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P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings

Published: November 25th, 2018     
P-47D Malcolm Hood Stencils and Markings
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: LPS Hobby

LPS Hobby is a Brazilian designer of waterslide decals for the plastic scale modeling hobby. Based on an internet search, their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from World War II and many small-scale airliners. 1/144 and 1/72 scales are well represented.

This particular sheet is designed for the Tamiya 1/72 P-47D model, and contains markings for three subjects and a complete set of maintenance stencils. The aircraft options on this decal sheet are "Zombie", a P-4D-20-RE, s/n 42-76594, flown by Capt. Ronald J. Upp, 361st FS, 356th FG, Martlesham, England, November, 1944; "Turtle", a P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26250 flown by Lt. Charles D. Dooney, 509thFS, 405th FG, St. Dizier, France, Winter, 1944; and P-47D-22-RE, s/n 42-26261, flown by Lt. Walter A Gabrowski, 511th FS, 405th FG, Zima, Italy, 1944/45.

LPS Hobby's decals are printed by Microscale in perfect register. They will make for an interesting, not often seen aircraft subject on contest tables.

Very highly recommended! Thanks to LPS Hobby and IPMS for the review set.

Hawk T.Mk I / Hawk 100 White Metal Landing Gear

Published: November 25th, 2018     
Hawk T.Mk I / Hawk 100 White Metal Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Airfix 1/48 scale BAE Hawk T.Mk.1/Hawk 100 kits. The white metal replacements are an exact-cast drop-in replacement for the kit plastic parts. I have reviewed several of these replacement gear packages, and purchased many more on my own. I have always found them to be at least equal, and usually superior to the kit parts in detailing, with the added benefit of superior strength.

The supplied items in this issue include the two main gear strut and actuator assemblies, and the nose gear strut and axle assembly. Some other SAC packages include replacement main gear wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the kit wheels or other replacements for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that will provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance. To install the wheels in the strut housings, simply bend the u shaped part (gently) open far enough to accept the wheel, and then bend closed to capture the wheel hub openings.

The Japanese Destroyer Fubuki 16061. Super Drawings in 3D

Published: November 25th, 2018     
The Japanese Destroyer Fubuki 16061. Super Drawings in 3D
Author: Carlo Cestra
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Books and IPMS USA for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 single-warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series. These are reference works of the highest quality, detail, and interest for modelers. Each book has roughly 82-92 pages (92 for Fubuki), beginning with a short biography of the ship followed by a wealth of CG (computer-generated), three-dimensional, full-color drawings of appearance and fittings from a myriad of perspectives. For the Fubuki, a large, separate foldout of 1:200 scale B&W line drawings of side/top views in her 1941 fit, and details of fittings and close-ups in various scales on the obverse side are also included.

All sorts of views, and close-ups of ship sections, and fittings (turrets, boats, torpedo tubes, masts, radars, etc.) are exquisitely illustrated in accurate color. The detail of the drawings allows a modeler to get as detailed as one wants. An experienced modeler will understand that universal fittings for each navy's warships are also found on other ships, so any book will serve as a guide for common fittings per each navy.

British Destroyer vs German Destroyer Narvik 1940. Duel 88

Published: November 24th, 2018     
British Destroyer vs German Destroyer Narvik 1940. Duel 88
Author: David Greentree & David Campbell
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and IPMSUSA for the opportunity to review!

This book is a revisit to the naval battles at Narvik, Norway, relatively early in WW2, after the "Phony War" during the winter of 1939-1940. Unlike other Osprey books, this issue is 80 pages (not counting the front/back covers) and packed with expert interpretation and technical facts. The two Battles of Narvik had greater strategic importance than first glance would suggest, but also was the largest scale of destroyer vs. destroyer action in the European theatre.

This book has eleven sections:

X Planes Dornier Do 335

Published: November 24th, 2018     
X Planes Dornier Do 335
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

Ask any WWII aficionado what was one of the most interesting designs and you will undoubtedly get many that would answer the Do-335. This large push/pull configured fighter has long fueled the imagination.

Dornier had originally ceded further development of its unique design to Junkers due to their many production commitments, but Dornier reclaimed the work as the Junkers facility moved too slowly with the D0-335's development.

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