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Blenheim Mk IV Mask Set for Airfix Kit (new tool)

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Blenheim Mk IV Mask Set for Airfix Kit (new tool)
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

One of the bug-a-boos of a lot of aircraft models for me is all that glass that needs to be masked in order to paint. I've read several tutorials and tried lots of methods, but it's all tedious and with my skill level brings about at best mediocre results. Then along comes pre-cut masks and my life is changed.

Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Russian AK-630 with Bass Tilt Radar
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/200
Company: Veteran Models

Veteran Models in Taiwan has been producing finely detailed multi-media aftermarket replacement parts for ship modelers for quite some time. Nicely crafted, their parts are a significant upgrade to model warships. They started in 1/350 Modern USN systems and have since branched into other Navies. Now they are offering modern Soviet/Russian systems.

If you have noticed Soviet and later Russian ships are busy, some would say crowded, with sensors and weapon systems. While functional, none of these are elegant in design, and the number of each provides redundancy to ensure survivability and reliability. Each one is hodge-podge of small detail not easily duplicated in the ejection molding process, no matter how sophisticated the molds. So Veteran Models move into this area is welcome by at least this modeler.

This offering comes in the standard oversize matchstick box which I love. Included are sufficient resin and brass details to make 4 AK-630 close in weapons system (CIWS) and two Bass Tilt (NATO Name) fire control radars. This is sufficient for the Trumpeter 1/200 Sovremenny. The brass is for the grab rails on the AK-630.

F-16C Alaskan Splinters Part II

Published: November 10th, 2018     
F-16C Alaskan Splinters Part II
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/32
Company: Two Bobs

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release covers a highly desired subject of Alaskan aggressor aircraft. This Alaskan part II increases the variety of markings including the current colors which two are single color with one all black and the other all gray which was used for ferry flights to Eielson.

The sheets are printed perfectly with the small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. There are three full (front and back) color instructions sheets that clearly show placement of markings for the six subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks

Published: November 10th, 2018     
The "Einheits-Diesel" WW2 German Trucks
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MMP Books

This photo album is packed with 120 photos and is part of MMP books Camera On series of photo books. Author Alan Ranger uses photos taken by regular German soldiers of vehicles both before and during the WW2. Ranger attempts to show a more personal view of the vehicles through the eyes of the soldiers that lived and worked with the Einheits Diesels. The photos are all in black and white and many have only recently become available. The photographs are in most cases clear, but many are low contrast, typical of personal photos of the time.

Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set

Published: November 10th, 2018     
Centurion Mk. III Photoetch Detail Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch set for Tamiya Centurion Mk III 1.35 Model kit.

The set contains the following sets;

  • 2 x photoetch sheet
  • 1 film
  • 1 instruction sheet

This photoetch set replaces a lot of the simple molded on details and improve the kit immensely.

The parts are very easy to attach and form with only a few issues and points to be aware of being encountered during the complete build. The first one was you need to use Kit part A13 to form the photo etch replacement Item 28. I would also suggest that when attaching the item 109 handles that you pre-drill holes for them sit in. I added a pick axe head as one is not included to replace the one you remove during the build. Remember to fill the holes not required, most are indicated in the instructions but a few are missed. I also added a Sledge hammer to replace the one you remove during the build.

Be careful when forming the items 38 and 33 around the kit part A12.

When you come to the replacement turret side bins latches the part the latch locks on to is shown as item 99 in a couple of locations when it should be item 106.

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