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German Fokker E.III Eindekker

Published: September 6th, 2018     
German Fokker E.III  Eindekker
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1:72
Company: Airfix

Instructions

The instructions in this kit are similar to those of all of Airfix's new issues. They are on full size sheets, with one page of general historical information in 5 languages, one sheet of brief modeling instructions in 12 languages, and 19 detailed assembly drawings on 4 pages. There is also one sheet of excellent rigging instructions with 1/72 scale drawings, since this model needs wire rigging to look realistic. The box art has the color guide and painting references, although there isn't a lot of interior information, especially since not all interior colors are covered. There is no sprue diagram or detailed information on the forward part of the cockpit interior. The photo on p. 20 of the Imrie book should solve this problem.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: September 6th, 2018     
The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058
Author: Waldemar Goralski & Dariusz Miszczak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series, focusing on a single ship at a particular point in time (appearance). 16058 illustrates the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Maya in its final 1944 so-called Anti-Aircraft (AA) fit. Maya was one of the four Takao class heavy cruisers important to IJN naval efforts in WW2. Damage from a bomb hit from US carrier planes while at Rabaul in 1943 led to Maya becoming the first AA conversion of IJN five-turret heavy cruisers. The C turret (closest to the bridge) was replaced by two of the ubiquitous 127mm/40 Type 89 twin open antiaircraft mounts, along with additional 25mm mounts (triple and single) throughout the ship. Maya shipped six twin 127mm AA mounts instead of the usual four carried by larger Japanese heavy cruisers This gave Maya a unique and distinctive difference from her sister ships and other cruiser classes, and a favorite modeling subject. Maya was sunk by US submarines on the way to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November 1944 and did not get to utilize her recently enhanced AA capacity.

US Army M163 Vulcan

Published: September 4th, 2018     
US Army M163 Vulcan
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1:35
Company: Academy

The M113 is a long serving fully tracked APC that was first fielded in Vietnam by the US Army in 1962. It has long been replaced by the M2 and M3 Bradley in front line roles but this versatile chassis still has a number of units in service in support roles. One of the most interesting uses of this chassis is the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System or VADS. This marries the M113 to the M168 rotary cannon, which is a variant of the 20MM M61. This new injection molded kit from Academy is one among previously released versions of the M113 chassis. It is an oldie yet goodie chassis with some new sprues that to add the parts for the M163 variant.

F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)

Published: September 4th, 2018     
F-16 C Alaska Splinters (Part II)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Two Bobs

The Air Force's 18th Aggressor Squadron is based at Eielson AFB in Alaska and flies specially painted F-16s in fulfilling its role of simulating opposing air forces. Over the years its F-16s have worn a wide variety of paint schemes mimicking those used by potential opponents. Recently, the Squadron painted some of its F-16s in several variations of the "Splinter" scheme recently observed on Russian Su-34s and the Sukhoi T-50. Two Bobs have now issued decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales to allow modelers to depict these schemes.

F-102A & F-106 Decals

Published: September 4th, 2018     
F-102A & F-106 Decals
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fündekals

Fundekals provided these five sample sheets for my review.  Each sheet provides numerous decals. The F-102A sheets each provide either five or six sets of individual markings. In the case of the Stencil sheet at least one complete set of markings (many of which I used in completion of my F-102A model, and in the Stars and Bars sheets, numerous national insignia.

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