Recent Reviews https://web.ipmsusa3.org/reviews_date en Focke-Wulf 190V-1 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/focke-wulf-190v-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/focke-wulf-190v-1" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/focke-wulf-190v-1/box_art.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>In the Box</h3> <h4>Instructions</h4> <p>The instruction booklet was divided into four pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. Illustrations for the parts and their construction sequence were very clear and crisp. The instructions contained 10 separate steps to complete the model. My instruction book was missing step seven but that appeared to be the step when the wing is attached to the fuselage.</p> <p>Included with the instructions is a drawing for paint and decal applications for either of two aircraft. One version was in natural metal finish and the other was in German camo markings.</p> <h4>Clear Plastic</h4> <p>Supplied was one piece of vacuum formed plastic with two canopies molded into it.</p> <h4>Canopy Mask</h4> <p>For painting the canopy I used my own masks cut from Tamiya tape.</p> <h4>Landing Gear</h4> <p>In a separate bag included the main landing gear and the tail gear. All the parts were made from metal and had good detail to them.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/focke-wulf-190v-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/focke-wulf-190v-1#comments Aircraft Kits Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:50:13 +0000 Doug Cole 8532 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Browning .50 and .30 Caliber Shells and Cartridges https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/browning-50-and-30-caliber-shells-and-cartridges <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/browning-50-and-30-caliber-shells-and-cartridges" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/browning-50-and-30-caliber-shells-and-cartridges/packaging.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Packaging" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Total number of parts: 25 each package.</p> <p>As I'm scratch building a 1/16 scale PT boat, when I saw these neat little shells and cartridges I was curious. What arrived was 4 small packages which included 25 shells or cartridges each in both .50 caliber and .30 caliber. For a large scale I was surprised at how small they were. I was able to compare the .50 caliber ones with a real .50 caliber cartridge and shells, and there is a gigantic difference in size.</p> <p>These detailing parts are made from brass, have the right dimensions for their scale, and the shell cases even have a hollowed-out end on them. I have photographed them with a real shell just to show the relative size of them. Overall they are very consistent and I'll bet they will look awesome on any 1/16 scale vehicle, boat, or tank. Their Master-Model website calls them the Ground Master Series.</p> <p>I want to thank Master-Model and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review these accessories.</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/browning-50-and-30-caliber-shells-and-cartridges#comments Military Vehicles Details Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:12:01 +0000 Doug Cole 8531 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org 8 Inch Howitzer M1 WWII https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/8-inch-howitzer-m1-wwii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/8-inch-howitzer-m1-wwii" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/8-inch-howitzer-m1-wwii/box_art.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>Background</h3> <p>The 8-inch Gun M1 was a 203 mm towed heavy gun developed in the United States and was also used in small numbers by the British Army. Serious development began in June 1940 of an 8-inch (203 mm) gun that would have the longest range of any US Army field artillery weapon in World War II. The gun used the same projectile as the 8-inch coastal gun and the US Navy's 8-inch cruiser gun. The M1 consists of equilibrator assemblies, elevating and traversing mechanisms, two single-wheel, single-axle heavy limber, and a two-axle bogie with eight tires and two trails. After 1962 it was designated the M115 Howitzer.</p> <h3>AFV Club Kit</h3> <p>Originally issued in 1997 &amp; reissued in 2000 as the post-1962 M115 Howitzer, this kit release has been modified to the original WWII M1 version with new parts. The new parts include:</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/8-inch-howitzer-m1-wwii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/8-inch-howitzer-m1-wwii#comments Military Vehicles Kits Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:21:52 +0000 Doug Cole 8530 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org P-51D Mustang https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/p-51d-mustang-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/p-51d-mustang-1" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/p-51d-mustang/box_art.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly every aircraft modeler has at least one iconic WWII P-51 Mustang in their collection. Based on the quick sell-out of Eduard's recent 1/48 new tooling at the 2019 'Nooga Nats, its popularity is long from over. The subject of this review however is a diminutive 1/144 scale version of the Mustang produced by Japanese model-maker Platz.</p> <p>According to their website, "Platz was founded in April, 2000, and is based in Shizuoka, Japan. PLATZ comes from the term "place" - or to be more precise, a "gathering place" for modelers from various categories to develop and produce something new, something really wanted by the public and moreover, something "we" would also want.</p> <p>Based on the knowledge acquired with a 20-year experience in the modelling business, we would like to challenge the market with a combination of renovated ideas, technologies and materials.</p> <p>Our goal is to create products previously not available in the market - always accompanied with the spirit of "Approaching business in a serious and yet, fun-filled manner"."</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/p-51d-mustang-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/p-51d-mustang-1#comments Aircraft Kits Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:15:49 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8529 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/atlas-blitzkrieg-1939-1941 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/atlas-blitzkrieg-1939-1941" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/atlas-blitzkrieg-1939-1941/cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This book impresses from the moment you see it, it's a beautifully bound and printed on very high quality paper! The book is a series of very well detailed maps of the German Blitzkrieg campaigns of the early part of World War two.</p> <p>The book is split up by each battle front and has detailed maps showing forces locations and make up on all sides. The maps are awesome and the best quality I have seen in a long time. They are not too complicated but give all the information you need to see what the situation was at each point during the campaigns.</p> <p>The descriptions of the campaigns and each chapter provide a great overview.</p> <p>The book chapters are:</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/atlas-blitzkrieg-1939-1941" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/atlas-blitzkrieg-1939-1941#comments Miscellaneous Publications Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:19 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8528 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier and Variants https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m29-weasel-tracked-cargo-carrier-and-variants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m29-weasel-tracked-cargo-carrier-and-variants" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/m29-weasel-tracked-cargo-carrier-and-variants/front_cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my planned retirement builds is a Resolution Island, Labrador winter diorama scene. My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association. Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me. The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island in far North Newfoundland back in the 50s and 60s. In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye. Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel". Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.</p> <p>Fast forward several years, and after researching availability of the necessary vehicles in each scale, I acquired the both the Italeri and Special Hobby 1/48 H-21 kits, along with a couple of 1/48 Weasels from CMK to go with a Tamiya 1/48 US 2-1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m29-weasel-tracked-cargo-carrier-and-variants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/m29-weasel-tracked-cargo-carrier-and-variants#comments Military Vehicles Publications Sun, 08 Sep 2019 12:45:38 +0000 Doug Cole 8527 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Building the Messerschmitt Bf-109 - Model Aircraft Extra #2 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/building-messerschmitt-bf-109-model-aircraft-extra-2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/building-messerschmitt-bf-109-model-aircraft-extra-2" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/building-messerschmitt-bf-109-model-aircraft-extra-2/cover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sooner or later, every aircraft modeler builds the iconic WWII Luftwaffe Bf-109. You can find them in every scale from 1/144 to 1/24, and in every version from prototype to A, to K-14, and sub-variants from post-WWII. It is probably one of the top five most popular aircraft modeling subjects ever kitted.</p> <p>To that point, there were 31 examples of the Bf-109 entered in 1/48 Single Engine Prop, at this summer's 2019 'Nooga Nats! Obviously, they garnered their own subcategory split. I felt a bit sorry for, but also somewhat envious of Rich Van Zandt's judging team as they laboriously examined all 31 examples. They were all outstanding ... some were just slightly better than others. They checked that distinct splayed gear stance for consistent alignment. They checked wing and stabilizer alignments. They checked canopies and interiors. They checked finishes. They counted rivets ... just kidding. In the end, they chose the best three. 10% of the total number entered of the type!</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/building-messerschmitt-bf-109-model-aircraft-extra-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/building-messerschmitt-bf-109-model-aircraft-extra-2#comments Aircraft Publications Sun, 08 Sep 2019 12:35:08 +0000 Doug Cole 8526 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Ford Mustang II & Pinto 1970-1980 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ford-mustang-ii-pinto-1970-1980 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ford-mustang-ii-pinto-1970-1980" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/ford-mustang-ii-pinto-1970-1980/01_ford-mustang-ii-and-pinto_frontcover.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Product provided by: Motorbooks International</p> <p>In the early to mid-1960s, the British Invasion forever changed music in America. In the late 1960s, the Japanese Invasion forever changed the cars that roamed the highways and byways in America. The cars were becoming smaller and more fuel-efficient, somewhat easier to maintain and, for the most part, more reliable. Since the 1950s, American automobiles had become larger and more garish in style, focusing primarily on luxury and high performance. Between the increasing insurance premiums and growing gasoline prices, that kind of car was becoming more expensive and more cumbersome to own. During this time, a new kind of American car came into being, the Subcompact. Marc Cranswick, the author, has been a car enthusiast for most of his life and has been involved with numerous car clubs and writing books on the history of a variety of cars. In this volume, he takes us through the formative years of Ford Motor Company's first line of subcompact cars.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ford-mustang-ii-pinto-1970-1980" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/ford-mustang-ii-pinto-1970-1980#comments Automotive Publications Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:22:20 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8525 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/profiler-scribing-and-contour-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/profiler-scribing-and-contour-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/umm-usa-profiler-scribing-and-contour-guide/umm09_profiler_-_scribing_and_contour_guide.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>John Vojtech and the people at UMM-USA (Unique Master Models) have come up with yet another tool that is well worth having in your collection. The Profiler Scribing and Contour Guide is a very versatile tool to help you with scribing and replicating inside and outside contours of your models.</p> <p>Modelers may need to find the exterior or interior contours of parts to either scratch-build additional parts or shape/sand kit pieces to fit better. The guide is made from a thin piece of pliable metal and covered with a non-slip material. The metal can be bent in several contour position without breaking it and once bent has no memory. The guide also is sold with a blue straw like holder with plugs at either end, so it is easy to find when you want to use it.</p> <p>The guide can be bent and placed on a model lined up with areas to be scribed and taped down so it does not move, then a scriber can be used along the guide.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/profiler-scribing-and-contour-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/profiler-scribing-and-contour-guide#comments Miscellaneous Modeling Products Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:09:02 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8524 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org F-4 Phantom Canopy Details for Zoukei-Mura Kits https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-4-phantom-canopy-details-zoukei-mura-kits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-4-phantom-canopy-details-zoukei-mura-kits" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/f-4-phantom-canopy-details-zoukei-mura-kits/4_parts_installed.png" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <h3>About HM (from the website)</h3> <p>Hypersonic Models are currently located in Sennan City, Osaka prefecture, Japan, and products are manufactured, packed and shipped from there. All items for sale here are original Hypersonic Models' products, we don't act as re-sellers for other brands' or companies' products.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-4-phantom-canopy-details-zoukei-mura-kits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/f-4-phantom-canopy-details-zoukei-mura-kits#comments Aircraft Details Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:00:11 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8523 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Medium Punch and Die Set PT8 - Round https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/medium-punch-and-die-set-pt8-round <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/medium-punch-and-die-set-pt8-round" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/medium-punch-and-die-set-pt8-round/mn035_universal_puch_set_pt_8.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Another beautifully crafted tool from our friends at UMM-USA is this new punch and die set, accompanying the numerous other tools used to punch standard shapes out of thin brass or aluminum, or plastic sheet stock up to 0.080 (2mm) thick. In the set you'll find an aluminum die block with hole sizes ranging from 0.6 mm (0.024") up to 3.0mm (0.12") diameter, accompanied by the hardened tool steel punches of corresponding size.</p> <p>If, like me, you've tried slicing round stock to make buttons, access covers, hatches and the like, and never managed to get parallel surfaces, you'll welcome this fine tool. It's great for adding subtle detail, for creating instrument glass, access panels, fastener heads, and the like.</p> <p>Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.</p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/medium-punch-and-die-set-pt8-round#comments Miscellaneous Modeling Products Sat, 07 Sep 2019 13:54:40 +0000 Dave Morrissette 8522 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Union Sharpshooter Verses Confederate Sharpshooter, American Civil War 1861-65 https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/union-sharpshooter-verses-confederate-sharpshooter-american-civil-war-1861-65 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/union-sharpshooter-verses-confederate-sharpshooter-american-civil-war-1861-65" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/union-sharpshooter-verses-confederate-sharpshooter-american-civil-war-1861-65/union_sharpshooter_vs_confederate_sharpshooter.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Book Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The American Civil War is a study in contrasts and similarities. Historians make a living comparing and contrasting both sides from every angle conceivable. Commanders, battlefields, tactics, and weapons are the usual subjects and this book focuses on the Sharpshooting arena. Published by our friends at Osprey Publishers, Union Sharpshooter VS Confederate Sharpshooters is authored by Gary Yee. Period photos, drawings, and maps convey a study in comparison and contrast in three battles where sharpshooters played an important role. A brief introduction opens the book, followed by chapters that cover the opposing sides, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Battery Wagner, an analysis, and the aftermath. A select bibliography and index complete the narrative. The book is printed on heavy stock paper and tells its story on 80 pages.</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/union-sharpshooter-verses-confederate-sharpshooter-american-civil-war-1861-65" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/union-sharpshooter-verses-confederate-sharpshooter-american-civil-war-1861-65#comments Miscellaneous Publications Wed, 04 Sep 2019 02:52:57 +0000 William O'Malley 8521 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org NAA P-51D-10-NA Mustang (Single No. 4) https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/naa-p-51d-10-na-mustang-single-no-4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/naa-p-51d-10-na-mustang-single-no-4" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/naa-p-51d-10-na-mustang-single-no-4/front.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Cover" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is volume four in the Single series. This is a thin book with no text other than photo captions. The book contains very nice 1/72 and 1/48 scale drawings, B&amp;W photos of various details and pages from the manuals showing different systems. There are also three-color photos of cockpit details.</p> <p>One page that should prove extremely useful to the model builder is the diagram on page 20. Showing which wing areas were natural metal which areas had two coats of filler those with one coat of filler and then sprayed with silver paint and the areas of silver paint only. There is also a beautiful rendition of the instrument panel and an index to its layout. The book concludes with three pages of color drawings of P-51D 44-14292 "Man O War".</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/naa-p-51d-10-na-mustang-single-no-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/naa-p-51d-10-na-mustang-single-no-4#comments Aircraft Publications Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:21:42 +0000 Doug Cole 8520 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Nose Gear Door and Actuator Piston for A-4B/C https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nose-gear-door-and-actuator-piston-4bc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nose-gear-door-and-actuator-piston-4bc" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/nose-gear-door-and-actuator-piston-4bc/unpainted_a4_kit_door_top_hypersonic_bottom_.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Product" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>IPMS/USA welcomes Jeffrey Kubiak of Hypersonic to the list of producers of useful bits and bobs for those of us with Advanced Modelers Syndrome (AMS). And thanks to IPMS leadership for sending it to me to be reviewed.</p> <p>Jeffrey began Hypersonic models in the UK, and has recently moved to Japan... a major change of scenery. Originally he started up with resin and detail upgrades for the Special Hobby X-15 kits... and now he's expanding... making up for lost time, so visit his site for not only this item, but several upgrades aimed at improving the Academy F-4 kits, and, most recently, the Zoukei Mura Phantoms as well.</p> <p>Consisting of 2 perfectly-cast resin parts, this nose gear door is a total replacement for the kit item. It addresses the "busy" factor missing on the venerable Hasegawa early A-4 kit. Early A-4's had essentially an outer skin section of the nose with structural stringer, bulkheads, and sidewalls visible for the door. In this case the kit landing gear door is non-descript as the later version doors were enclosed for strength and durability. New A-4s are not as interesting as the early Scooters IMO, but I'm an old guy...</p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nose-gear-door-and-actuator-piston-4bc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/nose-gear-door-and-actuator-piston-4bc#comments Aircraft Details Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:12:34 +0000 Doug Cole 8519 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org Kittyhawk UH-1N https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kittyhawk-uh-1n <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-region-pr-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kittyhawk-uh-1n" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square imagecache-linked imagecache-review_cover_square_linked"><img src="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/review_cover_square/reviews/kittyhawk-uh-1n/kittyhawk_un1n_box.jpg" alt="Product Image" title="Box Art" width="150" height="150" class="imagecache imagecache-review_cover_square"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First, thanks to Glenn for providing IPMS USA with this kit, and IPMS leadership for passing it on to me. </p> <p>Kitty Hawk's new UH-1N has obvious ties with the recently released UH-1W from the same firm. The "Whiskey" has four-bladed main and tail rotors along with scabbed on antenna and systems, giving it a purposeful, definitely non-aerodynamic look, along with weaponry fit for a short, hot firefight. The kit also draws on the recently released UH-1D/H from Kittyhawk, as many of the sprue trees are from that kit as well. The UH-1N (November) however, was originally developed under Bell's auspices of the natural improvement of a helicopter in overwater and hot, low-density air environments, whereby two-engines are better than one. The "November" has proven longevity and is still in operation almost 47 years since inception. It is the legacy of the original "Huey" line from the 1960's... and morphed into the Whiskey and other commercial variants. </p><p><a href="https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kittyhawk-uh-1n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/kittyhawk-uh-1n#comments Aircraft Kits Tue, 03 Sep 2019 05:01:24 +0000 William O'Malley 8518 at https://web.ipmsusa3.org