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Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Painting Mask for the Revell Fw 109A-8/R11
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this masking set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world.

The mask arrived in excellent shape in a sealed plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. One small sheet hosts canopy and windscreen outlines, and wheel hub masks. The mask are thin yellow masking that is easy to accurately place on curved surfaces. Your favorite liquid masking covers the clear parts inside the masked "boundaries." The masks fit perfect on the kit parts and left no residue. A color instruction sheet is included in the package, and Eduard has the same instruction sheet available for download on the product page. I really appreciate having the electronic PDF format to mark up on my computer, not to mention the ability to enlarge the instructions for my aging eyeballs.

I highly recommend this set, for ease-of-use, accuracy, and value. Thank you again Eduard and the IPMS Reviewer Corps!

L-29 Delfin Weekend Edition

Published: January 27th, 2019     
L-29 Delfin Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard Models has repacked the very good AvantGarde AMK L-29 in 1/48 scale. Eduard provides a striking Tiger finish, with decals for each stripe. It also offers a photoetch fret and masks, but these add-ons are not part of the original Weekend box. They are items FE903 and EX596. I had the opportunity to review the extra items together with the Weekend box, so I went ahead and review them all together.

I really like that Eduard now is offering PE and Masks in the same month that they release a Weekend item. That truly allows the modeler to customize the level of detail he or she wants to use in finishing the model.

In the box you find 4 sprues (one clear) of the recently released 1/48 AMK L-29. You find what you can expect of a brand new mold: no flash, sharp panel lines, small sprue gates, firm but not brittle plastic.

Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack

Published: January 27th, 2019     
Fw 190A-2 ProfiPack
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

History

The first prototype of the Fw 190 took to the air on June 1st, 1939 but due to some minor faults (Ok, so there were enough problems that the RLM halted development) it was not accepted into the Luftwaffe until 1941. June 1941 saw the Luftwaffe accept the first 100 Fw 190A-1s that were armed with four 7.9mm MG 17s. November of 41 saw the next version, 190A-2, introduced with two MG 17s and two MG 151s of 20mm caliber in the wings. Part of this series received an additional pair of 20mm MG FFs. The A-2 was powered by the modified BMW 801 C-2 engine and problems with the engine rear bank of cylinders overheating were finally solved by the simple introduction of a ventilation slot on the two sides of the engine cowling as in the A-1 version.

The Etruscans 9th - 2nd Centuries BC

Published: January 27th, 2019     
The Etruscans 9th - 2nd Centuries BC
Author: Raffaele D’Amato, Andrea Salimbeti; Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Etruscans are sometimes regarded as the fore-runners of the later Roman civilization, and they certainly appear to have had enormous influence over the development of that empire, and yet despite this, relatively little is really know today about them. Their language has only ever been partially translated and very little written documentation survives except later tomes by Romans and Greeks which are debatably accurate, to say the least. What is generally believed is that the Etruscans were something of an amalgam culture, having some seafaring antecedents as well as people from the Asian subcontinent and other places (which seems to suggest they were very much a merchant culture with extensive trade routes). However, there are other later writers who claimed they were native to the area of Northern Italy, so go figure. In any case they dominated Northern Italy for around a millennia, and even occupied Rome for a while before going into a steep decline and eventual extinction.

EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
EA-18G "Pew Pew" Growlers Decals
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is one of leaders in aviation decals with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scale. This latest release has very interesting markings used by VAQ-209 with a "Star Wars" theme on the aircraft. A black/white Darth Vader helmet, the word "VADER" on the spine and VADER 1 (white decal hard to see in picture) on a black fuel tank are on the CAG aircraft. The line jets have a gray/white Darth Vader helmet (third decal sheet) on the tail.

The three sheets are printed perfectly without any print register errors. The small markings are very fine and easy to read. All the markings are included from unit markings down to the stencils and walkways. Stencils and other markings are included on a second sheet insert. There is one (front and back) color instructions sheet that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct FS paint colors for each aircraft and easy to distinguish where each color is applied.

This is one of the most comprehensive decal sheets I have seen. Very fine work from Two Bobs and that is what I have always seen from them.

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