Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
February 7, 2012
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$109.95

When Kinetic announced the release of a C-2A Greyhound, I was very interested after having seen VRC-40 Rawhides above the USS Carl Vinson last summer. When the opportunity came up to build one, I jumped at the chance.

Looking at the plastic, much of the kit is a carryover from their excellent E-2C Hawkeye kits, with the wings, engine and props duplicated. Included are a new fuselage and full interior, along with a back ramp. Molding and panel lines are excellent and I dove right into the interior.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
September 15, 2021
Company
Round 2 Models
Scale
1/8
MSRP
$30.99

The Kit

I’m not a big fan of Dark Shadows, it’s too much “Soap Opera” for me. I can’t follow who’s who, and what they’re doing from one episode to the next. But I really enjoyed the Round 2/Polar Lights 3 Stooges figures, so I went for this one.

The kit is pretty standard for a large-scale plastic item, with only a few parts: head (2 pieces), body (also 2 pieces), two arms (2 pieces each), two 2-piece feet, and 2 hands. There are also an extra set of vinyl arms, which can be set up with a wire to allow changing poses. The joyful moment in this build came when I was reading the instructions and discovered that the optional extra “glow in the dark” head, hands and feet could be used to make a Midget Werewolf!! Yeah, I gotta do that.

Review Author
Paul Mahoney
Published on
February 6, 2012
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$15.00

Although I am quite familiar with Model Art Publications “Specials”, covering a variety of subjects, this was my first time looking through one of their standard magazines. I say “looking through” because the entire publication is in Japanese which I, unfortunately, do not know how to read!

Despite my linguistic challenges, I think this is a magazine that can be quite useful to just about any modeler. It covers the range of plastic modeling topics from aircraft to ships, armor, vehicles, and even buildings. The page size is slightly smaller than the standard magazine in the US or UK, but all the pages are of glossy, high-quality stock. Pages are full of photos (of both models and the real items).

Contents of Issue #836 are as follows:

Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Chuck Bush
Published on
February 6, 2012
Company
Squadron Signal Publications
MSRP
$18.95

David Doyle has given us another excellent walk around publication. This one covers the M26 Dragon Wagon tank transporter, used by the United States Army during World War II. Those of us who have the Ampersand Publishing Dragon Wagon book, by David and Pat Stansell, will find 80 pages of new pictures with cover art by Don Greer. This book is filled with captioned color pictures of expertly restored vehicles.

The tractor portion of the Dragon Wagon is an M26 or M26A1 tractor. The trailer portion is the M15 or M15A2 Tank-Recovery Semi-Trailer. Together they become the M26 Dragon Wagon.

The M26 tractor is the hard top version seen in the Tamiya kit. It had an armored cab, so that it could be “buttoned up” when under fire, but it was heavy and hard on the power train, and was rarely used under fire. The M26A1 was a soft-skin version, unarmored, with lower maintenance requirements.

Review Author
Keenan Chittester
Published on
February 6, 2012
Company
Werners Wings
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$40.00

This conversion is designed to be used with the excellent Eduard Bf-109E-1/E-3 kit. I chose to use the Weekend Edition E-1 kit. The conversion set comes securely packed in an attractive box. The twenty resin parts are in one small zip-lock bag, while the three small decal sheets are in another zip-lock bag. The instructions are printed on two sides of an 8.5” x 11” sheet. There is one picture of the actual aircraft on the front, and a three view drawing on the back showing decal placement, along with painting instructions. There is a brief history of the type, along with some basic instructions on dealing with the resin pieces. The instructions are strictly of the narrative type, but are well written and fairly easy to follow.