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Review Author
Chris Gibson
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Company
Italeri
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$179.00

Italeri has brought out the long awaited 1/32 scale Macchi MC.202 Folgore (Italian for Thunderbolt) just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Regia Aeronautica (RA; Royal Italian Air Force). The MC.202 was a development of the earlier C.200 Saetta, which was a radial engine design. The MC.202 used the Italian built version of the German Daimler-Benz DB 601A engine and a redesigned more streamlined fuselage. Considered to be one of the best wartime fighters to serve in large numbers with the Regia Aeronautica, the Folgore served on all fronts the Italians operated in.

Book Author(s)
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Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
Company
Cross & Cockade International
MSRP
$45.23

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK-based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. Issues are available as printed as well as digital copies (or both). They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
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Company
Tru-Color Paint
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$41.95

Tru-Color Paint is a model paint manufacturer based in the US. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor).

This set includes the following colors (all of them already available in their line).

  • TCP-1281: Dark Green
  • TCP-1281: Dark Earth
  • TCP-1284: Dark Sea Grey
  • TCP-1287: Ocean Grey
  • TCP-1288: Sky Type S
  • TCP-1290: Interior Green

The set includes the main colors used by the RAF in the early years of WWII in Europe (Dark Green, Dark Earth, Sky, Interior Green) and some of the colors used in the later years (Dark Green, Ocean Grey, Interior Green). Including Dark Sea Grey is perhaps a bit unusual as that color was rarely used. Personally, I would have replaced it with Medium Sea Grey, which was the most common undersurface color in the later years of WWII.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
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Company
Brengun
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$6.97

Hauler-Brengun from The Czech Republic produces some of the finest aftermarket resin parts and model kits in the industry. The wheels in this set were no exception.

Brengun’s packaging was very good, with the contents contained within a clear plastic bag and a hard cardboard backing. There were no instructions included in this set, but none were needed.

These resin wheels would fit any 1/144 scale BF-109K kit, and just needed holes drilled to mount on to the kit axel. Two complete sets of main wheels and tail wheels were included. They were nicely cast with petite, slightly soft, tire and wheel detail. The main tires included a flat spot, but no tread pattern (unless these tires didn’t have a tread pattern anyway). In this scale I could not see this as being an issue.

Review Author
Chris Smith
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Company
Special Hobby
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$48.41

This is a re-boxing of the Two Bobs kit first released in 2009. Special Hobby has since issued three versions. In this the “Anniversary Markings”, version we get a US Navy bird celebrating the American Bicentennial and a Greek AF, T-2 marked to commemorate 40 years of service with that organization. The T-2 first flew in 1958 and was the backbone of the Navies jet training syllabus till its replacement in 2008. The Hellenic or Greek AF received a total of 40 T-2Es and is just now in the process of phasing the last out of service. Venezuela also used this venerable trainer. In total 609 were built giving thousands of military aviators their first experience of jet flight.