Review Author
Jack Wade
Published on
April 21, 2011
Company
Pavla Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.50

Editor's note: P/N U72-110 = $7.50; P/N U72-109 = $5.50

It was with great anticipation that I awaited the release of the Hobbyboss 1/72 Westland Lynx HAS.3. When it hit the street, I was not surprised to learn that it was a nice kit with some curious accuracy issues as this seems to be typical for this manufacturer. Pavla has addressed two of the major hiccups with these two resin sets and I jumped at the chance to incorporate them in my build for this review.

The first shortcoming addressed by the two sets reviewed here is the lack of BERP rotor blades applicable to this variant. The kit includes the older straight style on a separate sprue just for the rotor blades and this is particularly frustrating as other boxings of this kit have the correct BERP rotor blades – a simple mix up that should have been easily avoided. The second issue addressed in this review is more of a design flaw as the shape of the sponsons is inaccurate and simplified.

Review Author
Jack Wade
Published on
April 21, 2011
Company
Pavla Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$9.95

The cockpit set comes in four cream colored pieces – tub, seat, stick and panel/coaming. The parts are nicely detailed and well-cast, if only a tad rough on the surface. The texture was not an issue with parts this small and I did nothing special to prepare the parts for painting, including skipping the washing stage often recommended. The parts were prepared simply by cutting them from their casting blocks.

Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
April 21, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$5.95

Quickboost just added another fine addition to their list of after market parts. This time they have done the much needed and awaited correction to the Hasegawa B-24 Liberator, the front undercarriage doors. It is up to their usual standards; molded in a cream colored resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free. One thing of note is that they are really easy to remove from the mold block because of a nice perforation. It only takes a couple of minutes with a saw blade and a gentle touch to remove them. Just make sure not to get too over zealous or the part may snap.

Review Author
Ed Kinney
Published on
April 21, 2011
Company
Air Modeller
MSRP
$14.95

Contents

  • Cover Article…"The Perfect Panther”" – F9F-2 by Zdenek Sebesta on the Trumpeter 1/48th scale kit.
  • Hurricane MK1(early) – Pacific Miniatures kit by Jamie Haggo
  • The Martin Baltimore Special Hobbys 1/72nd kit by Andrea Vignocchi
  • Photo Gallery of the Baltimore by David Doyle
  • Hellenic Air Force T-2 Buckeye (2Bobs 1/48th kit) by Periklis Salessiotis
  • Bell P-39 Airacobra (MPar 1/32nd) by Daniel Zamarbide
  • Air Born…A listing of New Releases
  • SM79 “Sparviero” (Classic Airframes 1/48th) by Jean Barby

Book Author(s)
Piotr Olender, Illustrated by Robert Panek - scale plans
Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
April 21, 2011
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$32.00

My thanks to Roger Wallsgrove, Editor-in-Chief of Mushroom Model Publications, who provided this review sample. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and his team at Nationals.

The Russo-Japanese War was the opening salvo in a series of conflicts that would dominate the first half of the 20thcentury and upend the status quo of the world’s great powers. Waged at the height of European colonial period, it would signal Japan’s entry onto the world’s stage and portend the demise of the Russian Empire 12 years later. Russia, like Turkey was a “sick man” of Europe and Japan was ready to wrest control of the Far East from Moscow’s influence. The series of Japanese victories and the decimation of the Russian Navy shocked the world and provided a stage for President Theodore Roosevelt to increase the stature of the United States. Much was written soon after the Treaty of Portsmouth but the war and these respective writings were overshadowed by the epic struggle of the World War of 1914-1918. One hundred years later it is refreshing to re-visit such an important conflict.