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Review Author
Bill Kluge
Published on
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$24.95

This Model Art Special edition exclusively covers the battleship Yamato (and, in a limited fashion, her sister Musashi). With the exception of one short translated section covering the operational history of Yamato, the text is entirely in Japanese. However, the beautiful photography and numerous illustrations speak for themselves. The selection of articles is roughly divided between historical information and model illustration and building techniques and includes:

Review Author
Tracy Palmer
Published on
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$53.99

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), later known as Hetzer ("baiter"), was a German light tank destroyer of the Second World War based on a modified Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. Panzerjaeger 38(t) Starr was a simplified version of the Hetzer which attached the 7.5cm PaK 39 gun to the chassis and was fitted with a Tatra diesel engine. 10 were built, 9 converted back to normal Hetzers. The remaining prototype was destroyed at the end of the war.

This was one of the top five kits I have built—EVER. This is my third Hetzer and 5th 38(t) chassis’d vehicle in the last 3 years. Hands down the best fitting kit of all. It did have some issues though.

Review Author
Nick Buro
Published on
Company
Wingnut Wings, Ltd
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$89.00

Once again, another stunner by Wingnut Wings. The upper wing simply clicks into place!! You can’t say enough in praise about these kits. I’d buy them all if I had the money. (Maybe I will someday…)

Included in the kit are high quality Cartograf decals with markings for six different aircraft.

The kit has a highly detailed, 18 part 260HP Daimler Mercedes D.VIA engine, optional spinner, stick, wheel control systems, wireless, flares, radiators, cameras, propellers, and teddy bear accessories. Fine, in scale rib tape detail is present on the wings.

Full scale rigging diagrams are provided, plus a thirty page instruction booklet that has it all. A little tricky, but it is all there!

Review Author
Dan Mackay
Published on
Company
Aviaeology
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.59

This is a follow-up to Michael Novasad’s earlier review on the 1/48 sheet, but this time it’s the 1/72 sheet. Aviaeology provides well-researched decals on four RCAF Beaufighters covering the changing markings during the service careers of these aircraft. Each subject is complete with narratives on time period and painting suggestions. The instructions and diagrams are provided on four photocopied sheets, but an email request to Aviaeology will get you a promptly sent color PDF of the instructions which will prove helpful. The PDF can be printed or sent to your tablet for reference in your model workshop. You can magnify the profiles as recommended by Aviaeology to identify the subtle shades of extra dark sea grey to aid in weathering your Beaufighter. You also get a tutorial of the rocket projectiles and the rails used, with complete painting guides for them. Listed below is a breakdown of the subjects:

Review Author
Jack Kennedy
Published on
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$28.50

Since the F-86 is my favorite aircraft, I just had to have the Aires Wheel Bay detail set when it came up for review. This set is made to fit the Kinetic / Italeri kit in 1/32. They are both the same kit with different boxing.

I bought a couple of the kits last year and thought they were great, with super detail. This wheel bay detail sets takes it over the top.

The set is cast in very brittle light grey resin. The casting blocks are easy to remove with a razor saw and some sanding. Included with this set are all of the necessary struts and a set of very clear instructions.

Unfortunately, there are no color references, so I had to resort to Squadron’s very fine F-86 Walk Around book by Larry Davis. In this book are many fine detail photos and some wonderful drawings by Don Greer and Richard Hudson.