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UH-1D Masks

Published: January 6th, 2018     
UH-1D Masks
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The thing about helicopters besides all those fiddly parts is that there is typically lots of clear parts. The Huey is a perfect example. I really dislike masking windows and canopy. This latest set from Eduard makes this a simple matter.

Printed on Kabuki tape, which takes curves really well, this set has masks for the interior windows on the door and the rest of the exterior windows and canopies. You will have to supply some liquid masking fluid.

These masks will save you lots of time and frustration. They will fit flawlessly like every other one I've ever used. Its nice that the interior windows on the cargo doors are addressed as well.

I try not to build a kit without canopy masks and these Eduard canopy masks are just the ticket to make it simple and easy. Thank you Eduard for these great masks.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review items. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or you local hobby shop or online retailer.

P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"

Published: January 6th, 2018     
P5M-2G Marlin "Coast Guard"
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I am very appreciative of Hasegawa USA and Hobbico for provided a review example of a limited edition, reissued kit of one of the last flying boats used by the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard. I also wish to extend a very deep appreciation to the IPMS/USA Reviewer Corps for choosing me to review the P5M-2G variant of the Martin Marlin.

Overall Summary

I recommend this kit for a collection of flying boat and amphibious aircraft. I completed an earlier version of this kit in 1985, and was surprised to see the very same instruction format as back then, with eight pages of black-and-white instructions, predominantly in Japanese. A short black-and-white instruction insert with new and replacement part descriptions, decal placement, and a painting color guide supplement these vintage instructions. A decal sheet allows one of two United States Coast Guard versions is included. Assembly was straight forward, with no major problems. The resulting model looks proper in comparison to photographs and references.

Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F

Published: January 5th, 2018     
Sukhoi Su-22 M3/M4 Fitter F
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk Model

History

Developed from the delta wing Su-7 the Su-17/22 NATO code name "Fitter", the design incorporated a swing wing to reduce landing speeds. Interestingly the swing-wing was limited to the outboard portion of the wing allowing the landing gear and fixed weapon pylons to remain unchanged. Kitty Hawk has given us the Su-22 M3/4 in this boxing. The Su-22 is the export version of the SU-17 and you get no less than seven marking options for German (pre and post-cold war), IRAQ, Czech, Polish, Syria and Vietnamese aircraft. Perhaps the most memorable moment involving this aircraft is the encounter two Libyan Fitters had with US F-14s on August 19, 1981, in during which the Tomcats prevailed. Although it's not the most elegant of designs its always been my favorite cold war era Russian jet.

Metal Landing Gear for F-35A

Published: January 2nd, 2018     
Metal Landing Gear for F-35A
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

IPMS/USA thanks Ross and his Team at SAC for supporting the IPMS USA reviewer corps with one more of many monthly releases, with extremely useful and well-thought out landing gear additions for the modeling crowd out here in the modeling world.

This review is for the SAC landing gear released for the relatively new 1/48 MENG F-35A. (If they do an F-35B and C, we are truly going to be blessed, Meng's new kit has great details, fit, and has a host of appropriate ordinance with proper dimensions and appearance...).

Personal note: While the official name of the F-35 is "Lightning II", I personally refer to it as "The Horny Toad" because that's what it looks like to me from the side while taxiing by. I have been fortunate to see most the test articles at Edwards and PAX River in operation, and it's a noisy little beast, particularly when the fanny is lit.

Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea

Published: January 2nd, 2018     
Mapping Naval Warfare; A Visual History of Conflict at Sea
Author: Jeremy Black
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

For anyone who enjoys scale modeling or is a military history buff, Osprey Publishing is a familiar company. They are a prolific publisher of a wide-range of works related to the entire chronological spectrum of military history - from ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary events and weapon systems. Recently they have expanded their line into what can only be described as coffee table books.

Authored by Jeremy Black, this work supplements a concise and brief text on naval warfare with a wide selection of color plates of maps and charts. Using a chronological approach, Black begins his narrative with the sixteenth century and goes through the present day, examining naval warfare through the prism of maps and charts. The narrative of each chapter is relatively short but is supplemented by maps and charts related to each time period under discussion. Black's argument is relatively straight forward - while we cannot ignore technological developments, one of the keys to understanding the growth and evolution of naval warfare and capabilities is through access to spatial information. There is a symbiotic relationship between the two.

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