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  1. The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training. Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose. read more View the full article
  2. The F-5 series of aircraft comes armed with two 20mm, M-39 cannons, each with 280 rounds of ammunition. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy both used the F-5 in a training role, with different paint jobs and tactics to simulate enemy aircraft in air-to-air combat training. Master Models has come up with brass replacement gun barrels and a turned brass pitot probe for the nose. Four parts are included, two gun barrels, one gun fairing, and a pitot probe. Each of the gun barrels has a realistic barrel shape, open at one end and faired closed at the other. The gun fairing is slightly larger than the two gun barrels, and gives you the option of having just one gun in the nose. read more View the full article
  3. The book opens with the developmental history of the P-51 Mustang. In early 1940, as World War II was developing in Europe, the British approached North American Aviation in about building P-40s for the Royal Air Force under license from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. North American countered with an offer to design and build an improved fighter aircraft. The next phase of history is well known, as the NA-73 design was accepted by the British and eventually the US Army Air Forces took notice. The original design utilized the same twelve-cylinder Allison engine as the P-40, but the laminar-flow wing and other aerodynamic improvements allowed the new aircraft to fly faster and with great range. However, the Allison-engined P-51A version had weaknesses at higher altitudes so the airframe was modified to use the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine that had proven its value in the British Spitfire. This variant became the P-51B and P-51C models, differentiated only by the suffix based on whether they were built in factories in Inglewood, California or Dallas, Texas. read more View the full article
  4. Thank you to the Eduard Company for sending this cockpit after-market set for review, it is always a pleasure to see what your new products bring to the scale-modeling world. Thank you also to the IPMS Reviewer Corps staff members who do the hard work in getting us modeling products to review, the reviews posted, and the news spread to the world. Summary This aftermarket set from Eduard is a superb addition to the already excellent Tamiya F-14D kit. The Eduard set simplifies construction of the cockpit area and adds a very high level of detail that only exceptional resin casting can provide. Assembly was nearly flawless. The only problems were of my own doing. A small color-etched fret and a brass PE fret accompanied the numerous resin parts, with additional details provide by a small decal sheet for the NACES seats and instrument details. Acetate film cutouts are included for the HUD panels. read more View the full article
  5. This set is designed to be used with Modelsvit's Ye-152 experimental aircraft. The set consists of 5 resin parts providing the portion of the exhaust section of the engine aft of the rear compressor blades. Cast in a light grey resin, the parts exhibit exquisite detail, however, other than the flame-holder for the afterburner and the actual nozzle part, all the details are on the inside of the exhaust tube and are finely rendered. The resin used by Amigo Models is of a medium hardness that is comparable to the injected plastic used in Airfix's new kits which makes it easy to cut, but not so fragile as to collapse or shatter when cut. I use fine razor saw to separate the parts from the pour stubs and a medium grit (400) sanding stick to clean up the cut edges. I then soaked the parts in Simple Green to remove any mold release agent. read more View the full article
  6. This is Piotr Butowski's fourth book for Harpia Publishing on the Russian Air Force. The first two books focused on the aircraft and helicopters currently used by the Russian Air Force and the third book focused on Russia's air-launched weapons. The focus of this volume is on the structure of the Russia military aviation, with commentary on its possible future. The book is divided into three chapters with several appendices. Chapter One discusses the evolution of the Russian Air Force's current structure. Chapter Two delves into the different layers of this structure starting with the upper levels and moving on down through to individual units and air bases. Chapter Three discusses the Air Force's acquisition strategy and the author's concerns for the future. read more View the full article
  7. Author Dave Hooper is the founder of the IPMS Great War Special Interest Group and a long-standing contributor to aviation modelling journals. His comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail is well known. read more View the full article
  8. Right off the bat, let me tell you that I am a fan of this SAM series of books. They provide everything a modeler needs for a knowledge of the plane covered and in tis case, it is the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet. The books is 192 pages of soft back goodness with excellent pictures and illustrations. The table of contents has the following: read more View the full article
  9. Rivets on models have been limited to just two choices, "positive" (raised) and "negative" (embossed) styles, that is if they are represented at all. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but nearly all builds you will need to add rivet detail. In nearly all cases, the method to add rivet detail is to emboss or dimple the surface which is complete opposite of what the rivet looks like in real life. If your approach is to represent a raised rivet, adding raised features can be a challenge. HGW Models now offers an ingenious method to add reality to rivets but note that is will take a little practice to get the right effect. read more View the full article
  10. Platz has been a consistent supplier of new review kits to us, and I'm pleased to be able to review this recent release. Newly tooled and boxed, this kit is a joy to build with 4 great marking schemes available to share between the two complete models. Let's dive in. All parts are crisply molded with very nicely engraved panel and control surface lines. Instructions are in full color. The instrument panels are molded in clear plastic - when removing these from the sprue, be careful not to confuse the gunsight with the sprue - I accidentally clipped off the first gunsight in error when cutting parts. I used a toothpick to add white dots to the back face of the panel and then overpainted with black, resulting in a nice-looking panel (very little of which is visible once you button up the cockpit.) I added thin masking tape strips simulating harnesses, but again, you won't see much with a closed canopy. I considered slicing one of the canopies open but didn't want to risk the damage; one could add more detail if desired. read more View the full article
  11. This is another great book in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series. It covers the development of the 210 and the later 410 aircraft. These were designed to replace the classic Me 110 aircraft. It was in 1937 that the idea and development started on a replacement for the Me 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer) which itself was just entering service. The new design would have to full fill the role of Destroyer and dive bomber. The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done including all issues with the Me 210 which was not the success Messerschmitt was hoping for. This was due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing, the Me 210 suffered from bad reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. Every detail and stages are covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the different issues and production locations etc. read more View the full article
  12. Whether I am reviewing his armor books as now, or his aircraft books, like my previous review on the SBD, I am always finding David Doyle's books to be tremendous additions to the reference bookshelf. I find myself referring to them numerous times, whether for my own projects or to check on something for friends asking advice. The best advice, of course, is to buy themselves their own copy of the book...and this Legends of Warfare volume on the Tigers is no exception. The book is not the end all or be all purchase that you'll never need anything else to buy for the library. It is, however, a good place to start for someone transitioning to armor modeling for the first time, or just looking to build one of the various offerings of Tiger kits available. WWII buffs in general will thoroughly enjoy looking through the texts and various photos. Enough babbling...what's inside Mike? read more View the full article
  13. Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. army Field Safe from WWII. Included is: Three resin parts Photo Etch Sheet Instruction Sheet The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases. The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening. The final part is painting. Thanks go to Hualer for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them View the full article
  14. Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases. This is a 1/48 Scale U.S. Safe from Pre -WWII period. Included is: 13 resin parts Photo Etch Sheet Small decal sheet Instruction Sheet The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resign bases. I did manage to lose the small resin safe handle. So I had to make one myself The Assembly is quick and easy. Please be careful with the Photo etch interior parts as they need to be assembled as tightly as possible to slide into the safe opening. Next is the painting then adding the decals. The Decals did tend to roll up and were hard to place due to this. The addition of the gold bars were a nice touch. read more View the full article
  15. Caracal Models provided these great decals for the Valom 1/48 Kit release of the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft. Included is One sheet of decals One Instruction sheet The decals are of the best quality and printed by Microscale for Caracal Models. The decal sheet provide decals for four different Markings options The British Parachute Regiments Freefall team Red devils -aircraft The Heridean Air services aircraft Aurigny Air Services aircraft Armed Forces of Malta Aircraft The instruction sheet is well detailed and includes color details. read more View the full article
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