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Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101

Published: May 4th, 2019     
Fujitsu Ten Tom's Corolla AE101
Reviewed by: Ken Prager, IPMS# 48811
Scale: 1:24
Company: Hasegawa

The 1992 Japanese touring car championship season was the 8th edition of the series. The series was nine events long running April thru November, Finishing up at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan. the series was run under several different regulations during it's existence. The series included international categories such as group A and Super Touring which allowed both Japanese and foreign built cars. Tom's Toyota's were competing against the likes of BMW, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu. Most were factory sponsored and a few were not. There was still some serious competition. Tom's: Tachi Oiwa Motor Sports was founded in 1974 by Nobuide Tachi ad Kiyoshi Oiwa. The pair were able to use TRD with very good results in tuning and modifications to the car and a good long term R&D program with Toyota. As a result of this they were able to go racing with fac- tory sponsorship winning championships in various categories.

Fieseler Fi 103 (FZG 76) / V-1

Published: May 2nd, 2019     
Fieseler Fi 103 (FZG 76) / V-1
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:32
Company: Special Hobby

Special Hobby has released this new tooled kit of the V-1 Fieseler 103. The V-1 was known by the British in World War 2 as the Buzz Bomb due to the unique noise of the pulse engine. The subject has been covered a lot but not at this scale. The kit includes the handling trolley and some photo etch.

In the box is:

  • 3 x light grey sprues
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • 1 photoetch detail set
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kit consists of 3 main sprues; the sprues are very typical of Special Hobby product which are made from a soft plastic. The decals allow you to finish the V-1 in two different versions and paints schemes for three V-1. The instruction booklet is very well laid out and easy to follow.

Construction

Before I started I had decided to build the V-1 on the handling trolley with the wings removed and stowed. Also I opted for a color scheme of the V-1 that missed my Mother's home in East London in 1944.

First is the construction of pulse engine inlet, followed by the gyroscope housing. These stages had no issues.

USN Carrier Figures 3D Color

Published: May 2nd, 2019     
USN Carrier Figures 3D Color
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1:350
Company: Eduard

The photoetch fret arrived in excellent shape in a resealable plastic package with the distinctive Eduard knight logo. The fret is 2.75 x 2.00 inches in size. The color-etched laminated figures are printed on both sides on polished metal. The fret metal is just soft enough to fold the figures, but firm enough to hold shape, whew! The 3D concept is that each figure consists of two halves, joined at the feet. The halves are folded upwards and together, creating a thicker and more-to-scale figure. Properly folded, the shoulders will match, and the boots can be folded to form feet for the figure to stand on. Trimming should be done very carefully, as should the folding. If the folding is not done correctly, it will be difficult to have the shoulders and feet line up.

WW2 US Navy & USMC Late Aircraft Colors

Published: May 1st, 2019     
WW2 US Navy & USMC Late Aircraft Colors
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: AK Interactive

Thank you to AK-Interactive for providing a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps World War 2 era paint set in their Real Color line. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out some of this new paint line. My review focuses on product application and ease of use. Anyone who builds USN and USMC aircraft and similar subjects from 1943 to the mid 1950's will appreciate this set.

The 4-bottle paint set arrived in a small box with an attractive weathered motif. The glass bottles each contain 10 ml (1/3 fl oz) of paint, and the caps and bottles are well labeled with background colors matching the paint. The bottles are also low profile making them stable on the bench during use. Read this as "more difficult for me to make a mess!"

RAF C-130J Hercules

Published: May 1st, 2019     
RAF C-130J Hercules
Reviewed by: David Horn, IPMS# 44962
Scale: 1/144
Company: Caracal Models

Caracal Models is one of leaders in aviation decals offered in 1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale with many unique subjects never offered before now. The C-130 is not a new subject to Caracal but a first in 1/144 scale. This launch subject is quite colorful and unique to say the least, which is a welcome sight. 

Printed by Cartograph, the sheet is printed perfectly with markings that are very fine, easy to read, and very vibrant colorful portions. Markings included for three schemes of the RAF 47 Squadron, two 100th anniversary, and a 50th anniversary markings on the C-130J C5 Hercules. There are four red/white strips that are used on the propeller tips.

The instructions consist of four color pages that clearly show placement of markings for the three subjects. The instructions indicate the correct BAC and FS paint colors for each aircraft and easily distinguish where each color is applied. The good thing is the plane's basic color is all green (some small flat black areas), with one version where RAF pale roundel blue is needed on the tail.

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