Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
October 25, 2015
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$20.00

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: usually focusing on Marine Air, but in this case, on USAF OV-10A’s…We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (…and the usual thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery focusing on USAF Broncos from various units in country during the Vietnam war.

Also included with this release is the Stencil set 32007 for the High-visibility OV-10’s flow by the USAF. Differences from others include the red turbine warning stripe on the nacelles, in addition to the prop warning stripe. That, and a lot of artwork on spinners including easter egg colors, white stars on a blue spinner, etc… From the AoA website:

Book Author(s)
Ray Rimell, Harry Woodman
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
October 25, 2015
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$18.29

Ray Rimell’s follow up to ‘Hawa’! Volume 1 dives deeper into the Hannover CL. II and its variants. The cover features a Stan Stokes painting of a Hannover in action over the front lines. Ronny Bar contributes nine color side profiles, all up to his normal high standards. Mick Davis grabs the pullout centerfold with general arrangement line drawings of the Hannover CL.IIIa and the Hannover CL. III (Merc.). For those of you that still dabble in that odd 1/72 scale, Mick Davis also provides you with drawings of the same two aircraft. I counted seven color photos of the 180-hp Opel (Argus) motor located at the Science Museum in London. There are also an additional 54 black and white photos and over 150 drawings of the airplane components. Ian Stair provides a 1/48 general arrangement drawing of the Hannover CL. V along with fuselage sections and a few detail drawings.

Review Author
Rick Bellanger
Published on
October 25, 2015
Company
Plusmodel
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$19.40

Plusmodel has recently released some interesting 1/35th scale diorama accessories. The Cable Reels – Small are just some of them.

They arrived in a sturdy cardboard container and wrapped in heat sealed plastic. There was no damage to the parts. Parts consisted of wood, fiber board, heavy paper and resin.

Read the instruction sheet before removing the laser etch wooden parts. They suggest that you take tape and tape the inner reel wooden slats together. These parts are not attached to each other and this is highly recommended if not vital to construction.

Once the wooden parts were separated from their carrier a little sanding with an emery board was all that was needed for cleanup.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
October 24, 2015
Company
Platz
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$39.99

Background

The F-15 emerged from a design study started in the early 1960s called the FX program. When the missile centered American designs of the late 1940s and 50s proved vulnerable to seemingly less advanced Soviet Migs over Vietnam, and after the unveiling of the Mig 25, the U.S. started a concentrated effort to build the next generation of fighters. Centered around the energy maneuverability theory the new designs would have very high thrust to weight ratios. That’s what the F-15 (and F-14, F-16 and F-18) would eventually achieve. Built around two Pratt and Whitney F-100 engines that allow the aircraft to accelerate in the vertical, the F-15 and associated new generation U.S. fighters outclassed any opposition at the time. In 1976 a specially prepared F-15 called the Streak Eagle broke eight time to climb records previously held by the Mig 25. A year prior the Japanese Self Defense Force came looking for a replacement for their F-104 and F-4s. Their search ended with licensing rights build the F-15J in Japan. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries built 139 single seat F-15Js. The equal of the U.S. F-15C, the Japanese F-15J only lacks some of the advanced electronics found in U.S. Eagles. Japan has made up for that with some indigenous equipment that makes these Eagles just as lethal.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
October 23, 2015
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$13.50

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: New on the block, and focusing on Marine Air … We sincerely appreciate this new decal manufacturer sending IPMS/USA their latest releases for review! (…and the usual sincere appreciation also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending these my way.. )

This sheet is a comprehensive delivery providing stencil markings for USAF OV-10A’s; from their website, here’s what is on the sheet:

“This sheet provides complete OV-10A Bronco airframe stencils for one aircraft in the original USAF blue-grey FAC camouflage scheme.

Optional one piece wing walkway decal