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Lighting T. Mk 4/5 Landing Gear

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Lighting T. Mk 4/5 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 Sword 1/48 English Electric Lighting T. Mk4/5 aircraft.

The white metal parts are good are 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 main two gear struts components that replaces part numbers 78, 79, 27, 57, 56, 60 and 61. The front strut parts which replaces part numbers 7, 84 and 59.

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.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

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

Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Parabellum LMG 14/17 WWI Aircraft Machine Gun
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Quickboost has released two Parabellum WWI aircraft gun resin details sets, 48 813 (LMG-14) and 48 814 (LMG-14/17). The Parabellum 7.9mm caliber LMG 14/17 was an upgrade of the LMG-14, which itself was a redesign of the MG 08 (The MG 08 was an adaptation of the Maxim machine gun). The LMG 14 was used primarily in German bombers (i.e.: Gotha G.IV), reconnaissance aircraft (i.e.: Halberstadt CL.II), and zeppelins, although it did see some limited use early on with the Fokker Eindecker E.I prototypes. The LMG-14/17 featured a thinner air-cooling jacket, redesigned controls, and an added mounting rail for a telescopic sight. I have included a photograph comparison below of the LMG 14 vs the LMG 14/17 out of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Junkers J.I kit for reference.

The parts are packaged in the standard Quickboost re-closable packaging with a paper stiffener along with the description card. There are no instructions. You get three resin parts: These parts are do not specify a kit, but the LMG 14/17 was used on many late war German bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. I used the Mirage 1/48 Halberstadt CL.II LMG 14/17 for comparison purposes.

Tenochtitlan 1519-21

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Tenochtitlan 1519-21
Author: Si Sheppard
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in Ebook format. (ePUB and ePDF)

F-55 Feuerlilie with Launching Ramp

Published: June 7th, 2018     
F-55 Feuerlilie with Launching Ramp
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1:72
Company: Hauler Brengun

This complete resin and photo-etch kit from Hauler represents the F-55 Feuerlilie (Fire Lily). As mentioned above, the kit also includes the modified 88mm anti-aircraft gun launch platform. If your thinking that this release looks kinda familiar then you'd be right. This kit has previously been available under the Extra TECH banner.

The AA missile is comprised of seven light gray resin bits which are easily removed from the pour stubs. The missile body has some lovely engraved panel lines as well as the detail of the thrust nozzles on the aft end of the F-55.

The guidance wings, which exhibit their own engraved detail, are all of two pieces to which are added two winglets per wing. After assembling the F-55 missile all that's left to do is decide what color to paint it. This was a prototype weapon, so just about any shade of gray would be accurate, as would natural metal. Let your imagination run wild.

American Knights – The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

Published: June 7th, 2018     
American Knights – The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
Author: Victor “Troy” Failmezger
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book goes into great detail about the history and combat experience of the first US tank destroyer battalion. It takes you from the unit's formation to the Kasserine pass to Anzio, Operation Dragoon to the final attacks on the Third Reich, this is the fascinating story of the men and machines fighting against Germany's best. This book tells the technical details and origins of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, it allows you to be at the front during the European war.

As the war developed it become very clear that the allies needed to have a way to defeat the German panzers on the battlefields. The answer was the formation of a new type of battalion, the Tank Destroyers.

The book goes on to tell the full and detailed story of the first Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 601st. The book contains lots of rare material, letters, diaries and unpublished photographs.

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