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Junkers JU 87 Stuka Seats w/ Belts

Published: January 1st, 2018     
Junkers JU 87 Stuka Seats w/ Belts
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

Quickboost has added the seats for the JU 87 Stuka to their line of resin aircraft accessories. This latest addition is molded in a grayish resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. The seats are molded in one piece and are easy to remove from the mold block. The set contains both the front and rear seat.

The package states that it is for the Zvesda or Academy kits but it would probably work well with any of the JU 87 kits. I compared it with the Academy kit. Talk about a noticeable difference, the detail on the Quickboost parts is outstanding. From the photos, you can see that the Quickboost seat has the belts molded on and you can almost feel the metal underneath. You will definitely want to have the canopy open for this.

I very highly recommend this product if you want a really nice and detailed set of seats. All that you need to do is cut off the molding block and drop it into the cockpit with a little CA glue. Quickboost can be really proud of the detail that went into it. Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS USA for letting me do this review.

SH-2G Super Seasprite

Published: December 31st, 2017     
SH-2G Super Seasprite
Reviewed by: Tyler Shepard, IPMS# 50425
Scale: 1/48
Company: Kitty Hawk

History

In the early 1980's the US Navy was looking to replace their old ship based helicopter fleet with something new as their current the helicopter at the time the SH-2F Seasprite was showing its age as it was approaching being close to 30 years old. They first looked into getting the new MH-60 but it was too large for some of the Navy's ships. So with there being no newer options the Navy decided to just upgrade their existing fleet. The first prototype flew in 1985 which was a SH-2F fitted with two new engines. The Navy started receiving them in 1991 and finally retired them in 2001.

The Super Seasprite is also used by 5 other countries. Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Peru, and Poland.

FM-2 Engine

Published: December 31st, 2017     
FM-2 Engine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thank you to Aires-Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent aftermarket resin engine. The replacement engine adds an eye-catching crisp detail in a highly visible part of the Hobby Boss FM-2 kit, which represents the latest tall-tail version of the Wildcat.

The package contains the engine on a single casting plug, molded in medium brownish-gray polyurethane resin. The application is very simple; trim the engine off the plug, clean up, and replace the kit parts. This is nearly a direct drop-in replacement; all you need to do is carefully remove the engine from the plug, trim out the casting webs from the cylinder backs, and modify the new engine to fit the kit engine mount. Be sure to mount the new engine in the correct orientation, since the replacement engine does not have a locating slot. This is not a problem; just ensure that up is up!

Dornier Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Dornier Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow
Author: J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Crécy Publishing Limited

For fans of aviation, the names J. Richard Smith and Eddie Creek are well known for their unparalleled work on Luftwaffe subjects and the detail and history they put into their efforts. Their four volumes on the Me-262 is the definitive set on the subject. And now, they give this same treatment to the Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow. I will say upfront that if there is anything you want to know about this plane, get this book and it will be there.

The hardback book is 288 pages lavishly illustrated with color and black & white photographs as well as many drawings. The table of contests lists:

Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear. I've had a chance to build two Wingnut Wings kits now and let me assure their kits are TOP NOTCH and fit and finish is unrivaled. In my humble opinion though, the weakest point of these large 1/32 scale kits are the beautiful scale landing gear, and the most obvious place to add some aftermarket metal bits.

My personal opinion regarding heavier 1/32 aircraft and smaller scale kits with fiddly landing arrangements, metal gear is the only way to go. Metal gear is more forgiving and has the wonderful ability to be gently adjusted, unlike their polystyrene relatives. Please be aware like any other molded product, it is helpful to clean the parts and prime prior to painting. The other important point is that standard model cement will not work with metal parts and another glue such as a cyanoacrylate glue (super glue), Epoxy glue, or a PVA (white glue) will be necessary to attach the parts to the model.

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