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Sheriff Rosco's Police Car

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Sheriff Rosco's Police Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

The kit is molded in a white styrene and also has a generous sprue of chrome parts, and rubber wheels. There is also quite an arsenal of weapons included, (M-16, Thompson sub-machine gun, M1, shotgun, pistol, and a grenade launcher). I guess Sheriff Rosco always wanted to be on a SWAT team. This kit depicts the Dodge Monaco police car and is a very good representation of that vehicle. It also includes a nice engine that could be detailed if you wanted to. One problem is that the hood of the car has no hinges to open so you will have to just lay it next to the kit to show off the engine compartment.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 8th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager,  the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.

ABOUT THE AIRCRAFT

(PLAAF) J-10A VIGOROUS DRAGON

Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II
Author: Jiri Hornat and Bob Migliardi
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a new company for us.  I would like to thank them for submitting this book for review.

Many modelers are familiar with the camouflage patterns of WW II U.S., British, German, and Japanese aircraft.  However, until the first publication of Colors of the Falcons in 2006, the camouflage patterns used by the Soviets were not as well known.  Because of this lack of knowledge and subsequent demand for the book, it is now in its second printing.

Colors of the Falcons is a paperback book measuring 8-1/2" X 11" and consisting of 56 pages.  The cover and pages are printed on high gloss paper.  The book contains approximately 82 black and white photographs with accompanying text.  There are four color plates depicting 20 different aircraft in various camouflage patterns.  These 20 aircraft are only shown in profile.  It certainly would be beneficial to see the patterns also displayed in a plan view.  The plates are beautifully done, neat and precise.  Accompanying each illustration is a description of the pattern shown.

Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk V Cockpit Set for Tamiya Kit
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

"So many Spitfires...so little time..." or at least that's the way seems to die-hard modeling fans of Supermarine's legendary fighter.  Of all of the kits offered in 1/48th scale, Tamiya's varied offerings of the Mk V are among the most popular with competitive and serious modelers.  Excellent accuracy, detail, and general engineering of the kit put it in an elite class of quarter-scale Spitfires.

If Tamiya's outstanding kit weren't enough, those folks from Aires just had to take things a step further with their recent release of a cockpit set for Tamiya's Mk V's.  Boy, do they deliver!  Eight crisply-cast chunks of resin, a fret of top-notch photoetch, and a small sheet of acetate with instrument faces and gunsight glass to raise a high bar even higher.

AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010

Published: September 5th, 2010     
AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010
Author: AFV Modeller
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: AFV Modeller

Issue No. 52 of AFV Modeller has the usual mix of articles and special features that this magazine is known for. However, the emphasis of most the articles in this issue seems to be on weathering. I know that weathering is in the eye of the beholder and some may not be convinced that a heavily weathered vehicle is appropriate. Nevertheless, the articles provide illustrated instructions on how to get the job done.

The cover article, on the odd German vehicle known as the Minenraumer, uses the 1/35 scale RPM kit. Rather than concentrating on constructing the kit, the focus of Albert Lloret's article is on weathering this unusual vehicle. In a step-by-step process, Mr. Lloret provides a number of techniques using masking, diluted paint, and weathering powders to produce a well weathered vehicle.

Two other World War Two vehicles are highlighted in articles, the Dragon 1/35th JSU 122 and the Dragon's Panzer VI ausf. B. As with the previous article, Michelangelo Sicilia focuses on modeling and weathering the JSU 122. Using thinned paint, weathering powders, and dry-brushing, Mr. Sicilia provides an overview on weathering Russian vehicles.

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