Review Author
Ken McDevitt
Published on
March 18, 2011
Company
Happy Medium Press
MSRP
$19.95

Description

Another excellent issue from the folks at Happy Medium Press with high quality production materials and a variety of articles to suit to suit many themes and interests of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy modeler. Between the heavyweight glossy covers are 98 color glossy pages containing 13 articles. There are fewer than 6 advertisements so the content is very high.

The articles are well researched and relevant to the topics they cover.

What I like about the articles is the balance of Sci-fi and fantasy along with a lot of subject matter variety within each genre. Also, there are OOB builds, kit-bashing, scratch building (both partial and complete), painting, in-depth background articles and enlightening interviews.

Review Author
Ben Guenther
Published on
March 17, 2011
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$11.00

Fans of World War I aircraft and Wingnut Wings models will enjoy this issue.

Nine pages have been devoted to a build of the Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale Pfalz D.IIIa and have 45 color photos showing how to put this model together. Needless to say, tips and hints abound on how to proceed, including one page (“Pfalz Archiv”) that has four photos of actual aircraft and a three-view drawing. If you haven’t bought the kit before this you’ll most likely want to after reading this article.

Roden’s 1/32 scale Sopwith Triplane has an in-the-box review followed by “Rara Avis” this time about Lloyd LK.I (40.08) Austro-Hungarian Triplane bomber. One page with a brief history, specifications and two photos of the only prototype built. A two page 1/72 scale 3 view drawing from Ian Stair archives really shows off the strange features of this aircraft.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
March 16, 2011
Company
Zactomodels
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$10.00

If you have not dealt with “Zactoman”, and you are in to 1/32 Soviet aircraft, visit his website. Your wallet will automatically open… In this case, Chris graciously provided review items.

When I built the Trumpeter SU-25 back about three months ago, I noted the outboard pylons were not included in the kit. Serious sadness, as I had never seen an SU-25 without these pylons. The holes for the pylon mounts were in the wing, but the pylons were not on the runners anywhere…. Who could figure out why? Cost cutting over 1/100 of a dime…

In steps Chris at Zactomodels. He’s about as crazy about cold war Soviet aircraft as I am… and he has provided a 1 or so-hour solution to the missing pylon. The PD-62-8 Pylon and APU-60-1 launch rail he provides, along with the detail parts to make it more realistic, are for lack of words, perfect resin castings. Suddenly my SU was about to be complete…

Wash the parts with 409 or similar degreaser, let dry, and get busy.

Book Author(s)
Mark Stille, Illustrated by Paul Wright
Review Author
Bill Kluge
Published on
March 16, 2011
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$17.95

While the aircraft carriers of Imperial Japan may have captured the glory of the navy’s early victories in the Pacific, by and large it was her cruisers that did the slugging, round after round, with the U.S. and Allied navies during the initial stages of the war. This latest New Vanguard edition by Osprey Publishing chronicles the development and use of Japan’s heavy cruiser force. All 18 of the heavy cruisers (designated “Class A cruisers” in the IJN) that fought in the Pacific War were completed before the outbreak of the war. No Japanese heavy cruisers were built during the war.

Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
March 16, 2011
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$5.00

I like the Mirage family of jets, they just look fast. An interesting feature is the bulbous nose probe out in front of the radome. In plastic this is a hard part to clean up – I have suffered these trials with the Heller Mirage 2000 and the Italeri Mirage F.1. The Mirage 2000 was the Eduard re-release that I built for IPMS review. Well, the nose probe was a casualty of the road on my way to its first contest entry! I made the repair, but it looked a bit short and then it was subsequently lost. The Model Master probe is far more petite and prototypical, so I was eager to try this brass replacement and restore my Mirage to its visual glory!