Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
April 9, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$34.95

Having the Rockin’ Rhino (F4J Phantom) kit in my stash I was excited to be able to review the upgrade kit. I wanted to see if it would add anything to an already highly detailed kit. Well I was not disappointed as this set really does add a lot of additional and very visible details to this super kit.

The photo etch parts are for the:

  • Cockpit surround detail
  • Canopy details
  • Landing gear doors,
  • Landing gear bay interior detail
  • Weapon details

In the packet is:

  • 2 x Photoetch sheets
  • 1 Instruction sheet

I did find two small issues with this set:

Review Author
Mike Kellner
Published on
April 9, 2016
Company
Academy Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$31.00

This is a dual kit of two famous aircraft flown by American Ace Francis Stanley Gabreski (nicknamed “Gabby”). Gabreski flew the P-47D in WWII scoring 28 kills, and flew the F-86 in Korea with 6.5 credited kills. He was one of only seven pilots to become an Ace in two wars. It was my pleasure to meet him in person at the IPMS/USA National convention in Chicago in 2001.

Both the Academy kits have fine recessed panel lines and are molded in a light gray plastic. The builds are fairly straightforward with some fit problems. I needed some filler around the leading edges of both airplanes’ wings. The P-47’s cockpit floor seemed to be too low and left a gap between the instrument panel and the top of the fuselage.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
April 9, 2016
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$9.81

Model Art Issue 934 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Model Art magazine is a monthly issue that has evolved from their first issues in 1966 that focuses on all modeling subjects. I’ve attempted to capture the contents below, but please be aware of translation difficulties. There are about 40 pages of advertising, out of the 160 pages, showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. Nearly all the articles are supported with color photos. A few of the ongoing series are supported with black and white drawings and photos

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
April 9, 2016
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$15.50

When you mention the Vietnam Air War most people think of the F-4 Phantom or the F-105 Thunderchief, not some slow moving single piston-engine airplane like the O-1 Bird Dog. But this little airplane played a pivotal role in close air support role over South Vietnam. The Model USA kit has been out for sometime but the markings options have been limited, that is until now. Thanks to AOA Decals we now have plenty of marking options.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
April 9, 2016
Company
Aerobonus
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.00

Dirty clothes? Who would have thought that you’d be able to find resin clothes for a clothes line? Aerobonus now provides you with four sets of shirts and pants to add to a clothesline.

Often seen in South Pacific scenes strung from an aircraft to a tree, drying laundry could be an integral in a diorama. This set includes four shirts and four pair of pants. Each pair of pants and each shirt is different. The end of the pant legs and shirt sleeves are hollowed out. They are all molded in light grey resin without any blemishes. Simply remove them from the pour block, paint and hang up the laundry.

A simple, yet effective, diorama idea thanks to Aerobonus.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review item. You can obtain yours by contacting Aires at www.aires.cz or your local hobby shop or online retailer.