Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$13.00

Aires is known as the producer of excellent after-market and detail items, and this product lives up to that standard. Designed for use on the Hasegawa P-40M/N this product provides for both of the horizontal stabilizers and control surfaces. There are four parts in all, cast in a durable resin material.

Looking at the accompanying images, note that the image labeled, ” 2 Parts 1” shows the parts after having been removed from the package. One will notice some “flash” between the parts and the part carrier. Not to worry, that flash is easily removed with a sharp blade or a pair of cutters. All four parts were removed and cleaned up in under 5 minutes without the use of sandpaper. Study the image labeled, “3 Aires Parts Removed from carrier” to see one set of parts after having been cleaned up.

Book Author(s)
Marek Rys
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$27.00

Authored by Marek Rys and illustrated by Thierry Vallet, this book, in the “Yellow” series is a comprehensive text and photographic/image guide to the Hawker Hurricane. The publication is a a revised and expanded edition of the book, “Hawker Hurricane”, (ISBN # 8389450321)

The book thoroughly covers the development and technical aspects of the Hurricane, one of the most well-known of the British fighters of World War II. This story is told in excellent text accompanied by period B&W photographs, excellent color images of surviving airframes, extracts from official manuals and a superb collection of 1/72nd scale plans of all versions of the Hurricane from the Mk.1 of 1936 to the Mk. IV of 1943.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Aerobonus
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$8.00

A perfect addition to your diorama or display base is this Aires Aerobonus figure. This German or Austro-Hungarian Pilot figure is designed to be used with any German or Austro-Hungarian WWI aircraft (Albatros D.III / D.V, Berg D.I / D.II, Fokker E.III / E.IV, E.V, D.VII, Oeffag D.III, Pfalz D.III, D.XII, Phonix D.I / D.II / D.III, Siemens-Schuckert D.III / D.IV, etc.) Aires Aerobonus provides you with a resin figure with side bars to protect the figure. Of note is the re-sealable packaging that Quickboost uses that makes the parts easy to review and then stuff back into the package securely. The supplied instructions provide color drawings for painting.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$11.50

This Hauler set allows you to make two nice 1930’s European style Street lamps.

In the box is:

  • 3 x Resin groups of parts
  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 1 x Film sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The parts are all is very crisp and well molded with great detail.

Construction

The build starts by removing the excess resin from all the resin parts using a razor saw.

The next stage is the main body of the street lamp. Then the Photo Etch lamp top which is a little tricky and need to be annealed before bending to shape.

Summary

These would be an excellent little addition to any diorama.

Thanks go to Hauler for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$26.80

Hauler has produced a nice World War Two Japanese Pre-fabricated Steel Pillbox. These were mainly used on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll. They had two internal levels, the upper was an observation area where the top opened to give a higher view. The lower area had to machine gun ports, a small arms port and a door. This is a very nice resin set.

In the box is:

  • 1 x Resin Pillbox
  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The Pillbox is very crisp and well molded with great detail.

Construction

The build starts by removing the excess resin form the lower part of the pillbox using a razor saw. The next stage is the Photo Etch gun port shutters. The one thing missing from the kit was the door which these Pillboxes did have; I will make one myself to add later.