Review Author
David Horn
Published on
February 21, 2016
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$3.60

The parts are packaged in a thin plastic sleeve, and the resin is protected by additional reinforcement ribs. Four control levers (sticks) are provided, but the kit requires only two.

Compared to the Hobby Boss (HB) kit parts, the Quickboost (QB) has great improvement on detail over the HB part. The most noticeable difference is the grip shape itself giving crisp detail and accurate contours. Another area of improvement is the grip pivot (roll) accurately replicating that unique pivot. The HB part is very basic where the QB part has finer detail as well as small wiring provided in the casting.

Aires/Quickboost is known for exquisite detail on all of their update sets and this review sample is no exception. I would like to thank Aires for this review sample.

Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
February 20, 2016
Company
Ampersand Publishing
MSRP
$22.95

This is Ampersand’s second aviation book, both in the Visual History Series, and follows the same format as David Doyle’s “Flying Wings”. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since. 2015 saw Ampersand dive into aviation books and 2016 marks their first dive into nautical books with the Visual History Series on the USS California. True to the series name, the focus of this book in on the visual with a mere two pages detailing the development history of the Peacemaker. A third page depicts the development of the B-36 with line drawings, and then it’s off to the well captioned photographs.

Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
February 20, 2016
Company
Academy Models
MSRP
$21.98

For several years now, Academy Plastic Model Company has been producing a series of kid-friendly kits based on the designs of Leonardo Da Vinci. I love these little kits. I have the armored car in my office as a conversation piece. These are, perhaps, more toys than traditional model kits but are a perfect kind of kit to introduce kids to modeling. This particular kit is modeled after Leonardo’s air screw. According to da-vinci-inventions.com, Da Vinci sketched out his air screw in the 15th century. The screw was manufactured from linen, wire, and reeds and was to be rotated by a crew of four men. It was never constructed and would have been an impractical flying machine to say the least. Nevertheless, it is testament to Da Vinci’s genius.

Review Author
Alan Wickham
Published on
February 14, 2016
Company
Moebius Models
Scale
1/25
MSRP
$32.49

The Moebius '54 Hudson is a welcome re-tool after the fine '53 Hudson kit. My kit came well packed in an attractive retro art style box.

All parts were molded crisp and clean, and the chrome is outstanding. I did notice however, that the body had sort of a rough texture to it, requiring extra fine sanding to smooth. I did hear that early production kits suffered from this, but apparently it's now been taken care of by the manufacturer.

The instructions are in glossy color form, and offer lots of building information, but are somewhat vague on attachment points of some parts. In order to replicate factory stock correctly, the steering wheel and column will need some careful masking and painting, as they are incorrectly molded in chrome.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
February 14, 2016
Company
Moebius Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$34.99

When they revamped Battlestar Galactica in 2003 they revamped many of the ships including the Viper fighters. They were retiring the Mk II as the new Mk VII was in service. Unfortunately, the Cylons had a way to disrupt the newer fighters rendering them powerless so the Mk II fighters had to be brought back into service to carry the fight. Later in the series the Mk VIIs were able to rejoin their earlier cousins and combat the Cylon tyranny.

Moebius brought out very nicely detailed 1/32nd scale kits of both Viper versions as well as the new Cylon Raider but these kits didn’t really fit in with my collection of 72nd scale fighters so I was very excited to see them release new kits of all 3 of these fighters in my scale and to make things better, you get 2 kits in each box. This review focus’ on the newest kit, the Viper Mark VIIs.