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He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear

Published: June 11th, 2018     
He 111H-3/6/16 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This is a white metal landing gear set is to for the ICM 1/48 HE 111 H3 aircraft.

The white metal parts are very good and have better-defined details than the original kit parts. They are a very good replacement for the already well details kit parts. The advantage is these white metal parts will provide more strength and last longer than the kit parts.

The parts include the rear wheel parts that replace part numbers D1-2, D1-10, and D2-11. With this assembly, you must drill out the location slot in the main strut to accept the part that replaces the D2-11.

The two main gear struts components replace part numbers D2-3, D2-4, C9, and C7 for subassembly 108. D2-5, D2-2, C9, and C7 for subassembly 109. The part number C54 is also replaced with white metal parts. The assembly is a bit difficult but with patience and care makes for a great replacement for the main landing gear legs.

The parts are well cast; you do need to sand off the few cast seams and metal pour points. The parts were a perfect fit to the existing mount and were easy to assemble.

Template Squares Steel

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Template Squares Steel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Eduard

This is a photoetch template set for use scribing/engraving square type features on any subject plastic model. This set with one sheet with 4 smaller templates within it.

In the packet includes

  • 1 photoetch sheet

Summary

This is a fantastic set for added some great additional details features to any kit or replacing engraved squares lost due to sanding and filling. They are easy to use and flexible to form around most shapes and surfaces.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Panzer IV On The Battlefield 2

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Panzer IV On The Battlefield 2
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishers

Around 1970, Monogram Models released a "Panzer IV" kit in 1/32nd scale. There was no mention on the box top as to what version (Ausfuhrung) it was, simply that it was a Panzer IV "with 75mm gun". As military vehicle historians dug deeper into the history of German military vehicles from the Second World War period, they learned that the Panzer IV, for example, was produced in a series of "Ausfuhrung", or versions: Ausf. A, Ausf. B etc. Eventually, model firms figured this out too so that by the early/ mid-1970's, Italeri was producing kits such as their "German Tank Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf (H)" while Tamiya had their "Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H".

Tiran 4 Late Type

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Tiran 4 Late Type
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt Models

Background

The most important Soviet tank design of the early post WW2 period was the T-54/T-55 series of tanks, and these tanks were exported in large numbers to Soviet client states including Syria and Egypt. The 1967 and 1973 Arab/Israeli wars were disastrous for the combined Arab armies, and Israeli forces captured hundreds of intact examples of the T-54/55 tanks. Not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, the Israeli military developed a procurement program designed to put these captured tanks back into Israeli service. Over the years the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fielded the Tiran 1, 2, 4 and 5. The Tiran 1 was an unmodified T-54, and the Tiran 2 was an unmodified T-55. The Tiran 4 was a modified T-54 with new jerry can and stowage boxes added to the exterior of the vehicle, as well as a change to the loader's hatch, and the addition of turret mounted exterior machineguns. The Tiran 5 was the same modification program as the Tiran 4, but for the T-55 tank.

Panzer IV Ausf. H Mid Production w/Zimmerit

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Panzer IV Ausf. H Mid Production w/Zimmerit
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/35
Company: Academy Plastic Model Co.

The Panzer IV series of medium tanks was the only German tank to see continuous production throughout the Second World War. As battlefield conditions changed for the Germans during the war, so too did the Panzer IV: thicker armor, more powerful main guns, the introduction of spaced "schurzen" turret and hull armor plates. The modeler has been fairly well served over the years when it comes to Panzer IV kits in all the main scales. In 1/35th scale, Tamiya, Italeri, Dragon, Gunze Sangyo, Zvezda and Academy themselves have all done various versions of the Panzer IV in their catalogs. Academy, in fact, did a couple of Panzer IV Ausf H's way back in 1984. The kit under review in this article has NOTHING in common with the 1984 releases. Not only is it from 100% brand new tooling compared to the 1984 versions, but it comes with zimmerit in the form of waterslide decals!

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