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Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
Company
Fisher Model and Pattern
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$49.95

Fisher Model & Pattern has released a set of parts for the newly re-released Space Shuttle in 72nd scale. Parts included are single-piece resin parts and include

  • 3 Shuttle Main Engine Nozzles
  • 2 Orbital Maneuvering Nozzles
  • 2 Aft Control Thruster Housings

This item is so new that a set of instructions was not yet ready to be included with the review sample provided, but as the note that accompanied my sample stated, “It isn’t all that hard to figure out where they go.”

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$74.95

Eduard continues to lead the pack in taking older kits and upgrading them with PE and resin upgrades. In this case, we have the Academy MiG-29A, which in its own right is an excellent kit, with several items added to bring the basic kit to the next level. In this case, Eduard’s own PE instrument panel and detail set, combined with their in-house “Brassin” resin upgrades. Oh yeah, there is also one outstanding decal sheet included with no less than five variants to finish your model; Two Soviet, one Polish, one Czech Republic, and one Iranian. All are in register, and make for quite a variety of color schemes. The decals also include a comprehensive stencil suite, including missile and launch rail details. Outstanding!

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$15.95

Master Models has created a superb replacement for the venerable M61 Vulcan cannon found in so many planes. The set consists of 6 perfectly turned brass barrels with hollowed out ends, a machined brass ring a machined center barrel and a set of photetched pieces to bring it all together.

Review Author
John Ratzenberger
Published on
Company
Minicraft Model Kits
Scale
1/200
MSRP
$24.99

Background

I'll not spend much time here. Google for "Jane Russell", when you're done reading that, click any link to "Howard Hughes", and when done with that click the link to the "Hughes H-4 Hercules" to find out all you need to know about this aircraft.

I will add that SWMBO and I had a trip planned that would allow her to go to a big quilt show in Sisters, OR, and allow me to stop off in McMinnville and see the 'Spruce Goose' -- it didn't happen but is still in the back of our minds. Unfortunately, we'll never hear the sound of 8 R-4360's cranking over and running -- that's 224 cylinders generating 28,000 h.p. …. and 448 spark plugs to change ….

Book Author(s)
Carl Molesworth, Illustrated by Jim Laurier and Gareth Hector
Review Author
Perry Downen
Published on
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$17.95

I would like to thank Osprey Publishing for submitting this book and thank IPMS/USA for allowing me to review it.

When we hear the name P-40 we almost invariably think of the shark mouth P-40s of The Flying Tigers doing battle with Japanese Nates and Zeroes over Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, the P-40s also spent considerable time in the air over North Africa and the Mediterranean area engaging the Luftwaffe’s Bf 109. It is the latter struggle that author Carl Molesworth captures in his book P-40 Warhawk vs Bf 109, MTO 1942-44.