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NATO Pilot Walking

Published: February 3rd, 2019     
NATO Pilot Walking
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: PJ Production

PJ Production is a Belgian company that is self-described as a company who specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at amateurs of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale.

This is my first PJ Production product and overall, I found it to be a very nice resin figure. Included in the set is the pilot figure with separate arms, oxygen hose, and two helmet / hand options representing two styles of aviation helmets. The manufacturer includes a photo of the back side of the pilot figure to aid your painting the figure. The figure is molded in a light grey and has very fine detail although I did find several obvious pinholes in the resin. I quickly filled them in with my favorite resin filler made by Bondo. It is a very fine two-part glazing and spot putty that dries lightning quick and sands very well. (Bondo #801). Unfortunately, I missed the rather large pin hole on the chin of the pilot so I just opted to flood with paint while painting the face.

Exterior Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Published: February 3rd, 2019     
Exterior Details for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this detail set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

Men-At-Arms Series: French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872-1914

Published: February 2nd, 2019     
Men-At-Arms Series: French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872-1914
Author: René Chartrand; Illustrator: Mark Stacey
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The world's perceptions concerning nationalistic colonialism have virtually reversed over the course of the last century, and the impact of such behavior and its aftermath by mostly European nations on less-developed areas of the world is still being debated today. That being said, for the figure modeler this era in human history is a goldmine of really interesting military uniforms, not least because so many of them combine European and local costumes in truly unique ways.

As far as global colonial powers during the 19th century go, France was certainly in the top three, having footholds throughout most of northern Africa as well as IndoChina and elsewhere. They incorporated large numbers of natives to help keep order in these regions, and in the process created some of these fascinating hybrids of dress. I can't think of any other colonial power of the period who embraced this idea quite so enthusiastically, although perhaps the British are a close second.

MiG-21MF Interceptor Cockpit

Published: February 2nd, 2019     
MiG-21MF Interceptor Cockpit
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

Last summer Eduard released its much anticipated MiG-21MF kit in 1/72 scale. The initial release represents aircraft manufactured at the Gorky factory. In conjunction with the release of this kit, Eduard also released a separate resin cockpit set for these late model MiG-21MFs.

The set includes nine resin parts, a color photo-etch fret and an acetate sheet with 2 heads-up screens and is intended as a complete replacement for the kit cockpit and ejection seat. As you would expect with Eduard, the resin parts are beautifully cast with exquisite detail and the detail on the photo-etch set is crisp and sharp.

Russian 9K37M1 BUK

Published: February 1st, 2019     
Russian 9K37M1 BUK
Reviewed by: Dan Brown, IPMS# 47967
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Buk (Beech Tree) missile system is an integrated system of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. The Buk system is designed to counter all manner of airborne threats from cruise missiles to unmanned aerial vehicles. This new kit from Meng represents the Buk-M1-2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle. TELAR superstructure is a turret containing the fire control radar at the front and a launcher with four ready-to-fire missiles on top.

As usual with new Meng releases, the large box includes an impressive collection of extremely well-molded sprues with no visible mold issues or flash. There are eleven sprues, three hull parts in sand-colored styrene, a sprue of clear parts, a sprue of flexible black styrene parts, a ladder of poly-caps, a sheet of Photo-Etched (PE) brass, decal sheet, the instruction booklet, and separate color and markings guide. Included in this kit has a very nice set of Meng's usual workable individual link tracks with a simplified assembly jig on the clear sprue.

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