Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Robert DeMaio
Published on
June 20, 2011
Company
Squadron Products
MSRP
$16.95

I was very impressed by this publication from cover to cover starting with the cover artwork by Don Greer. Though it is published in a Walk Around Series bound book, it follows the In Action format of the airplane’s inception through each production version. The Introduction explains how the Curtiss P-36 Hawk pursuit aircraft became the P-38’s predecessor. Briefly, the Army Air Corps contracted in early 1937 with Curtiss to convert one P-36 to the new turbo-supercharged, liquid-cooled Allison engine. The redesigned P-36 became the XP-37. The Army Air Corps also issued a contract with Lockheed to design a turbo-supercharged twin engine aircraft in June 1937 and thus the P-38 Lightning was on its way to becoming one of the most popular pursuit aircraft of all World War II.

Book Author(s)
Colin A. Owers
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
June 20, 2011
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$18.00

The story

The Pfalz D.XII was the logical development of the line of Pfalz fighters developed for the German Air Service during World War I, and it was tested and entered limited production towards the middle of 1918. The superb Fokker D.VII was already in mass production and widespread service, and the Pfalz product, while close, was not quite up to the Fokker standard in speed and maneuverability, only exceeding the Fokker in maximum diving speed. A clean two bay biplane, entering service when the steel tube fuselage D.VII was in service, the D.XII, while better than the D.III, could not compete effectively with the D.VII, and always remained an “also-ran”. It had its weaknesses, including the main landing gear, which had a tendency to collapse during any heavy landing, and its complexity did not endear it to maintenance personnel. In short, pilots preferred the D.VII.

Review Author
John Lyons
Published on
June 20, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$4.45

PARTS

The Barrels in the sample are perfectly molded in resin. The details are sharp and the edges on the ends are thin and crisp.

I would recommend this Quickboost product to all model builders.

I would like to thank Quickboost for the sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to conduct this review.

Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
October 19, 2021
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.95

The Quickboost line of after market parts just keeps growing and growing. This time they’ve done the Revell B-17G flying fortress engines. I was really excited when I saw that they were up for review because I had just purchased Revell’s new B-17G. Once the engines arrived I dove right in and started looking at the engine instructions and noticed that something just didn’t look right. I found out that the Quickboost parts are for the OLD Revell B-17G kit, not the new one. The engines in the new kit have been totally redone and have quite a few more steps to them than their older version. I went to Revells’ web site and checked the instruction sheet for the older version of this kit and also included the instructions for the newer kits engines. I didn’t have one of Revells’ older kits but I did have a Hasegawa B-17G in my stash.

Book Author(s)
Tony Holmes
Review Author
Dan Mackay
Published on
June 20, 2011
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$25.95

I was expectingthe usual Osprey soft cover book; I was surprised how heavy the package was from IPMS reviewers’ corps headquarters. The book is 300+ pages. It appears that this book is a compilation of previous vs. series, although I have not read the individual titles myself so I can’t say for sure. Tony Holmes is the editor of this compilation as well he contributes the Spitfires vs. Bf 109E covering the epic “Battle of Britain” during the summer of 1940. Below is the table of contents: