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FM-2 Engine

Published: December 31st, 2017     
FM-2 Engine
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Thank you to Aires-Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent aftermarket resin engine. The replacement engine adds an eye-catching crisp detail in a highly visible part of the Hobby Boss FM-2 kit, which represents the latest tall-tail version of the Wildcat.

The package contains the engine on a single casting plug, molded in medium brownish-gray polyurethane resin. The application is very simple; trim the engine off the plug, clean up, and replace the kit parts. This is nearly a direct drop-in replacement; all you need to do is carefully remove the engine from the plug, trim out the casting webs from the cylinder backs, and modify the new engine to fit the kit engine mount. Be sure to mount the new engine in the correct orientation, since the replacement engine does not have a locating slot. This is not a problem; just ensure that up is up!

Dornier Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Dornier Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow
Author: J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Crécy Publishing Limited

For fans of aviation, the names J. Richard Smith and Eddie Creek are well known for their unparalleled work on Luftwaffe subjects and the detail and history they put into their efforts. Their four volumes on the Me-262 is the definitive set on the subject. And now, they give this same treatment to the Do-335 Pfeil/Arrow. I will say upfront that if there is anything you want to know about this plane, get this book and it will be there.

The hardback book is 288 pages lavishly illustrated with color and black & white photographs as well as many drawings. The table of contests lists:

Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Rumpler C.IV Landing Gear
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Upfront, I want to thank Scale Aircraft Conversions for providing outstanding aftermarket bits for our beloved model kits, and to IPMS USA a big thank you for allowing me to review the Scale Aircraft Conversions metal gear. I've had a chance to build two Wingnut Wings kits now and let me assure their kits are TOP NOTCH and fit and finish is unrivaled. In my humble opinion though, the weakest point of these large 1/32 scale kits are the beautiful scale landing gear, and the most obvious place to add some aftermarket metal bits.

My personal opinion regarding heavier 1/32 aircraft and smaller scale kits with fiddly landing arrangements, metal gear is the only way to go. Metal gear is more forgiving and has the wonderful ability to be gently adjusted, unlike their polystyrene relatives. Please be aware like any other molded product, it is helpful to clean the parts and prime prior to painting. The other important point is that standard model cement will not work with metal parts and another glue such as a cyanoacrylate glue (super glue), Epoxy glue, or a PVA (white glue) will be necessary to attach the parts to the model.

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Case Red: The Collapse of France
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Robert Forczyk is a prolific author with over 27 books published by Osprey and Pen & Sword. He graduated from Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland with a PhD PhD in International Relations and National Security. Robert was commissioned from ROTC in 1983 and ended up going to Fort Knox to become an armor officer. He trained in the both the M60A3 and the M-1 but spent his 18 year career in the M60A3 with the US 2nd, 4th, and the 29th Infantry Divisions. Dr. Forcyzk is currently living in the Laurel, Maryland and works as a management consultant at Aviation ISAC. Catch him on LinkedIn.

There are 464 pages of text and two sets of 16 glossy pages containing 60 black and white photographs. There are also ten maps with notes to depict the engagement's progression.

Davinci Leverage Crane

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Davinci Leverage Crane
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Academy Plastic Model Co.

The Kit

This is the latest in Academy's "DaVinci Series". They are models based on sketches of some of the inventions of this amazing man. All are molded in a vinyl-like soft plastic that facilitates the press fit of the components as no glue nor paint is required. All are ingeniously engineered to go together easily and to function smoothly.

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