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Italeri Westland Wessex UH5 1:48

Italeri
Westland Wessex UH5 1:48

Kit No. 2720, Approx £25 in the UK

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When it comes to building Helicopters I’m the new guy ! I have done three in 35 years so I guess I have a way to go till I’m classed as a rotor head.
I did look a little while ago at options in 1:48 for building some British service helicopters but there were some gaping holes in the line-up, not least the Aérospatiale Gazelle , a small utility helicopter used by the British army for observation and the Westland Wessex, a British turbine-powered version of the Sikorsky S-58 Choctaw.
Initially the Wessex was introduced to the Royal Navy as a anti-submarine aircraft in 1961, it was soon adopted by the RAF and the British army as a general purpose machine primarily used for troop carrying and by this time the original configuration of a Napier Gazelle turbo shaft engine had been uprated to a twin Rolls-Royce Gnome engine set up, these later models being identified by the trade mark large exhausts either side of the nose. The Wessex went through many configurations during its service life but the basic airframe remained the same and the RAF retired its last model HC-2 in 2003.
The Wessex had seen active service through its service life from Borneo in the early 60s to to the Falklands campaign in the early 80s where 55 examples were sent, their prime role was the landing, and moving forward, of Rapier missile systems, fuel, artillery and ammunition from the beach head.
Approximately 360 Wessex of all marks were built in Yeovil UK, today  the Uruguayan Naval Aviation has a single Westland Wessex HC2 still in service. It is the last of the type flying with any air arm in the world 50 years after its first introduction.
 

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Meng's 1/72 F-102A

1/72 F-102A (Case X) All-weather Interceptor

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Kit features:
The kit offers various painting options which have been strictly verified;
The best assembly option and precise fit;
Retractable built-in pylons;
Canopy can be built either open or closed;
precise exhaust nozzle;
Precise model lines completely reproduce the perfect shape of the Area-ruled F-102A aircraft;
Landing gears and airbrakes can be built either open or closed.

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Xuntong Tu-2T Torpedo Bomber

The Tupolev Tu-2T

 

 

History


The Tupolev Tu-2T was the torpedo carrying variant of the Tu-2 bomber. The Tu-2 design criteria was to produce an aircraft with performance that would be better than the Ju 88. The prototype flew in January of 41 .Test was completed in April of 41 but the prototype aircraft was lost due to an engine fire. The second prototype was redesigned with a longer fuselage and numerous other changes, first flight was made in May of 41. Testing was completed by autumn with a strong recommendation made for series production. The German invasion led to further delays as did the decision to change engine types. The aircraft flew again in November of 41 with the new engines. The first production prototype, in which efforts were made to reduce the number of parts and the number of man hours required to build it, flew in December of 41. The first series example flew in March of 42 with testing completed in October by which time the aircraft was already in production. The definitive production version was the Tu-2S which incorporated yet more changes. It was aerodynamically outstanding with flush riveting on all external surfaces and was capable of speeds higher than those of any Soviet fighter service at the time of its introduction. Powered by two ASh- 82 F engines it had a max speed of 300 mph at sea level and 340 mph at 18,000 feet. Service ceiling was 31,170 ft and a range of 1,300 miles.

The Tu-2T torpedo carrying variant had been planned from early in the program but was not realized until the design effort could be spared in 1944. Two aircraft from the production line were modified with a pylon under each wing root for an aerial torpedo. Good results were had with the first aircraft and the second had additional fuel tanks installed in the sealed bomb bay. The landing gear was strengthened and other changes as well. The first flight of the second prototype was in August of 46. with the additional fuel capacity it had a range of 2360 miles and speed carrying two torpedoes was 304 mph. My reference did not indicate the total number built.

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Trumpeter's 72nd Scale Su-27 UB Flanker C

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When Trumpeter announced their new 1/72nd scale Flankers, I was excited as I had read that all the other kits, with the exception of the newest Hasegawa, has several errors.  Hoping that Trumpeter didn't toot their own horn and corrected the mistakes learned from their 1/32nd scale kit, I picked this one up.

 

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Tamiya 1/48 JS-2 Heavy Tank In-Box Review

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History

 In response to encounters with Tiger I's in 1942 which had amazing 3km firing ranges and were impervious to most, if not all, of the hits that Soviet armor could dish out- the JS-2 was born.  Initially, the JS-85 was created- but despite having a hull optimized to deflect enemy hits with 120mm thick armor, it's 85mm gun still did not have the required penetrating power to effectively match up.  Thus the JS-85 hull was fitted with a modified long barrel 47.9 caliber A-19 122mm gun, which was capable of firing a 25kg armor-piercing shell.  Thus arose the JS-122.  With this new gun, it could penetrate a Tiger's front armor at 1km and destroy the Panzer IV at 1.5km.

The tank's name was changed to the JS-2 as an anti-spy measure and production began in 1943.  It first saw action in April 1944 against the Tigers of s.Pz.Abt.503 in the northern Ukraine,  In June, four JS-2-equipped heavy tank regiments were involved in Operation Bagration.  Further improvements included a new sloped front glacis and the left part of the mantlet was lengthened.  These improved versions with distinctive cast hull were produced by the Chelyabinsk Kirov Factory and went on to lead the drive to Berlin in April 1945.

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