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Book Author(s)
Andy Pearson
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
October 14, 2010
Company
Happy Medium Press
MSRP
$23.10

Let’s take a journey, a journey into the mind of a scratchbuilder. Not just any scratchbuilder, not one who takes an actual object that existed and builds a replica from scratch. But one who gives three dimensional shape and form to an idea in a novel or a picture in his head. Author Andy Pearson is just such a modeler. He is regularly featured in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller magazine.

In this book’s eleven chapters; Andy will show you how to take an image in your mind or a book and give it form and substance. Each chapter is a walk through the building of project. From futuristic construction equipment, cybernetic whale, a cross sectional far away planet’s seascape, space ships and much more, Andy takes you on the journey from idea to model.

Review Author
Chris Durden
Published on
July 11, 2022
Company
Italeri
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$58.95

Italeri has been releasing more Italian WWII subjects in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales over the past several years, with mixed success. Several were excellent kits such as the CR.42 and the SM.82 while others, like the most recent Re.2002, were poorly received by some modelers. The recent release of the MC.200 has drawn some negative pre-release publicity as well as comparisons to the well done PCM kit released earlier. Being a sucker for anything in splotchy camouflage, I jumped at the opportunity to try the kit for myself, and found a solid effort with good points and some bad points as well.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
October 14, 2010
Company
AModel
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$28.95

The Aircraft

The Vampire certainly qualifies as an “early jet”, being second oldest to the Meteor in RAF service. The Vampire’s twin-boom layout was a result of the low power of the early jet engines. The shorter the tail pipe, the more power the engine could deliver. The Vampire’s original mission was strictly as an interceptor, with only the 4x 20 mm Hispano cannon as armament.

Review Author
Ed Kinney
Published on
October 14, 2010
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$8.95

Beautifully cast as “plug in” replacements for the kit parts these parts are ready to use. Designed for the Tamiya A6M-2 Zero.

Many thanks to Quickboost/Aires for the review samples. Visit them on their website at www.quickboost.net for this and many other fine products.

This item is highly recommended.