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  1. Review Author: Rob Booth Scale Aircraft Conversions Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Academy 1/72 scale F/A-18 E/F/G Super Hornet kit. The white metal replacements are a clean drop-in for the kit plastic parts. The supplied items include two main gear struts, and one nose gear strut with a separate oleo scissor and retraction struts. Some other SAC packages include replacement wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the Academy or other after-
  2. Review Author: Rob Booth Quickboost Quickbost has produced a set of FOD covers for the intake and exhaust parts on the Academy 1/72 A-37 Dragonfly kits. The resin parts are simple drop-in plugs for the kit's plastic parts. There will be some modification required to the kit and/or replacement parts to use these resin covers. A quick drop-in evaluation of the replacement parts (see photos) indicates excellent resin detail that will provide an accurate rendition of the intake and exhaust FOD cover
  3. Review Author: Rob Booth Hauler Brengun Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales. Brengun has produced a set of wheels with a cross tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts w
  4. Review Author: Chris Smith MMP Books Like many of us modelers, I simply never get tired of anything related to the iconic P-51 Mustang. In this volume of the MMP "Single" series, the authors focus on the Bravo model of the Mustang. Having never seen an example of this book series, I was a bit surprised at first glance. Unlike other publications that cover the development of the type, this book launches right into the content modelers like to see. The book opens with four-view scale drawings in 1/
  5. Review Author: Bill O'Malley Mission Models This review looks at Mission Model Paints Farm Tractor Yellow (MMP-126), Hiway Yellow 1930/1990 Heavy Equipment (MMP-041), New Construction Yellow 1990 to Present (MMP-125), and Concrete 1 (MMP-127). This is a comparison of the paint colors to actual vehicles or materials. Check out my earlier review on the use and performance of MMP Paints. Mission Models Paints are non-solvent base organic acrylics that produce a flat finish. Construction Equipment C
  6. Review Author: Gino Dykstra Quickboost I can't count the number of times I've read of someone complaining about the props or spinner on a later 1/32nd scale Messerschmitt. Apparently, these specific parts are particularly hard to reproduce in styrene accurately (or so I've been led to believe). Enter Quickboost to the rescue with a beautifully cast spinner and props for the F-4 version of this classic aircraft. This one comfortably fits either the Revell or the Hasegawa rendition of this aircra
  7. Review Author: Gino Dykstra Aires Hobby Models Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their Bf-108 wheel and mask set, intended for the Eduard kit. This set includes replacement parts for all three wheels, which are cast in a grey resin which captures the fine detail extraordinarily well. In addition, masks are included to aid in painting the wheels, along with detailed illustrated instructions in their use. The casting is flawless
  8. Review Author: Gino Dykstra ICM ICM has recently started a trend of boxing several different kits under a single title, a useful way of boosting sales of certain items in their inventory. One such boxing is the "Wehrmacht 3-Axle Trucks" set, which includes three different heavy truck kits of various vintages. Personally, I like this trend, as it provides the modeler with a host of material to work with at a relatively low price. Perhaps the only downside to the marketing for this specific set is
  9. Review Author: Gino Dykstra Aires Hobby Models Aires, a company out of Czechoslovakia, continues to create wonderful detail parts with the release of their 4-spoke Spitfire main wheels and masks, intended for the Tamiya kit. Cast in a medium gray styrene, they capture the most minute details, from the Dunlop letters to the exceptionally fine ribbing along the rims of the tires to the air valves. As always seems to be the case with this manufacturer, the casting is absolutely flawless. A set of v
  10. Review Author: Rob Booth Hauler Brengun Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photoetch, turned brass, and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales. Brengun has produced a set of wheels with ribbed tread patterns for any 1/72 scale F4U Corsair. There are no instructions, and any modeler familiar with resin parts wi
  11. Review Author: Dave Morrissette Zoukei-Mura Zoukei-Mura started there 1/48th scale F-4 Phantom series with the F-4J in 2016 and since then they have issued an F-4S, F-4C, F-4D, F-4J Marines, another F-4J and this latest release, an F-4E Early...we finally have a gunned version and it is magnificent. If you are interested in seeing reviews of all Zoukei-Mura's kit, you can look here on the IPMS/USA web site: https://web.ipmsusa3.org/company/zoukei-mura Let's look in the box (and it is pac
  12. Review Author: Dave Morrissette Round 2 Models Round 2 has reissued the 1/25th scale Milk Trike kit and it is great to see it again. MPC was a very popular model company in the 1960's and 70's and thankfully, Round 2 has saved their molds. The Milk Trike was one of six trike kits which came with different window colors and extensive decals to customize your build. Inside the box, there are 57 easy to build parts molded in white, chrome and three colors of windows- clear, transparent purple and
  13. Review Author: Frank Landrus Helion & Company Aleksandar Radic is a Serbian military analyst and author. His primary focus is on the security topics of the West Balkans, the history of the armed forces, the military technology in that region in the 20th Century, and the conflicts that have followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the period 1991-2001. He has authored a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles published in the specialized press. Recently, Radic has frequently appeared as a mil
  14. Review Author: Marc K. Blackburn Pen & Sword There is an old axiom that amateurs pursue tactics, but professionals manage logistics. It is a topic that largely goes unexplored in the voluminous literature of the Second World War. Outside of the modeling world, I am an academically trained military historian who works in the public history field. I have had a keen interest in the topic. Given my background, I was keen to review this work. From a production point of view, Pen and Sword knows what
  15. Review Author: Dave Morrissette Casemate Publishers Fighting Ships of the US Navy is a series dedicated to exploring each ship in the US Navy's inventory since 1883. In Volume One, the author, Venner F Milewski, Jr., starts with the Fleet Aircraft Carriers in the beginning. Overall, the book has a plethora of data and information of each aircraft carrier used by the US during the last 100 years starting with the USS Langley. Taking a look at the Table of contents shows what I mean: Langley C
  16. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Aires Hobby Models This set is designed to be used on Academy's new F-14A Tomcat kit. The set consists of 6 resin parts and 2 photo-etched parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for the kit. Each nozzle assembly is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the exhaust nozzle. As noted in the title, the nozzles are varied, one is fully opened and one is fully closed, shore-base
  17. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Scale Aircraft Conversions This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Italeri's 1/32 two-seat F-104 kits. As with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts. The centerpiece of the set is a new single piece main gear section including both left and right main gear struts with attached retraction arms and gear door actuators. The set also provides white metal replacements for the hydraulic li
  18. Review Author: Frank Landrus Osprey Publishing Osprey Publishing has been providing books for enthusiasts since 1968 and since then it has grown, evolved and taken on new challenges until it stands today as one of the most successful examples of niche publishing around. Matthew Moss is a British author and historian specializing in small arms development, military history, and current defense affairs. Matthew has degrees from the Universities of Liverpool and Chester and has contributed to public
  19. Review Author: David Horn AOA Decals AOA Decals is a relatively new aviation decal with an impressive variety in 1/32, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scale. Their product line primary focus is Vietnam era aircraft. Although a relatively young company, their quality and attention to detail rivals all other decal companies on the market. The decal set comes with one large decal sheet and a four-page, full color instruction sheet. This decal set covers three (Vertical lift) US Marine aircraft, two helico
  20. Review Author: David Horn Scale Aircraft Conversions Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) manufactures white metal landing gear that is a direct replacement for the kits plastic landing gear. The metal landing gear offer greater strength over the kit parts as well as having most of the mold lines removed. At times, the metal will be bent out of shape but that is easily corrected by bending it back to the correct shape. This set includes six parts, the two main gear assemblies, bracing arms for the mai
  21. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Quickboost This set is designed to be used on Academy's new F-14Tomcat kits. The set consists of a pair of drop-in replacements for kit parts F15/F17 and F17/F18 which make up the rear part of the intake trunks immediately in front of the engines. Academy did a nice job in trying to reduce the seam between the upper and lower parts, however, the Quickboost parts eliminate the seam completely. Both intakes are nicely molded and as the intakes are handed the pour stubs
  22. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Quickboost This set is designed to be used on Fujimi's F-14 Tomcat kits. The set consists of 2 resin ramps, replacing the kit's molded on ramps. The title states that the parts are the ECS (environmental control system) exhaust grills, however, in reality they are the fixed bleed doors which allow excess air to be vented out of the intakes, especially at higher airspeeds when the movable ramps deploy to restrict the airflow down the intakes and keep the air subsonic wh
  23. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Quickboost This set is designed to be used on Hasegawa F-14 Tomcat kits. The set consists of 2 resin ramps, replacing the kit's molded on ramps. The title states that the parts are the ECS (environmental control system) exhaust grills, however, in reality they are the fixed bleed doors which allow excess air to be vented out of the intakes, especially at higher airspeeds when the movable ramps deploy to restrict the airflow down the intakes and keep the air subsonic wh
  24. Review Author: Michael Reeves Pen and Sword Books Ltd The T-34 is known to just about anyone with knowledge of WWII battles and the Eastern Front in particular. While it had some teething issues, it was an unpleasant surprise to the Germans who came against it and the KV series of tanks. It quickly became apparent that the typical early Panzers were outmatched and outgunned. This led to development of the Tiger and the Panther, which derived much of its design from experiences with the T-34. This ne
  25. Review Author: George Cully Casemate Publishers The air campaigns of the Yom Kippur War (October 6-25, 1973) and their accompanying attrition rates encouraged the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to consider how best to augment and later replace its existing fleets of Dassault Mirage and McDonnell Douglas F-4 fighter aircraft. They faced a choice between quantity in the near term versus quality in the far term: whether to build more Israeli Aircraft Industry Kfirs and buy additional F-4Es from the U.S. imme
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