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Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
August 11, 2016
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$12.00

Two Bobs has released a decal sheet covering an anniversary scheme for the “Wild Weasel” squadrons, currently flying F-16s. The markings include a very prominent weasel carrying a lightning bolt in the rudder.

The instruction sheet (printed in full color) includes color call-outs in: FS standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. This makes finding the right paint color a breeze.

The decal sheet is printed by Microscale and it looks thin, glossy and it is in perfect register. Likely the color density will be excellent too. As a “bonus” stencils are provided for AIM-9X, AIM-120, AGM-88, plus ALQ-184 ECM and AN/AAQ-33 targeting pods

A word of caution which hopefully will minimize confusion: the instruction sheet lists a 1/48th Tamiya for this decal set. That is a typo. The size of the decals is clearly for a 1/32nd scale model.

Highly recommended. You will have an astonishing looking Wild Weasel F-16C.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
August 11, 2016
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$55.00

Kinetic Models has provided all new molds for the Super Etendard in 1/48 scale. Upon opening the box you find 5 sprues, one clear sprue and a small PE fret (HUD and some external details). Two of sprues are devoted to an array of weapons and underwings stores.

Plastic is the typical light grey from Kinetic, with good surface detail, fine and crisp recessed detail and no flash.

Construction starts with the cockpit, air ducts and engine face, plus wheel bay (both nose and fuselage ones). There are no surprises with those subassemblies, but make sure every part is properly cleaned and square as assembling all those components could throw the fuselage alignment off. There are internal alignment points for the air ducts and fuselage wheel bay, but not for the nose wheel bay.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
August 11, 2016
Company
Furball Aero-Design
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$16.99

Furball decals continues their “AirWing All Star” series and this decal sheet features 7 (seven!) CAG F-14, with enough national markings and stencils for two airframes. However if you use the markings and stencils from the original decal sheet you can make a very large group of models.

These are the airframes included

  • F-14A 159631, VF-24, USS Constellation, 1976
  • F-14A 160393, VF-84, USS Nimitz, 1978
  • F-14A 161134 (TARPS), VF-101, NAS Oceana, 1982
  • F-14A 160666, VF-111, USS Kitty Hawk, 1983
  • F-14A 159825, VF-114, USS Enterprise, 1984
  • F-14A 159446, VF-142, USS America, 1977
  • F-14A 158621, VF-124, NAS Miramar, 1974

The airframes are a combination of overall grey, with others being with lower surfaces in white. Some radomes are tan, others are grey. All of them have colorful fins.

Review Author
Doug Hamilton
Published on
August 11, 2016
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$7.80

One piece of equipment you’ll almost always need any place where freight is handled is a way to quickly move palletized goods from one place to another. Whether a moving a short distance, or in tight quarters a hand pallet truck, or as they’re more commonly called here in the States, a pallet “Jack” or “Mule”, is an indispensable piece of equipment.

Hauler, from the Czech Republic has introduced in 1/48 scale a pallet jack made from resin and photo etched parts. Cast in medium gray resin the kit consists of 7 resin parts and three photo etched parts. No decals are suppled or needed. A one-page sheet of directions is included.

Book Author(s)
Ray Rimell, Editor
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
August 11, 2016
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$15.00

The Summer 2016 edition of Windsock World War Centenary is the second edition of Volume 32. This edition has a decidedly Sopwith Camel bent, perhaps due to the release of the 1/24 Merit Camel and in anticipation of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Sopwith Camel. The cover subject is a recently restored F.1 Camel in the markings of B5663 as flown by FSL RA Blyth that is owned and operated by TVAL of New Zealand. The Great War Paint series chimes in with photos from the Harry Woodman collection along with some twenty-six color side views and four top or bottom views by arvo@arvoart.com. Topping the Camel feature off is a color walk-around by James Fahey of the TVAL Camel on the cover with thirty-five detailed photos.