Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 5, 2016
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.50

In model aircraft, especially 1/72nd scale, the pitot tubes are very fragile. Limitations of plastic also means that they tend to be overscaled. Even being overscaled the pitot tubes are fragile. Then there is the trouble of the mold lines on the part and keeping them round while removing it. If you are like me that means I can’t do it justice, especially in this scale.

Protected by card stock backing, the parts are contained in a ziplock baggie. Inside of that baggie are two separate ones. One contains the turned metal parts and the other a piece of resin. Each brass piece is packaged separately. This means that you can’t get them messed up. The resin piece is a piece of art in itself. The light grey resin is simply gorgeous. The resin is protected by a foam capsule and the parts are held in place with tape that ensures it doesn’t get damaged. It is very tiny so care must be taken when adding the part to the turned metal barrel.

Book Author(s)
Kev Darling; Illustrator Richard J. Caruana
Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
September 5, 2016
Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$20.18

This new Warpaint volume covers some of the last large seaplanes used in the world. Thank you to Guideline Publications for publishing an excellent work on these planes, and providing a copy for review. I am also very appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps support, whose efforts make this review program so good.

Author Darling and Illustrator Caruana’s treatment of the Martin Mariner and descendent Marlin aircraft strikes an excellent balance of book size and detail. The content is laid out in a three-column text format, with two to three photos, data tables, or drawings per page. The color profiles show a beautiful variety of the marking schemes used by all operators of the aircraft with three aircraft per page. I found no historical inaccuracies, at least not from my limited expertise.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 5, 2016
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$5.00
  • QB 32 176 - Fw-190D-9 Mimetall Gun Cover - $5
  • QB 32 177 - Fw-190D-9 Early Gun Cover - $5

The late war production machine in Germany required that many smaller manufacturers of parts be decentralized. As such a situation developed different manufacturers modified parts as necessary to ensure they meet production quotas. This is the situation with the FW-190D-9 forward cowlings and gun covers.

Packaged is a familiar self-sealing package, these gun covers are molded in light grey resin with no visible flaws. They are drop in replacement for the kit parts. Simply remove them from the resin pour stub and add to the model.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 5, 2016
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$11.00

The Sukhoi Su-17/20/22 family of aircraft were the primary air to ground to air for the Russian Air Force. It saw service during the Afghanistan war and was a primary attack aircraft during the Cold War.

The KP models and the soon to be released Kitty Hawk model of the Su-22 are out there. The main issue with many of these kits is the fragile pitot tubes that extend past the nose. The other issue with this particular aircraft are the pitot tube and AOA vanes on these protrusions. The limitations of plastic cause these parts to be slightly oversized. The other thing is mold release marks and trying to keep these tubes circular.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 5, 2016
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$9.00

Master Model has been producing some exquisite pitot tubes, gun barrels and static discharge wicks. So it is natural that they continue that success with new barrels and pitot tubes.

The latest offering is for the Su-25 Frogfoot, the Soviet version of the A-10. Eduard, KP and Monogram have the Frogfoot in their inventory. This set is different than some others that I’ve had to deal with from Master.

Contained inside the ziplock baggie are three brass pieces which are beautifully turned brass. Each brass piece is packaged separately. This will ensure the parts are flawless when removed from the package. In another self-sealing baggie is a very fragile resin vane that contains a bunch of separate shapes from the pitot tube. This piece is protected by a foam piece and held in place by some tape which completely protects it. The resin piece is a piece of art in itself. The piece requires no clean up and is perfectly cast.