Review Author
Jim Stratton
Published on
November 14, 2015
Company
Riich Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$37.00

History

The British 6 Pounder Anti-Tank gun was manufactured in the US, in 1942. In early 1943, the US Army adopted it for their use and called it the 57mm Anti-Tank gun M1. The version adopted for the army was modified and supplied to the army with a modified towing hitch and “Combat” wheels. Most branches of the US Army considered the weapon as too heavy and it was also hampered by the lack of ammunition. In 1943 only simple armor piercing ammo was manufactured. It wasn’t until late 1944 before adequate AP ammunition was made available. The M1 could penetrate 75mm of armor angled at 30 degrees at a distance of 3000 meters. In spite of the shortcomings, by early 1944 the M1 had become the standard towed anti-tank gun of the US Army Divisions. The prime mover for the M1 57mm was the Dodge WC-63 and the White halftrack. Over 10,000 M1’s were built for the US Army and 4,242 for the British Army. The M1 was also used by the Free French and Russian armies.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
November 14, 2015
Company
Barracuda Studios
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$22.99

Roy Sutherland has been around for a bit, providing resin details we never knew could exist, but now do because of his commitment to improving basic products. This set is one of four that I used on the new (but old) B-1B… they are in Roy’s “Barracudacast” resin accessories branch of his company. On to the review!

This set is comprised of two sets of intakes, and four intake plugs used while the aircraft is on the ground to prevent Foreign Object Damage (FOD). It is relatively simple in use, but requires some mastery of measurement, installation, and Putty/filler work. Up front, this set does NOT address the intake trunking. It only corrects the inaccurate B-1B intakes at rest.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
November 13, 2015
Company
Barracuda Studios
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$35.95

Roy Sutherland has been around for a bit, providing resin details we never knew could exist, but now do because of his commitment to improving basic products. This set is one of four that I used on the new (but old) Revell B-1B… they are in Roy’s “Barracudacast” resin accessories branch of his company. On to the review!

This set is comprised of four sets of exhaust augmentor tubes, four augmentor flame holders, four sets of exhaust nozzles without turkey feathers, and three sets of support arms sufficient to detail all four nozzles. It is relatively simple in concept, but requires some mastery of measurement, plastic removal on parts, and care with removal of the support arms from the casting block. Roy also offers PDF instructions for those who need larger versions on his website.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
November 13, 2015
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.50

QuickBoost provides you with four 20mm Hispano Mk. II cannon barrels with the smooth barrel fairing removed and replaced with a vented fairing to cover the recoil spring. Please note that there was quite a bit of variety in the exposed barrel of the 20mm Hispano Mk. II cannon depending on what type of wing it was installed in. The Spitfire Mk Vc and Mk Ve wing had different style fairings. The Hurricane, Typhoon, and Mosquito installations and fairings were also quite different.

Of note is the re-sealable packaging that QuickBoost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new QuickBoost replacements. These QuickBoost parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Tamiya series of Spitfire Mk Vb kits. If you have the new Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb kit, the QuickBoost QB 48 635 set is designed specifically for it.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
November 13, 2015
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.50

Wanting to make your P-51D just a bit different by showing the elevators in action? Aires has come to the rescue with a beautiful set to replace the horizontal tail surfaces for the North American P-51D Mustang. There are no supplied instructions; you simply swap out the kit provided plastic parts with the new Aires replacements. These Aires parts are specific replacements for the kit parts found in the Tamiya series of P-51D kits.

Aires has molded the stabilizer and elevator perfectly in light grey resin with no apparent bubbles. The Aires stabilizer and elevator are supplied on a single resin sprue with thin resin attachments to the parts that should minimize any cleanup.