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Videoaviation 1/32 USAF GBU-38 Review

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The GBU-38 was first dropped on an enemy combatant in September of 2004 in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Known as a JDAM, or Joint Direct Attack Munition, the weapon consists of a Mk-82 500 lb bomb body fitted with a guidance kit and GPS receiver making it far more accurate than its unmodified iron predecessors.

Despite the GBU-38's success and widespread use by the US Air Force and US Navy since the early days of OIF and then in Operation Enduring Freedom, they have remained elusive to modelers in the large scale world of 1/32 until recently. Though they may come kitted in plastic with the purchase of a modern aircraft kit, there are only several manufacturers who are currently producing them in resin for the aftermarket. Surprisingly enough, this group does not include Eduard Model Accessories whose current inventory lacks the GBU-38 in any scale.

Enter Videoaviation. They have only been in the game for several years and while not as well established in the aftermarket y…

F-5E/F Tiger II's Use of Precision Guided Weapons

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A preliminary look at Kitty Hawk's upcoming F-5E/F in 1/32 scale Several weeks ago, Kitty Hawk announced their intentions to release a large scale Tiger after sharing several CAD images on their Facebook page. It usually isn't prudent to jump all over CAD images with criticism so early on because many things change through the course of a model's production timeline. It would be like saying your child looks nothing like you after catching a glimpse of the ultrasound. Never the less, the image gives us an idea of part placement, engineering and features like open panels and weapons that will be included. Since as you know I have a distinct fascination with aircraft weaponry, that will be the main point of interest here. So, let's explore the world of the F-5 Tiger II and see if we can't figure out what to expect from Kitty Hawk.

The Kit so far...

These are a few of the images released by Kitty Hawk that show the weaponry apparently included in the kit. The first th…