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France 1944

Published: June 2nd, 2011     
France 1944
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

When I first saw this as a "work in progress" on Master Box's website it instantly went on the "must have" list. I believe it was the combination of the US Airborne assisting some distressed civilians that caught my eye. This wasn't your normal "in action" or stand-and-point pose, but something unique that had instant diorama possibilities! Toss in the horse cart driven by a nun, and you have a winner with this set of figures.

In the box there are three sprues giving a total of two horses, a cart, and eight figures. Eight? Yes, there are two bonus figures included that are not shown on the box art. That's a total of 147 parts, which makes this probably the largest figure set I've ever seen! The cart and figure sprue are all new, however the sprue with the horses and bonus figures are from #3538 "Somewhere in Europe, 1944". Parts are very cleanly molded with some great detail, but do show the more low-tech molding (but not low-quality) that Master Box uses through some thick sprue gates and seam lines. Having worked with a lot of Master Box figures in the past, these are nothing to be afraid off and a few passes with the file during clean up eliminates the issue.

Ferrari 458 ITALIA Photoetch Set

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Ferrari 458 ITALIA Photoetch Set
Reviewed by: Dave San Souci - IPMS# 47657
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hobby Design

The Parts

Designed for the Fujimi 1/24 scale Ferrari 458 ITALIA, this photoetch set comes with two photoetched sheets covered with a plastic film. The film helps keep from losing the part when cutting them off the frets. Some of the parts are new brake disc; new Ferrari emblems; gas and brake pedals and air vents, to just name a few.

Automobile Antenna Set [C]

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Automobile Antenna Set [C]
Reviewed by: Dave San Souci - IPMS# 47657
Scale: 1/24
Company: Hobby Design

The Parts

Hobby Design makes a number of detail parts for automotive subjects from metal parts, to resin wheels, and photo etched detail sets for a wide variety of modeling subjects.

I reviewed the HD07-0057 1/24thAntenna Set [C] which comes in a pack of 2 priced @ $4.25 USD. These are all metal and nicely machined.

Assembly

Assembly is pretty straight forward: I removed the molded plastic antenna holder on top of a Tamiya 1/24 SAUBER-MERCEDES C9 with a photo etch saw; then, using my pin vice and a 0.5mm drill bit I drilled a hole into the plastic. That's pretty much it. The antennae come in to parts making it easy to paint any color you like. Some CA glue is perfect to hold the antenna into its base.

Conclusion

I highly recommended these products for anyone who wants to add realism to their models. Hobby Design makes three different antenna sets to meet a wide variety of modelers needs. Thanks to Hobby Design and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these excellent products.

Pfalz D.IIIa Decals

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Pfalz D.IIIa Decals
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Scale: 1/32

Wingnut Wings has released two decal sheets that provide multiple marking options for their Pfalz D.IIIa kit. The decals, like others from Wingnut Wings, are packaged in zip-lock sleeves along with a comprehensive full color 4-page instruction booklet that includes application instructions, aircraft profiles, top and bottom wing plan views, historical information and a number of period photos of each of the aircraft covered by the decal sheets. These sets exhibit a high level of quality, on par with all of the products marketed by Wingnut Wings.

Set 30019 provides markings for six Pfalz D.IIIa fighters from numerous Jastas. Some of the subjects will require upper and under wing lozenge patterns (and rib tape) not included in this set, but is available from Wingnut Wings in sets they sell separately.

The markings are for:

Civilians, Western Region WWII Era

Published: June 1st, 2011     
Civilians, Western Region WWII Era
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Master Box Ltd

Masterbox has been a godsend for the plastic figure world by releasing subjects beyond the traditional standing or "in-action" military figures. This latest release of WWII civilians is a fantastic set and fills a much needed gap. Civilian subjects had previously been only available in resin, and then fairly limited.

Within this set are parts for four civilian figures, Western Europe, ranging from young children to older men. A single sprue contains all 48 parts, which are nicely molded with no flash. You still get a little of the "low tech" molding with large sprue gates, but the parts themselves are crisp and full of detail. The faces are very well sculpted capturing the age of the figure very well. I would be hard-pressed want to replace them in resin, as they really are perfect. The four figures comprise of:

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