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Introduction: The primary organization of the IPMS/USA Review website is by IPMS/USA National Contest Class. Within each Class there are sub-menus by kits, decals, books, etc. The Miscellaneous Class is for items that are not class specific or that cross two or more classes.

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Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Introduction (from the Specialty Press website)

Designed as a mass-produced and relatively cheap light tactical fighter, the MiG-29 first flew on October 6, 1977. After extensive flight testing, it entered production in 1982 and deliveries to the Soviet Air Force began in 1983. In addition to its main counter-air role, the aircraft had a useful air-to-ground capability, carrying free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. From the outset the MiG-29 had been steadily developed beyond the fourth generation with changes to the airframe, avionics and weapons systems and new variants were produced in the early 2000s.

UMM 31 Ultra Micro Chisel (0.8mm) Double Beveled Tip

Published: August 25th, 2019     
UMM 31 Ultra Micro Chisel (0.8mm) Double Beveled Tip
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: UMM-USA

John Vojtech, the genius behind UMM-USA, gave us a nice collection of tools at the Chattanooga National Convention this year.  I have the privilege of reviewing a handful of them and here's #1.

If you've never used a UMM product (and why not?), they are exquisitely manufactured.  This particular tool is an extremely narrow (0.8mm/0.031 inch) chisel mounted in a sturdy, contoured plastic handle. The blade tip is a grooved, wedge shape.

What's it good for?  Removing minute amounts of material in a controlled fashion - ejector pins, molded on detail that's to be replaced, flash removal, scribing detail into small parts, etc.  I have been attempting to do this with an X-Acto knife all along, now that I have this tool I can actually maneuver the cutting surface into the immediate area rather than trying to cut at multiple angles and clean up the resulting carnage <g>.

UMM 35 Ultra Micro Chisel 2.5mm Elliptical Tip

Published: August 25th, 2019     
UMM 35 Ultra Micro Chisel 2.5mm Elliptical Tip
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: UMM-USA

If you read my review of UMM's 0.8mm Beveled Tip Chisel, you'll have a general idea of the quality of these fine tools.  That being said, UMM offers a wide variety of chisel shapes - 14 different tip shapes and sizes by my latest count.  UMM 35 is a 2.5mm (0.10 inch) chisel blade affixed to a high quality plastic handle.  The tip on this tool is elliptical, and while it will perform a wide variety of tasks (ejector pin removal, opening intakes, etc.) one unique use for the tool is for figure modelers to create or emphasize clothing folds.  My figures are cartoonish and I'll probably never get to that point but the tool is perfectly sized and shaped for my purposes.

Our thanks go out again to UMM-USA and John Vojtech for his generous support to the review team here.

Japanese Refueling Cart

Published: August 25th, 2019     
Japanese Refueling Cart
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun

  I was intrigued by this model offered by Brengun that would be a great piece to add with your Japanese ground-based aircraft display base.  My hopes are that I will eventually have an opportunity to try the 1/48 scale version of this accessory.

Typical with Brengun's other releases, they provide the end user with some extremely nicely cast parts molded in a darkish grey resin.  If there were any imperfections, they were not noticeable to my eye. I found the parts delicate buy not fragile. The resin was reasonably pliable making removal from the pour stubs easily achievable with a little patience.  I can't overstress to double, triple, and quadruple check the instructions before removing the parts. I had a small oops where I removed and discarded a small portion of the support frame.  Thankfully I was able to recover my error with a scratch-built pump mount.  

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