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Book Author(s)
Jonathan Mock
Review Author
Vince Leonardi
Published on
Company
Concord Publications Company
MSRP
$19.95

Always on the lookout for a good book on my favorite hobby I stumbled upon this book in my local Barnes & Noble and purchased it right away, as the new logo colors, photography, and use of the rich “painting”-like illustrations drew me in.

The latest regeneration of Airfix has brought about not only great new tooling of kits, but also reissues of classics, a full line of paints, tools and finishing equipment, and now the resurrection of publishing efforts. First, they brought us Airfix Model World on a monthly basis, but now we have their first new book, “The Airfix book of SCALE MODELLING”, by Jonathan Mock. This book weighs in at 176 pages chock-full of color photos and state-of-the-art CAD paintings just like those in the new Airfix magazine.

Review Author
Roger Carrano
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$16.95

A while back, I purchased RBF (Remove Before Flight) flags for a Skyraider and they gave the aircraft that final detail which changed it from bland to grand. The RBF flags added a few more degrees of realism.

Now, Eduard has come out with these RBF Flags for aircraft modeled after Israeli units, such as the F-16. Included in this set are 18 red exterior flags, 14 yellow interior flags, and 4 placards for ejection seats, all in Israeli writing. These are also colored and printed on both sides which enable them to be “posed” in any position, such as twisting them to make them appear to be blowing in the wind or just falling naturally in the cockpit.

I highly recommend these RBF flags to anyone building an Israeli aircraft for that extra effect. As always, my thanks go out to Eduard for submitting this product for review.

Book Author(s)
Tony Holmes, Editor; Tony Holmes, Martin Bowman, Carl Molesworth and Donald Nijboer
Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$25.95

Osprey is a prolific publisher that has coupled excellent authors with fantastic artists that have combined their talents, mostly under Editor Tony Holmes’ direction, to produce hundreds of mostly soft cover “must have” books for serious modelers and history buffs. Any ‘good’ model show will have someone selling Osprey books and any modeler who has started his own reference library, owns Osprey books. Over the years, Osprey has divided them into several subcategories like ‘Aces,’ ‘Elite Units,’ and so on. One of the newest categories is the “Duel Series” where for example, one famous aircraft or tank is pitted against one of its contemporary enemies. I own many titles authored by IPMSer Steve Zaloga and every one written by Chris Bucholtz. I’m sure many more authors are IPMS members too that I’m just not aware of.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
Company
Acreation Models
Scale
1/160
MSRP
$4.95

Acreation is one of several aftermarket companies that offers Pan Am decals for the new Moebius kit of the Orion III Space Clipper.

The small sheet is well printed and in register. It offers the Pan Am Globes, Pan American titles for the fuselage, and Pan Am titles for the wings. These last are not seen on the model used in the film but I have seen builds with them in the past. Also included are several small markings including "No Step" markings and some that are included in the kit decals, if you don't use them, to depict the panel lines.

The sheet has a continuous carrier film so make sure you cut the images close, especially the globes.

The only thing missing from this set are some instructions to tell you where to place the smaller markings. I even went to their website where they have a space for Instruction Guides, but they are listed as Coming Soon so no help for me.

Book Author(s)
Wayne Mutza
Review Author
Chuck Bush
Published on
Company
Squadron Signal Publications
MSRP
$19.95

Wayne Mutza has written his second book on American Fire Apparatus aimed at the scale modeler. This volume covers Aerial Equipment and, from Don Greer’s paintings on the front and back covers to the more than 300 color and black and white images inside, it is a feast for the eye.

The introduction explains that by the late 1800s the increase in multi-story buildings brought on the organization of the first Hook and Ladder Companies. They arrived at the blaze carrying multiple ladders and pike poles, or “hooks”, for pulling down walls and ceilings. American LaFrance purchased the patent for a wagon-mounted ladder raised by a worm gear and fitted with a tiller seat from Daniel D. Hayes of the San Francisco Fire Department. The Hayes Aerial went into production in 1881.