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Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar

Published: September 29th, 2010     
Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Specialty Press

This hard cover 160 page book covers the Grumman "Bridge and Iron Works" first Jet Cat from the inception through its final days as drones or 2 place trainers. Text takes you from the early days with an interesting read accompanied by over 300 illustrations, including color, black and white and line drawings. It contains complete dates on the F9F production numbers including carrier deployments and squadron histories. This historic aircraft was to become the forerunner of the fantastic F-14 Tomcat, the last of a great line of aircraft from the good folks in Bethpage.

If the author's name seems familiar to you, it's because he has specialized in Naval topics since the 1990's. In addition to individual books on the A-4, F/A-18, and F-4 Phantom versus Mig engagements in Vietnam, he is a regular writer for International Aircraft Review. I've found his work to be enjoyable and this release is no different.

This book can be ordered through the Website or by calling 1-800-895-4585. ( A shipping charge of $ 6.95 will be added to each order.)

Many thanks to Marie Ray of Specialty Press for the review sample.

Super Model Magazine

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

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.

Mitsubishi Zero A6M5c Model 52c

Published: September 27th, 2010     
Mitsubishi Zero A6M5c Model 52c
Reviewed by: Walt Fink - IPMS# 2447
Scale: 1/144

Sweet's 1/144 scale Zero is molded in light gray plastic and features beautifully-done recessed panel lines typically seen on much larger kits. (See photo #1) Dare I say "exquisite"? That was my overall impression of the finesse and crispness of all the parts. Two complete kits are included in the box, with seven choices of markings given on the Cartograf decals. This kit was a big step (in a smallish sense) for me. I had never built a Sweet kit before, and don't know much about Japanese subjects other than airliners.

F-22A Raptor - Part 2

Published: September 26th, 2010     
F-22A Raptor - Part 2
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/48
Company: Hasegawa

Part II - The Build

First, for any of you who may have been waiting for part two of this review to help make a decision on whether to buy the Hasegawa kit, or one offered by another manufacturer, I apologize for the lengthy build period on this one. But, for those who have been waiting, read no further. BUY THIS KIT! If it is sitting on the shelf down at your favorite hobby shop, GO BUY IT NOW! Don't wait to buy it on the internet, go pay the folks at your local hobby shop their more than reasonable mark-up to have this kit sitting there waiting for you, because YES, IT IS THAT GOOD!

Now, to be fair to the other manufacturers, I haven't got first hand visual on the Academy kit, but from what I've seen in publication reviews, there is no real comparison. Even if you get the aftermarket surface detailing kit, unless you do those sorts of things on a professional basis, the result will be far less convincing than the molded in detail on this kit. I thought it to be too heavy in my initial look at the parts, but Hasegawa has gotten this one right.

Did I say THIS IS A NICE KIT!!!!!?????

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