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Model Art Modeling Magazine, #824, July 2011

Published: July 6th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #824, July 2011
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

Model Art No. 824, July 2011 issue features the tools of modeling - everything needed to finish surfaces of models. Pages 9 - 43 are filled with commercial products from sanding sticks to glue and everything in between (but not paint). Unfortunately, this is where not being able to translate the text into English hurts - we never find out who won.

3 New Products From Master

Published: July 6th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: See text
Company: Master Model

The latest additions to a lengthening line of superb quality aftermarket aircraft accessories are depicted here, and as in the past, these items are flawless. There items all appear to be turned metal products and are exact replacements for kit items. The breakdown is as follows:

  • AM 48-030 NATO Standard refueling probe for most any 48th scale aircraft equipped with a refueling system. Priced at $ 5.00.
  • AM 32-030 Same as above, but for 1/32nd scale. Price at $ 5.00.
  • AM 32-032 Metal replacements for both Pitot tube and DA Probes (F-16) in 1/32nd. These will fit ANY F-16 manufactured to date. Priced at $ 8.00.

Take the opportunity to visit their website as shown above for these and other fine products. Many thanks to Piotr Czerkasow of Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review samples.

Most highly recommended

6 New Offerings From Scale Aircraft Conversions

Published: July 5th, 2011     
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Scale: 1/48, 1/72

Well, here we are again and in Ross McMillen's case, it appears to be no rest for the weary. These new offerings are designed as direct replacements for the kit supplied weaker plastic landing gear and as always, they appear to be of excellent quality. Again, crisply cast with just minor cleanup required readies them for paint and installation. Many thanks to Ross for the review samples. This months' list of products follows:

Industrial Building Sections - Module Design

Published: July 5th, 2011     
Industrial Building Sections - Module Design
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger - IPMS# 40196
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

I don't do dioramas -- it's the lack of the creative and artistic genes. But having seen other reviews of these MiniArt diorama kits, I had to see one for myself.

The very first thing I did is go to the MiniArt website and go through both the Assembly Guide and the Painting Guide. The Assembly Guide is excellent even if you are familiar with vac-form kits as there are some differences from, say, an aircraft vac-form, mostly due to the corners and molding practices. And the Painting Guide pretty much shows even the least artistic of us how to get good effects with paints, primarily oils. You can do the quick tour by just reading the captions and looking at the still pictures, or you can also watch videos accompanying most all steps.

Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-1945

Published: July 5th, 2011     
Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944-1945
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

Any student of the Pacific War will be familiar with Japan's use of thousands of conventional aircraft - fighters, bombers, trainers and nearly every other type flown by her Army and Naval Air Forces - into "Special Attack" weapons: the Kamikazes. What is less understood is Japan's development and use of purposely designed suicide weapons. Author Steven Zaloga is well known for his extensive writing on the subject of military fighting vehicles. In this Osprey New Vanguard edition, he as done a superb job of highlighting all the various types of air, sea and land weapons used by the Japanese Army and Navy "Tokko" (special attack) units.

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