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Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Gloster Meteor - Pitot Tube
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model

The Gloster Meteor was one of the iconic, pioneering jet fighters to become available during the final year of World War Two.

Master Models is a Polish company that produces some of the finest aftermarket brass accessories to enhance just about any scale model. I have used their offerings before, and love the final look and relative ease of using them.

Airfix has released a couple of Meteor kits over the last few years, and I recently snapped one up from my local hobby shop.

The kit pitot is represented as a straight plastic tube with no relief whereas, I believe, it should taper in towards the end. I clumsily broke the plastic tube when removing it from the sprue and super glued it back together for the pictures here.

The finesse of the Master Model pitot tube is simply outstanding. It is fairly stiff and should withstand some handling. It slots into the wing recess perfectly and will be superglued in place at the end of the build. This will definitely add more realism to an already very nice model.

My sincere thanks to Master Models and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review another fantastic product.

Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set

Published: June 29th, 2019     
Tempest Mk.V Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released a photoetch upgrade set for its new tooled Tempest Mk.V which in its self is a great kit. This upgrade set is a single large Photo etch sheet.

In the box is:

  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction sheet

Construction

The first area of the upgrade is for is the engine intake, the set provides the mesh for all four surfaces of the Intake and make a big difference with the look once complete.

Next are parts for the two main landing gear bays, in four stages. The first stage is simple. On stage to you have to remove the location pins of part E68 and E69 from the original kit to allow then to fit. Also at stage two it refers to part E39 which should actually be part E32. I would also suggest that the parts 19, 20, 21 and 22 are installed before the kit parts E71 and E73. This will make it a lot easier to install them.

Then the main landing gear covers are replaced with Photo etch parts and this was easy and look great when complete.

Last is the engine inlet flap replacement, this too was a simple install.

M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer

Published: June 29th, 2019     
M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

This is the first injection-molded 1/48 kit of the M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer, which first flew in 2004. It is currently used by the air forces of Italy, Israel, Poland and Singapore. It was originally a joint venture between Aermacchi and Yakovlev, and you can definitely see the similarity to the Yak-130 Russian trainer.

The kit is molded in a medium gray plastic and contains just over 270 parts. The molding is truly top notch, which is one of the hallmarks of the new Gold range of kits from Kinetic. This was the first kit produced in their new manufacturing facility. There is a small photo etch (PE) fret that contains seatbelts, the HUD frames, rearview mirrors for the inside of the canopy, various vents on the fuselage, and the small winglets. The clear parts are very nicely done with two different options for the canopy: one with the explosive cord molded into it and the other without. And happily the canopies do not have a seam running down the middle! Hooray!

The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles

Published: June 29th, 2019     
The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: David Doyle books

Given the massive interest surrounding the Nazi armed forces during World War 2, it isn't surprising that publishers want to produce books that cover the entirety of the military vehicles used by the Germans, in one volume, at an affordable price. And for a reader interested in this topic, it might be very useful to have a handy guide to said vehicles all in one volume. Over the years, there have been a number of such tomes published. I myself have one from 1969 titled "German Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of German Armored Fighting Vehicles 1926-1945" edited by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis. However, to do it right, is surely a daunting challenge to any author? And what, exactly, is "doing it right"?

MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East

Published: June 29th, 2019     
MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East
Author: Tom Cooper
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Helion & Company

Tom Cooper, born in Vienna, Austria, in 1970 is a military aviation historian that has focused on Post-WWII Middle Eastern air forces. Tom traveled extensively though his military service and subsequently in his transportation business. Through his travels, Tom Cooper has established contacts and identified sources that have permitted him to bring a unique look to Asian and African military aviation. Mr. Cooper has written more than 400 articles and has authored (or co-authored) over 25 books, including the excellent six-volume Arab MiGs series published by Harpia and distributed by Casemate. Aiming to deliver a complete picture, Tom is also an accomplished illustrator and color profiles are included in his books and articles. To find out more, check his Linked In page.

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