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Review Author
Dave Steingass
Published on
Company
Zvezda
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$4.95

Included in the box are two identical sprues, molded in hard grey plastic. Each sprue contains 9 parts to build a complete 81mm Mortar and a crew of two with a base, as well as 3 additional parts for use with the Art of Tactic ruleset. Also included are two game data cards for use with the Art of Tactic ruleset and an instruction sheet. Only minor flash was present and was easily cleaned off with a sharp knife.

Assembly is easy and straightforward. The kit is a snap-together kit, and the model builds quite well in this manner with no major gaps are seen. However, I glued my sample together for stability while painting. The plastic base supplied with the kit is superbly detailed with ground texture compared to other figure manufacturers in this scale and price range, and all the alignment pegs in the figure fit perfectly into the alignment holes in the base.

Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
Company
MiniArt
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$16.25

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first set of injection molded French Tank Crewmen ever released!! This kit contains 45 grey styrene parts that will create five crewmen. Four appear to be from the Battle of France, while the fifth looks somewhat like a young General Leclerc, aka General Jacques Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. In truth, he is representative of a standard French Armor Lieutenant. Ukraine’s MiniArt Ltd’s artist, A. Karaschuk, illustrates each figure on top of the side-opening box. They are repeated on the box bottom, where they are keyed for parts placement and colors. Paint numbers are color coded for Vallejo, Testor, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Mr. Color paints. A small black-and-white insert shows the two sprue trees and part numbers. Each figure is nicely molded, with distinct faces and accurate uniforms. They have minimal flash and seam lines that are quickly cleaned up.

Book Author(s)
Maciej Goralczyk, Mariusz Lukasik, Andrzej Sadio, and Janusz Swiation
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$21.69

This is essentially a book of lovely color aircraft profiles! There are 16 aircraft covered by this book: three D. 520s, two Hawk 75s, 4 MS 406s, one Bf-110C, and six Bf-109Es that were engaged in the Battle of France in 1940. The profiles are beautifully drawn and each is accompanied by a short caption in both English and Polish detailing a short history of the pilot and aircraft depicted.

Accompanying the book are decal sheets in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 for all of the aircraft illustrated within. The profiles serve as the placement guide for the decals. The decals themselves are absolutely gorgeous! They are well printed, in register, with vibrant colors. The sheet illustrated with this review is the 1/32 sheet, but all markings are on the sheet for each scale. The decals are printed by Cartograf, so you know they are good. I will need to dig the old Medallion 1/48 resin Hawk 75 out of the stash and buy an AZ MS 406 to put these to good use.

Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$15.95

This odd combination of five Allied soldiers meeting up and serving together seems like something dreamed up in Hollywood. Well, it WAS first dreamed up in the 1943 movie Sahara, starring Humphrey Bogart as the American M3 Lee tank commander. A 1995 cable TV remake starred James Belushi in that role. Ukraine’s Master Box Ltd.’s illustrator A. Karaschuk and sculptor A. Gagarin must have seen the Belushi version and “subconsciously” paid homage to the movie. The American figure happens to strongly represent Belushi, and the others certainly suggest others in the movie’s cast. Unfortunately, we didn’t listen to Shakespeare, and our society is drowning in a flood of litigious lawyers and the movie industry has missed out on an opportunity for free publicity as Master Box plays it safe and any similarity between these figures and that movie is purely coincidence...

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.50

The HobbyBoss kit of the Ta-152C-0 is the first all-injected version of this prototype aircraft. If you are like me, you can never consistently open the ends of the exhaust stubs to make them look realistic. I’m thankful for Quickboost, as they have some of the best examples that are easy replacements for the kit items and have the look I’m after.

This set contains two exhaust stubs molded in light grey, blemish-free resin. Removal from the pour blocks is simple enough. Just add paint and add to the kit. Really simple and effective.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost and IPMS/USA for the review sample.