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M14 Rifle

Published: January 15th, 2010     
M14 Rifle
Reviewed by: Joe Hegedus - IPMS# 33868
Scale: 1/3
Company: Dragon Models

This is an interesting little kit of a subject that, while something that I've always been interested in, has never before held much modeling interest to me. Maybe this was due to the lack of decent kits in the past, as I missed the boat on the old 1/1 scale pistol kits that were available many years ago and since then the only other firearm kits that I recall seeing were the 1/4 scale items from Verlinden back in the early '90s or so. These were resin kits that were OK, but not really for the casual builder. Dragon's kit of the M14, however, is a kit that a relative beginner can successfully build. I spent the equivalent of a long afternoon on this kit, spread out over a weekend. A nice, simple, quick build.

De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 1

Published: November 3rd, 2009     
De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley - IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

The de Havilland Mosquito really needs no introduction, beyond the fact that it was one of the most versatile aeroplanes ever built, fulfilling an amazing variety of roles with air forces and civilian organizations across the globe from 1941 until the mid-sixties.

This new kit from Airfix continues a tradition dating back to the early 1970's for large-scale kits, starting with their still-relevant Spitfire I. Rumour has it that Airfix even considered a 1/24 Mosquito back in the early 1980's, but decided to use their research to create a 1/48 kit instead, one that is also still relevant despite newer, more detailed (but not always as accurate) and always more expensive rivals. A couple of years ago, wistful thinking had the newly-reborn Airfix resurrecting those plans, and Lo and Behold! they have.

De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 2

Published: November 3rd, 2009     
De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 2
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley - IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

Despite there being over 600 parts and 52 stages in the instruction manual, this doesn't seem to be an overly complicated kit; however, there are places where care with assembly will be needed to ensure that there are no fit issues later on - I'm thinking particularly of the undercarriage, which will probably be the most fiddly part of the build. The amount of detail seems reasonable for the scale, and bearing in mind the fairly simple nature of the actual aircraft, but I am sure there will be some who wish to go the extra mile and add more; I am planning on doing this build OOB, but I reserve the right to change my mind as I go along. For those who wish to upgrade their references in preparation for the build, I can recommend SAM Publications Aviation Guide 2 - Mosquito FB.VI by Dave Brown that has many useful detail photos of the insides of a Mosquito, with tech manual diagrams as well.

WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I

Published: August 31st, 2009     
WWII U.S. Navy Vessels Guard Rails I
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

Bottom Line

None better - has very fine sagged and straight railings in 2- and 3-bar styles.

Photoetch Set Review

Lion Roar has a large line of 1/700 photoetch accessories for United States, Japanese, German and Royal Navy WW2 navies. This set is devoted exclusively to US Navy railings, both 2- and 3-bar varieties.

The fret contains seven types of railings:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #750, June 2008

Published: August 30th, 2009     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #750, June 2008
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

This must be Model Art's 50th Anniversary - at least, that is how I interpret the little 50th logo on the front cover. As usual, Model Art No. 750 June 2008 is in almost 100% Japanese language. The format is close to 7x10 inches in size, and as usual, the printing and reproduction quality is excellent. Most of the articles and reviews (but not the featurettes or ads) are mostly in color.

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