Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
October 8, 2010
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$11.00

This bi-monthly publication provides an excellent resource for WWI aviation enthusiasts. The publication is an 8x12 softbound magazine and usually averages about 30 to 34 pages. Each issue features a particular aircraft modeling project. In this issue there are two featured articles.

Lance Krieg’s “Modelling Master Class”. Part 3 covers detailing the “Cockpit”. The text is accompanied with excellent images that illustrate the techniques discussed within the article. This series of articles will cover additional topics in the next few issues providing a very valuable resource to the modeler.

The second of the two featured articles is entitled, “Rolands in Russia”. Author Marat Khairulin, translated by Sergey Vlasenko. Accompanied by a large number of original images, this article provides a brief history of some captured Rolands and their use and eventual fate while in Russian hands.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
October 8, 2010
Company
Loon Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$3.00

Eduard’s FW-190s are some of my favorite models. One ‘nitpicky’ thing is that you have to cut open the wing root gun covers so that the kit parts will fit in a closed position. Sometimes this results in a less than perfect fit, depending on how well you cut them. Well you don’t have to do it anymore. Loon Models provides the two covers with the trailing edges suitably thinned so you no longer have to cut into the wings. This will make that whole process so much simpler and ensure a perfect fit.

Molded in light yellow resin that is blemish free these are easy additions to the kit.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Loon Models for the review copy. Tell them IPMS/USA sent you. Note: Loon Models is the “house-brand” for Roll Models, Inc.

Review Author
Roger Carrano
Published on
October 8, 2010
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$8.50

Recommended Kit: Trumpeter

I have read many reviews about Trumpeter’s C-47 kit and, although they range from good to great, most reviews seem to pick up on the errors where the rudder and the cowlings are concerned. This review will cover Quickboost’s corrected cowlings as compared with the kits cowlings.

Review Author
Dave Koukol
Published on
October 5, 2010
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$59.95

Background

In the decade following the end of World War II, aircraft performance and design advanced at a dizzying pace. Proposed in 1951 and first flown in 1953, the North American F-100 Super Sabre followed in the footsteps of legendary P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, and was the first American production fighter capable of flying at sustained supersonic speeds in level flight. Although intended as a clear-weather daytime air superiority fighter, the “Hun” saw its most notable service during the Vietnam War as a fighter-bomber. The quantum leap in performance over previous fighters was accompanied by an unprecedented accident rate, as Air Force pilots with supersonic experience were few and far between outside of the flight test community. In order to curb the high accident rate, North American developed a two-seat trainer variant on its own nickel, and the design rapidly evolved into a two-seat variant of the F-100D, designated F-100F. Although it did little to reduce the accident rate, the F-100F played an instrumental role in the birth of SEAD (suppression of enemy air defenses) mission as the first “Wild Weasel” platform and as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft.

Review Author
Roger Carrano
Published on
October 4, 2010
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$19.00

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I am reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing, which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.