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Gloster Gladiator Mk. 1 with British Pilots in Tropical Uniform

Published: March 14, 2021
Company: ICM

Gloster’s elegant Gladiator biplane was a staple of the British Air Force through the 1930’s and soldiered on through some of the tougher early campaigns of the Second World War in such places as Egypt, Libya and the Maltese Islands. Battling against often superior and newer opponents, it nonetheless distinguished itself before itself being replaced by newer, faster, and more heavily armed… more

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WWII French Tank Crew

Published: March 13, 2021
Company: ICM

ICM continues to please with their latest figure offering – three French tank crewmen showing off their pride and joy to a couple of typically bedazzled kids. Not surprisingly, the sculpting is first-rate, with distinctive character to every face. As the figures don’t come with a lot of equipment, assembly is very straight-forward with no real glitches. A wee bit of putty here and there is… more

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Les Suisses au Service de la France 1715-1820

Published: February 27, 2021
Book Author(s): Jean-Marie Mongin
Company: Heimdal

I didn’t really know this, but the Swiss have a long and distinguished history of serving as mercenaries in other country’s armies, especially France, from as far back as the Late Middle Ages all the way through the Age of Napoleon and beyond. The last vestige of this type of Swiss service remains in the Swiss guards at the Vatican today. In some ways, these mercenaries were the harbingers of… more

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Les Italiens de L’Emperur: Les Armées de la Péninsule Italienne 1800-1815

Published: February 27, 2021
Book Author(s): Jean-Marie Mongin
Company: Heimdal

I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m getting hooked on these Heimdal uniform books. Any dedicated figure modeler is well aware of the fact that the period roughly 1790 – 1815 constitutes the highlight of colorful uniforms worn by any belligerents in any war, before or since. The development of coal tar dyes led to the creation of a bewildering range of bright colors, almost immediately employed… more

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FCM 36 WWII French Light Tank

Published: February 23, 2021
Company: ICM

I’ll be honest. When I first saw pictures of this upcoming kit I assumed it was some kind of prototype. Every other French tank of the period that I’m familiar with – the Renaults, Hotchkisses, Somuas and Chars – all have a fairly consistent look to them, mainly because large castings were prevalent is each design, sometimes with a little bolting. This one is so radically different that it… more

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The Normans in Italy 1016-1194

Published: February 9, 2021
Book Author(s): Raffaele D’Amato, Andrea Salimbeti
Company: Osprey Publishing

Normans, the direct descendants of Viking marauders who finally settled in France and the Low Countries, were a restless bunch. Due to population pressures many of the more ambitious traveled far afield, looking for conquest or new lands to call home. Italy was one such location. Here, they established a number of kingdoms, even going so far down the “boot” of Italy to settle on the island… more

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P-38F/G Lightning Gun Barrels var.B

Published: February 8, 2021
Company: Quickboost

Call me old-fashioned, but I consistently find myself being floored by the level of modeling detail available these days, especially with resin aftermarket materials. In the old days, you could only dream of this kind of quality.

Quickboost scores another one with their release of this outstanding set of P-38 gun barrels. Designed to fit the Trumpeter kit (although I suspect they’d fit… more

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Gloster Gladiator Air Intakes

Published: February 5, 2021
Company: Quickboost

ICM’s Gloster Gladiator series in 1/32nd have to be one of the most anticipated kits of the year, and having built all of them (so far) I can honestly say they are a delight and a wonderful addition to my collection. However, the small air intakes associated with the detailed engine build were a bit of a trial. Consisting of three parts each, they were a fiddly assembly and due to… more

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Messerschmitt Bf 109-F-4 Propellor

Published: January 25, 2021
Company: Quickboost

I can’t count the number of times I’ve read of someone complaining about the props or spinner on a later 1/32nd scale Messerschmitt. Apparently, these specific parts are particularly hard to reproduce in styrene accurately (or so I’ve been led to believe).

Enter Quickboost to the rescue with a beautifully cast spinner and props for the F-4 version of this classic aircraft.… more

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Bf-108 Wheels and Paint Masks - Early

Published: January 25, 2021
Company: Aires Hobby Models

Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their Bf-108 wheel and mask set, intended for the Eduard kit. This set includes replacement parts for all three wheels, which are cast in a grey resin which captures the fine detail extraordinarily well. In addition, masks are included to aid in painting the wheels, along with detailed… more