Review Author
Clarence Wentzel
Published on
June 18, 2011
Company
Zvezda
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$4.95

Background

I’m sure that everyone is aware of the Messerschmitt Bf-109 series of aircraft. The F model entered production in November, 1940 and differed from the previous “E” models by using a more powerful version of the DB 601 engine and featuring a more streamlined nose cowling. Armament consisted of two nose mounted machine guns and a cannon shooting through the engine crankshaft. Many of Germany’s top aces preferred the F model over the earlier E or even the later G and K models. I recommend Lynn Ritger’s two books from SAM Publications for reference purposes.

The Kit

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
July 4, 2020
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.95

History

The Focke-Wulf 190D-9 was a superb aircraft but situations in the war prevented it from being really effective. The production of the aircraft was done by sub-contractors with final assembly taking place at various locations. Occasionally, the sub-contractors couldn’t keep up; such is the case of this version of the 190. It appears that approximately five aircraft received the Ta-152 type tail at the Mimetall factory, but the exact number is not known. There is photographic evidence of at least two aircraft. The Germans did not see the quandary that they would cause model builders in the future but they didn’t have any different designations to denote the new tail.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
June 14, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$8.50

Well today we have a nice touch for your next A-7 Corsair build project. I think a picture is worth a thousand words. I can only add that these red and green resin pieces are flawless and look great. I usually use a red and green ‘Sharpie’ to color my position lights but I now see how much better these lenses are. They might be a bit pricey for most budget minded modelers but if you want the best I recommend these over a Sharpie any day.

This set is recommended for the Hobby Boss kit. I would like to thank IPMS and Aires/Quickboost for the sample.

Review Author
Andy Renshaw
Published on
June 14, 2011
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$21.50

Any of us who suffer from AMS (Advanced Modeler Syndrome) are never satisfied with the “stock” kit, even one as fine as Tamiya’s F-16 series! Luckily there is a cure for those who love that insane level of detail but don’t have the time to do it ourselves, and Aires has long delivered the goods. This cockpit set continues to provide the quality we expect from Aires, however there are a few issues with getting it into the advertised kit it was “designed” for.

Review Author
Andy Renshaw
Published on
June 14, 2011
Company
MiniArt
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$15.50

A figure always adds a nice “human” touch to a finished model, and usually modelers’ choices are limited to combat troops for AFVs and infantry. If you wanted a driving figure for your truck or lorry, you had to cope with the usually sub-par “sit and stare ahead” type figure in the kit. Not any longer! MiniArt has released a set of great driver figures in a variety of poses, including a traditional sitting/driving figure. Most of these are already in poses of interaction, so are perfect for dioramas or stand alone additions to a finished model.

Comprising of six full figures assembled from 48 parts, you get the following: