Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
July 4, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.95

This set in designed as a replacement for the kit wheels and hubs of Eduard’s new 1/72 FW 190A series of kits. The set includes two resin wheels with the hubs integrally cast and a mask set for the wheels.

When the wheels are removed from the casting block, Eduard’s careful planning comes to light as it turns out the attachment point is also a flattened area of the tire, establishing a realistic sit of the aircraft on the ground. While the tires are not bulged like some other replacement sets are, they really should not be in 1/72 scale as the tires are so small.

I painted the tires Tamiya NATO black with flat black hubs to create some contrast between the two shades of black. The enclosed mask set includes masks for the tires, but instead I painted the hubs first and then used the central circle of the mask to mask the hubs, followed by airbrushing the tires. I like this method as I tend to distort or tear the tire masks as they are very narrow.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
July 3, 2016
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$52.99

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 sheet is the typical fold out sheet. The pictorial information and directions are clear and easy to understand.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
July 1, 2016
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$11.25

Hauler has provided another addition to the great Diorama releases with this Modern Hand Pallet Truck. These were used to manually transport single pallet loads in commercial and military logistics operations.

The detail quality is great; there is a lot of easily removable flash and no other noticeable imperfections. The parts once removed from the mold base are ready to assembly. There is also a small Photo Etch sheet with some very delicate parts that need careful removal and adding to the assembly.

The Assembly is quick and easy. The final part is painted yellow and looks great as an addition to any diorama.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
July 1, 2016
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$26.95

Ford’s F-Series trucks are the most popular pickups in the world. This rugged yet stylish ’91 F-350 was a great choice for Revell to produce. It has been a popular release as well and part of that is due to its adaptability for other mash-up and scratch built configurations.

Book Author(s)
Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
July 1, 2016
Company
Mushroom Model Publications
MSRP
$25.00

This publication is the 2nd Edition of the book which was originally released in March, 2008 and out of print since 2011. You can view the book at Youtube: https://youtu.be/EfjDDJZxeR0 (“R”-“zero”)

Authored by Matthew Willis and Robert Michulec, illustrated with color profiles by Simon Schatz, this edition covers all variants and versions of the Stuka from inception of the Stuka program through the last variant.

The Big Yellow Series, of which this book is the latest release, is known for high quality color illustrations that feature camouflage and markings, walk-around color photographs, and black & white archive images. The book is chock-full of 1/72nd scale profile drawings and also some exceptional color profile illustrations.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
July 1, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$29.95

This is a great photoetch set for the Kinetic Su-33. This set adds a lot of extra parts and also replaces some of the photoetch included in the kit. This set adds a lot of addition detail to the exterior and make it look even better.

The photoetch parts are for the:

  • Landing gear details
  • Various grilles
  • Land gear bay details
  • Access panels

In the packet is:

  • 1 Large photoetch sheet
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Summary

This is great photoetch set to bring a lot of additional details to this very good kit. The set includes part to replace some of the photoetch included with more detailed and robust parts

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this set to review and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
July 1, 2016
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$39.55

The LaCrosse missile was one of the first tactical missiles designed and operated by the U.S. Army during the early years of the cold war. Put into production in 1959, the missile was capable of carrying a variety of warheads, including nuclear, and was fired from the back of a modified cargo truck. Apparently there were numerous problems with maintenance and the system was dropped from the inventory by 1964. Looking back over fifty years, it gives me pause to reflect how casually we regarded the possibility of nuclear conflict back then. That Armageddon could be initiated by a couple of guys in a truck seems lunacy now, but that was the world in those days.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
June 30, 2016
Company
Round 2 Models
Scale
1/25
MSRP
$24.95

I first made this model shortly after the 1989 release of the new Batman movie, having been fascinated by the transfiguration of this iconic machine from the old 1964 Adam West series, even going so far as to mail order the optional “cocoon” shroud for it. As the movies have proceeded, I’ve liked the Batmobiles featured less and less, as they have evolved from a snazzy convertible into heavily armed paramilitary vehicles much the way Batman himself has evolved from the noble “caped crusader” into a sociopathic vigilante. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I rather liked the idea of a crime fighter exclusively using his fists to deal with villains.

In any case, I never had a opportunity to model the re-release of this interesting machine after the second movie, where AMT added an exposable turbine engine and retractable computer controls. This latest incarnation not only features these lovely bits but also a card stock “background” display. What fun!

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
June 30, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1
MSRP
$26.95

This is a very nice photoetch set for the Kinetic Su-33 Kit. This set adds a lot of extra detail to the interior of the kit, plus additional exterior parts as a bonus.

The photoetch parts are for the:

  • Cockpit side panels
  • Instrument panel, pedal and various control details
  • Seat belts, seat arms and placards
  • Canopy guides and mirrors
  • Access panels
  • HUD parts
  • Static discharge strips

In the packet is:

  • 1 Photoetch sheet
  • 1 Colored photoetch sheet
  • 1 Clear plastic printer sheet
  • 1 Instruction sheet

Summary

This is a great Photo etch set. It is a must for the Su-33 Kit as it makes it into even greater model with all additional interior and exterior details for this aircraft. The cockpit and seat parts are extremely detailed.

Book Author(s)
Ray Rimmell,, Illustrator: Ronny Bar, Drawings: Mick Davis, & Harry Woodman
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
June 30, 2016
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$13.25

Ray Rimell is releasing a limited edition volume (1,000 individually numbered and signed copies) of the ‘true story of the ‘Billericay Zeppelin’. A companion volume on ‘The Last Flight of the L31’ is being released simultaneously. The cover features a painting by Robert Karr depicting 2/Lt. Frederick Sowrey taking off from Suttons Farm in his RAF Be2c 4112 on the night of September 23, 1916. Ronny Bar contributes a color side profile of Sowrey’s RAF Be2c. I counted 55 photographs (including eight in colour) and a 1/48 scale drawings of a night fighting BE2c (RAF1a engine).