Review Author
Robert Head
Published on
August 13, 2015
Company
Academy Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$102.00

Short History

The Navy replaced the Ch-46 Sea Knight with the CH-60 which was later redesignated the MH-60S in February 2001 to reflect its planned multi-mission use. The MH-60S is based on the UH-60 and has many naval SH-60 features. Unlike all other Navy H-60s, the MH-60S is not based on the original S-70B/SH-60B platform with its forward-mounted twin tail-gear and single starboard sliding cabin door. Instead, the S-model is a hybrid, featuring the main fuselage of the S-70A/UH-60, with large sliding doors on both sides of the cabin, a single aft-mounted tail wheel, and the engines, drivetrain and rotors of the S-70B/SH-60.

Review Author
Ned Ricks
Published on
August 13, 2015
Company
Werners Wings
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$16.00

History

In the early 1960s, the US Army’s Howze Board recommended testing new forms of mobility to make the soldier “free from the tyranny of terrain.” The result was the 11th Air Assault Division, to be rechristened the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and sent to Vietnam in 1965. Rather than moving to combat by truck or by foot march, as in wars past, the Cav rode in helicopters, lots of helicopters. Those many choppers, from OH-13s and OH-6s to CH-47s and UH-1s needed crew members and door gunners. This figure represents one of those aviators.

Review Author
Ned Ricks
Published on
August 13, 2015
Company
Werners Wings
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$16.00

History

In the early 1960s, the US Army’s Howze Board recommended testing new forms of mobility to make the soldier “free from the tyranny of terrain.” The result was the 11th Air Assault Division, to be rechristened the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and sent to Vietnam in 1965. One of the elements of the airmobile division was the Air Cav -- 1st Squadron (Air), 9th Cavalry, whose personnel paid tribute to their heritage by wearing black Stetson cavalry hats. Instead of horses or half tracks, the squadron used helicopters to scout for and fight the enemy. This figure represents one of those aviators.

Review Author
Eric Christianson
Published on
August 13, 2015
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$8.68

Hauler, a small company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products; this time with a package of four 50 gallon steel barrels in 1/35th scale.

The package contains a single baggie containing four barrels mounted on backing blocks. No stencils and/or decals are included. The barrels are single-piece affairs, eliminating the need to remove that pesky seam line found on standard two-part barrels included in many armor kits.

The barrels are attached at one end to the backing block, and while the attachment is significant, the rim of the barrel keeps things pretty much in place during removal. A lot of resin dust is produced during this process, and unless you plan to carefully sand the cut end and scribe detail into it, you are going to lose the use of that end of the barrel on your model or diorama.

Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
August 12, 2015
Company
UMM-USA
MSRP
$28.95

Thank you to Unique Master Models (UMM) for generously providing an excellent tool for “field testing.” Thank you as well to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me be an evaluator.

The jig is akin to an adjustable protractor with a range of 0 to 180 degrees. The base plate is metallic blue metal with white, etched tick marks and numbers marked in 1 degree increments. A polished bar is screwed to the base plate at the zero position and an adjustable or positionable bar with a set screw can be locked between 0 and 180 degrees. Both plates are 3/16 in thick and project up from the base plate about 7/16 in. I checked the indicated angles on the jig with other tools and the angles match the precision of the jig, in other words, the angles on the jig are pretty darn good! The setscrew on the positionable plate held well and did not slip when the jig was dropped from about 5 feet onto a carpeted floor.