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Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
Heinkel He 177 Units of World War 2
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

The title of this recent issue in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series is a bit misleading. While it is called He 177 Units of World War 2, this book is much more comprehensive than that. The entire concept, development and deployment of this interesting aircraft are thoroughly covered.

Perhaps the very first paragraph of the book sums up the history of the He 177 best of all: "In the history of aviation, many aircraft, civil and military, have been the cause or subject of tortuous development, heated debate, disagreement, uncertainty, confusion, and often danger." That pretty much says it all for Heinkel's heavy bomber!

Starting with the developmental background, including the politics of German military aircraft design in the 1930s, the author paints a clear description of how the He 177 came to be. The rarely-used concept of mating two engines to one propeller drive shaft (making the bomber a 4-engine, but 2-propeller airframe) is covered, along with the reasons why this occurred in this aircraft. A lot of the "why on earth did they do that?" questions I have had about the He 177 we cleared up by the first few chapters of this book.

USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
USN & USMC WW2 Carrier-Based Aircraft, Digital-Print
Author: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format and now in print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of USN and USMC carrier aircraft of WW2, and comparing it to a more traditional format. The official title is U. S. Navy and Marine Carrier Based Aircraft of World War 2.

This review of the e-book and the nearly-mirror equivalent paperback will be in three parts;

German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set

Published: September 1st, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Interior Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

The Interior kit is includes a lot of steps and refers to what parts/build steps from the main tank kit you need to do to build the whole tank correctly which is a great help and very easy to follow. There are also several parts that will not be used as they are from the other version of the King Tiger with the Henschel turret. Also a very good idea is the amount of painting instruction details given at each of the build stages.

Step 1 through 6 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues. I would suggest that the part numbers M2 and M6 (stage 3 and 4) at Stage 1 before the cross supports are installed to easy installation. I also found it would be easy to install P50 incorrectly. The part M8 was also a tight fit. The parts Q10 and Q1 need to carefully be installed.

Step 7 through 11 Install details into the main hull /crew compartment. In stage 7 you fit the bottom escape hatch and I would suggest you do this at Stage 3 instead as it is very hard with the suspension fully installed. At stage 9 I found it very hard to install the subassembly B, so I removed the location pins to make this easier.

Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Mission Models Paint- Part 1 (Thinner, Polyurethane, Primer and Paint)
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Scale: NA
Company: Mission Models

Company Overview

Mission Model paints - a new way to think about painting.

This review focuses on using Mission Models acrylic paints. I will present a ground up approach to the steps I follow to get the best finish from this new line of primers and paints.

Mission Models Paints is a relative newcomer to the model paint market with 118 custom colors for armor, ships, aircraft and cars in the line. An additional 75 colors will be added soon.  

What are Benefits to using the paints?

They have a high pigment density, no chemical odor, are easy to work with, and have great opacity with little tendency to run, sag, or spider when sprayed. And, they're environmentally safe. An additional benefit is that when sprayed, more paint is concentrated on the area being painted with less overspray.

Bf-109G-14 Profipack

Published: September 1st, 2018     
Bf-109G-14 Profipack
Reviewed by: Floyd Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Bf-109G-14 was an attempt by the Luftwaffe to standardize fighter production of the G-5/G-6. It failed to do that but the G-14 was a good aircraft and served from 1943 until the end of the war.

This is a natural progression for Eduard and its much respected Bf-109 series of models. Like the real thing, it is essentially a G-6 with just as many options for equipment and markings. This ProfiPack follows the other releases which contains four light grey plastics sprues and one clear styrene sprue. My example did have minimal flash and my wings were slightly misaligned in the mold but it was all easily taken care of with a knife and sanding sticks. As a ProfiPack it also has a pre-painted photo etch fret and a set of masks. Decals are printed by Eduard and includes markings for five aircraft, as well as, stencils for one aircraft. The markings are colorful and the problem will be to decide which one to do. I was really looking forward to the G-14 release as it allowed the modeler to use late war colors.

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