Review Author
David Horn
Published on
January 15, 2020
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$8.99

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with five turned parts, two gun barrels, two different sized plugs (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid “rod” (two sizes) that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty Hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a shark nose

Review Author
David Horn
Published on
January 14, 2020
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$8.99

Packaged in a thin, heat sealed pouch with four turned parts, two gun barrels, one plug (ballast) and one pitot tube. Compared to parts in the new F-5E from Kitty Hawk kit, the Master parts are very fine, detail is the finest I have ever seen, and directions are very clear and easy to follow. The gun barrels are very precise and retain concentricity where the kit parts seem thick and may appear warped. You get a choice of installing the two gun barrels or using a solid “rod” that replaces one gun barrel. I believe this is a ballast for when a gun is not installed. I am unable to find information as if this has any other function than as a ballast. The pitot tube is a direct replacement for the Kitty hawk and Hasegawa F-5 kits with a round nose.

Book Author(s)
Mick Davis, ed.
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
January 14, 2020
Company
Cross & Cockade International
MSRP
$36.46

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2019, features a front cover painting by W.E. Johns of a RNAS Bristol Scout D. W.E. Johns also contributes the back cover painting of a Bristol M1C flying high over the checkered landscape.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Book Author(s)
Ray Rimell
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
January 14, 2020
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$61.99

Ray Rimell’s (Raymond Laurence Rimell) latest in the “Building the Wingnut Wings” series was originally intended to be a paired build with the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II for a combined Albatros Special. The sheer volume of material saw that these two aircraft would be quickly separated (Building the Wingnut Wings Halberstadt Cl. II will be the next release in this series). The Cl.II was designed as a two-seat escort fighter to meet a 1917 requirement to protect reconnaissance aircraft. As the war progressed, the Cl.II saw an increasing role in ground attack. The first release by Wingnut Wings was in November 2012 (Sold Out on January 19, 2016) with a Cl.II late version (kit 32024). Wingnut Wings released the early service version on September 10, 2019 (kit 32079).

Review Author
Chris Gibson
Published on
January 14, 2020
Company
HK Models Co
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$349.99

Welcome back to the second installment of the HK 1/32 Lancaster B MkIII Dambusters review.

Last time was cockpit and interior assembly and painting and fuselage assembly, also turret assembly and painting.

Part 2 will cover the bombay changes, engine assembly and painting and installation on the wings, wing and tail plane assembly and installation on the fuselage.

Bomb Bay

The bomb bay area is different on the dambusters edition of the Lancaster, it eliminates the bombay doors and replaces it with a cover and the structure for the spinning bomb. You have to reference the Dambuster instructions #27 & 28 to install that section. Everything went together well and I pre-painted everything flat black except the spinning bomb which is olive drab green.