By Modelers... For Modelers
Banner 2 Banner 3 Banner 3 Banner 1

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #866, April 2013

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #866, April 2013
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is a Japanese publication that is released monthly. The text is mainly in Japanese with some English subtitles throughout. One attractive feature of these magazines is the high quality of the photographs and the models that are used.

In this month’s issue, the feature article covers dealing with aftermarket parts (resin and photo etch), and then they show the application to actual models. They cover everything from removing PE from the fret, bending PE, and cleaning resin. This article covers approximately the first quarter of the magazine.

The next article is the continuing series on building a JASDF T-28B. This month they cover the wings and landing gear.

The April new kit review covers the following kits: GWH 1/48 Mig-29 Late type 9.12, Kinetic 1/48 T-45 A/C “Goshawk”,  Pit Road 1/35 Crossley Armored Car Model 25, Tamiya 1/35 M109A6 “Paladin”, and Fujimi 1/700 Aircraft carrier Cruiser Mogami.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #865, Special Ship Model Edition – IJN Warships Scalemodel Album

Published: April 5th, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #865, Special Ship Model Edition – IJN Warships Scalemodel Album
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s Imperial Japanese Navy Warships Scalemodel Album. As with the regular Model Art Magazine, this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles.

This special issue is chock-full of photographs of built scale models. It features ten magnificently built scale models. Some of them are a Yamato in 1/350th, Nagato in 1/350th, and Akagi in 1/350th, as a few examples. Each ship has several pages dedicated to it with a multitude of color photographs for each.

After the main gallery, there is a section devoted to some of the build notes of each model. These are highlighted with black and white photos of the models during their construction.

While the price may seem a little steep for a photo album of built models, if you have an interest in IJN subjects you would find this issue interesting.

I would like to thank Model Art and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this fine magazine.

WWII Russian Fighter Pilot, 1939 - 1943

Published: April 4th, 2013     
WWII Russian Fighter Pilot, 1939 - 1943
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/48
Company: Ultracast

Ultracast’s line of miniature figures now includes a 1/48 scale Russian fighter pilot in the flight gear typical of the early years of WWII.  He obviously is attired for summertime service, decked out in a smart-looking lightweight khaki tunic with decorative embroidery, and blue dress trousers tucked into non-insulated leather boots.  He also appears to be ready to climb into the cockpit because he is wearing his helmet, goggles, and parachute. The original figure was sculpted by Mike Good.  It is a nicely proportioned figure with extremely fine detail and very realistic facial features.

P-40E Warhawk “Prisoner of War”

Published: April 3rd, 2013     
P-40E Warhawk “Prisoner of War”
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

History

What more can be said about the P-40? The P-40 was made famous by the AVG “Flying Tigers”, but was utilized by almost all of the American allies during World War II. The Warhawk was also used in almost every theater of operation during the war.

Every county involved during the war evaluated captured aircraft in some form or another, even with pressing them into service due to the lack of spare parts, such as the example of his kit.

Kit

This is a Limited Edition kit from Hasegawa, and compliments the rest of Hasegawa’s P-40 line. The kit is produced in light grey plastic. It features recessed panel lines with a minimum of flash.

As with most aircraft kits, you start with the cockpit. When complete, you have a nice representation of a P-40 cockpit. One downside is that there are no seatbelts on the seat. You will have to go aftermarket for these.

Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun

Published: April 3rd, 2013     
Messerschmitt Bf-108 Taifun
Author: Jan Forsgren
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: MMP Books

The latest issue in MMP’s ever-expanding “Yellow” series covers the Messerschmitt Bf-108 “Taifun.”  This is certainly one of the most comprehensive treatments of the Bf-108 I have ever come across.  The Bf-108 is often relegated to a small mention in Bf-109 books when describing the development history of that aircraft.  Now we have a volume dedicated specifically to the “Taifun.”

In a manner similar to other titles in this series, this book covers the design development of the Bf-108, followed by a brief history of its production and service.  This is followed by several pages of technical data. and finally, many pages of detail photos.  Scale plan views of all variants are included in both 1/72nd (within the text) and 1/48th (separate, loose insert) scales.

Panzerfahre Gepanzerte Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. 1

Published: April 2nd, 2013     
Panzerfahre Gepanzerte Landwasserschlepper Prototype Nr. 1
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

According to Dragon Model’s web site, this model represents “a vehicle whose main function was combat supply on land and in water. It could tow an amphibious trailer, or alternatively it could work in tandem with another Panzerfahre as a floating ferry platform capable of carrying a 24-ton load.”  However, other than the prototypes, no other vehicles were manufactured.  Yet we get a lovely injection-molded kit of this weird vehicle!!  The Golden Age of Modeling, indeed!

The Kit

Thanks to the fact that this vehicle was basically a floating box, there aren’t many parts to it: just over 90, the largest by far being the upper and lower hull parts, D & Z.  The majority of the remainder is for the Panzer IV-based road wheels, drive sprockets, and idler wheels, and the track return rollers.  And speaking of track, there are two track pieces, one per side, and manufactured out of Dragon’s DS 100 “rubber” material.  Detail on all the parts is very good for the scale, and there were no ejection pin marks or sink marks on any of the parts in my kit.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.1

Published: April 2nd, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.1
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Windsock Worldwide is the first issue of Volume 29, and it continues to deliver the best all-around information about modeling WWI aviation subjects to be found in any publication.  The images on the cover clearly indicate that this issue focuses heavily on aircraft recently kitted by Wingnut Wings, but be assured, the publication does not slight other WWI aviation subjects.

Inside, the first regular column, the Reader’s Gallery, presents photo coverage of a 1:6 scale electric-powered flying model of a Hansa Brandenburg D.1, and a Wingnut Wings RNAS Sopwith Pup.  Then, following Front Line News and Logbook Entries (that reviews three new titles), Lance Krieg continues his WWI Modeling Master Class with Chapter Eight: Details (Part 3), providing more invaluable advice on creating and adding a wide variety of small details important to any model.

F-102 Landing Gear and Nose Bay

Published: March 31st, 2013     
F-102 Landing Gear and Nose Bay
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions makes various landing gear sets out of lead-free white metal. Some come with the wheels attached, if needed, while others might have the wheel bay included to help with added weight, but most only come with the new landing gear struts. This set comes with the forward wheel bay included so there is added weight up front. I’m pretty sure you will still have to add weight to the nose, but this is a great help.

The detail of the metal parts is crisp and looks flawless. The advantage to these parts is their strength and that they won’t warp under the kit’s weight over time. They will also hold up well while you work with them – no accidentally snapping them apart. To attach the new landing gear, you will need to use CA glue. On their web site they recommend a thicker, gap-filling CA glue so that you can position them the way you want, and then use an accelerator to bond the parts instantly.

British Anti-Tank Gun QF 6-Pdr MK-II

Published: March 31st, 2013     
British Anti-Tank Gun QF 6-Pdr MK-II
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich, IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: Zvezda

The old adage Things get better with age may old true to a number of items but this is definitely not one of them.  This kit started life way back in the old days!  It was part of the Max Peerless line and was hitched to their 15CWT and released as kit 3508.  Then, Italeri released the gun as a 6 lb.

Me-410 Landing Gear

Published: March 30th, 2013     
Me-410 Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions specializes in white metal landing gear replacements for scale models. This was the first time I’ve used one of their replacements and I have to say that it was very easy to use them and that I like it a lot.

This aftermarket set is designed to be a drop-in replacement for the Meng Messerchmitt 410 landing gear. You don’t need to modify any parts to make them fit to your airplane. The fit is perfect and the breakdown of the parts mimics the breakdown of the plastic parts. The replacement landing gear has good surface detail, very similar to the level of detail of the plastic parts.

The white metal parts are actually very easy to work with. I did not need to clean any seams on my parts, nor modify them in any way. They took Model Master Enamel paint very well.

I would say that the main reason to use the replacement kit is for strength. I was surprised by the weight of Meng’s model and I was actually glad to have the chance to use the aftermarket set.

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer