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Academy B-17G 15th Air Force Special Edition

Published: September 10, 2012
Company: Academy Models

This Special Edition kit of Academy's B-17G comes in a large [12” x 18” x 2-½”] heavy cardboard box – this helps when storing a large stack of kits (but who has a stack of kits? Certainly not me). Inside, you’ll find a crisply-molded kit with finely recessed panel lines, along with several extra parts which aren’t needed since they’re used on the B-17C and D series.

Besides the early… more

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Higgins PT Boat On Deck

Published: May 16, 2012
Book Author(s): David Doyle
Company: Squadron Products

The Higgins PT boat is lesser known than the Elco PT boat probably because a future president wasn't driving one that got cut in half by an enemy destroyer. There were only 209 Higgins PT boats built versus 326 Elco 80-foot PT boats, but it’s claimed by various sources that more Higgins 78-foot PT boats survive today.

This soft-cover book measures 8 1/4 by 11 inches, the… more

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B-17G Flying Fortress "Silver Fleet" Limited Edition

Published: April 29, 2012
Company: Hasegawa

The B-17 was designed in 1935 and had, by 1943, evolved into the B-17G model, which comprised a production total of 8680 – 4035 by Boeing, 2395 by Douglas and 2250 by Lockheed-Vega.

This issue by Hasegawa features a new set of decals, but the same basic moldings which this kit had 35 years ago: lightly raised panel lines, typical fit (good), and some sink marks which you might expect… more

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Manned Submersible Shinkai 6500

Published: March 19, 2012
Company: Hasegawa

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his underwater exploration, so when this kit came up for review, I was interested in learning more about it and building this kit.

The submersible is named "Shinkai” and can dive to a depth of 6500 meters (ed note: 21,320’); as of 2011, it is the deepest-diving vessel of its type, having been completed in 1989 and… more

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SA-16B Albatross

Published: September 14, 2011
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Albatross was to be a replacement for the Grumman Goose; it began life as the XJR2F-1 Pelican with a Navy designation as the PF-1 and an Air Force designation of SA -16A. The SA-16B – the subject of this kit – was an upgraded machine which had 100 inches added to each wing in two separate plugs. A seventy-inch extension was grafted outboard of each engine nacelle, with a thirty-inch one… more

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RQ-1A Predator

Published: September 14, 2011
Company: Platz

The Predator was developed between January, 1994, and June, 1996, as a medium-altitude-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. The complete Predator system has three components – the air vehicle, the ground control station, and the date dissemination system. One system is made up of 4 RQ-1A air vehicles. Each has a max weight of 2250 pounds, and is powered by a 115-horsepower Rotax engine, so no… more

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USS Fletcher

Published: May 7, 2011
Company: Revell, Inc.

This is Revell's original Fletcher-class destroyer in “box scale” of 1/306. The first Fletcher to enter service, USS Nicholas, was commissioned on June 4, 1942, and was the first of 175 of the class to be built by war’s end.

Revell's kit features the square bridge version, but gives the modeler the parts to update it with rocket launchers for a later version.… more

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B-24 Liberator Units Of The CBI

Published: April 15, 2011
Book Author(s): Edward M. Young; Series Editor Tony Holmes
Company: Osprey Publishing

This 96-page book---#87 in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series---follows Osprey’s usual 7-¼” x 9-¾” format, and is comprised of six chapters:

  • Chapter 1, China Burma India, tells how the 7th BG and its 3 squadrons were formed, and the difficulty they had doing so, since President Roosevelt had a Germany-first plan of action.
  • Chapter 2, more

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Allied Torpedo Boats

Published: December 4, 2010
Book Author(s): John Lambert and Les Brown
Company: Seaforth Publishing

A large book at 8-1/2 by 12-inches, Allied Torpedo Boats is a hardbound ShipCraft Special of 128 pages by Seaforth Publishing and Classic Warship Publishing, which has produced this work, composed of 9 sections.

  • The first section, titled "Coastal Forces Development 1915-1945” explains the development of the MTBs (motor torpedo boats) and how they came to be. The American boats’… more

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Building the P-51 Mustang

Published: October 16, 2010
Book Author(s): Michael O'Leary
Company: Specialty Press

The book is hardbound, measures 11-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches tall, and comprises 239 pages, divided into 6 chapters, as follows:

  • Chapter 1 - Creating a Prototype: This look-back into the Mustang’s genesis describes how the British wanted North American to build more P-40s, but N.A. balked, saying they could build a faster, more maneuverable fighter instead. The British agreed, but made… more