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Model Art Issue 930

Published: April 1st, 2016     
Model Art Issue 930
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 930 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions.

This issue covers:

  1. LED installation for the Hasegawa 1/72 F35A
  2. A comparison of 1/48 Hasegawa Zeros
  3. The Battle of Kursk, a diorama including German Tank Panther Ausf D and Russian T34/76
  4. How to build the Berge Panther mit Pz. IV Turm
  5. A build review of the Girls and Panzer Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D from Platz
  6. F15 Aggressor Archive Vol 11
  7. Build of the 1/24 E70 Corolla from Aoshima
  8. A detailed review of the 1/350 Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carrier Kaga from Fujimi
  9. New Kit Reviews

There are lots of good detail pictures for all the articles, so good in fact that I understand the build sequence even though I cannot read Japanese! I am thoroughly convinced from the number of ads that there are more Hobby Stores in Japan than in the US.

Monthly Model Art 2016 January issue

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 932 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions.

This issue covers:

  1. LED installation for the Hasegawa Egg Yamato ship. The gun turrets look cool all light up!
  2. A comparison of 1/48 Tamiya Zeros
  3. An overview of Japanese seaplanes and the different kits available with builds of each.
  4. An in depth build of the 1/32 De Havilland Mosquito from Tamiya
  5. F15D Aggressor Archive Vol 12
  6. Volume 10 Made in Japan 1945 to 2015 highlighting the Lambda Launch Vehicle & Ohsumi
  7. A detailed review of the CVN 76 Ronald Reagan with numerous photographs
  8. A review of splinter camouflage on a Su 27 Flanker, F/A 18F Super Hornet, and a Chieftain Mk5
  9. Numerous new kit reviews

There are lots of good detail pictures for all the articles, so good in fact that I understand the build sequence even though I cannot read Japanese! I am thoroughly convinced from the number of ads that there are more Hobby Stores in Japan than in the US.

251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army’s Sd.Kfz. 251 Armored Half-tracks

Published: March 31st, 2016     
251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army’s Sd.Kfz. 251 Armored Half-tracks
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is another great book in Ampersand’s Visual History Series by prolific author David Doyle. The hard cover book is almost entirely photographs, with a brief introduction and text captions on the photos.

The book’s introduction describes the development history of the Sd. Kfz. 251 half-track starting with the Sd. Kfz 11, which would form the basis for the later half-tracks. Production of the Sd. Kfz. 251 started in 1939 as the Ausf. A, followed by the Ausf. B in September 1939, and the Ausf. C in January 1940. A new body style was developed December 1942, designated the Ausf. D, that would become the most numerous of the variants.

Manny variations of the Sd. Kfz 251 were developed as modifications of the basic Sd. Kfz 251 vehicle. These variations are included in the book:

Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Model Art

Background

Auto Modeling is a high quality Japanese language magazine from publisher ModelArt. Each edition features models of cars, mostly racecars, from various race series and eras. Many of the previous editions focused on Formula One cars in different time periods.

The magazine has Japanese text, but some of the titles and headings are in English. The photographs are numerous and very high quality.

Contents

This issue, Volume 32, December 2015, has the following sections:

Battlestar Gallactica SD (Super-Deformed) Viper Mark 2

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Battlestar Gallactica SD (Super-Deformed) Viper Mark 2
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/32
Company: Moebius Models

Background

This is the latest release from Moebius Models based on the Battlestar Galactica series aired on SyFy. It is their first in the SD (Super-Deformed) series, sometimes referred to as an ‘egg plane’ version of the Viper Mark 2. Please keep in mind, that at roughly 1/32, this kit is much larger than your standard ‘egg plane’. The kit is designed as a snap together model and comes with both water slide decals and stickers.

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