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Ju-87B-2/R-2 Seatbelts STEEL

Published: September 16th, 2018     
Ju-87B-2/R-2 Seatbelts STEEL
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

The Airfix Stuka is an impressive kit but there is room for improvement. One area that would benefit from aftermarket is the seats. In short, they lack the seatbelts and shoulder harnesses needed to bring this kit out of the ordinary.

Packaged in the typical Eduard resealable packaging with a cardboard stiffener inside is a single pre-painted fret. The cardboard helps prevent bending during storage. The single fret is beautifully represented with 'shading' and silver buckles. Since they are thin steel, they are beautifully detailed and bend easily without losing their paint. There are shoulder harnesses for the front seat and lap belts and straps for the other two seats.

The seatbelts are easy enough to add and when seen through the canopy glazing will make a dramatic change to your cockpit. This set is another great example of Eduard's craft at its finest.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain yours by contacting Eduard at www.eduard.com or at your local hobby shop or online retailer

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

Published: September 16th, 2018     
German Heavy Tank Sd.Kfz.182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret)
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a new version of the King Tiger following up on the release of the Henschel version last year.  My first impression was wow what a very well detailed kit. I did review this kit with the addition of the Interior set SPS-062 and Zimmerit Set SPS-060 so the picture will include parts not included in this kit. You can see my reviews of these on this site also. The set is very impressive with the amount of parts and detail included. The parts that would be cast metal on the real tank are well detailed and defined.

The kit contains

  • 10 sprues molded in tan styrene
  • 1 lower hull
  • 1 Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 Clear Sprue
  • 1 Metal gun barrel
  • 1 sprue of rubber ploy caps
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 Painting booklet in color
  • A limited edition Map

Construction

Step 1 through 5 - builds parts of the lower hull and suspension real no issues, except for a few injection pin marks that needed filling.

Step 6 through 9 - Builds and installs the rear armored wall. This was a very easy with no issues at all.

Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set

Published: September 16th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz. 182 King Tiger (Porsche Turret) Zimmerit Decal Set
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/35
Company: Meng Models

This is a Zimmerit Decal set for the Meng Model Sd.Kfz. 182 King Turret (Porsche Turret) kit TS-037.

The set contains one sheet of textured decals and one instruction sheet.

Zimmerit was widely used on the early King Tigers. These decals will make adding the Zimmerit a lot easier.

The decals are printed onto one sheet with the patterns in relief. Individual decals are supplied for all the various areas of front, Sides and rear armor. The turret has the most decals to ensure all the areas are covered properly.

The textured pattern is very nicely raised on the decals and looks very good once applied.

It is highly recommended to primer coat under the contoured areas especially.

There are a few things to be careful with as follows. The edges of the decals once dry can be easily caught and can peel bits away. Be care applying decals 9 and 14 which go on rounded surfaces as they can fall apart easily. Last ensure you orientate decal 2 correctly.

I recommend these parts are a great addition to an already extremely well detailed kit.

American Woodies 1928 - 1953

Published: September 16th, 2018     
American Woodies 1928 - 1953
Author: Norm Mort
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing continues expanding its line "Those were the days..." this time with a book devoted to the American Woodies. While the book title says "1928-1953", it does provide some history prior to those years, going all the way back to 1886.

The first chapter describes the origin of the woodies or "station wagon", a sort of railway station shuttle to your vacation hotel. The second chapter describes how Ford led the way on making the Woodies popular and the last two chapters covers the immediate pre-WWII years and the immediate post-WWII years.

The book is not meant to be a detailed recount of every "Woodie" out there, nor a source of detailed information for a restorer. It is more of a gallery of pictures, some details and stories leading to how the Woodies became an icon of the '40 and'50s. You will find Fords, Hudson, Chryslers, Studebaker, Crosley and more.

Some of the pictures are from restored models, showing those gorgeous golden and tans of highly polished wood finishes. Other pictures are in black and white, clearly period pictures that will have value for a modeler looking for specific details.

USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship

Published: September 15th, 2018     
USS North Carolina (BB-55) From WWII Combat to Museum Ship
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle has written over 100 books, mostly on military subjects, including a Squadron At Sea book about the North Carolina from 2011. This book is one of the Legends of Warfare - Naval series for Schiffer Publishing, a well-researched history and photo album of America's first "modern" battleship - USS North Carolina, BB-55. Since the North Carolina is a museum ship anchored off Wilmington, North Carolina, most of the book is a color photo tour of the ship inside and out. This book is an excellent resource for modelers of the North Carolina and of WWII US Navy common fittings.

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