Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #818, April 2011

Published: April 19th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #818, April 2011
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 4786
Company: Model Art

The April publication of Model Art Modeling Magazine focuses on the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft in 2021, air defense power after ten years, with several articles on this topic filling the first fifty-five pages of this issue. 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, or are just unable to read Japanese text.

1940 Le Soldat Francais Vol 2 - France 1940 Army Catalog Uniforms, Equipments, Weapons, and Insignia

Published: March 22nd, 2011     
1940 Le Soldat Francais Vol 2 - France 1940 Army Catalog Uniforms, Equipments, Weapons, and Insignia
Author: Olivier Bellec
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Histoire and Collections

Seventy-one years after the French capitulated to the Wehrmacht in the summer of 1940 the French Army still seems to the butt of jokes. Regardless, the campaign still generates a great deal of interest in the academic and hobby community. With Tamiya's release of the Char B1bis and the UE Armored Carrier, there is still a tremendous amount of interest in the modeling community for French subjects.

Scale Aircraft Wheel Sander

Published: March 19th, 2011     
Scale Aircraft Wheel Sander
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: CB Model Products

I love tools. I don't think you can have too many. Occasionally I come across one that I say "how did I live without that?"  That is what this tool is. More than a simple jig, this machined metal tool allows you to flat sand the bottom of the wheels evenly and consistently. Let's face it a perfectly round wheel is not realistic nor are the flat wheels that are common on aftermarket wheels. That is where this tool comes in, the perfect balance of weight without being flat.

How do you use it?  Simple get your tire from the kit, clean up the seam lines, set the angle, clamp the wheel between the flat spots on the tool and leave about 1/8 inch out the bottom. Then simply sand with 320 sandpaper while applying pressure to the base plate. It is that simple, but does it work?


Published: March 14th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Alclad II
  • ALC 311Klear Kote Light Sheen 4oz/120ml 
  • ALC 312 Klear Kote Semi-Matte 4oz/120m
  • ALC 313 Klear Kote Matte 4oz/120ml
  • ALC 314 Klear Kote Flat 4oz/120ml
  • ALC 408 Armoured Glass Tint 1oz/30ml
  • ALC 600 Aqua Gloss Clear 4oz/120ml

As has been the case for as long as I have known him, Tony Hipp seems to be on an endless quest to develop and bring to market still more excellent products for the discriminating modeler. For years, we've searched for the ultimate natural metal finishes, and when Alclad first came on the market, every other product took a distant place far behind. Tony's products, my estimation, have become the benchmark to which all standards are measured.

These new offerings are not aluminum paints, but will go a long way to make whatever your modeling project is more realistic.

Battle of Britain, The Fight for Survival in 1940

Published: February 28th, 2011     
Battle of Britain, The Fight for Survival in 1940
Author: Michael JF Bowyer
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

When we hear the words Battle of Britain, those of us who build aircraft models, especially those flown in WW II, immediately think of Spitfires and Hurricanes fending off what was, during that summer of 1940, the best air force in the world. They were the icons of that aerial struggle, but they were only part of the story. The Battle of Britain was also the story of young fighter pilots who flew the Spitfires and Hurricanes, as well as those who piloted lesser-known RAF aircraft and those pilots and gunners of Coastal Command who protected convoys in aircraft bearing names like Hudson, Skua, and Roc. On the ground, the Battle of Britain also was the Home Guard training for the expected invasion; the aerial spotters with tin hats and binoculars; neighbors sadly picking through their bomb scattered possessions, and children climbing over the rubble in the streets.