Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
February 23, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$24.95

History

The Avia B.534 was one of the classic biplane fighters of the 1930’s, and was used by several European air forces almost until the end of World War II. I did a review of Eduard’s kit of this aircraft in May, 2015, so for a detailed account of its service, I refer you to the IPMS review site. The aircraft appeared in four basic versions, differing in cockpit arrangement, armament, wheel covers, and propeller. There are many references available on this aircraft, including the old Profile #152, and most sources are available on line.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
February 22, 2016
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.00

This prop is not included in the Airfix kit. The Rotol prop sports a different blade shape with a wider chord. The spinner is the same as provided in the Aires replacement for the kit part QB72 491 reviewed elsewhere on this site. The spinner puts the joints lines in the right place and in the right scale. Be sure to cut the blades off the casting block to allow the maximum shaft length. The spinner holes go through the part and the long blade shafts help with the alignment of the blades. Check the blades carefully because the leading and trailing edges are slightly different shapes and I managed to put one in backwards. The tool also has a hole to center your drill so you can drill out the spinner for a prop shaft. This part is a welcome addition to an already cool little kit.

Thank you Aires Quick Boost for jazzing up the Defiant.

Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
February 22, 2016
Company
Ampersand Publishing
MSRP
$22.95

This latest addition to the Ampersand Group's Visual History Series contains a wealth of information not only for the historical buff but, to the serious modeler whose dedication for detail will provide immense resource. David Doyle and Ampersand Group, Inc. have provided the serious modeler a welcomed addition to his library.

At first glance one sees a clear, detailed, color cover page depicting the crew of a M48A3 at Fire Base Bastogne in Viet Nam on 16 April 1968. The back cover shows an image of a damaged M48A3 at the 218th Collection, Classification, and Salvage Company at Long Binh 14 June 1967. The book is broken down into various sections including;

The Introduction consisting of the first 13 pages giving a brief history of the M48 Patton series of medium tanks from the inception and development, to upgrades and modifications.

Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
February 3, 2020
Company
Skunk Models Workshop
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.99

NEWS FLASH!! If you have one in your stash, throw away that awful old resin 1/48 F-16XL conversion set! You need not wait until you achieve master modeler skills levels to finally attempt the advanced surgery necessary to produce an example of this rare aircraft from those hunks of resin. Skunkmodels Workshop has finally come to our rescue with an affordable, 1/48 scale, injection molded F-16XL.

Two F-16XL airframes were built by General Dynamics in their Fort Worth plant in the late seventies. One single-place and one two-seat example of this truly beautiful airframe were completed. They competed unsuccessfully against the F-15E Strike Eagle in the enhanced Tactical Fighter competition in the early 1980’s, and the two examples were then turned over to NASA for research.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
February 21, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$99.95

This is the first Royal Class kit I have had the opportunity to build. It’s the latest Eduard FW 190A-8 release in 1/72 scale. This series is great and the addition of the Beer glass and original piece of one of the Aircraft you can build is a wonderful and original idea. The Royal class also comes with enough parts to build four complete kits with PE, Resin, Masks and Decals for lots of versions.

In the box is:

  • 9 x light grey sprues
  • 4 x clear sprue
  • 8 x photoetched details parts
  • 1 mask set
  • 5 x decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • Plaque with an original piece of a real FW190A-8
  • Certificate of Authenticity of the piece of Aircraft included
  • Beer Glass with FW 190A-8 emblem

All the sprues are extremely well molded and super fine details we have come to expect from Eduard’s kits.