Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
October 21, 2018
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/700
MSRP
$6.00

What You Get
A 2 ¾ by 5 1/8 inch 2-piece cardboard card wrapped in clear plastic containing a small Ziploc bag with
Instructions and another card with a small plastic bag holding 20 barrels taped to the card (Figure 1). For
no blast bag mounts (-058), each barrel is 7mm long with a 1mm tab at the end. For mounts with blast
bags, each barrel is 4.5mm long with a 1mm tab at the end (Figure 2). The tip has a fine hole that is
difficult to see, but it’s there.
These barrels are intended for Ise and Nagato battleship classes (secondary armament), Hosho aircraft
carrier, Tenryu, Kuma, Nagara, Sendai, Yubari, and Katori light cruiser classes, and tenders Nisshin,
Itsukushima, Okinoshima, and Jingei (Figure 3). Other auxiliaries and armed merchant cruisers carried
this weapon as well. Be sure to check your references since Hosho, light cruisers and auxiliaries were

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
October 21, 2018
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$69.99

The Shinmeiwa SS-2 Rescue Seaplane is a development of the Shinmeiwa PS-1 anti-submarine aircraft. The aircraft was used in a Search-And-Rescue (SAR) role, acting as an “Emergency Ambulance” for residents of Japan’s isolated islands.

Hasegawa’s kit of the SS-2 is an older kit that has been updated to represent the SAR version of this aircraft. Overall, the fit of the kit is fair, and there are some problem areas with parts fitting together. The detail on the flight deck is sparse for a kit of this size with a lot of windows to look in. It is a tail sitter, and you will need to add weight into the nose.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
October 20, 2018
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$5.00

This is a replacement canopy for Sweet’s 1/144 Hurricanes. The Sweet kit is a really great Hurricane, very nice to build, with great fit. The kit canopy is molded as a solid piece, very thick. Well, for a 1/144 kit it’s very thick. There’s no hollow part inside the canopy, it’s just a chunk of nicely molded clear plastic. But that’s not why I really, really appreciated this review item. When I got the canopies in the mail, I got out a kit I bought at a local swap meet. The kit comes with two complete aircraft. Except this box only had ONE CANOPY!! That’s when I really knew I owed Phil Peterson and John Noack a big thank you for this one.

Book Author(s)
Mark Stille. Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
October 20, 2018
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$24.00

Osprey Publishing continues to add titles to its long running Campaigns series, this time tackling the struggle to liberate the remaining islands in the Solomon’s Island chain in the months after the successful conclusion of the Guadalcanal campaign. Using their tried and true format, the volume looks at the opposing commanders, forces, and plans before diving into the narrative on the campaign. Using contemporary photographs, superb maps, and full color illustrations, this volume does an excellent job in summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. Since these volumes are meant as an overview, they do not go into great detail into the campaigns, but provide enough information to give the reader a grounding in the campaign.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
October 20, 2018
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.50

The Douglas A-1 series of aircraft (known as the AD prior to 1962) was designed as an attack aircraft that could carry a heavy load of ordinance.

Quickboost’s A-1J Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1 kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut.

I cut the bottom portion of the tailwheel strut where indicated in this kit’s instructions, and then glued the replacement strut piece into place using cyanoacrylate glue. Once the glue was dry, I painted the strut, installed the wheel onto the strut, and installed the strut onto the model.

I highly recommend this detail set for the Hasegawa kit. My thanks to Quickboost for the review sample.