Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
July 10, 2011
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$8.95

The Ta-154 Moskito kits from Dragon and Revell are really nice kits of this airplane. The kit undercarriage is just solid pieces of plastic. Quickboost has improved on the kit parts by thinning out the undercarriage doors and adding detail to them.

Perfectly molded in light grey resin the set includes the seven doors that are direct replacements for the kit item. Using them couldn’t be any easier. Removal from the pour blocks will only take a swipe with a razor saw or new #11 Xacto and then paint. Simple and yet effective.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Aires and IPMS/USA for the review copy. You can obtain your copy at www.quickboost.net or through your local hobby shop or online retailer. Let them know we sent you.

Review Author
John Lyons
Published on
July 10, 2011
Company
Academy Models
Scale
1/350
MSRP
$55.00

Short History

USS Reuben James (FFG-57), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate, is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for Reuben James, a boatswain's mate who distinguished himself fighting the Barbary pirates.

Reuben James was born in Delaware, Ohio about 1776. He joined the Navy and served on various ships, including the frigate USS Constellation. During the Barbary Wars, the American frigate Philadelphia was captured by the Barbary pirates, when it ran aground in the city of Tripoli, on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, along with a group of volunteers that included Reuben James, entered the harbor of Tripoli under the cover of darkness in an attempt to burn the Philadelphia so that the pirates could not make use of her.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
December 19, 2021
Company
Roden
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$32.95

The Aircraft

The post World War II airliner market was rather like the competition between bomber aircraft in the war. Better engines, sleeker designs, more load carrying capability, longer range, were all sought after by the various airline companies both in the US and overseas. TWA bought the Lockheed Constellation, which could carry about 100 passengers on transatlantic flights. Pan American, the other US powerhouse airline bought "Connies", but they also had a long standing relationship with Douglas Aircraft. The Douglas DC-7 could fly New York to LA nonstop, but couldn’t do the Atlantic. The DC-7C could fly the Atlantic nonstop.

Unfortunately for the Connie and the DC-7, the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, Convair 880, and the VC-10 were coming into service, and the DC-7C began to disappear.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
July 10, 2011
Company
Skunk Models Workshop
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$25.99

Skunkworks is a brand name from Lucky Models. They have released some really unique sets in the past including weapons sets, Navy deck tractors, and UAVs. This is one the first of their new helicopters, the HH-60H Rescue Hawk. The Rescue Hawk is a development of the SH-60F Seahawk designed to retrieve downed aviators behind enemy lines.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
July 9, 2011
Company
Airfix
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$66.95

Airfix. This iconic manufacturer that has come and gone, and returned throughout the years; they have returned under the support of Hornby, a well-established, forward thinking company, delivering what can only be described as world class kits. Reasonably priced, detailed far better than the old days, and coming back with models we have asked for; In this case, we have yet another example of what Airfix/Hornby can do; the Valiant! I have walked around underneath the surviving Valiant back in 1984 when visiting IWM Hendon, and it is a lot bigger than it looks in model form!