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EE Lightning Photo Etch and Canopy Mask

Published: August 5, 2015
Company: Eduard

There can’t be a modeler on the planet who doesn’t know the brand name Eduard, from the Czech Republic. They launched into the business of providing Photo Etched brass detail parts decades ago, and have expanded into injection molded plastic kits, resin detail parts, cloth seat belt sets, and canopy masks, and I am sure a couple of other lines, and seem to cover every scale, and every model… more

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Hungarian Panzer Crew #2 and Hungarian SPG Officer and Panzer Officer

Published: July 31, 2015
Company: The Bodi

Krisztine Bodi is a European figure sculptor of some renown who started his professional career producing masters for the likes of Alpine, Young Miniatures and Mantis. As so often happens, Mr. Bodi eventually decided that working for himself might be the smart thing to do, so he set up his own line of figures under the brand name “the bodi”. The range now numbers nearly 100 figures in various… more

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Mitsubishi J2M5 Raiden (Jack) Type 33

Published: June 21, 2015
Company: Hasegawa

The J2M Raiden (Allied code name Jack) was designed by Jiro Horikoshi (of A6M Zero fame) and built by Mitsubishi for the Imperial Japanese Navy as a land-based point interceptor. It was designed to counter high altitude bombers. It relied more upon speed, climb-rate, and armament over maneuverability to perform this task. Initial production aircraft suffered from numerous problems with its… more

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Somua S35 French Medium Tank

Published: May 31, 2015
Company: Tamiya

Those who have studied the collapse of the mighty French military machine in May 1940 at the hands of Germany’s armed forces know that it wasn’t a lack of quality fighting equipment as much as an inability to utilize it effectively that sunk the French cause. In a number of large and small battles between the two sides, effective French leadership together with the proper tactical use of the… more

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German Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F

Published: May 7, 2015
Company: Tamiya

During the early 1930’s, the nation of Czechoslovakia was a leading European arms manufacturer, whose armaments industry was dominated by the giant Skoda conglomerate. In 1933-34, Skoda produced what became known as the LT vz.35 light tank, and this was accepted into the Czech Army, becoming its main tank. However, the tank suffered from numerous flaws, and was much disliked by its crews.… more

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Model Art - Air Model Special No. 08: Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Series

Published: February 20, 2015
Company: Model Art

Model Art magazine is in my estimation the premiere monthly modeling magazine on the Japanese market. The publisher also produces a series of “Specials” on various topics, including aircraft. The magazine under discussion in this review is Model Art’s eighth “Air Model Special”, and is mainly based around modern jets, with a small smattering of WW2 subjects. The production values are first… more

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WWI British Tank Mk.IV Male (w/Single Motor) & British Figures

Published: December 23, 2014
Company: Tamiya

The First World War, which marked its 100th Anniversary this year, was the first truly “Industrial War”. The slaughter on the battle fields, at sea, and in the air was aided, and the conflict prolonged, due to the industrial capacity of the belligerents to churn out the machinery of warfare. In particular, the relatively new invention of the internal combustion engine provided new killing “… more

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German 6x4 Towing Truck Kfz.69 with 3.7cm Pak

Published: December 9, 2014
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has issued another kit in their ongoing 1/48th scale military vehicle series, this time a variation on a previous kit, their Krupp Protze 6x4 troop carrier. The new kit is an artillery towing version of the Protze, along with a brand new tool 3.7 cm Pak 35/36 wheeled anti tank gun. As with all the models in this 1/48th series, the new kit is designed for a quick build due to its… more

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Russian Self-Propelled SU-152 [April 1943 Production]

Published: December 7, 2014
Company: Bronco Models

Overview

The SU-152 was a large caliber self propelled assault gun base on the KV heavy tank chassis, designed to provide mobile artillery support for mechanized units to replace the antiquated and slow moving towed artillery that Soviet forces fielded at the start of the Second World War. The pilot vehicle was designed in just 25 days, and the SU-152 entered production at the… more

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IJA Type 95 Light Tank "Ha-Go" Late Production

Published: December 7, 2014
Company: Dragon Models

Overview

This is the second model in Dragon’s range of 1/35th military vehicles covering the Type 95 Light Tank “Ha-Go”, the first one being an “Early Production” vehicle, released in 2012. Unlike the battles in Europe or the Middle East in World War Two, tanks in the Pacific Theater were not used in the massive numbers seen in Europe, nor in any major tank vs tank battles. Tanks… more