Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #830, October 2011

Published: October 17th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #830, October 2011
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Model Art

The October publication of Model Art Modeling Magazine focuses on 1/35 scale German World War II armored reconnaissance vehicles.  The magazine also includes new kit reviews, modeling tips, and new kit and item releases.  As is typical for Model Art, the magazine measures 182mm by 258mm (about 7 and 1/8 by 10 and 1/8 inches), and is printed on thick, glossy paper.  The production quality is high with these magazines, and just over half of it is printed in color with black and white pages interspersed throughout of the issue.  Just in case this is the first review of a Model Art magazine that you are reading, understand that the entire magazine is printed in Japanese with only an occasional English subtitle for those of us who are monolingual, or are just unable to read Japanese text. 

Airfix Model World Magazine

Published: October 8th, 2011     
Airfix Model World Magazine
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Key Publishing Ltd

Editor's note: This magazine is also available as an "Ap" for i-Pad; as are Tamiya Magazine and the AFV series.

Let me first say that, prior to getting these review copies, I have never read any issues of Airfix Model World. I must admit, many of the model magazines out of the UK look the same to me at first glance, and I made the mistake of lumping this one in with the rest.

The format is very similar to the other UK model magazines - high quality glossy cover from stiff stock, and glossy pages. To me, this is where the similarities stop. I read each of these issues cover to cover, and have to say I honestly enjoyed them all. Each of the articles was in-depth, well-written, and accompanied by many photos. Quite often I have seen that magazines tend to run very short articles (in terms of text), that often leave me wishing I had more. Not so here.

Wile E. Coyote and the Wile E. Willys

Published: September 28th, 2011     
Wile E. Coyote and the Wile E. Willys
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287 and others.
Company: Round 2 Models

Saturday morning cartoons once again meet the modeling bench in Round2's resurrection of classic kits featuring Warner Brothers' beloved Road Runner and his nemesis, Wile E. Coyote. Of the three newly re-released kits, this review focuses on the hapless Wile E. Coyote and the Wile E. Willys - a loony dragster embodying a skateboard culture theme.

The MPC-branded kit consists of 4 sprues of colored parts (including 1 chrome-plated), a set of peel-and-stick decals, and a pre-painted vinyl Wile E. Coyote figure. Construction is touted as snap-together, but we found it necessary to apply either superglue or Tamiya liquid cement for virtually every step.

The 14-step assembly sequence is clearly outlined in the instructions, and took roughly an hour or so to complete. Round2 has made some effort to improve the old MPC tooling, but many parts still only snap together with the help of adult hands. The trickiest part of assembly was installing the exhaust manifolds to the engine block - we ended up needing 3 hands and some Tamiya cement.

"Goddess of Flight" Display Stand

Published: September 27th, 2011     
"Goddess of Flight" Display Stand
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Offerings

The Parts

The Goddess of Flight provides a sturdy and classy display base for models. The Goddess figure consists of seven parts, all cast in resin. Her feet are contained within a base that can simulate clouds or water, depending on what model she will be supporting. There are no "feet" per se, but a resin locating peg that slips into the cloud/water base.

This cloud/water base comes with a 1/4" (approx.) nut that is embedded firmly in the resin. The nut slides upward through a finished wooden base which provides lateral support for the finished Goddess and a whole lot of "class". The wooden base is circular, comes completely finished and is very attractive.

GRUNTS: Inside the American Combat Experience WWII through Iraq

Published: September 27th, 2011     
GRUNTS: Inside the American Combat Experience WWII through Iraq
Author: John C. McManus
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: NAL Caliber Trade Paperback

This thick book gives one a close up look at the life of the fighting infantryman! Each of the 10 chapters covers a specific battle and the experiences of those who fought there. From the Pacific theatre to the European, from Vietnam to Iraq, you are there on the beaches, in the foxholes, the rice paddies and through the streets of Fallujah.

This book gives you a very good sense of the up close and personal war that is fought by each and every combat infantryman be they Marine or US Army. Harrowing accounts of night fighting and Banzai charges, fighting the elements and the Germans at the Bulge in this book you are there. Each chapter puts you in the heart of the action and gives you as close as any book can a sense of what it was like to be there.