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Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear

Published: January 14th, 2018     
Messerschmitt Me-262 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed to fit Revell's series of 1/72 Me 262 kits. The kit was originally released back in 1997 and has been re-released periodically since then. I installed the set on the Me 262 A-1a/U3 photo reconnaissance variant of the kit.

The set consists of 6 parts, a nose gear strut with retraction strut, two main gear legs, two main gear retraction struts and a metal nose gear bay. The castings are nicely done, however, as the kit parts are showing their age - mold seams, etc. - these defects are repeated on the cast parts and you will need to take some time scraping off the mold seams. I used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at slow speed to polish up the struts and finish removing the mold seams.

Sauber Mercedes C9

Published: January 10th, 2018     
Sauber Mercedes C9
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The Sauber Mercedes C9 made quite a splash in 1989, winning the World Sports Car Prototype Championship with both the #61 and #62 racers. In this curbside kit you have the option of building either vehicle with the decals provided.

Although this is a simple model it is rated a skill level three kit for modelers aged 14 and over by the manufacturer due to the large decals involved in finishing. It has 79 pieces molded in gray, clear and black styrene. The decals are very nice with a great register and minimal carrier film. There are no drivetrain parts and the underside is a plain floorpan with a few molded in details. When finished the dimensions are approximately: Length: 8", Width: 3", Height: 2."

Construction

The best way to describe the kit is to say; "wait for it!" By that I mean even though you don't fell like your putting as much together as traditional car kits with drivetrain parts, it turns out to be quite a great looking shelf display when you're finished.

1992 Mazda Miata

Published: January 10th, 2018     
1992 Mazda Miata
Reviewed by: Gregory Hansel, IPMS# 46474
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

Introduction

I remember when the Mazda Miata was introduced. I actually went to the dealership to check them out and I was a big fan of them. The Miata blended the style of a 60's British sports car with the reliability of a modern Japanese import. The kit was first introduced in 1993, molded in red, and this is the first reissue of it, so it had not been available for nearly 25 years!

F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds

Published: January 8th, 2018     
F-16C/D BLK 52 Thunderbirds
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/48
Company: Two Bobs

About the Company

Two Bobs is a limited run/ Custom Decal company based out of Fort Worth, Texas and is owned and operated by Mr. Bob Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is a former enlisted Air Force engineer and has been very active in the modeling community almost all of his life. Two-Bob decals usually sell out very well and once their limited run subjects sell out they are not available for reprint. Get them while they are available or be prepared to pay the eBay supply vs Demand Price.

What's on the Sheet?

The first aftermarket sheet ever released for the F-16C/D Thunderbirds! The USAF is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017 and these markings are current for this year's airshow season.

One full set of Thunderbird markings are included with unique aircrew and maintenance markings for each individual jet. A bonus to the 2017 markings are the names that were carried during Buzz Aldrin's flight at the Homestead Airshow.

Bf-109G-4 Profipack

Published: January 7th, 2018     
Bf-109G-4 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-4 was very similar to the G-2. Bigger tires along with the corresponding wing bulges and a bigger tail wheel were the only external differences. The service length of the G-4 was short as it was quickly replaced by the G-6 for its increased armament. The G-4 was quickly used by the photo recon units of the Luftwaffe and is often associated with them. There were a couple of variants of the G-4 in the photo recon role. I wanted to have a Bf-109G-4/R3 which could have had the photo recon window under the fuselage, oil deflectors aft of the engine and two 300 liter drop tanks mounted to the wings.

The boxtop has some of the best artwork I've seen on a model box. This is just an inkling of the goodness inside the box. Inside the sturdy cardboard box are four sprues of light grey plastic. My example had no flash. Two of the sprues are the common sprues for the Eduard Bf-109F/G series of kits. The other two are unique. The one sprue has the wings which are the same as those on the G-5/6 with the proper bulges on the upper wings. The other sprue is the fuselage sprue from the G-2.

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