Review Author
Will Kuhrt
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$54.95

Eduard’s new F4F-3 Wildcat is a beautiful and well-engineered kit. The recessed panel lines, raised and recessed rivets are gorgeous. The kit contains five gray and one clear sprues, beautiful pre-painted photo-etch parts and a decal sheet, which provides markings for six different planes.

The kit, however, is not without its flaws. The 58-gallon drop tank, which all productions of the F4F-3 could carry, is absent from the instructions. There is mistake with the decal callouts (what is identified as Nr. 59 should be Nr. 54). There are raised demarcation lines on the edges of the prop blades for the yellow tips. These should be sanded down. There is nothing inside the wings to hold the guns, so when you insert them into the holes, they won’t stop and you could easily lose a gun inside the wing and end up with a rattle.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
December 22, 2022
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$10.62

Summer days bring swimming, camping, and barbecuing at home. Hauler has come out with a miniaturized BBQ Grill that would be perfect for a diorama in scale.

Consisting of 19 pieces, this kit builds up into a nice little grill. Counting the airbrush painting, it took me about 8 hours total to fold the pieces, and glue them together. I used superglue to assemble all the parts. One note – there is a handle that you add to one side of the grill. I used .020 diameter styrene rod as called for in the instructions.

Painting was accomplished using an airbrush, with flat black as the color. I did not weather my sample, but a bit of weathering would make this grill really come alive.

Overall, despite it being a relatively simple kit, this photo etched grill builds up into an excellent representation of a modern charcoal grill.

Thanks to Hauler Brengun for providing the review sample.

Book Author(s)
Giuseppe Picarella; Showzow Abe; Illustrators: Giuseppe Picarella; Editor: Roger Wallsgrove
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
December 21, 2022
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$62.00

Stratus and MMP Books are two closely cooperating publishing houses offering history and modeling books. In their range you will find publications in English (some of them with a Polish insert) and in Polish.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
December 21, 2022
Company
Special Hobby
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$80.30

The United States military in Vietnam quickly realized the need for attack helicopters to support both ground forces and cargo helicopters. The AH-1G was the first specifically designed attack helicopter (it was originally designated the UH-1H, but the “A” was added for the attack designation, but when the ubiquitous “Huey” Iroquois UH-1D became the UH-1H, the Huey Cobra became the AH-1G) and made its combat debut in August 1967 with the US Army.

The US Marine Corps also saw a need for attack helicopters and 38 AH-1Gs were transferred from the Army in 1969 as an interim measure until the USMC’s requirement for twin-engine Cobras (AH-1J) were available. This kit has markings for three of these AH-1G Cobras (the fourth is for a US Navy Test Pilot School aircraft).