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-1H Tailwheel brings an improvement to the Hasegawa A-1H kit. This part replaces only the bottom part of the strut, and not the entire strut. The wheel itself is separate from the strut, and you have a choice of two wheel designs, one being spoked and the other is a solid wheel design.

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.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
October 19, 2018
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$69.99

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. Both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force flew the A-1H in the Vietnam War. The kit represents two aircraft flown off of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier during that war.

Hasegawa’s A-1H kit has petite, engraved panel lines. The fit of most parts is excellent, except for the bottom aft wing-to-fuselage joint. That joint requires careful fitting, along with some putty to smooth it out. Most of the other seams required little more than sanding.

The cockpit is sparse in detail, consisting of a seat, an instrument panel, and a control column. Instruments and consoles are represented by decals. With the engine, you have the choice of having the cooling flaps open or closed.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
October 19, 2018
Company
Special Hobby
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$35.00

The CASA-212 Aviocar is a versatile transport aircraft that was manufactured in Spain since the ‘60’s, and Indonesia until 2012. The C-41A is a military version used by the US, Mexico and many other countries within Central and South America. It exhibits excellent short field takeoff and landing (STOL) abilities, and is able to operate from unprepared airstrips.

This model is a re-release of various other versions of the aircraft. It comes in a very sturdy top opening box with a nice painting of the US military C-41A. All sprue trees were contained in one bag, with the clear parts and decal sheet in their own bags. The clear plastic bags are closed with sticky strips, so be careful when removing the decal sheet, and that you don’t allow the sticky strip to attach itself to the decals. I did, somehow, and had a heart stopping minute separating them! The instruction manual is printed on good quality glossy paper, and each step is clear, accurate and in color where needed.

Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
October 15, 2018
Company
Tru-Color Paint
Scale
10701
MSRP
$32.95

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for armored subjects painted olive drab from the years 1939-1956 and include the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
October 15, 2018
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$99.99

Christmas came early this year for me when I received the email that this beastie was available for review. I am incredibly thankful to Kinetic Models for providing this kit for review and to the review corps higher-ups for trusting someone brand new to the group for having faith in me to not only build this thing, but in a timely manner to boot. It is a re-kitting of the Vintage Fighter Series kit released in 2008. I won’t say the ride was completely smooth…but it was a fun ride regardless.