On the underside of the F-4 Phantom and the British variants are two doors astride the centerline which open outward. These two small doors always open when the landing gear extended to provide extra cooling air to flow to the engines. The underside of the wing in all of the Hasegawa kits has these doors molded open, revealing the hollow void of the fuselage. Now in fairness, when the model is displayed on its landing gear, especially with stores, the emptiness is not that noticeable. But if you are a modeler who does not like open voids, Aires has a solution. This particular set is designed for the Spey powered British Phantoms, but Aires offers them for the USN and USAF variants as well; I am unsure of the differences if any.
Few weapons on the battlefield can instill fear and panic more readily than the fire-spewing armored flame thrower, especially in the form of a main battle tank. Germany, Britain, and the United States all used this fearsome weapon, and Soviet Russia was no exception. Very useful for breaking trench lines and reducing bunkers and machine gun nests, the OT-34 was used in several variants throughout the war. This version is based on the 1943 version of the T-34, with a raised commander’s cupola. The turret casting molds were not uniform from one factory to the next, giving rise to many subtle variations in shape and texture.
Thanks once again to Quickboost for providing IPMS USA review items; I’m always amazed they find more to detail out, even on the most complex of today’s models…
In this case, Quickboost provides a simple replacement for the closed kit drogue chute housing. Three parts; two clamshells, and one drogue chute container. I painted the two clamshell doors RLM 02 on the interior, a medium green on the outside, and yellow/tan on the chute. Detail is superlative; there are even actuator cables and a lock loop on the back of the chute container. (yep, it looks like an ear of corn). Inside the clamshells are open bays and rivet/cable details. You could spend hours doing this from scratch; someone at Quickboost did!
This issue of Windsock’s bi-monthly magazine begins with a five page article on German Halberstadts B.Is captured and used by the Russians in 1915-16 including color 4-view drawings. Next, in the continuing Modelling Master Class by Lance Krieg, is Chapter 5, part 1 on struts and rigging. These five pages cover struts, the different types of materials to use, but also various rigging knots and how to make brass turnbuckles. This reviewer always finds new ideas to use from reading these articles.
With this issue a new series of super-detailed color profiles begins, here the subject is the Macchi M.5. A report and photos on Skysport Engineering where a new Avro 504 K is being built to original specs then follows. Next, there are several pages on "Dawn Patrol", a WWI flying model display team that flys 1/3 scale RC models including a 25 foot span Gotha G.V.
We’ve come a long way in aircraft modeling when you can find a company dedicated to making after market pitot tubes for specific subjects in different scales. Way back when, a straight pin instead of a kit piece was “advanced modeling.” My review is for both the 1/72 and 1/32 versions of this product. Master has provided us with an exquisite, turned-metal replica of the BAe Hawk pitot tube. It perfectly captures the two stage taper and bulged end of the real thing. Though you can easily see this in 1/32 scale, it is also the same for the 1/72 scale copy.
Master made it easy for us modelers to mount the replacement pitot tube since there is a peg protruding from the back of the pitot that fits into a hole on the model. Just add some CA glue, insert the part, and you’re all set. The package includes a small sheet showing the size drill needed for the hole and the location for the new part.