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Book Author(s)
Wojtek Matusiak
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$23.00

This volume continues the story of Supermarine Spitfire MK IXs used by Polish pilots in Britain during the years 1944-1946, both in Polish and RAF squadrons and auxiliary units. Information on aircraft and crew losses and officially credited victories is included.

There are over 200 photographs (about half of which have not been published before) and about 30 color profiles (plus top and bottom views for two representative aircraft). In several instances, full color renderings are included alongside period images of the aircraft. Very nice touch.

Wojtek Matusiak, the author who lives in Warsaw, Poland, is a well-known Polish aviation history author. He is a specialist on the Spitfire and has published both in English and Polish.

Review Author
Dan Mackay
Published on
Company
Zvezda
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$13.99

The Soviet fighter Yak-3 is part of Zvezda’s new “Snap Fit” series. You get 45 medium gray hard plastic parts and two clear parts with minimal flash. The instructions are very well illustrated with seven sequences of assembly. The detail is exceptional and surprising for a snap fit kit. The three piece pilot figure is a work of art, with the seat pan molded to the pilot. A seat without pilot is also provided, should you wish that option. The kit is designed for snap assembly and can easily be assembled with no glue. However, I plan on using glue. Areas of concern are the sink marks on the upper wings (part 40) and front top cowling (part 41). Filler will definitely be required. You also get two finely detailed instrument panels, one to be used with kit supplied decals and the other with raised details for the instruments if you prefer to paint yours. You also have the option for wheels down or wheels up.

Review Author
Chad Richmond
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$35.00

Whenever you open the box for this set, there are so many parts that you feel like you’re opening a complete resin kit. Altogether, there are 33 resin parts, two photo etch sheets and a clear acetate sheet. It takes six 8” x 6” instruction sheets to show how to put it all together. These instructions appear to be a big improvement over past instruction sheets, because they are less confusing and leave little to be figured out. Only one kit part is utilized, and that is the cockpit floor. And, you only use part of it. There is one other portion of the right fuselage half that gets removed, but that’s it. There’s not a lot of thinning kit parts until they are transparent or major surgery required.

Review Author
Chad Richmond
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$22.95

Eduard's color etch sets are really great looking and this one is no exception. This set is made for Trumpeter's 1/72nd F-100F and, when you first look at it, you wonder "where does all of this stuff go?" This set is also self-adhesive, which actually ends up being more trouble than advantage. By the time I had cut a few parts from the fret, I had basically destroyed the backing paper and the adhesive was no longer effective. But, that didn’t slow me down. Gator Glue to the rescue! The cockpit gray of the consoles and instrument panels is more of a light blue than anything related to cockpit gray. I could not find anything in all of my paints that was a close match, so I mixed my own. Don't ask me for the formula, because I have no idea, except that it came close.

Review Author
Keenan Chittester
Published on
Company
Dragon Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$38.99

This kit uses the good old Trimaster molds with some new plastic providing the correct wings, the torpedo and a few other parts necessary to make a Ta-152C. There are three small photo etch frets that contain various detail parts. Two styles of canopy are also provided. There are separate parts provided for open or closed cowl flaps. The decals, clear parts and photo etch parts are all attached to a printed piece of heavy paper to keep them from jostling around in the box and getting damaged. The kit is molded in light grey styrene, with the older parts in a shinier plastic than the new parts. The older parts are starting to show some signs of mold wear, but they are still very nice. The older parts were also more brittle than the newer parts. I actually took a chip out of one of the side consoles in the process of nipping it from the sprue. From that point on, I used a razor saw to remove the more delicate parts.