Review Author
David Wrinkle
Published on
December 30, 2018
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$9.00

Among my several favorite aircraft I have an affinity for the B-25 Mitchell in any form. So when Airfix announced the B-25C/D in 1/72 scale I put one on reserve at my local hobby shop and my plans are to start building at my local IPMS club modeling retreat this January. I planned on building the Desert Warrior scheme so this set will work out perfectly for me. Up until just a week or so ago I usually took for gospel that decal sheets were reasonably accurate…

Upon receiving the Lifelike decal sheet, I started doing a little research on the B-25 “Desert Warrior” that Airfix provides as one of two finishing choices in their new B-25C/D kit. My goal was to try and get to the bottom of the decal dilemma. The dilemma being why did Lifelike Decals release decals to correct some of the decals provided in the Airfix kit.

Book Author(s)
Osprey Publishing
Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
December 30, 2018
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$15.00

This book chronicles the Roman soldiers and generals that shaped the Roman Empire by wars and conquests, from expansion, to its decline and fall. Color photos, maps, and photos illustrate the disciplined and highly trained army that conquered a vast empire comprising the known world.

Four sections of the book describe the development and wars of the Roman army:

  • The Early Republic 753-150BC
  • The Late Republic 150-27BC
  • The Early Empire 27BC-AD235
  • The Late Empire AD235-500

A chronology of Roman Empire wars and empires, and an index of significant warriors and battles are also provided.

Review Author
Brent Bristow
Published on
December 30, 2018
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$21.95

Over the last few years, Master Box Ltd. has produced numerous figure kits of varying scales and genres. Many of these can be used to enhance automotive or military vehicles, and some, such as their fantasy and sci-fi line, can stand on their own. For this out-of-box review, I will be looking at the Master Box release of Bundeswehr. German Military Men, Present day in 1/35 scale.

The kit includes five full figures, each of which have detailed uniforms and equipment consistent with the era. The poses for each are different enough to distinguish them from each other. Each figure is comprised of 7-13 plastic parts, depending upon the pose and the amount of gear. The basic parts for each include a torso (molded in 1 part), a head, two arms, and two legs. Two of the figures have a hat that is a separate part, while the other 3 have the hat molded onto the head.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
December 29, 2018
Company
Videoaviation
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$7.00

VideoAviation.com has come up with another wonderful diorama accessory with this new kit. One of the most important jobs that a crew chief has on the flight line is the safe taxying of aircraft from or to their parking spots. Modern United States Air Force (USAF) crew chiefs wear reflective vests to highlight their visibility to the aircraft’s pilot.

This is a four-piece resin kit, with both arms and the head molded separately. The figure comes molded in the “This Marshaller” pose, which is the very first signal that a pilot will get before any taxying or other aircraft movement happens.

Molding is fantastic, with just a minimum of seam lines to clean up. Most of these lines are cleverly hidden in the folds of the uniform, but there are a few that do stand out a bit – but a file makes quick work of them.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
December 29, 2018
Company
Videoaviation
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$16.00

United States Air Force (USAF) crew chiefs work tirelessly around -the clock to ensure aircraft are available for missions, especially in combat zones. VideoAviation.com has captured this spirit of “Can – do” with their latest offering.

The kit contains 12 parts for two figures and a Vietnam-era flight line fire bottle. The standing figure has doffed his shirt, something that would be quite understandable in the hot tropics combined with constant combat sorties, and aircraft that needed around-the-clock maintenance.

The fit of the parts is excellent, and seams clean up quickly and easily with files. My only problem with fit is with the standing figure, whose arms didn’t quite fit properly into place, and required just a touch of putty. My recommendation would be to dry-fit the figures into place on a diorama before gluing the arms into place.