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Helen Parsons At the Edge of the Universe Figure

Published: January 14, 2020
Company: Master Box Ltd

Master Box Models is proving time and time again to be at the cutting edge of figure modeling – providing the modeler with figures and figure sets that would normally only be seen in the expensive garage manufacturing field. They’ve created post-apocalyptic sets, fantasy sets and science fiction sets -- all of them innovative and surprising.

This latest figure comes from their science… more

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Tiger 1 "Early Version"

Published: December 30, 2019
Company: Airfix

Airfix doesn’t have much of a history creating 1/35th scale armored vehicles (in fact, none) so I was a bit surprised to see them leaping into this particular market with a series of famous tanks all in one fell blow. Turns out that Airfix is doing what so many other manufacturers are doing – reboxing other manufacturer’s models under their brand name.

In this case, it’s a… more


F4U-1A Corsair VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" Part 2

Published: December 30, 2019
Company: HGW Models

HGW Models has been putting out some interesting stuff lately, and this latest set of markings will prove useful to anyone (like me) who has a soft spot for Corsairs. In this second set catering to VF-17, five birds are presented, with all the bells and whistles, including national markings and full stencils.

The decals are clean and crisp with excellent registration, and copious… more


M1919 Browning .30 caliber (7.62mm) Empty Shells (25 pieces)

Published: December 14, 2019
Company: Master Model

Every once in a great while you run into something in the modeling world that really makes you stand up and take notice. I think Master Models has finally hit about the limit of size feasibility in the scale business – 1/35th scale empty .30 caliber shells that are literally on the edge of visibility for an old coot like me.

This package comes with 25 pieces that are… more


British Reflector Gunsights WW2

Published: December 14, 2019
Company: Brengun

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t used a lot of Brengun products over the years. This has nothing to do with their quality – more like modeling inertia. Often by the time I see a need for additional detail on an aircraft kit, I’ve reached the point of impatience where I simply want to get the thing done. This has not always worked in my favor.

An area where 1/32nd… more

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Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 21, 2019
Book Author(s): Andrey Aksenov
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Russian T-54 and T-55 are without doubt the single most ubiquitous tank designs ever produced, having served in literally every theater of war since their initial design work back in the 1950’s. As such, they deserve a special place in any modern armor enthusiast’s collection. This book helps iron out some of the details for the detail conscious.

I must admit I was somewhat… more

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Les Artilleries Françaises de la Révolution et du Premier Empire

Published: August 21, 2019
Book Author(s): Jean Marie Mongin
Company: Heimdal

If you’re a serious figure modeler and have a thing for the incredibly colorful and resplendent uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars, this book from the series should get your attention. One of a range of large-format books by this publisher, it’s a virtual cornucopia of detail and information regarding the artillery arm of the French Army from 1786 through 1815, when Napoleon met his own “Waterloo… more

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Arado Ar 234B-2/S3

Published: July 22, 2019
Company: Fly

I’ve built a number of models from this fledgling company, and must state one basic observation: they provide some fascinating subjects. I probably don’t need to go into a lot of historical background regarding the revolutionary Arado Ar234, except to say that it was the world’s first jet bomber and a truly amazing aircraft in many ways. I became fascinated with it during my teens when I built… more

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F-5E Tiger II Landing Gear (KH)

Published: June 16, 2019
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has been providing replacement gear for a wide range of aircraft models for some time now, and the quality of their products is, by now, unquestioned. This new product for the Kitty Hawk Range of F-5E Tiger II models in 1/32nd scale is no exception.

Comprised of ten pieces in cleanly-molded white metal, this kit is designed to directly replace most… more

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RF-5E Tigereye

Published: June 9, 2019
Company: Kitty Hawk

There’s something about this relatively small, compact and sleek fighter that can grip the imagination. I’ve been enamored with it, that when Hasegawa released their 1/32nd scale version many moons ago, I made no less than five over a single week, just to show it in some of its endless liveries.

With the release of this version of this famous aircraft, Kittyhawk has not only… more