Review Author
Ron Verburg
Published on
August 27, 2015
Company
Round 2 Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$19.99

History

At the height of the Great Depression, aircraft executive Walter H. Beech and airplane designer T. A. "Ted" Wells joined forces to collaborate on a project to produce a large, powerful, and fast cabin biplane built specifically for the business executive. The Beechcraft Model 17, popularly known as the "Staggerwing" was first flown on November 4, 1932. During its heyday it was used as an executive aircraft, much as the private jet is now, and its primary competition were the Waco Custom Cabin and Waco Standard Cabin series of biplanes.

Review Author
Ned Ricks
Published on
August 27, 2015
Company
Werners Wings
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$70.00

History

The Vietnam War was a helicopter war. Many of the most lasting images are of fleets of helicopters, mostly the ubiquitous UH-1 “Huey,” filling the sky. What would newsreel footage of that war be without a sound track of the “whup-whup-whup” of chopper blades?

Among the many uses the UH-1 was put to was as an early version of the gunship, the ancestor of today’s Apache. Those Huey guns took a crew of four: a commissioned or warrant officer pilot (left seat) and copilot, and two enlisted door gunner/crew chief in back. This four figure kit represents the aviators of those gunships employed in that conflict.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
August 27, 2015
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$36.95

This kit contains 2 sheets of photo Etched parts one small one of pre-colored parts and one large sheet of other parts.

The detail quality of a very high as we have come to expect from Eduard.

This set can be used with either of the Tamiya kits 35330 M561 US 6x6 Cargo truck or 35342 M972 US 6x6 Ambulance Truck.

The set provides photo etch to replace the following parts:

Wipers, windscreen surround, gas tank straps, gas tank filler shields, driver instrument panel, cargo bay floor, plus other small details.

It also provides the addition details for the foot pedals, floor vents, drivers compartment placards, ammo boxes, cargo bay folding foot step, etc.

The parts are very easy to install and add a lot more detail to the already detailed kit. The only problem I encountered was that the access on the cargo floor needed to be removed so the new one can be installed and this was not shown on the instructions.

Review Author
Doug Cole
Published on
August 26, 2015
Company
Monogram
Scale
1/25
MSRP
$23.95

The Kit

This review covers the 1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon 1:25 Scale Model Kit #85-4193. A 2015 release, this model is a collection of past offerings with refreshed trees and some brand new tooling. It is a skill level 3 kit for the 12-year and older builder, molded in 156 pieces of white, clear, transparent red and chrome pieces with waterslide decals and instructions. As you can tell from the piece count it comes with quite a few options. Two complete versions can be built; either the police wagon or a stock version. Both use a highly detailed rendition of the 312 c.i.d. Thunderbird V-8. This kit includes a separate frame for enhanced detailing along with custom wheels and disc brakes. The completed dimensions are Length: 8”, Width: 3”, Height: 2-3/8”

Construction and Detailing

I elected to build the police version of this wagon for its “cool” factor and because the kit pieces were so nicely done in a period accurate manner.