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The Messerschmitt BF 109 A comprehensive Guide "F to K" Variants

Published: September 10th, 2018     
The Messerschmitt BF 109 A comprehensive Guide "F to K" Variants
Author: Lynn Ritger
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Company: SAM Publications

The Bf 109 is one of the instantly recognizable aircraft of the Second World War, and it is iconic as one of the Luftwaffe's most potent warplanes.

This book was originally published in 2007 and written by Lynn Ritger. It remains one of the most informative texts for the enthusiast and modeler. This updated version includes all new model builds, aftermarket accessories and decals. As the pages are turned, the reader is greeted with a plethora of mostly black and white period photos, color side view pictures, detailed drawings and various references for the modeler to take note of.

The book follows the development of each variant from F to K, theatres it performed in, and details some of the ground crew and pilots who operated them. Tables are included in each section that document a list of aircraft, pilots, dates and what happened to them. These are a sobering read and bring reality to mind as one reads: "pilot was killed", "missing", "captured", etc.

Color side views, engine development and color photos follow to provide the modeler and enthusiast a feast for the eyes and a valuable reference.

MiG-15UTI Soviet Air Force

Published: September 9th, 2018     
MiG-15UTI Soviet Air Force
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Platz


The MiG-15 was one of the first really impressive fighter airplanes developed by the Soviet Union after WW II. Utilizing some British jet engine technology and some captured German swept wing technology, the Design Bureau of Mikoyan and Gurevich (MiG) produced a fighter that surprised the Allies when it was first encountered during the start of the Korean War. In 1949, a year after the fighter entered series production, work began on an advanced combat trainer variant to provide pilots with the skills necessary to fly the higher performance fighters. This resulted in the MiG-15UTI. The NATO code name for the trainer was Midget while the Soviet nickname was Babushka (grandmother).

The MiG-15UTI was also used to train pilots for the MiG-17, MiG-19 and in some cases the MiG-21. Over 2000 were produced. Most were built in the USSR while a number were also produced in Czechoslovakia and some of the Polish built MiG-15s were converted to the trainer version. One reference lists thirty countries that used the MiG-15UTI.

Ju-87B-2/R-2 Photo Etch

Published: September 8th, 2018     
Ju-87B-2/R-2 Photo Etch
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

The Airfix Stuka is an impressive kit but there is some room for improvement. When you think of Eduard you automatically think photo etch. So matching these two great modeling companies together is a natural.

Packaged in the typical Eduard resealable packaging with a cardboard stiffener inside are two different frets. The first fret is the pre-painted fret that is the ZOOM set. It is nickel plated and has the instrument panel and interior parts. The parts are really nicely done and the pre-painted is better than I can paint by hand. Some people have issue with pre-painted parts, but I do not.

The second fret contains the detail parts on a brass fret. Things like interior details, ammo drums, radios, gun ring details and other highlights are replicated or replaced. This set will lift the kit cockpit to the next level. There are also detail parts for the wing guns, including the access panels that are realistically thin like the real thing. The rudder and elevator actuators are also provided.

German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1

Published: September 7th, 2018     
German Tank Destroyer Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther Ausf G1
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is kit comprised of about 600 styrene parts of which 508 are the track pieces, 2 frets of photo etched parts, an abundant set of poly caps and a set of braded wire for the tow cables. Not listed, but in the box was a metal barrel. It appears that it would replace part C13.

The instructions include 4 different finishes, so you need to choose which one you want to make and then review the instruction to see which set you need to follow. I chose option 3 and then when thru the instruction crossing out the other options so only option 3 was showing.

The 4 options are as follows:

  1. #212 sPzJgAbt 654 Battle of the Ruhr, March 1945
  2. #01 Headquarters, sPzJgAbt 559 Western France 1944
  3. #314 sPzJgAbt 654, Normandy, France 1944
  4. #? sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944

Step 1. Builds the road wheels, drive sprocket and idler wheel. No issues here.

Sci-fi 4 Display Base

Published: September 6th, 2018     
Sci-fi 4 Display Base
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow, IPMS# 48487
Company: Coastal Kits

All of us, at some point, have finished a model after many weeks or months of work, and realized that it needed a display base of some sort to enhance the piece. But creating a base can often be just as time consuming as the model, and if you are ready to move on to another project, it may get put on the back burner or never get done. Coastal Kits is working to provide a solution to this problem with several premade, two-dimensional bases that allow you to quickly and easily enhance your model. For this review, I will be looking at the one of these bases, which is called Sci-Fi 4.

The base measures 250x250mm (approximately 9.84x9.84 inches) and is made of sturdy plastic board material that is 3 mm thick. It has a little flexibility but does not bend easily. As an experiment, I tried to make an indention in the top of the display with my fingernail with a moderate amount of force and was unable to make a dent in the material. If this base can withstand this, it should be able to withstand the weight of most styrene or resin models without compressing.

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