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44177

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McDonnell Douglas FG.1 Phantom

Published: June 28, 2018
Company: Airfix

History

(From the Airfix site)

With regard to aircraft that have operated from the decks of a British aircraft carrier, there can be little doubt that the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 was the most spectacular. Purchased to replace the Sea Vixen in the role of all-weather fleet defense, the Phantom was the largest and heaviest aircraft ever operated from a British carrier… more

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Gloster Gladiator Cockpit Door

Published: June 20, 2018
Company: Quickboost

If you have a Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator kit then Quickboost has come through with another nice item to add a little more detail to it. The Quickboost doors are molded well and the detail is a lot crisper than the kit doors. If you are going to detail the cockpit you will want to have the doors posed open so you can see that detail and these will make it look even nicer. I highly… more

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Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: June 20, 2018
Company: Aires Hobby Models

If you have the Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator, Aires has come through with this very nice item to add a little crisper detail to it. The wheels are nicely molded and, with the masks that are provided, easy to paint. I highly recommend these to anyone with this kit.

I would like to thank Aires for providing this fine detail set and to the IPMS for allowing me to review them.… more

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B-52D/F Stratofortress

Published: March 30, 2018
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

History: The B-52 is arguably the best bomber ever made. First deployed in 1955 as a high altitude “atomic bomber” later versions of it are still in use today.

The kit: Inside the box you will find 8 sprues of light grey and clear injected plastic. An 8-page instruction manual and a nice sheet of decals. Basically, only the fuselage halves and sprue F are new to this kit as everything… more

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Kawanishi N1K2-J SHINDENKAI (George) '301st Fighter Squadron'

Published: December 6, 2017
Company: Hasegawa

History

The N1K was originally developed as a floatplane for forward land bases but by the time it entered service Japan was on the defensive. Kawanishi engineers had proposed in 1941 that the N1K could be a formidable land-based fighter too and a land-based version N1K1-j (J indicated land based fighter modification of the original floatplane version) was produced as a private… more

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F-4E Phantom II

Published: August 11, 2017
Company: Italeri

Developed by the McDonnell Douglas Company, the F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two seat, all-weather, supersonic fighter-bomber. It is one of the most famous aircraft in military aviation history. The F-4 entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy but was also adopted by the USMC and USAF. The F-4 stayed in the service of the U.S. military until 1996, but other countries have kept it in use up to… more

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Martin B-57B

Published: July 3, 2017
Company: Italeri

History

Created to replace the piston-engined B-26 Invader, the twin jet engine tactical bomber B-57 Canberra was produced by US aircraft company Martin in the 1950s. Derived from the British aircraft EE Canberra it was produced in several versions to perform not only bombing but recon, electronic warfare, ground attack and dive bombing duties. The B-57B, developed for bombing… more

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Messerschmitt Bf109G-6/14 ‘HARTMANN’ w/Figure

Published: May 31, 2017
Company: Hasegawa

History

The Bf109G-5 and -6 fighters were produced in parallel and were pressurized and non-pressurized versions of the same fighter. The G-6 was most widely produced variant and remained in service till the end of the war. Erich Hartmann was probably the most famous pilot to fly the Bf 109 and is the highest scoring ace in the Luftwaffe.

The kit: Hasegawa has released… more

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COMBAT EDGE - Warfighters in Detail #1: US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

Published: May 26, 2017
Book Author(s): Andy Evans
Company: SAM Publications

This is the first book in a new series by SAM Publications called COMBAT EDGE and it covers the AV-8B Harrier. 8 chapters, 82 pages with a short text and VERY nice color pictures including 15 color profiles to boot! The chapters cover:

  1. Harrier Origins
  2. The AV-8B
  3. The AV-8b (NA)-Night Attack
  4. Harrier Walkaround
  5. The AV-8B Harrier II Plus… more

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244th Sentai Part 3 Decals

Published: April 11, 2017
Company: Lifelike Decals

History

The 244th Sentai was formed in 1942 from the 144th Sentai with their primary mission being homeland defense. The squadron received the Ki-61 in 1943 and gained fame as an elite bomber interceptor unit. Detachments of this unit also served on Okinawa but the majority stayed in Japan for defense. A very good web site dedicated to this squadron can be found… more