Review Author
Bill Kluge
Published on
October 18, 2011
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$37.95

For years Aires has been keeping us detail freaks supplied with upgrade sets for the latest contemporary state-of-the-art kits from the major manufacturers. Now they’re providing us with upgrades where they’re really needed – for older models with interior details that have been surpassed by the quality of more modern kits. That’s exactly the case with this F-14A set.

The Academy kit has been around for quite a while, and its interior details, while perhaps adequate for its day, are sorely lacking by today’s standards. This set goes a very long way towards turning the Academy kit into a first class representation of the real thing.

Review Author
Perry Downen
Published on
September 24, 2021
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.95

Thanks to Quickboost for this review sample and thanks to IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

This little gem easily exceeds the quality and detail of the seats found in the older P-39 kits. I wanted to look at Quickboost's offering compared to one of the newer P-39 kits. The kit I used for comparison has a seat with fine detail and very little, if any, clean-up. The particular kit I used also comes with photo-etched seat belts.

Quickboost's seat is cast in gray resin and is free of flash or casting bubbles. The casting has great detail with sharp edges, great buckle detail, and even some stitching can be seen on some areas of the straps. Speaking of the straps, these lay across the seat naturally with a relaxed drape to them. However, the shoulder straps appear to be wider than the actual seat belts and are actually wider than the PE belts of the kit's seat.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
October 18, 2011
Company
MiniArt
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$55.00

The Product:

The bombed out 2 story building on an abandoned cobblestone street haunted by tramcar poles and rail track is just what the doctor ordered. However other options included are two styles of street lamps, two door styles, picket fencing with gates, ladders, benches, tables, windows with latches, and many other miscellaneous items

Featuring 176 parts with 3 large vacuformed styrene panels that carry the building structures and the base, that measures 14” X 9.5” in size. All the parts are very nice and have excellent detail.

MiniArt offers free building and painting tutorials on their website.

The Build:

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
October 17, 2011
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$12.00

The October publication of Model Art Modeling Magazine focuses on 1/35 scale German World War II armored reconnaissance vehicles. The magazine also includes new kit reviews, modeling tips, and new kit and item releases. As is typical for Model Art, the magazine measures 182mm by 258mm (about 7 and 1/8 by 10 and 1/8 inches), and is printed on thick, glossy paper. The production quality is high with these magazines, and just over half of it is printed in color with black and white pages interspersed throughout of the issue. Just in case this is the first review of a Model Art magazine that you are reading, understand that the entire magazine is printed in Japanese with only an occasional English subtitle for those of us who are monolingual, or are just unable to read Japanese text.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
October 17, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$3.98

Thanks once again to Quickboost for providing IPMS USA this review item!

I marvel at how these pitot tubes are manufactured; compare to the kit item in the picture, and tell me what technology and black magic are at use here! Not much to say except they QB pitot tubes are far better than the kit item; delicate and impressive when installed. Too bad they aren’t stainless steel! (One “Twang” and they disappear in resin, but I guess it’s better than stabbing a fellow club member in the eye with real metal). Good thing there is a spare on the pour stub! Another extremely competent and well done effort from Quickboost!