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Russian Kashtan CIWS

Published: November 9th, 2018     
Russian Kashtan CIWS
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/350
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.

F4U Corsair (Folding Wing)

Published: November 7th, 2018     
F4U Corsair (Folding Wing)
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: AFV Club

The F4U Corsair was first deployed in 1943. Because of the long nose, which made forward visibility for carrier landings a problem, Corsairs were given to the US Marine Corps. The Marines did a pretty good job with the Corsair, getting an 11 to 1 kill ratio. Corsairs were used as a ground attack and air support aircraft and continued like this into Korea.

HobbyFan is a Taiwanese company which produces several lines of models. AFV Club has armor in 1/35 scale, but also 1/350 and 1/700 ships and aircraft in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144.

The Kit

Although Corsairs were built by Brewster (F3A) and Goodyear (FG), this kit only covers F4U-1, F4U-1A, F4U1C, and F4U-1D Corsairs. There are 8 marking choices, including one set of markings for a Fleet Air Arm F4U-1. AFV Club previously released kit AF14406, which is basically the same kit, except the kit I got, AF14408 has the folding wing. But 14408 also includes the parts for the unfolded wings too, so it's probably an even better deal. You get two models in the kit.

B-25C/D Landing Gear & Ballast

Published: November 7th, 2018     
B-25C/D Landing Gear & Ballast
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The B-25 came into the public eye in a big way when a guy named Doolittle lead an attack on Japan not long after Pearl Harbor giving America a major morale boost.

This year Airfix released a new kit of the C/D version of the Mitchell and it looks like a very nice kit.

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to release new landing gear sets trying to keep up with the plethora of new kits coming out from all manufacturers.

This set comes not only with replacement parts for all 3 gears in the new Airfix kit but also replacements for some of the floor and bulkheads in the nose to assist with trying to keep this bird on all three legs. The parts are direct replacements for the kit parts. There are the usual mold lines to clean up just like on the kit parts.

The ballast parts include the nose compartment floor, bulkhead, instrument panel, and the bulkhead right behind the pilots. I am not sure if it will be enough weight to keep the nose down but it will definitely be a big help.

Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer

Published: November 7th, 2018     
Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Pen and Sword Books, LTD

Dennis Oliver, in conjunction with Pen and Sword Books, has released another one of his very popular TankCraft series; this one covering the German Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer. Written specifically with the modeler in mind, Mr. Oliver has packed these handy books with enough combat history and technical data to be of interest to the non-modeler as well. Several of these populate my modeling library, although I've started to buy the electronic Kindle versions as well, so I can zoom in on various images while the e-Book lays flat on my workbench.

The attractive, slightly oversized softcover book contains a short introduction of this popular German AFV, followed by in interesting 4-page chronological history of the late European War, starting with D-Day and ending with the German surrender on May 7th. The line items include most major events of the war, but also most newsworthy items involving the Jagdpanther. The author then moves through the various military units that employed the tank destroyer, showing unit designations and organization. This section continues at the back of the book.

Bf-109F TFace Masks

Published: November 5th, 2018     
Bf-109F TFace Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

I've always painted the outside of my canopy framing the interior color first and then painted the exterior color. This ensured that the interior color showed through the canopy. But there was always one thing that bothered me a little bit, the color was always glossy. Well it must have bothered Eduard as well. Enter the new range of TFace Masks, which provides masks for the interior and exterior canopy framing.

This particular set is designed for the Bf-109F series of Eduard models, both the F-2 and F-4. The masks are made of the infamous Kabuki tape so they are flexible and very easy to use. There are instructions to show you which masks to use where, including which is the inside masks and which are the outside ones.

Placing the masks is fairly easy but care has to be exercised when adding them to the interior as there are no panel lines to follow. I recommend that you add the interior masks first and then the exterior ones. Placing the exterior ones is easy enough.

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