. It was a pleasure to build, so I quickly signed up for this kit. I was wary of the Bilek release of the Yak-23 and was looking for Mikro Mir's approach to the subject. Well, Mikro Mir had a hand in this kit, but the basic aircraft is the Bilek kit (4 sprues) with an extra sprue of details, new PE, new decals and set of masks from Mikro Mir. The Mikro Mir sprue includes a full engine (but no tailpipe!), wing tanks and simplified landing gear.

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