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Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Set

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Starship Set
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol - IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/2500
Company: Round 2 Models

"1/2500 Scale - the final frontier. This is the kit review of the Starships "Enterprise." Their 5-day mission: Amuse a 4-1/2 year-old little modeling nut, give his dad a chance to check out some new models of some old friends, and to boldly go where few built kits have gone before ...(Wal-Mart, the public library, Lowes, Max & Erma's, McDonalds, ...anywhere little hands can carry them)."

Background

It's hard for some of us to believe it's been nearly a half-century since Star Trek's debut in 1964. Over the decades, the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701, has arguably become the most recognizable, esteemed, and influential vessel in intergalactic travel -- so influential that even the first NASA Space Shuttle bore her name as the result of a massive write-in campaign from Star Trek fans in the mid-1970's.

Junkers Ju-52/3mg6e MS

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Junkers Ju-52/3mg6e MS
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Italeri

Introduction

The Junkers JU-52/3m was to the Luftwaffe what the Douglas C-47 was to the American military during World War II. Stemming from Junkers' World War I all-metal designs, the JU-52 first appeared in 1931 as a large, single engine transport, the last of which was produced during 1935. Only a few were built, but the trimotor JU-52/3m first flew in 1932, and it was an immediate success, being sold to Bolivia and Colombia as well as other European governments. Lufthansa began operating the type in 1932. Powered by a variety of engines, including a Diesel, the type quickly became a standard airliner during the middle thirties, and when the clandestine Luftwaffe was created after Hitler's rise to power, the JU-52 was adapted as a bomber, seeing service in Germany and during the Spanish Civil War. It was World War II, however, that proved the versatility and usefulness of the type, and it was said that it was used for every military role possible except as a fighter. The airplane was noisy, slow, and had antiquated systems, but it was reliable, and would carry anything that would fit inside it, not to mention towing gliders and other tasks.

The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192

This book describes the battles of the US First and Ninth Armies between the breakout of Normandy and the final crossing of the Roer River ending in late February of 1945. These two armies were located south of the British Army in the general area where Holland, Belgium and Germany meet.

The book is divided into 15 chapters with an introduction, 1 appendix, a Bibliography and Index:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 2010

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

ModelArt special subject magazines are really softbound reference books on a particular subject. ModelArt Summer 2010 No. 36 is entirely devoted to ships, so armor, aircraft and care buffs need not apply. In No. 36, the early, non-Akagi and non-Kaga aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy are the topics - Hosho and Ryujo. You also get an update on US Navy amphibious warfare model kits and as-built Hiryu and Soryu kit modifications as bonuses. This issue

Metal Bridge

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Metal Bridge
Reviewed by: Mark Aldrich - IPMS# 39295
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

InstructionsMiniArt definitely knows how to be creative with their sprues. This kit is nothing more than eight of their F sprues used to make a metal bridge with handrails. Sprue F is the sprue that was used in their "metal Stair". This sprue is used to create the platform part of the stair kit.

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