Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #800, July 2010, Special Issue

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #800, July 2010, Special Issue
Author: Model Art
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Model Art

The July publication of Model Art Modeling Magazine celebrates the eight hundredth issue of this periodical, and commemorates this landmark with a special focus on the Formula one cars of Ayrton Senna from 1984 to 1994.  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 71/8 by 101/8 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.

Super Model Magazine

Published: September 28th, 2010     
Super Model Magazine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Kagero Publishing

The twenty-seventh issue of Super Model Magazine from the Polish company Kagero appears to be the second issue released in 2010.  In conducting my research for this review, the magazine seems to be available only from the publisher, as I found no distributors.  I would compare this all-color, glossy-paged magazine with Fine Scale Modeler, as it is a mix of kit reviews, build-ups, and new product releases.  The magazine is printed in a size A4-format. (I only know this because of another magazine the I frequently purchase for reference photographs is the same size.) It is 11 3/4inches by 8 1/4 inches and is printed in Polish. English words only show up in the kit description in the articles, as well as the kit manufacturers.  Topics for this issue include aircraft, armor, automobiles and figures. The majority of the emphasis is on aircraft.

Precision Punch & Die Set

Published: September 24th, 2010     
Precision Punch & Die Set
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Roll Models, Inc.

Punch & die sets are one of those tools that you don't think too much about until one day when you need it.  Then once you have one, you wonder how you ever did without it. Roll Models now offers the familiar Waldron set containing a punch guide and six punches in the following sizes:

.160",   .120",   .089",   .081",   .059", and .039"

Using the set is simplicity itself. One need only slightly separate the sandwich guide, slide in the material to be punched out, line it up in the appropriately sized hole, insert the punch and lightly tap it with a small hammer. You're rewarded with a perfectly round punch-out. Aircraft modelers have long used this tool to cut out small, round instrument panel dial and gauge decals. Ship modelers will find it useful when the time comes to cut out circular decals for 1/700 or 1/350 Japanese, British or U.S aircraft decals for carrier models. One aspect that I did notice was that a good magnifier came in handy as I used the smaller punches.  This was to ensure that the item to be punched was properly centered in the guide hole.

Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Model Art

This little paperback is intended to provide modelers with examples of the various colors that are normally used in plastic modeling.  It is organized according to nationality and service, beginning with primary colors, fluorescent colors, and a list of Mr. Color shades.  The nationality colors lists begin, naturally, with Japanese Army and Navy, followed by Luftwaffe,  RAF, US, US Contemporary, Israel , Japanese SDF, Car Model Colors, WWII German AFV's, NATO German AFV's, Allied AFV's, IJA AFV's, JGSDF AFV's, Ship Colors, and Rail Colors.  Some colors have FS numbers, and the Luftwaffe RLM numbers are provided.  Also included are several shades of silver, and at the extreme back, there are some colors listed that are probably commercially available model paints.

M4A3 Sherman Tank

Published: July 16th, 2010     
M4A3 Sherman Tank
Reviewed by: Greg Perry, IPMS# 45865
Scale: 1/35
Company: GPM

This kit represents the famous Sherman tank. I am not a Sherman tank expert but the title of the kit says it is an M4A3 version. I don't know if that's accurate, but who am I to argue.

The model comes in A4 book size and is hand drawn with some computer drawn revised parts. Instructions are provided in English, German and Polish with 4.5 pages of construction illustrations. The model was printed in olive green but not all parts are the same shade. Different pages were printed with different shades of green which results in the fenders, mantlet and applique armor being slightly darker. Even though there are some color issues, the built tank looks good and the printed texture (faded paint and shading) add immensely to the end result.