The book is hardbound, measures 11-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches tall, and comprises 239 pages, divided into 6 chapters, as follows:
Eduard’s FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One of the things that is ‘nitpicky’ about them is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position. Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them. Well you don’t have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides you with the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.
Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.
Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy. You can obtain your copy by contacting Roll Models at https://www.kitlinx.com/index.html. Tell them IPMS/USA sent you.
This is the latest detail set from Finemolds. It is part of their Nano Dread 350 series (okay I have no idea why it is called “Nano Dread”). This detail set provides replacement bridge equipment for Imperial Japanese Navy warships, even though the box does not say that. What is noteworthy of Finemolds is that their after market detail sets are injection molded styrene; there is no multi-media included. What is surprising, since this is my first look at a Finemold molding, is how petite and detailed the injection details are!
In the box are four sprues of details; two each of Sprue A and Sprue B.
Sprue A contains:
- 1 magnetic compass binnacle (mis-identified as a Gyro Compass)
- 3 azimuth gyro repeaters
- 4 mounted binoculars
Sprue B contains:
The concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is not a new concept. But UAVs have been hot-points in the news from many parts of the world over the last decade. “Birds of Prey” is an absolutely fascinating, current, and in-depth description of the wide variety of these vehicles. The author skillfully intertwines factual information with almost "Tom Clancy" descriptions of combat action. The huge variances in the size, style and missions are covered extremely well. To put the size variance into a modeling perspective, the smallest winged UAV, the Scan Eagle has a 1 inch span in 1:48 scale! Compare this to the Global Hawk Block 20+vehicle with a wing span of 32.5 inches in the same scale.
For the last several years, UM has produced a number of armored train components in 1/72 scale. It appears they are branching out and creating products of German armored train cars. The back of the box includes a short history of the vehicle, “Manufacturing of the heavy ‘S.Sp’ reconnaissance armored cars started in 1944. These cars were able to operate independently or as a train made up of similar cars. Several types of heavy armored cars existed. Artillery cars were armed with Pz. III (N) tank turret with short KwK L/24 75 mm gun. These cars had 20 mm of armor protection. Their weight (depending on armament) reached 18 tons. Maximum speed – 40 km/hr. Combat effectiveness of heavy armored car was almost equal to BP-42. ‘S.Sp’ participated in combat operations on Balkans from November 1944.”