Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
February 20, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$22.99

Finding figures in 1/48th scale for Vietnam is a pretty hard chore.  Whether you want to depict USAF or Army helicopter pilots your choices in the past have been pretty slim.  Well thanks to ICM there is at least a new option.

Inside of the sturdy cardboard box is a single sprue of individually wrapped light grey plastic and a single page of full color instructions.

Book Author(s)
Alan E. Durkota
Illustrators: Juanita Franzi and Bob Pearson
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
February 20, 2022
Company
Aeronaut Books
MSRP
$34.99

Aeronaut Books is a publisher of aviation history books for enthusiasts by enthusiasts. Aeronaut Books is to publish fun, exciting books about aviation in the Great War for our readers, and also to preserve the history. It is owned by Jack Herris, founder and former owner of Flying Machines Press (which was sold to another publisher in September 2000). Ten years later, Jack Herris jumped back in the publishing pool with Aeronaut Books in November 2010.

Alan E. Durkota has authored Imperial Russian Air Service: Famous Pilots and Aircraft of World War I (Flying Machine Press, 1995) and the first edition of Medal of Honor: Aviators of World War I (Flying Machine Press, 1998).

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
February 20, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$29.00

With the recent release of many Vietnam era aircraft such as the B-26K, OV-10A and the OV-2 it was inevitable that you would want a variety of armament slung underneath these aircraft, particularly the B-26K. Well, ICM is providing you with plenty of options.

Packaged in a very sturdy cardboard box with a cover, the box contains two of each of two sprues for a total of four sprues. My set was perfectly formed with no blemishes anywhere. The box also contains clear and concise instructions printed on high quality paper. They are printed on a large single sheet folded in half making up four A4 pages. An inventory is on the cover, the actual instructions on the inside two pages and finally the decal placement and painting instructions are on the back. Paint call outs are for ICM, Revell and Tamiya.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
February 20, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$23.00

ICM’s new figure kit “USAAF Bomber Pilots and Ground Personnel (1944-1945)” includes three aircrew figures, two ground crew figures, and two flight bags. The colorful box lid (photo-1) is flimsy but covers a sturdy hinged cardboard inner box (photo-2). The packaging won’t get squashed if the box winds up underneath all the other kits you told yourself you wouldn’t buy until you finished something you already have. The included instruction sheet is printed in color with a parts map and paint list on one side (photo-3), and assembly and painting instructions on the other (photo-4). The paint list includes color recommendations for ICM, Revell, and Tamiya brand paints. The painting instructions are somewhat simplified and since I didn’t have the recommended brands of paint, I used the artwork on the box lid as my painting guide. All the parts are included on a single sprue of light gray plastic (photos-5 and 6).

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
February 20, 2022
Company
Tamiya
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$65.00

Tamiya has produced a new KV-2 kit based on the new tooled KV-1 from a couple of years ago with new tooled KV-2 Turret.

In the box is:

  • 7 x dark green sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • polycaps
  • string for cables
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 color guide booklet (in color)

The kit consists of 7 main sprues, the sprues are extremely well molded with great detail; the decals allow you to finish the tank with 2 markings to choose from.

Construction

First is the construction of the lower hull, suspension and road wheels etc. These are stages 1 through 10. The build, as with all Tamiya kits, is seamless and no issues. All the parts go together extremely well