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Master Box “Woman at War”: Germany, Luftwaffe Helferinnen in 1/35th Scale

Master Box “Woman at War”: Germany, Luftwaffe Helferinnen in 1/35th Scale

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This is Master Box’s 2nd release of a “Woman at War” series. 

Front of box

History: By early 1940 the need for servicemen to be released from office administration work for combat duty resulted in women being recruited for the German Army as, amongst other things, Air Force Female Assistants (Luftwaffenhelferinnen).

The Luftwaffe Helferinnen were auxiliaries as in the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) in the UK and WAACS (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps Services) in the USA.  They provided support in everything from communications to maintenance but, they did not fly. There were female pilots that flew but only in a “non combat” role. These woman were already pilots before the Nazis came to power.  But there was no comparable program for training or utilizing women as pilots.  . 

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Master Box "Women at War" US Navy Waves "In box review"

Master Box “Woman at War”: US Navy Waves” in 1/35th Scale

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This is Master Box’s 1st release of a “Woman at War” series.

History:  Women served in the US Navy during World War I, but the following woman military organizations were formed as follows:

WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) was established.
WAACS (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps Services) founded.
SPARs (Semper Parafus-Always Ready), a branch of the Coast Guard founded.

WRs (Women Marine Reserves) founded.
WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots) was founded.

President Roosevelt signed a law changing WAACs to Women Army Corps (WACS), thus they became a branch of the army (though not with benefits).

The Kit:

Contains 1 sprue with 37 pieces that have minimal flash

It has two female figures:  One represents an enlisted WAVE in the Summer Whites uniform with the Dress Jacket). The other represents an officer WAC in the standard working uniform with an Eisenhower (Ike) Jacket. Although some WAVES did wear the WAC style uniforms when serving in some jobs, they would not have worn the ARMY style patches as seen on this figure.

There are two male figures: One is in the “Cracker Jacks” uniform for enlisted sailors (which can be painted to represent the Summer Whites or Winter Blues). The other is in the Officers Dress Whites uniform.  *(What is really cool, is the enlisted male sailor comes with a parrot and a monkey that can be placed on his arm/shoulder).

Conclusion: It appears, that like many of their other releases this will not be a disappointment.

I highly recommend getting the Osprey “Men-at-arms” #357 World War II Allied Woman’s Auxiliary Services by Martin Brayley, and illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro and Osprey “Elite” #80 US Navy in World War II Mark Henry, and illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro. You will find all the information on painting these figures accurately.

My “Build Review” should follow in a few months (or at least I hope to get to them as more and more group builds catch my fancy).  Overall this should build into an outstanding replica of sailors (and one soldier) during World War II, and is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys figures that are not covered by most manufacturers I would like to thank Alexander Surzhenko of Master Box Models for the review kit.





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Vulcan Models 2 Pounder

VulcanModels 2 Pounder ATG Box Art
The Kit

I ordered three kits directly from Asia and they arrived quickly.  The box art, by Fleischer is well done and one either side a suggested finishing scheme was illustrated using colored CAD drawings.  The instructions were underneath the sprues and well illustrated on a glossy paper.  The first impression was quite favorable and not that of a limited run kit.

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Masterpiece Model's USN Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle

The hull components come assembled straight from the box.

The hull components come assembled straight from the box.


The US Navy's Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle has a heritage from the British Saunders-Roe SRN.5 hovercraft. This vehicle is based on the principle of a turboprop engine turning a reversible propeller and a centrifugal lift fan. The division of power was equal and the propeller was sued for forward movement while the centrifugal fan filled a plenum chamber which had escape ports. Air rushes out of these ports between two rubber skirts which where kept from separating by chains near the bottom. The rubber skirts would inflate and the escaping air on the bottom would lift the vehicle providing the air cushion.

By changing the pitch of the propeller, the air cushion vehicle could move forward or reverse. Air escaping the plenum chamber next to the vertical stabilizers would contact the rudder and aid in low speed maneuvering. Puncturing an air bag would affect the buoyancy of the vehicle.

Bell Systems bought three SRN.5 from Saunders-Roe (a division of Westland Aviation) and replaced the Gnome engine with a turbofan based on the same engine used in the UH-1 helicopter. The Gnome engine was based on the same General Electric engine so the dimensions were very similar and this facilitated the substitution. Later, the British Dowty-Rotol 9 foot propeller was also replaced by a Curtiss-Electric 9 foot model. The US Navy used three of these Patrol Air cushion Vehicles in Vietnam. They went through various upgrades which included adding armor to protect the engine replacing the single M2 HMG on a MK6 MOD 3 gun mount to a twin M2 then the pair was mounted in a MK56 turret (same as the PBRs). Other changes included the aforementioned propeller, and adding narrow then wide walkways. For more information on the use of these vehicles in combat, please visit Lt (jg) Roy Adair's web blog in the references section.


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Badger's Renegade Velocity Airbrush

For years I used a Paasche H1 airbrush, then later I bought a Modelmaster (Aztec) airbrush to replace it.  It never did so I went out and bought an Iwata HP-C.   After hearing the commotion Badger was causing with their new airbrushes at model shows, I contacted them once I saw a very nice discount offer from the company.  A couple of months after contacting them, I was offered the opportunity to review two of their latest airbrushes and this one is the first, the Renegade.

Renegade Velocity Box

The Renegade comes in a fabulously made box, the kind a medal is kept in.  Open opening the latch; we see the airbrush, a plastic cup with two parts, both snugly held in place by a profile cut foam insert.  Lifting this up, we see the documentation included with the airbrush.

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