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Su-34 Fullback Landing Gear

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
Su-34 Fullback Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

This set is designed to fit Trumpeter's new Su-34 kit. The set consists of 9 parts, a nose gear with a separate lower axle, two main gear legs, two part scissors links for each main gear, and retraction struts for each leg. The castings are nicely done and require just a little clean up on the casting seams. I cleaned the seams up using a Xacto knife and sandpaper. I then used a brass wire wheel in my battery operated Dremel tool at slow speed to polish up the struts and finish smoothing out the casting seams.

In order to assemble the nose strut I had to drill out the end of the axle part as it was partially filled in during the casting process. Before assembling the two parts, double check their orientation with the kit instructions to ensure they are correctly oriented.

MiG-21MF Canopy Masking Set

Published: December 22nd, 2018     
MiG-21MF Canopy Masking Set
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

This set is designed for Eduard's new MiG-21MF kits. The set provides masks not only for the canopy and the windscreen, but also for the HUD, the underwing landing lights, and the antenna panels on the vertical tail, the ventral fin, the wing leading edges and a number of smaller ones under the wings and fuselage. Unlike many of Eduard's other masking sets, this one does not include masks for the tires or wheel hubs.

The inclusion of the masks for the antennas is a great idea as the MiG-21 has a lot of antennas. Most visible are the large panels on the vertical tail and the front of the ventral fin, but there are a lot of smaller ones on vertical tail, on the leading edges of the wing and on the underside of the jet. The panels are crisply molded on the kit and after painting the antenna panels green, the masks were fitted and fit perfectly as expected.

World War Toons M5 Stuart Light Tank

Published: December 20th, 2018     
World War Toons M5 Stuart Light Tank
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: N/A
Company: Meng Models

For me this kit seems like a match made in heaven. I have always liked the Stuart tank as well as have been looking to trying building one of the toon tanks from Meng. When the opportunity arose to do this review, I jumped on it. I was intrigued after Meng had released several Meng Kids aircraft kits and now, they have released at the time of this review 12 World War Toons tank kits. I also discovered while researching the kit for this review there is apparently video game utilizing the tanks in the series. At the time of this review the game is apparently in beta form.

Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier

Published: December 20th, 2018     
Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier
Author: John F. Winkler and illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication can be purchased in one of three formats. The paperback edition (9781472828842) retails at $24.00. Both the eBook (ePub) (9781472828859) and eBook (PDF) (9781472828866) can be purchased for $19.20.

The author, John F. Winker, has written extensively on the history of Roman, English and American law. He resides in the Columbus, Ohio area and enjoys historical sites in the local area. Peter Dennis is well-known by readers of Osprey publications as his art is included in a large number of Osprey books. Mr. Dennis resides in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Most of those who reside in North America, and, along the eastern seaboard, are familiar with the National and State Parks which contain historical sites made famous in the Revolutionary War. But the complete history of the conflict also includes sites in the Ohio River watershed. This publication focuses on the effort made by the British, combined with various Indian tribes, to push the Americans out of the Ohio River area, while at the same time, British forces attempted to expand their control up and down the eastern coastline.

Royal Navy Corsairs

Published: December 20th, 2018     
Royal Navy Corsairs
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1:32
Company: Fundekals

Fundekals has released a decal sheet covering Royal Navy Corsairs (F4U-1A) in WW2 for 1/32 scale.

The sheet provides markings for 3 airframes; options are

  • Corsair Mk II, JT427
  • Corsair MkII, JT 383
  • Corsair Mk III, JS70

all of them in HMS Victorious during October 1944 in the camouflage colors of Dark Slate Grey, Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky... or their American equivalents, making the actual colors to be a bit of a guess to say the least!

By the way, all these airplanes had the "square wing tips" so you probably will have to modify either the Tamiya or Revell model to convert the F4U-1A into a Corsair MkII or MkIII.

Research on these sheets is very comprehensive as the instructions (only provided as a download) include plenty of B&W pictures.

One of the airframes has a very unusual 3-colors wing markings, which might have been white, red and blue, from the center to the outer ring, or white, light blue and dark blue. You are provided with optional decals for each set of colors.

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