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The SEPECAT Jaguar

Published: May 8th, 2018     
The SEPECAT Jaguar
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: SAM Publications

The SEPECAT Jaguar was an Anglo-French design for a ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1968. The French and English versions had their differences but both performed well and received a new lease on life when they were able to demonstrate their capabilities during Desert Strom giving them a new lease on life which has just recently come to pass.

IAR-80 Gun Barrels

Published: May 8th, 2018     
IAR-80 Gun Barrels
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

The HobbyBoss IAR-80 is a nice kit. There are some limitations when dealing with plastic. One of those limitations is the inability to mold things like cooling vents on gun barrels and the need to keep the parts round and also keep the small barrels out of the end of the vents. I can't seem to do any of those things effectively. So why not use resin barrels as they are simple and easy to use?

Molded on a light grey pour block are four gun barrels with perfectly formed cooling jackets and the guns themselves protruding nicely out of the front of the cooling jackets. The kit guns are just round tubes sticking out of the wings. There is no detail and they are very simplified. You have to remove the kit guns and drill holes for the new guns. The Quickboost guns are significantly better than the kit ones. Removal of the guns from the resin pour block is easy enough just paint and add to the model. Simple and effective, just like most of Quickboost's products.

Highly recommended

A-1H Tailwheel Replacement

Published: May 8th, 2018     
A-1H Tailwheel Replacement
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced a replacement tail wheel for the Tamiya 1/48 A-1H kits. The resin replacements are a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include two different style wheels and the strut assembly. There is no modification required to the kit parts to use these resin replacements. These items should also work with the Hasegawa A-1H kits with no problems.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate rendition of the SPAD's tailwheel assembly. Check your references for the appropriate tail wheel to use. Be sure to wash the parts in soapy water to remove mold release agents and prime prior to using your favorite modeling paints.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Quickboost for the opportunity to review this item.

Replacement P-3 Orion Propellers with Tool

Published: May 8th, 2018     
Replacement P-3 Orion Propellers with Tool
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:72
Company: Quickboost

Quickbost has produced a set of resin replacement propeller assemblies for the Hasegawa 1/72 scale Lockheed P-3 Orion kits. The resin replacement is a simple drop-in for the kit's plastic parts. The supplied items include a separately cast spinner, post and blades with a cast resin assembly tool for inserting the blades at a consistent pitch. There is no modification required to the kit to use this prop assembly.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) with a completed Hasegawa P-3 Orion kit prop assembly indicates a replacement of superior detail that will provide a more accurate and "crisp" blade representation of the P-3 propeller and spinner cap assembly. In the photos below, the kit parts are white plastic, and the Quickboost prop parts are gray. Note, that using the tool will cause the prop blades to be installed at the correct "loaded" rotation pitch. The QB props are may also be be installed at the "feathered" pitch, if desired by not using the tool. The kit props are designed to be installed at the "feathered" pitch.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 2017 Volume 39, Issue 10

Published: May 8th, 2018     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 2017 Volume 39, Issue 10
Author: Guideline Publications
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Guideline Publications

You may remember I was a bit confused by the extra 8 pages in the middle of the last issue I reviewed. This month my habit of reading everything in a magazine paid off. In the Editorial Gary indicated that the extra 8 pages are for subscribers as a extra thank you for fronting up for a year's sub. This month the extra pages cover the Sub-Cutaneous which is not the name of the 8 pages but an article on Colour. A build of a couple of 1/144th scale Vampires. A page of aircraft model pics from the US Nationals in Omaha (I would have liked these to be part of the regular magazine, but I might be a bit biased). The last 3 extra pages cover a nice build of the Hasagawa 32nd scale A6M5c Zero.

So what is in the rest of the magazine? Quite a bit as usual.

It begins with a build of the Kinetic 32nd scale F/A-18. A nice conversion of the Tamiya 32nd scale F-4J into a British FGR.2 Spey engined Phantom was really interesting even for someone who normally builds 72nd aircraft and now has the new Airfix kit to go with the older Fujimi version.

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