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Kevin Dallimore's Painting and Modelling Guide Master Class

Published: March 5, 2011
Book Author(s): Kevin Dallimore
Company: Foundry Publications

Kevin Dallimore’s book might be the one-stop shop for the figure painter. It briefly covers the basics of figure preparation and painting (showing step-by-step pictures of the 3-color method) on the first 30 pages and then dives into different painting styles and projects. Some of the techniques described in the book include: 5-color method, dry-brushing; diluted washes; non-metallic paint for… more


Su-7 "Brassin" Seat

Published: February 8, 2011
Company: Eduard

Czech manufacturer Eduard keeps expanding its Brassin line of aftermarket details this time with the release of the ejection seat for the KP Su-7 in 1/48th scale. A while back Eduard re-boxed the KP kit adding some aftermarket goodies, including this seat.

The seat is now available as a stand-alone upgrade for those that already have the KP kit in their collection. In my… more

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53 Stormo

Published: February 6, 2011
Book Author(s): Marco Mattioli, Illustrated by Richard Caruana
Company: Osprey Publishing

Given the tactical organization of the Regia Aeronautica during World War II, this book covers the story of all the different Gruppi that were part of the 53 Stormo during World War II. The Regia Aeronautica organized their units in the basis of a Squadriglia, (Squadron) with strength of 9 to 12 airplanes. Two or three Squadriglie would form a more

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Jagdgeschwader 400

Published: January 29, 2011
Book Author(s): Stephen Ransom & Hans-Hermann Cammann
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Me-163 Komet is the only rocket-powered aircraft ever seeing combat. The whole combat history of this unique point-defense interceptor is covered by this book of the Aviation Elite Series as it only served with JG400.

The book is structured in five chapters, the first one covering the Me-163 development and the following four covering the operational service of 1.Staffel, 2.Staffel… more

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Romanian Fighter Colors 1941-1945

Published: January 29, 2011
Book Author(s): Teodor Liviu Morusanu & Dan Alexandru Melinte
Company: MMP Books

The Romanian Air Force in World War II saw extensive combat in the Eastern Front against the Soviet Air Force and against the USAAF and RAF in home defense roles. Later, in late 1944 Romania changed sides and saw combat against the Luftwaffe.

This book covers all the fighter aircraft in the Romanian Air Force during World War II. The fighter aircraft inventory included British, German,… more

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Advanced Modeling Skills; Salt Chipping & Water Diorama (3-disk set), Instructional DVD

Published: January 19, 2011
Book Author(s): Matt Swan
Company: Swanny's Models

Matt Swan keeps providing us with more modeling blessing on the 4th installment of his instructional series. The scope of this set is water dioramas and salt chipping technique. The subject is a 1/48 Tamiya Rufe and a nice beach scene, including everything you can imagine, even scale fish in the water!

Towards the end of his 3rd set, Matt shows how to build some… more

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Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 Weekend

Published: October 22, 2010
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released its Messerschmitt Bf-110G-4 in the Weekend format. I appreciate Eduard releasing kits in the “weekend” format as a more affordable channel for modelers to get access to a kit. This is the most expensive kit ever boxed in the Weekend format ($39.95) but you get a lot of plastic for your money; as a reference point, the Profipack version retails for $64.95.

So, what… more

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FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antenna for night fighters

Published: October 22, 2010
Company: Master Model

The FuG 220 Sn-2b radar antennas were installed on Bf 110 and Ju 88 night fighters during World War. These radar antennas are the focal point of any night fighter kit. Model Master from Poland provides us with turned brass antenna struts and antenna dipoles to enhance the look of our next night fighter kit.

The turned brass parts mean that no mold line is present and that alone… more


The Scale Viper: A Modeler's Guide to Building the F-16

Published: October 18, 2010
Book Author(s): Pete Fleischmann
Company: Reid Air Publications

Different modeling books tend to have a “tools round-up” in their introduction chapter. This book includes which probably is the more important tool: “The modelers’ eye”. What is meant here is that you have to study the subject, look at it several times, noticing details each time you look at the subject in order to take notes and attempt to recreate and model whatever you “see” when you are… more

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Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance

Published: October 17, 2010
Book Author(s): Richard Bodley Scott
Company: Osprey Publishing

I’m not a war gamer, but I’ve been curious about it for a few years now so I jumped to the opportunity to review a war gaming book.

Fields of Glory is a series of war gaming books oriented to the ancient and medieval ages. This current book is the first of the series expanding into the renaissance era and as such is the rulebook.

The book has a historical introduction to the… more