Book Author(s)
Raffaele D’Amato; Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
July 17, 2016
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$18.00

During its heyday the Roman Empire sprawled across the better part of three continents, making it one of the greatest political bodies of its day. To maintain such an empire required an enormous military budget and huge numbers of men at arms (an approach to militarism we can, alas, observe to this day). One of the chief duties of this sprawling military was to hold the edges of this empire from incursion from without.

Osprey Publishing and author Raffaele D-Amato have put together a surprisingly exhausting study of the military units comprising Rome’s Western borders – more specifically, what would someday become England, Germany and France.

Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
July 15, 2016
Company
Italeri
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$39.99

This kit by Italeri is a rebox of their 2012 Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G kit # 6493 with the addition of upgraded moulds, photo-etch fret and new gluable rubber tracks as stated on their website. Let me preface my review by stating that as modelers we do not always follow the instructions step by step. We tend to skip around completing steps in advance while letting previous steps dry or bond. For this build and review, I did indeed skip steps, but I will describe what I found in each step, pros or cons, so the builder will be enlightened as to what needs addressed during the build. I also will not review any historical data pertaining to the Panther tank as I assume the builder will review historical data prior to the build. The Panther tank I will be constructing represents Panther #122 under the command of Oberleutnant Rasim, which was destroyed and knocked out east of Berlin in late April 1945.

Review Author
David Wrinkle
Published on
July 15, 2016
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$20.82

Since April of 2013 when Kodakawa games released their free browser game Kantai Collection (aka Kancolle), featuring cute anime girls each of which represent ships from the Second World War IJN, there has been an increased interest in ship modeling in Japan. Tamiya, Hasegawa and Aoshima, have long worked in harmony releasing a sizable number of 1/700 warships represented by the waterline series of kits. These three companies as well as Fujimi are capitalizing on the popularity of the game and anime series by re-releasing many of these kits, as well as creating new kits, with extra decals of the girls as well as game specific box art.

Admittedly, because of the game as well as the anime series, I too have become a bit more interested in ship modeling. After my review of Model Art Advanced 1/700 model (1), why not continue on with number 2.

Again, I was not disappointed.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
July 14, 2016
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$2.38

There are three 1/144 TSR.2s available currently. Great Wall Hobby and Pit Road appear to be the same model in different boxes. I could be wrong here, but I don’t think so. On the other hand, the third 1/144 TSR.2 kit, which I have in my stash is the Kami de Korokoro kit. Since it’s a paper model, I’ve put it off. I’m sure I won’t need a new pitot for the paper plane.

The model I used is the Pit Road kit, in “what if” markings for the Gulf War.

Installation

Installation instructions show 3 steps. I’ve expanded that to 4

Book Author(s)
James Lyman
Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
July 14, 2016
Company
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, an Amazon Company
MSRP
$24.95

Thank you to author James Lyman, and to Hill Country Hobby for the sample book. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review a new independent, self-published book that will be a great resource for many modelers at all skill levels.

This excellent compendium of methods and techniques is produced and published using an independent (indie) publishing house, Create Space, an Amazon Company. I was unable to verify how the book is produced, but Create Space publications are often printed and bound on demand. Wholesalers often receive significant discount on bulk purchases. Modeling clubs, chapters and hobby shops may be able to take advantage of this format and discounts.

Review Author
Timothy Rentz
Published on
July 14, 2016
Company
Bronco Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$116.00

The Kit

This kit contains the rear fuselage section and outer wing sections of a Horsa glider. It does NOT contain the entire aircraft. When I saw the size of the box, I imagined a complicated kit with a zillion parts. Nothing could be further from the truth. The kit contains 11 sprues, but fewer than 60 parts and assembly is completed in six steps. It includes a clear sprue for a window in the bottom of the fuselage, and a PE fret with two parts. The PE parts are optional and may be used to replace the plastic parts for brackets on the foremost bulkhead. All of the control surfaces including dive brakes are separate and moveable. There are some ejection pin marks on the inside of the flaps, so if you choose to display the kit with the flaps down, you’ll need to fill them. Otherwise, the kit has no issues.

Book Author(s)
Tony Chong
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
July 14, 2016
Company
Specialty Press
MSRP
$44.95

When I was offered the opportunity to review this book I was so excited as I have always been fascinated by John K. "Jack" Northrop and his designs.

The book arrived and I was immediately impressive with its size, quality and content! It was a joy just to have and flick thro as the pictures and drawings are fantastic.

The book explores the whole history of the company and the may designs both paper and actually produced aircraft. The book is writing in a way that it draws you in and without being to technical gives you a great overview of the aircraft and the company’s ups and downs. I was both entertained and taught a lot while reading the book. I cannot recommend this book enough; I could not put it down and finished the whole book in under a week!

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
July 14, 2016
Company
PJ Production
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$11.65

The detail quality is great, there minimal flash or other imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly.

The Assembly is quick and easy. The final part is painted and I did my best but I am not a very good figure painter and did not do this great figure justice.

This is the first PJ Productions product I have worked with and I was very impressed with it. I am really looking forward to buying more of this great quality figures.

Thanks go to PJ Productions for providing this super figure to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
July 13, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$14.99

Trumpeter has issued two versions of their 1/32 A-6 Intruder which was on many people's most-wanted list. While the kit is expensive, it is well done, well detailed and builds into a great replica. Of course that doesn’t mean there isn't some room for improvement. While the aftermarket has been slow coming, Eduard has issued sets for the A-6E TRAM version to spice up several areas of the kit as well as a canopy masking set.

Review Author
Eric Christianson
Published on
July 10, 2016
Company
Res-Im
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$13.22

RES_IM, a small company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to add to its list of quality aftermarket and modeling supply products, this time with a package of ten generic wooden boxes in 1/35th scale.

The small, sturdy box contains three separate baggies of resin parts mounted on casting blocks. Two large, square boxes, three medium-sized rectangular flat boxes and five smaller, square flat boxes. All boxes are solid resin and sealed. All contain excellent fine wood grain and cross members representing generic crates. No decals, markings or instructions are included – although I’m pretty sure instructions aren’t needed here!

The resin boxes must be separated their casting blocks of resin, and this is no simple task. The entire bottoms of the boxes are attached, so it takes a little time and patience to separate the boxes from their backing, and it generates a lot of resin dust.