Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$8.33

Brengun is an aftermarket company that supplies parts and accessories for a vast variety of models, as well as their own model kits.

This photo etch set included just about everything needed to enhance and upgrade the old “classic” Airfix/Heller 1/72 Gazelle helicopter.

Much of the set accommodates various antennae’s, windscreen wipers, Rotor head cyclic and collective push rods and swash plate, cyclic’s for each pilot, rubber pedals and instrument panel and center console. The only thing I would have liked were a set of seat belts. However, in this scale, making belts from tape would be quite acceptable, or sourcing photo etch belts elsewhere should be fairly easy.

A small but easily readable instruction sheet was included and showed a few parts that were options.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$19.95

Once again SAC comes up with a solution to the problem of failing Plastic Landing gear on a “different design” landing gear situation.

The idea of “dead cockroach” landing gear is not new; it is a solution to a problem aircraft designers have had to deal with for years. My personal favorite are all the Cessna’s (Cardinal and Skymaster come to mind) which had the gear partially extend or retract, making for dicey and spectacular landings when the pilot runs out of fuel and absolutely HAS to land. Videos are out there, go to Youtube or whatever to see for yourself.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, in TopDrawings No. 123, exhibits the largest, fastest and last British battleship, HMS Vanguard, in all its glory as the world’s largest yacht for royalty. Also, the last battleship ever launched. The TopDrawings series is designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships and aircraft. TopDrawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament (including aircraft). But the main attraction is the separate, large foldout of B&W scale drawings – 1/400 in this book, to match existing model kits.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$25.95

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, in TopDrawings No. 125, illustrates the last commissioned battleship of the French Marine Nationale – Jean Bart, in his final fit in 1956. The TopDrawings series is designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships and aircraft. TopDrawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament. But the main attraction is the separate, large foldout of B&W scale drawings – 1/400 in this book, to match existing model kits – and now there are full color profiles in 1/400 scale. This TopDrawings is a go-to reference for building or scratchbuilding the Jean Bart as a waterline or full hull model.

The author, Witold Koszela, has published more than 26 books on warships, with at least 14 in the Kagero TopDrawing series. Witold also supplied the line and color drawings.

Book Author(s)
Scott Lowther
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Mortons Books
MSRP
$49.99

Contents

  • Chapter 1 - B-47 Evolution - 005
  • Chapter 2 – B-47 Development and Projects -  007
  • Chapter 3 – B-52 Evolution -  045
  • Chapter 4 – B-52 Development -  100
  • Chapter 5 – B-52 Projects -  165
  • Chapter 6 – B-52 with Nuclear Propulsion -  188
  • Chapter 7 – B-52 Miscellaneous Designs -  212
  • Chapter 8 – B-52 as a Carrie -  225
  • Chapter 9 – B-52 Re-Engining Studies -  236
  • Chapter 10 – B-47 and B-52 Derived Transports -  314
  • General data tables -  323
  • References -  376
  • Index -  382

Publishers Overview

“The famous B-52 Stratofortress has been in service with the USAF for more than 65 years and its iconic shape is known and recognized all over the world. Yet the B-52 and its predecessor, the B-47 Stratojet, started out looking very different indeed.