Book Author(s)
Jacek Jackiewicz, Seweryn Fleischer, and Robert Bock
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
April 6, 2011
Company
Kecay
MSRP
$49.90

Introduction

Just when you thought that everything had already been published on the subject of the Focke Wulf FW-190, along comes another book that destroys that theory. This is Volume 2 of a set of books on the FW-190’s that were captured by various Allied countries during and after World War II, and concentrates on the colors and markings rather than their ultimate histories, although some individual aircraft histories are provided. Volume 1 included aircraft captured by the British and Americans, as they obtained most of the FW-190’s in the West. Volume 2 covers those FW-190’s collected and/or used by the Soviet Union, South Africa, Yugoslavia, Japan, Romania, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, France, Sweden, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Photos illustrate the aircraft not only in their Luftwaffe markings, but often in the markings of the air forces testing or operating them. Photos are almost always accompanied by excellent color profiles, and not less than 15 aircraft are illustrated by three or four view color drawings. This book contains a wealth of information on this little known subject, making it possible to accurately portray many different versions of the FW-190 in some unique markings, Luftwaffe and foreign.

Review Author
Ben Guenther
Published on
April 6, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.50

Quickboost has provided modelers with a means to attach P-51 propeller blades to the spinner for the Hasegawa kits in a repeatable manner. The resin pieces were cast in a fine grain resin without flaws and with very little clean up. What one has to do is to remove the casting gates off the bottom of the spinner and the blade setting tool. I used a disc sander for that and a snip to remove the blades and shaft from the casting block.

Review Author
Ben Guenther
Published on
April 6, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.50

Quickboost has continued to issue sets that make building the Hasegawa A-1 Skyraider easier and with better details. This time around Quickboost presents a set with completely assembled pylons, the centerline, the fuel tanks (2) and the wing pylons (12). The parts are cast in the usual fine grain, gray resin with no defects and very little clean up.

With the plastic kit the wing pylons are assembled from two parts and with the fuel tanks and centerline pylons you’ll have to glue on the sway brackets. The plastic parts have seam lines that have to be removed, possible glue smears to contend with and the fuel tank pylons have punch out marks that have to be removed.

Book Author(s)
Rafe Morrissey and Joe Hegedus
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
April 6, 2011
Company
SAM Publications
MSRP
$32.65

Introduction

There have been many books published on the Vought F4U Corsair over the years, so why, you might ask, has another one appeared? The reason is that this is not only a comprehensive history of the development and combat career of the Corsair, but it is also a very complete modelers’ guide to all Corsair kits in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 scale. I don’t know why they left out 1/144, as there has been at least one kit issued in this scale. In any event, this is a really complete history of the type, and it explains the developmental problems and how they were solved, with the Corsair evolving into not only an outstanding fighter but also a highly effective close support aircraft, with a production life beginning in 1941, and continuing until 1952, when the last Corsair, an F4U-7, was rolled out of the Dallas plant.

Review Author
Roger Rasor
Published on
April 6, 2011
Company
Air Modeller
MSRP
$14.95

Contents:

  • Protecting the Motherland’s Airspace – modeling a 1/48 Chinese MiG-19s
  • Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.1 – building and detailing a 1/48 Classic Airframes kit
  • Vickers Wellington Mk.X Coastal Command – building and detailing the Trumpeter 1/48 kit
  • Scale Modelworld 2010 – photo feature
  • Fw 189A-2 – building the new Great Wall Hobby 1/48 kit
  • Air Born – New Product/Publication Releases
  • B-17G – building Revell of Germany’s 1/72 kit

This publication has become a premier showplace for some wonderful model aircraft. The publication’s cover banner “SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST IN SCALE AIRCRAFT MODELLING” is an accurate promise. Everything David Goudie said in his review of Issue Number 32 can be said of Issue Number 34. It is Quality…I’d go so far to declare it as High Quality.