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Review Author
John Lyons
Published on
Company
Bronco Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$59.95

Short History

The HMMWV was designed primarily for personnel and light cargo transport behind front lines, not as a front line fighting vehicle. Like the previous Jeep, the basic HMMWV has no armor or protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical threats. Nevertheless, losses were relatively low in conventional operations, such as the Gulf War. Vehicles and crews suffered considerable damage and losses during the Battle of Mogadishu due to the nature of the urban engagement; however, the chassis survivability allowed the majority of those crews to return to safety, though the HMMWV was never designed to offer protection against intense small arms fire, much less machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. However, with the rise of asymmetric warfare and low intensity conflicts, the HMMWV has been pressed into service in urban combat roles for which it was not originally intended.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.95

Hot on the heels of Eduard's excellent MiG-21 releases, Aires has produced a set of wheel wells for the kit. The set comprises two parts, the main wheel wells and the front wheel well. Parts are cast perfectly with only some small casting blocks to remove. The detail improvement is obvious in the pictures.

Installing the main well is simplicity itself. After removal of the casting block, the part slides into the space for the kit part and the fit is excellent. Some of the kit parts are added to finish it with only one cut needed.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$14.00

As almost everyone is aware, this year is the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation. Bob Sanchez and TwoBobs have set out to give the modeler everything he would need to replicate all the retro schemes for all the planes that are in service this year. That would be five different sets of decals, a high rez CD of over 800 pictures, and a CONA sticker. You can get all of this in TwoBobs’ excellent platinum set for a 20% savings or, if one the schemes is your fancy you can get them individually for $14.00.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$19.95

Eduard extends it Brassin range of excellent resin parts with a replacement exhaust for their Mig21MF and SMT kits. This resin and photoetch set is comprised of seven perfectly cast resin parts and one photoetch piece.

There are some minor casting blocks to remove which may take up to 3 minutes to get done. Detail is excellent on all the parts. There are two resin parts which are installed inside the actual exhaust. These fit together and one has a series of 10 arms that stick out from the center hub. This was very difficult to get loose without breaking the resin. In the end I did break three and have to replace with styrene scrap. This part then aligns on top of the other which takes a little patience.

Review Author
Jeffrey Brown
Published on
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$24.95

As an armor builder I wanted to review this kit partly as a challenge to see how well I could build a car. Mainly I wanted to review this kit because I love Ferrari’s. The kit is molded mostly in white, with a sprue of chrome parts and some rubber tires. The decals are nicely done, but a few items required an aftermarket set to enhance the model. At first glance the kit looks very nice except for a few minor details that are an easy fix.

The Ferrari 458 comes in several colors, and I found pictures on the internet of one I liked that is white with black rims and an all black interior.

You begin by building the engine, which is cool, except for the fact that the majority of this work is hidden by the engine bay and cover. I painted the engine even though on my curbside edition you really won’t see much detail once the body is on.