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Review Author
Chad Richmond
Published on
Company
Skunk Models Workshop
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$59.99

Part 1

For years I have had the desire to build a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60J, but just couldn’t convince myself to buy all of the resin conversion parts needed or, God forbid, do some real modeling and do some scratch building. A very good friend of mine, Dave Riley, was a rescue swimmer for the Coast Guard at the Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile, before a mysterious bacterial infection turned him into a quad amputee. He took me through the aviation facility and I got to crawl all over the MH-60’s with my camera blazing away. I now knew I had to model one of these unique helicopters with its bright blue interior and red bags and baskets filling every bit of the interior. Along comes Skunk Model Workshop with an HH-60J. The fact that it is a re-boxed Italeri HH-60 with some new trees thrown in makes no difference; it’s all there. Well, almost.

Review Author
Chad Richmond
Published on
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$11.50

Aires Stabilators are made for any of the Academy 1/48th scale F-15E kits. They are a one-for-one replacement for Academy kits, but can also be used on Revell kits. They are perfectly cast in a light tan resin, and require no cleanup, except on the mounting stubs, which are also cast slightly larger than the hole on the fuselage. There are very few differences between the kit parts and the Aires parts, except for panel lines and shapes. Two horizontal panel lines that are present on the kit stabilators are missing on the Aires castings, one of which should be present, by all drawings and pictures I have looked at. In looking at my references and walk around photos, the shape of the stiffener at the root of the stabilator is incorrect, and should just be a rivet pattern, not a separate panel. I cannot find any reference photos that show it to be a raised panel, as it is cast. But, the quality of the casting, the shape and the dimensions are great.

Review Author
Chad Richmond
Published on
Company
Airscale Model Aircraft Enhancements
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$7.00

Airscale, a British company, has really been cranking out the instrument decals of late, and they are really very well done. On this particular sheet there are fifty-one separate instruments for World War Two Luftwaffe aircraft. There are many instruments that I have never seen before, and sadly, there is only one of each instrument. They are crisply printed in black and white, and each instrument is a separate decal. There is a considerable amount of excess film, when you consider just how small that instrument bezel is going to be. In this scale, the instruments can easily be trimmed from the film. Of course, they can always be punched out, using your favorite punch set, but I never seem to get them lined up perfectly. The sheet is small, but there is a lot on it. You also get instructions that give you a map and list of each of the instruments. You also get a nice clear plastic sheet that you can use in a couple of ways.

Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.95

Aires now offers a resin replacement exhaust set for the F-16I Sufa. This set has very well-detailed resin pieces as well as a small photo etch afterburner. They are molded in the standard Aires grey resin and are flash and bubble free. They also include a 2 page, blue paper diagram, which is also a real help.

The resin pieces include the burner cans, turbine faces, and nozzles. There is also a photoetch piece for the afterburner which will really make the exhaust detail just pop out at you when looking at the model from the rear, especially when compared to the original kit parts.

After the resin pour blocks are cut away and the parts are assembled, it’s pretty much a drop-in assembly. The set also includes the fuselage end to fit the new exhaust parts.

I highly recommend this set if you really want to spruce up the back of your Sufa.

Many thanks to Aires and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review this set. Keep up the great work, Aires.

Book Author(s)
Jay Sherlock
Review Author
Ed Kinney
Published on
Company
Aero Research
MSRP
$15.95

AERO RESEARCH offers their FIRST BOOK !

Recommendation – Most High

I will say that purely from the standpoint of a modeler, this has to be one of the most informative and well thought out publications I’ve seen to date. It comes to you soft bound with a plastic spiral binder (much easier to lay open on the workbench), 104 pages with 36 variants of the Skyraider. (I had no idea there were that many) Also, 42 drawings of the Skyraider variants.