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Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"
Author: Andrew Ralston
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

This book is a general collector's guide to classic Tinplate toy cars from the 50's and 60's made in Japan. It covers cars from a classic era of tinplate toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries they were sold in. The book shows the most known and collectables of the time period. The book has great pictures and lots of detailed information. This book brought lots of memories back to me as a kid getting a few of the cars shown in the book as birthday and or Christmas gifts from my family. The book may have a limited audience but I for one loved it!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in tinplate cars from Japan and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 50's or 60's.

Thanks to Veloce Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Ship Display Base #4

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Ship Display Base #4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/700
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits specializes in display bases for models and has a wide ranger covering aircraft, armor, ships, railway and even sci-fi. From their website above, the bases are pre-printed with high quality imaging on a laminated wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble and are mounted on a durable 3mm foamex base. The base for this review is the Ship Display Base #4 which is 12" x 17" in size and printed with a nice ocean scene. It is an excellent size for 1/700 large ships or smaller ships in larger scales.

Looking at what is in the package, it is a beautifully printed base on one side attached (as advertised) to the foamex board. The board is fairly flat but I suggest attaching to an even firmer board and taking the time to frame the edges for better finish.

Attaching the ship will be easy. In the pictures, a 1/720 scale Nimitz class carrier is positioned on the base and fits well at an angle. I will glue the ship in place, add the wake around the ship in gel and have a finished display. The top of the sheet is sealed and water resistant so this won't affect it.

Spitfire Mk. VII Weekend Edition

Published: September 17th, 2017     
Spitfire  Mk. VII Weekend Edition
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard


The Spitfire is perhaps one of the most famous fighters to emerge from World War II, combining performance, development potential, versatility, and beauty in one airframe. I cannot imagine a modeler who does not know the basic history of the type, so I won't repeat it here. The Mk. VIII represented by this kit was an upgrade from earlier models, which gave improved performance. Developed from the Mk. VII, the Mk. VIII featured a 1710 HP Merlin 63 or 66 engine, and all were fitted with the Vokes tropical filter. While most had the standard elliptical wingtips, some had the extended wingtips for high altitude use. A few were also equipped with "bubble" canopies. Most Mk. VIIIs were used in the Middle East or with the RAAF in the Far East against the Japanese, where they were superior to every Japanese fighter encountered.


There are many references available dealing with all versions of the Spitfire. Also, the type is well covered online.

StuG. III, Ausf. F

Published: September 16th, 2017     
StuG. III, Ausf. F
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

The Sturmgeschutz III (StuG. III) was Germany's most widely produced armored fighting vehicle of WWII. By the end of the war, over 10,500 vehicles, in a number of different versions, had been produced. Built on the chassis of the Panzer III, and originally designed as an infantry support vehicle intended to knock out strong points and hardened defenses, it really proved itself as a tank destroyer first on the Eastern front in Russia. First in Russia, the StuG III Ausf. F was armed with the longer 7.5cm StuK 40 L/43 gun and became a formidable opponent on the battlefield.

Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels

Published: September 15th, 2017     
Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 Cannon Barrels
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Master Model

Master Model of Poland produces small brass parts for detailing models, be they aircraft or ships. They have parts for aircraft in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, and 1/144, mostly pitot tubes, refueling probes and gun barrels.

These are 4 20mm gun barrels for Japanese WW2 fighters. I had a 1/144 Platz N1K2 "George" on the shelf, which I built for a review about 4 years ago. I selected it for the upgrade.

Removal and Replacement

Removal was a simple job. I used sprue cutters and cut the guns off the wing, as close as I could to the leading edge. The kit has fairings at the base of each gun, but I fixed that later. Once I got the plastic guns removed, I used a sanding stick to flatten the base of the kit fairings. This gave me a clean surface to drill into. The instructions call for a .4mm drill. Looking at my .4mm drill and the guns, I downgraded the drill to a .25mm. The hole was still just a little large, but .25mm is about the smallest drill I've got.

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