Review Author
Bill Hollis
Published on
January 23, 2012
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$21.50

Made specifically for the Tamiya 1/48 scale P-47 Bubbletop, this comprehensive aftermarket set comes in Aires’ usual blister package. Separately ensconced in a secondary bubble are photo etch and film parts, along with the usual blue instructions.

In fact, the instructions alone come in for any criticism that may be reasonably leveled at this set. They are composed entirely of minimalist exploded drawings spread over two sides of a single folded sheet of paper, with only number callouts and small notations in both English and Czech. There is no history or background text, and the modeler is left to his own devices concerning colors and, in many cases, actual part placement. However, none of this is really a detriment, and any halfway competent modeler with a reference book or two in his library will overcome nicely.

Review Author
Dave Steingass
Published on
January 23, 2012
Company
Zvezda
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$4.95

Included in the box are two identical sprues, molded in hard grey plastic. Each sprue contains 9 parts to build a complete 81mm Mortar and a crew of two with a base, as well as 3 additional parts for use with the Art of Tactic ruleset. Also included are two game data cards for use with the Art of Tactic ruleset and an instruction sheet. Only minor flash was present and was easily cleaned off with a sharp knife.

Assembly is easy and straightforward. The kit is a snap-together kit, and the model builds quite well in this manner with no major gaps are seen. However, I glued my sample together for stability while painting. The plastic base supplied with the kit is superbly detailed with ground texture compared to other figure manufacturers in this scale and price range, and all the alignment pegs in the figure fit perfectly into the alignment holes in the base.

Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
January 23, 2012
Company
MiniArt
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$16.25

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first set of injection molded French Tank Crewmen ever released!! This kit contains 45 grey styrene parts that will create five crewmen. Four appear to be from the Battle of France, while the fifth looks somewhat like a young General Leclerc, aka General Jacques Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. In truth, he is representative of a standard French Armor Lieutenant. Ukraine’s MiniArt Ltd’s artist, A. Karaschuk, illustrates each figure on top of the side-opening box. They are repeated on the box bottom, where they are keyed for parts placement and colors. Paint numbers are color coded for Vallejo, Testor, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Mr. Color paints. A small black-and-white insert shows the two sprue trees and part numbers. Each figure is nicely molded, with distinct faces and accurate uniforms. They have minimal flash and seam lines that are quickly cleaned up.

Book Author(s)
Maciej Goralczyk, Mariusz Lukasik, Andrzej Sadio, and Janusz Swiation
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
January 22, 2012
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$21.69

This is essentially a book of lovely color aircraft profiles! There are 16 aircraft covered by this book: three D. 520s, two Hawk 75s, 4 MS 406s, one Bf-110C, and six Bf-109Es that were engaged in the Battle of France in 1940. The profiles are beautifully drawn and each is accompanied by a short caption in both English and Polish detailing a short history of the pilot and aircraft depicted.

Accompanying the book are decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 for all of the aircraft illustrated within. The profiles serve as the placement guide for the decals. The decals themselves are absolutely gorgeous! They are well printed, in register, with vibrant colors. The sheet illustrated with this review is the 1/32 sheet, but all markings are on the sheet for each scale. The decals are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are good. I will need to dig the old Medallion 1/48 resin Hawk 75 out of the stash and buy an AZ MS 406 to put these to good use.

Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
January 22, 2012
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$15.95

This odd combination of five Allied soldiers meeting up and serving together seems like something dreamed up in Hollywood. Well, it WAS first dreamed up in the 1943 movie Sahara, starring Humphrey Bogart as the American M3 Lee tank commander. A 1995 cable TV remake starred James Belushi in that role. Ukraine’s Master Box Ltd.’s illustrator A. Karaschuk and sculptor A. Gagarin must have seen the Belushi version and “subconsciously” paid homage to the movie. The American figure happens to strongly represent Belushi, and the others certainly suggest others in the movie’s cast. Unfortunately, we didn’t listen to Shakespeare, and our society is drowning in a flood of litigious lawyers and the movie industry has missed out on an opportunity for free publicity as Master Box plays it safe and any similarity between these figures and that movie is purely coincidence...