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Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$14.00

Set 48-233. Colorful markings from the first air show of the 2009 season of the J-10 Chinese Demo Team. There are markings for both the single- and two-seat variants of the J-10. There are enough options on this sheet to build 1 each of any of the jets from the 2009 air show season.

Two sheets of decals are included in this set. Markings include national insignia, Demo Team logo, aircraft numbers, stunning tail markings, and various red and white scallops.

Decals are sized for both the Bronco and Trumpeter 1/48th scale kits.

Set 48-234. More colorful markings from the first air show of the 2010/2011 season of the J-10 Chinese Demo Team. There are markings for both the single- and two-seat variants of the J-10. There are enough options on this sheet to build 1 each of any of the jets from the 2010/2011 air show season.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
Company
Cyber-Hobby
Scale
1/200
MSRP
$21.95

Designed by Jack Northrop and built by his company, the YB-49 symbolized the culmination of his work with flying wing designs that began with the N-1M when he started his company in 1939. There were a total of three of these aircraft that actually took to the air, two YB-49s and a single YRB-49A. All were converted from XB-35 airframes, trading in the four Pratt and Whitney R-4360 engines and counter-rotating propellers for eight Allison J-35-A-15 jet engines on the YB-49, or in the case of the YRB-49A, six Allison J-35-A-19 jet engines. The aircraft was 172 feet across, 53 feet 1 inch in length, and stood 15 feet 3 inches tall.

Review Author
Dave Koukol
Published on
Company
Cyber-Hobby
Scale
1/700
MSRP
$34.99

Originally commissioned in 1946 as an Oregon-class heavy cruiser, USS Albany (CA-123) was converted to the world’s first guided missile cruiser between 1958 and 1962 and redesignated CG-10. She served in various roles until her decommissioning in 1980, when she was sold for scrap.

CyberHobby’s 1/700 rendition of CA-10 is a beauty! Seven sprues of exquisitely molded gray styrene, plus the 2-piece waterline hull and stand base greet the modeler upon initial opening of the box. To sweeten the deal, CyberHobby tosses in a fret of well-executed PE detail for superstructure railings, search radar, and other delicate items. A small, well-printed, but jam-packed, decal sheet round things out.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$42.99

Thanks once again to our friends at Revell for re-releasing the largest static Huey model kit once again and providing IPMS/USA a copy to review! We certainly appreciate the opportunity…

A bit of history: This kit is a re-release of the former Monogram 1/24th UH-1B “Visible Huey.” Originally released in 1970, it is said supposedly to have been a one-time run due to low sales. That’s sad, because it’s a really great kit of a great aircraft, and the operating features actually worked well. I have provided pictures of my built-up visible Huey next to the new release version for those of you who have not seen one. (It is not for sale, and many parts shown are NOT in the review kit….I provide these pictures for comparison only). I’ve seen these go for over $600 as collector items.

Book Author(s)
Steve Davies
Review Author
Ben Guenther
Published on
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$29.95

During the Vietnam War, it became apparent that the tactics used by American pilots were not working well. An effort was made to analyze all US vs. MiG engagements, which became known as the Red Baron reports. The study recommended that Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) was needed and, further, that the Air Force needed to give its fighter pilots realistic training with enemy aircraft or realistic substitutes. Aggressor squadrons were formed, assembled and put to use training and flying T-38s and F-5s to provide the Air Force fighter pilots DACT training. The Navy also formed TOPGUN as an Adversary training squadron to do this same training. The last part of the Red Baron recommendations did come about with the acquisition of MiG assets and American pilots to fly them in realistic training with CONSTANT PEG. The American pilots flew as members of the 4477th Test & Evaluation Flight and became known as the Red Eagles.