Review Author
Mike Lamm
Published on
July 29, 2016
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$29.99

Model Art Modeling Magazine is an excellent periodical from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue. It doesn’t matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you’ll find something interesting that you didn’t know you would.

Although the magazine is published entirely in Japanese, the quality of the photos in each issue is really amazing, and goes a long way in telling the story. There are plenty of “work in progress” and “how it was built” photos highlighting the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders. These photo guides go a long way in explaining the builds visually, although I’m sure some details are missed without a proper translation. In fact, the photography is so good, even the advertisements were interesting. I found myself perusing the advertisements almost as much as the work in progress photos.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
July 29, 2016
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$14.00

Two Bobs decals provides some nice aftermarket decal options for the venerable (and gigantic) 1/48 Revell B-1B, presenting current day –at time of writing- markings for the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber as follow:

  • B-1B S/N 85-0089 489th Bomb Group, Dyess AFB, TX (2015)
  • B-1B S/N 85-0077 77th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV (2015)

Both of them are finished in overall Gunship Gray (FS36118). Instructions include color stock number for Federal Standard, Testors, Humbrol, Gunze and Xtracrylics. The instructions are printed in color with very clearly indicated call out for the location of all the decals, including stencils.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
July 29, 2016
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$21.95

Bronco’s 1/35th scale model of the Horsa Glider Mk. 1 is quite an impressive model, as anyone who has built it will tell you. They may also mention that the landing gear of this kit is fairly fragile, as it’s obliged to hold up a fair amount of weight on this over two-foot long kit.

Scale Aircraft Conversions have come to the rescue with a very nice set of white metal parts which are direct replacements for all of the landing gear components including the front fork. The only thing not reproduced is the skid itself.

As you might expect, these are stronger for the most part than the styrene items included in the kit, and should assist in keeping your model from “drooping” over time – something I’ve been a bit concerned about with my own copy.

Book Author(s)
Mike Guardia
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
July 28, 2016
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$20.00

The newest in Osprey’s Duel series is authored by Mike Guardia, a six year veteran who served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He attended the University of Houston where he earned a BA and MA in American History. Guardia has been published by Osprey before in the New Vanguard series, but this is his first entry into the Duel series. He has also authored The Fires of Babylon, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, and Shadow Commander. Hal Moore, of course, was popularized by Mel Gibson in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. He is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America and has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award.

Review Author
Joe Porche
Published on
July 27, 2016
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$27.99

"It’s Back!"

I was quite caught off-guard when I discovered that the Tom Daniels “Beer Wagon” was to be reissued by Monogram/Revell this summer. There had been nothing noted on any recent publications from Revell that this kit was to coming back out, but I am so happy it has resurfaced. Now, how many different variations to this kit can I build?

Historically this is the single kit that launched my interest in scale modeling. Not the first kit I ever built, but the first kit release from Monogram in 1967 under the Tom Daniel’s banner. Many more would follow of which I have built nearly 50 of the various Tom Daniels designs and have a collection of over 80 of the 80+ he is given credit for drafting.

Book Author(s)
David Greentree
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
July 25, 2016
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$20.00

Osprey publishing continues to expand the Duel Series, this time with WWII naval enemies: British Submarines and Italian Torpedo Boats in the Mediterranean. The Italian Torpedo Boats were more like a “destroyer escort” or “frigate”-style ship, not a fast attack torpedo craft.

This book follows the typical format of the series including a few chapters on the technical aspects of each vessel, the training of the combatants, the strategic situation, a very detailed narrative of combat, and wraps it up with statistics and analysis.

I have to say that I have found the reading of this book very interesting and I was surprised by how many references –to other books or interviews- this issue of Osprey Duel has. It is clearly an extremely well researched book and some of the main things I learned follow:

Review Author
Ned Ricks
Published on
July 25, 2016
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$49.99

The short version -- I liked the kit. Hasegawa has engineered this kit well.

Now, the details.

History

The final and most built series of the Mitchell, the B-25J looked less like earlier series, apart from the well-glazed bombardier's nose of nearly-identical appearance to the earliest B-25 subtypes. It had the forward dorsal turret and other armament and airframe advancements. Also produced was a strafer nose first shipped to air depots as kits, then introduced on the production line in alternating blocks with the bombardier nose. The solid-metal "strafer" nose housed eight centerline Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns. All J models included four .50 in (12.7 mm) light-barrel Browning AN/M2 guns in a pair of "fuselage packages"; conformal gun pods each flanking the lower cockpit, each pod containing two Browning M2s. Total J series production was 4,318.

Book Author(s)
Douglas Siegfried & Steve Ginter
Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
July 25, 2016
Company
Ginter Books
MSRP
$52.95

Thank you to Ginter Books for providing a review copy of their new release, Naval Fighters Number 102, a second volume covering the Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and the WF-2/E - 1 B Tracer. I also appreciate all of those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, who do the heavy lifting to get the reviews done, from start to finish.

Overview

The Tracker holds a special interest for me beyond my personal enthusiasm for USN aviation, an interest honed after hearing two Navy veterans argue about how effective the aircraft was. Naturally, one was a submarine officer, and the other an S2F aviator. This volume adds to the material covered in Part 1, Naval Fighters Number 101, adding brief narratives, squadron insignia images, and photographs related to the aircraft as it was used by reserves, utility, training, and other interesting operational units.

Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey & Rock Roszak
Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
July 25, 2016
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$9.99

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the McDonnell F2H Banshee. The official title is Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 3, F2H Banshee, Part 1: Prototypes Through F2H-2 Variants.

Review Author
David Horn
Published on
July 25, 2016
Company
Videoaviation
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$6.50

Videoaviation is new to me and once I received the sample for review, I am wondering why I have not seen their fine aftermarket resin sets. Packaged in a sturdy plastic box, resin is protected by bubble wrap with all parts flash free and cast in light tan resin. A nice touch is the pour block on the pod is on the underside opposite the side on where it connects to the pylon. This makes it easy to remove that portion and sand contour without damaging features.

There are two choices on rocket types so take notes on what version you are modeling. These parts can easily be sanded free of the pour base. Instructions show to add lugs to the top but the sample already has these cast in simplifying the assembly however the lugs are very delicate and mine were broken. Not a problem if installing on a pylon and that detail will be hidden. Decals are included with all having a white background except for “Remove before Flight” flags.