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Book Author(s)
Dr. Robert Manasherob
Review Author
Randy Ray
Published on
Company
SabIngaMartin Publications
MSRP
$35.00

If you have any of Dr. Manasherob's previous volumes on Israeli armor, then you will find this book a comfortable, familiar format. It comes in at 80 pages, with heavy-stock and full-color covers. The paper is the same high-quality stock as is used in the previous books, which lends itself to crisp, clear reproduction of the photos presented. Speaking of the photos, the book offers over 300 in both color and black and white. Thirty-eight of the 80 pages are in full color, and include both photo walk-arounds and color profiles.

Review Author
Dave Koukol
Published on
Company
Zvezda
Scale
1/100
MSRP
$5.00

How cool is this? A teeny-tiny 9-piece German half-track in 1/100 scale – sweet! Now, I’m not an armor guy, but I do enjoy a good armor kit every now and then, and I sure do appreciate those life-like pieces of work that show up every month at club meetings and at contests. Frankly, they intimidate this aircraft modeler to some degree.

This little guy, however, is quite a different story. When I saw this was a snap kit and might be good for kids, I jumped at the chance to do this review with my 5-year old modeling “Mini Me,” Camden. As fate would have it, the night we planned to build it at a clubmate’s house, Camden and his junior clubmate buddy opted to assemble integrated air strike packages of plastic and diecast model planes, wreaking havoc on Lego ground forces, leaving my buddy Anthony and I to putz in the shop.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48

Editor's note: Eduard M.A. has requested that the following information be included in this review: The product reviewed "..that it's actually prototype product, and that there might be differences/enhancements when compared to the final, publicly released deck.." The item as given was not intended for review. Oct. 10, 2011

The Product

This was presented to IPMS President Dick Montgomery by Eduard at the 2011 IPMS convention held in August in Omaha as a not yet released item to be submitted for review. I told Dick, “I will do my best to give a complete and honest review.”

The base appears to be made of some type of hard plastic with very nice engravings and has what looks to be a date ‘2001’ embossed on the hollowed backside. Measuring 11 5/8” x 15 5/8”, this thing is big. It depicts an elevator centered in the wooden deck. The coloring is eye-catching, to say the least, and looks great from a couple feet away.

Review Author
Ed Kinney
Published on
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
Various, see review

Well, here it is September already, and our busy beaver fellow IPMSer Ross McMillan follows through with 6 new releases, including one for the all-new Tamiya 1/32nd P-51D Mustang.
As always, crisply cast with only minimal flash and very little cleanup required. Many thanks for the review samples! Keep up the great work.

Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$34.95

The Contents

You get a heavy duty envelope with 4 plastic sleeves inside. You get:

  • 73355 PE, one self-adhesive mostly cockpit, and two really big PE frets for interior and exterior detail
  • CX257 Canopy and Wheel mask
  • 73008 Remove Before Flight Tags

You also get 2 full pages of instructions, folded so that you have 8 separate half pages of instructions, plus a half page instruction for the masks.

The Aircraft

The F/A-18 Hornet has been around for a while, and it looks to be almost as big a winner as its predecessor, the F-4 Phantom. One of the stories going around St. Louis in the 90s was that the plant wanted to build 5058 Hornets, one more than the production run for the Phantom. Well, the production line is still open, and they’re past 1100 now.