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Hakko FX888D Soldering Station

 

HAKKO FX888D Intro

Over the years I have been back and forth over getting a resistance soldering station but I just could not pull the trigger on $400+ for something I may not use that often.

Biggest problem I have had with soldering is the heat and the tip. Most of our soldering irons we get a the local shops are not made for detail and small application, just utilitarian in nature. The big Waller gun I have heats up nice but it's heavy and has limited selections of tips. The smaller irons are generally 25-35 watt, takes a while for them to heat up and the tips are still rather big.

Allow me to introduce you to my new Hakko FX 888D BY (Blue and Yellow) soldering station, they have a silver model also.

Read the technical info about the FX888D here. I'll not get into all this because it's lost on me, I just need heat!

www.hakko.com/english/products/hakko_fx888d.html

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Stylish, Powerful, Compact. Just like the box says.

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Dragon M3 Halftrack with TCM-20 AA Gun

Dragon 1/35 IDF M3 Halftrack with TCM-20 20mmAnti Aircraft Gun from the 50th Anniversary of the 6 Day War collection.

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Kitty Hawk SU-35

 

SU-35 Kitty Hawk
In box review.

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the SU-35 in 1/48 scale from Kitty Hawk has been one of those long awaited aircraft. Fans of red star aircraft may have cause to rejoice .
The first thing to notice is the box art it is quite colorful as we have come to expect from KH. It shows a adversary aircraft going down in flames. They did not miss a step even with that , there is a missile missing under the port wing.

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Upon opening the box we are greeted with the standard light grey sprue and yes there are a ton of them. Not counting the 4 sprues of weapons that has come to be a kitty hawk standard , the rest of the box is filled with 4 sprues the upper and lower fuselage halves ......yes I said halves. there are also the clear parts . A fret of photo etch and three separate sheets of decals.
Not counting the weapons the kit builds up in 19 steps . The one thing that stands out to me is the omission of full engines that have been prevalent in other Kitty Hawk offerings. With that being said they have turned their attention to extra detail on the rear of the engines that will actually be seen .
turning our attention back to the cockpit , it has a extraordinary wealth of detail. Seeing is believing. back to the outer of the aircraft the detail is once more well represented with fine panel lines and maintenance access points.

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The one worry for me with this kit was the fit of the intake trunks. I have to admit that I did clean up the trunks and dry fit them to the fuselage and was pleasantly surprised to see a lack of issues.
This is one build that I am heartily looking forward to . There will soon be a full bench build review . Until such time I will just admire this beautiful bird........ well done Kitty Hawk keep them coming

 

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Panzerwrecks 21

Panzerwrecks 21 is now available and continues this series exploration of the dwetrius of armoured war in WWII. Produced by Panzerwrecks this is a soft cover book presenting pictures well backed by information and references.

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DSPIAE Single blade nipper 2.0

DSPIAE Single blade nipper 2.0

One of the very best cutters ever,in my humble opinion.

Single bladed,the cutter part has one extreme sharp blade opposing a flat stopper surface.
To ensure the durability of the blade,fatigue tests (5000 cuts with 4 mm plastic rods) were run during the product
development stage.

It comes in a box containing the cutters,instructions in Chinese and English,leather holster and plastic cap,
anti rust oil, cleaning cloth and the adjustment tool for the limit regulator (used from forcing the blade and stopper face too much to prevent damaging the sharp cutter part)

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