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Circular Display Base CVA-11 Intrepid 1960

Published: August 5th, 2018     
Circular Display Base CVA-11 Intrepid 1960
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matt vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.


Published: August 5th, 2018     
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

The GBU-12 is an American laser guided bomb consisting of a 500 lb. Mk. 82 bomb combined with a laser tracker and fins for guidance. First entering service in 1976, it was used extensively in Operation Desert Storm by US F-111's, F-15E's and A-6E's. F-111's used it to great effect in hunting down and destroying Iraqi armor (tank plinking). After Desert Storm it has been used extensively in Afghanistan and other conflicts.

The set consists of four resin bomb bodies with the tail fins and nose guidance sections molded as single pieces except for the seeker head and photo-etch nose and aft guidance fins. Two options are provided for the seeker head, one with the seeker head exposed and the other with the plastic ground cover in place. I choice to use the heads with the cover installed as I plan on displaying the bombs on a parked, but armed aircraft.

JASDF F-15J Eagle J-MSIP Modernized Special Marking "Golden Eagles" in Komatsa 2017

Published: August 3rd, 2018     
JASDF F-15J Eagle J-MSIP Modernized Special Marking "Golden Eagles" in Komatsa 2017
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Scale: 1:72
Company: Platz


This is actually my second build and review of this kit (See review posted October 24th, 2015). This time around it's the same great kit with some really striking markings. My research says Aircraft # 92-8906 was specially painted for an airshow that was cancelled due to a typhoon. You do get a second marking option without the cool artwork but I can't imagine building this kit as such.

I'm not going to go into the history of the Eagle as it is well documented many other places. Unlike the first build where I used a nice photoetch set, this Eagle was built out of the box with the exception of some seat harnesses from the spares drawer.

Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat

Published: July 31st, 2018     
Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells resin assembly kits at their Vancouver, Washington fabrication and casting shop. Their kits include Dinosaurs, WWII, Vietnam, Scifi, and aircraft bases. Each kit is cast to order.

Background on the Hellcat

From Masterpiece Models website: The Mark 49 Hellcat Armored Walker was developed after the 3rd World War in 2046 as a forward attack and reconnaissance Vehicle. The need for walkers after the War was due to the amount of rubble strewn thru the landscape, tracked vehicles tended to bog down in the rubble making maintenance and mobility an issue. The first Walkers developed in 2099 were quite ungainly and had limited range and power. Later on in 2112 after advanced fusion drives were developed and fitted to the walkers did they become a more practical weapons system with more power and almost unlimited range.

In 2115 war again broke out over natural resources. The latest in the series of MK walkers is the MK49 Hellcat manufactured by Yutani/Grumman Corporation. The Hellcat is currently deployed in several hot spots all over the world.

With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI

Published: July 27th, 2018     
With Their Bare Hands, The Battle for Montfaucon in WWI
Author: Osprey Publishing
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you, Osprey Publishing, for providing a review copy of another of excellent World War I history volume. This book is a welcome and well-timed addition as the 100th anniversary of the end of the "Great War" approaches later this year. I hope reader of this book will gain an important appreciation and understanding of the raw, brutal nature of combat, often controversial decisions, poor battlefield judgments, and most of all the grit and persistence of the America Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Forces.

As always, I truly appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling and historical products with the world. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book.

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