Book Author(s)
Richard Staszak
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
October 15, 2010
Company
Richard Staszak
MSRP
$15.00

In 1984 Richard Staszak authored an excellent publication entitled, “Building and Improving Vacuum-Formed Model Aircraft”. The book was published by Kalmbach Books and was given the item number of 12054 and received the ISBN number of 0-89024-047-7.
Recently Mr. Staszak has released a DVD that is, or all intents and purposes, a complete copy of the original book. In addition, the DVD includes colored pictures and mini-reviews of over 100 vacuformed models from the author’s collection. Current sources for some of the older vacuform kits are also identified as well as new kits from current manufacturers.

Book Author(s)
Alexander Maladenov; illustrated by Ian Palmer
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
October 15, 2010
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$17.95

Osprey’s newest edition to their popular New Vanguard Series is an overview of the Mil Mi-24 gunship, popularly known by its NATO code name, Hind. Using the now-standard format for the New Vanguard series, the author explores the Hind’s development, its various variants, and a short combat history not only in the ex-Soviet Union and Russia, but the other countries who field this gunship.

Review Author
William Seaman
Published on
October 15, 2010
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$15.49

Designed for the reigning king of the 1/48 P-47’s, the exquisite offering from Tamiya. There’s no difference between the D and the M wing, so that means they it can be used on any Tamiya P-47 kit.

About the toughest thing to do with a Tamiya P-47 is to get rid of the ejector pin marks. This set takes care of that with the landing gear doors and wheel bays. The castings are in Aires standard dark gray resin except for the covers for the gear struts. Those are in a cream color and much more fragile than the gray castings. The pour stubs on the wheel bays are heavy and could be tricky to remove. It’s pretty much a straight drop, except you’ve got to remove the kit’s wheel bays.

Review Author
Robert Folden
Published on
October 15, 2010
Company
AMT
MSRP
$22.64

To Trekkers around the world, the K-7 Space Station is most famous for two episodes. First featured in The Trouble with Tribbles [from the Original series], the station was again featured in Trials and Tribble-ations [from Deep Space Nine]. The station is easily recognized by its three arms with saucers at each end. In the 1970’s, AMT released several Star Trek kits, including the K-7 Station. Now, Round 2 Models has revived the old AMT kits, reissuing them as standard and special editions. The kit is basically the same as the original issue; with new decals [the special edition features a collector's tin and a miniature Tribble]. The reissue even includes the little USS Enterprise in scale with the station.

Review Author
William Seaman
Published on
October 15, 2010
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$19.95

If you haven’t heard of Master Box Ltd yet, you soon will. They’re a relatively new company from the Ukraine, specializing 1/35th scale plastic figures. Although they’re young, they certainly have made a splash.

This release is their first entry into the 1/32nd scale market and it encompasses 6 of the most famous Allied and Axis aces of WW II;