Review Author
Rick Bellanger
Published on
October 24, 2015
Company
Plusmodel
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$19.40

Plusmodel has recently released some interesting 1/35th scale diorama accessories. The Cable Reels – Small are just some of them.

They arrived in a sturdy cardboard container and wrapped in heat sealed plastic. There was no damage to the parts. Parts consisted of wood, fiber board, heavy paper and resin.

Read the instruction sheet before removing the laser etch wooden parts. They suggest that you take tape and tape the inner reel wooden slats together. These parts are not attached to each other and this is highly recommended if not vital to construction.

Once the wooden parts were separated from their carrier a little sanding with an emery board was all that was needed for cleanup.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
October 24, 2015
Company
Platz
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$39.99

Background

The F-15 emerged from a design study started in the early 1960s called the FX program. When the missile centered American designs of the late 1940s and 50s proved vulnerable to seemingly less advanced Soviet Migs over Vietnam, and after the unveiling of the Mig 25, the U.S. started a concentrated effort to build the next generation of fighters. Centered around the energy maneuverability theory the new designs would have very high thrust to weight ratios. That’s what the F-15 (and F-14, F-16 and F-18) would eventually achieve. Built around two Pratt and Whitney F-100 engines that allow the aircraft to accelerate in the vertical, the F-15 and associated new generation U.S. fighters outclassed any opposition at the time. In 1976 a specially prepared F-15 called the Streak Eagle broke eight time to climb records previously held by the Mig 25. A year prior the Japanese Self Defense Force came looking for a replacement for their F-104 and F-4s. Their search ended with licensing rights build the F-15J in Japan. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries built 139 single seat F-15Js. The equal of the U.S. F-15C, the Japanese F-15J only lacks some of the advanced electronics found in U.S. Eagles. Japan has made up for that with some indigenous equipment that makes these Eagles just as lethal.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
October 22, 2015
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$13.50

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: New on the block, and focusing on Marine Air … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (…and the usual sincere appreciation also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery providing stencil markings for USAF OV-10A’s; from their website, here’s what is on the sheet:

“This sheet provides complete OV-10A Bronco airframe stencils for one aircraft in the original USAF blue-grey FAC camouflage scheme.

Optional one piece wing walkway decal

Review Author
Rick Bellanger
Published on
October 21, 2015
Company
Plusmodel
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$19.40

Plus Models has recently release some interesting 1/35th scale diorama accessories. The Cable Reels – Big are just some of them.

They arrived in a sturdy cardboard container and wrapped in heat sealed plastic. There was no damage to the parts. Parts consisted of wood, fiber board, heavy paper and resin.

Read the instruction sheet before removing the laser etch wooded parts. They suggest that you take tape and tape the inner reel wooded slats together. These parts are not attached to each other and this is highly recommended if not vital to construction.

Once the wooded parts were separated from their carrier a little sanding with an emery board was all that was needed for cleanup.

Book Author(s)
Robert Forsyth
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
October 19, 2015
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$22.95

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its Combat Aircraft line of books. This time with the title Luftwaffe Mistel Composite Bomber Units.

This book, like all the other in the series, is very well researched and profusely illustrated with period pictures. Where relevant, it includes pictures of different pilots (including a few allied pilots) whose diaries and exploits are covered in the book.

The different chapters of the book covers the history of the Mistel units in a chronological way, from its beginning as a way to deliver gliders (rather than towing them it was considered to have a composite Bf-109/DFS 230) and its transition to an offensive weapon via the delivery of a modified war-weary bomber airframe.