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Boulton Paul Defiant F1

Published: June 1, 2017
Company: Trumpeter

The Defiant is an interesting aircraft and until recently, a largely overlooked subject compared to the popular “mainstream” aircraft from WWII. It has been offered by various model companies like Classic Airframes and Airfix in 1/48 and 172 scale.

This British aircraft was originally intended as a day fighter, with the rear turret harking back to WWI designs that were quite successful… more

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Mi-24 Hind D/E Jak B-12.7 Machine Gun & DUAS Probe

Published: May 3, 2017
Company: Master Model

The Mil Mi Hind is an awesome and feared gunship/attack/transport helicopter. Its first flight was in September 1969 and introduced into service in 1972. It is still operating today.

Master Models is a Polish company that specializes in producing some of the finest turned brass and resin aftermarket parts I have seen!

This resin/brass set can be used on any 1/72 scale Hind D/E… more

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F-14A/B Tomcat "Jolly Rogers" (2 kits) Limited Edition

Published: March 31, 2017
Company: Hasegawa

The F-14 Tomcat is well known as a formidable, and versatile Fighter aircraft. It served faithfully, and saw action from 1974, until its retirement from the US Navy following its last deployment in 2006. Iran is the only other operator of the F14 Tomcat and is still in service.

In this package are two complete kits, and include decals for VF-84 Jolly Rogers aboard USS Nimitz in 1978,… more


Tiger II Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Photo Etch Set

Published: March 6, 2017
Company: Hauler

The Tiger II Ausf.B, Konigstiger, King Tiger or Royal Tiger, as it was called depending where you were from, was the most powerful tank produced by the Germans. It became operational in July 1944, during the Invasion of Normandy. This formidable tank fought on the Western and Eastern Fronts until the end of World War II.

Hauler is located in the Czech Republic, and produces high… more

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KC-767J & E-767 AWACS – J.A.S.D.F.

Published: January 29, 2017
Company: Hasegawa

Hasegawa continues their fantastic line of small scale airliner aircraft, with this release of the military Boeing KC-767J tanker and E-767 AWACS versions. I have built a number of their other civil airliners, and they are designed to build easily and fairly quickly, by all levels of modeler. I have included pictures of the instruction sheets that cover the history and details of these ex-… more

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The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered

Published: December 13, 2016
Book Author(s): Petter Liddle
Company: Casemate Publishers

“The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reconsidered” is a revision of a book written twenty four years ago by Peter Liddle, which benefits from more recently acquired research and information. It is a high quality, hard cover book. Peter Liddle is an historian of the First and Second World Wars, who has concentrated on personal experience of the men and women who took part in these conflicts.


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Iveco Hi-Way 40th Anniversary

Published: November 14, 2016
Company: Italeri

Iveco is an Italian truck manufacturer that builds some of the latest trucks and commercial vehicles in Europe. Acitoinox is a truck accessory parts company, and plays a big part in the fancy stripes and mirrored finish stainless steel 40th anniversary scheme of this subject.

The Iveco Stralis Hi-Way is a re-issued kit with new decals and adhesive “chrome” dress up “stickers… more

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Westland Sea King HC.4

Published: September 18, 2016
Company: Airfix

The Sea King has been a mainstay helicopter for many navy and army services around the world. The subject of this model is the British Navy HC.4 Commando. The scheme I chose was a bird from 848 Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force, Yeovilton in England 2011. The British Sea Kings are in the process of being withdrawn from service, as of March 2016.

This kit is the new mold… more

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British Army AH-64D "Afghanistan"

Published: August 30, 2016
Company: Academy Models

This AH-64D Apache Longbow is license built by Westland/Boeing for the British Army. A couple of interesting features unique to the British built aircraft are the inclusion of folding rotor blades, and Rolls Royce Turbomeca engines that replace the General Electric T700 in the US machines. There are also some avionics and weapon systems differences.

This was a very enjoyable and for… more

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A-4KU (AF-1) Skyhawk 'Brazilian Navy VF-1 15th Anniversary'

Published: July 3, 2016
Company: Hasegawa

The Hasegawa A-4 Skyhawk kits have been around for many years, and many models of this remarkable aircraft have been covered at one point or another. The Brazilian Navy is still operating these Skyhawk’s.

As I have built a Hasegawa A-4L before, I was armed with knowledge of certain areas that need a bit of care. As well as those where it is a joy to assemble.

The instruction… more