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Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$4.95

Quickboost has added a set of headrests for the Eduard 1/72 Hellcat F6F to their line of aircraft accessories. They are molded in cream colored resin, smooth, seamless and bubble free.

This set of headrests covers all of the different variants of the F6F Hellcat. I went looking on the internet to see if I could find out which headrest went to which Hellcat. As far as I could tell, the one on the left would go to the F6F-3 while the one in the middle would go to an F6F-5. I couldn’t find anything about the far right one with the larger cushion, but if the aircraft you are modeling needs it, there it is.

Quickboost recommends the Eduard kit for this set, but it could probably be fitted to any other brand of kits. Looking at the Eduard kit part, you will need to scrape off the headrest since it is molded directly to the rear bulkhead.

Review Author
Robert Folden
Published on
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$48.00

For anyone building a 1/32 Eurofighter Typhoon, Aires’ latest release is a must-have. Anyone who has worked with Aires resin parts knows they are at the top of the industry for resin aftermarket parts. I recently had the opportunity with IPMS to review their resin cockpit set for the EF2000A, and the set was such a vast improvement that I jumped at the chance to see their new wheel bay set. Now, I should note, the set is recommended for the Revell EF2000 kit; however, I am comparing it to the Trumpeter kit. Now, Trumpeter kits are usually known for high detail and quality, but the Aires resin parts are far superior. The set comes in standard grey/beige resin and includes the nose and main gear bays and new door actuators. The bays are molded as one-piece, drop-in replacements for the multi-piece kit bays. The detail is amazing and, in a comparison to photos of the real thing, it seems Aires got every detail captured in resin.

Book Author(s)
James Opie
Review Author
Jack Kennedy
Published on
Company
Pen and Sword Books Ltd
MSRP
$49.95

When I was a young boy, I was like many my age and played with toy soldiers. I remember the armies attacking each other and chipping the paint off a lot of them. My mother took me into Manhattan every Christmas to see all the toys at Macy’s, and the ones that fascinated me the most were the toy soldiers. I only wish I saved them all from my childhood. As I grew older and began painting military miniatures, I attended many figure shows and was totally in awe at the collections of toy armies displayed, but I had no idea of the value of them.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
Company
Dragon Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$45.00

The Parts

Four Landing Probes (part # 5) are included in this kit but they are not to be found on the instruction sheet. One will notice a small slot on the underside of each of the landing pads. If one is going to display the LM in-flight, then the probes can be attached by using that slot. There are also two Egress Platforms, one to be used in the deployed position and I assume the other to be used for the in-flight position. The difference between the two parts is the angle between the locating pin on the undersurface of the Egress Platforms and the locating pin itself. Interestingly, if the model is to be displayed in the in-flight position, some surgery will be required on the landing gear.