Book Author(s)
Gary Hatcher, Editor
Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
September 26, 2015
Company
Scale Aircraft Modelling
MSRP
$6.85

Scale Aircraft Modelling's September 2015 issue comes packed with great build articles of some unique planes as well as continuing its fine history and modelling articles with everything from new kits, scratchbuilds and older kits.

Ken Duffey builds Trumpeters 1/72 J-15 which also includes a flight deck. Several of Mr. Duffeys pictures are also included showing the wing folding mechanisms. The finished models looks great with the plane poised for launch.

Revell of Germany’s 1/144 Airbus A330-330 gets built two ways- one in Delta Airline markings and a shot of the same plane in Thai Airways markings. While released almost a decade ago, the kit still produces beautiful looking airliners.

Tony O’Toole’s article on the Short Sterling A Mk. IV and its participation in Operation Market Garden offer a review of a historic plane and one of its efforts. The article is both well written and extremely well illustrated.

Review Author
Keith Pruitt
Published on
September 26, 2015
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$11.99

For several years, Quickboost has been known for producing high quality, molded resin replacement parts for many model kits from most manufacturers. The current Airfix kits are produced from new molds, and are exceptionally well molded and nicely detailed on their own. However, with the limitations inherent in the injection molding process, some parts can be improved with resin parts, which can be molded with a greater level of detail and accuracy.

Quickboost now offers a set of resin replacement propellers for the Airfix 1/72 Dornier Do17Z kit. The Dornier Do 17 was a light bomber used by the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. Designed in the 1930’s, they first saw combat with the Condor Legion in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Although it was eventually replaced in frontline service, the aircraft was used throughout the war in a variety of roles.

Review Author
John Kaylor
Published on
September 26, 2015
Company
ICM
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$59.99

ICM has produced a little gem – an extremely authentic, well-engineered, gem of a model.

First of all to introduce myself a bit. I have been palling around with my wife and her parents around for the past twenty-eight years, and her family has owned a Ford Model T since my wife was a young child. Between our two families, we own three Model Ts, one of which a 1914 Touring, not unlike this 1913 Roadster. My father-in-law, Jim, restored a T in the early 1970s, and Jim and I restored my wife’s 1926 T in the 1990s. I bring all of this up to illustrate that we’ve spent enough time under these old rigs to know where not to step after one has been parked for a while.

Background

The Model T was the first mass-produced automobile. In 1913 over 170,000 Model Ts were produced; an average of one Model T rolled off the assembly line every 185 seconds. For production to maintain levels that high, everything had to be done at breakneck speed, including painting.

Book Author(s)
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Paul Wright
Review Author
Bill Kluge
Published on
September 25, 2015
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$17.95

From the very beginning of the Second World War, Great Britain was aided in her naval war against the Axis Powers by officers and sailors of her former colonies, or Dominions, as they were formally known. In this Osprey New Vanguard edition, naval historian Angus Konstam begins by describing the somewhat complicated arrangement of how Britain’s former possessions were differentiated as colonies, protectorates and Dominions. Dominions, known as Commonwealth Nations after 1926, were described as “autonomous communities within the British Empire”, and were to varying degrees, responsible for their own defense, yet were expected to contribute to the overall defense of the empire as a whole.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 25, 2015
Company
Hobby Boss
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$31.99

HobbyBoss has released a hypothetical production variant of the Me-262: the A-1/U1 version. Is this a Luft’ 46 model? Some might say yes, but the truth is that both the enhanced nose weaponry (MG 151 and Mk 103) and the X-4 missiles were all manufactured before the end of WWII. I would say this is a Luftwaffe ’45 “2nd-Half”.

The kit comes in 12 grey sprues, 2 clear sprues for the canopy and a metal nose wheel well to prevent having a ‘tail sitter’. The sprues are cleanly molded, free of flash and with well-defined recessed panel lines.

The model has a full interior consisting of a nose gun bay, fully detailed cockpit and main landing gear bay plus a nicely detailed back fuselage (with a radio set and a compass set). However the detail in the back fuselage is pretty much impossible to see once the model is finished. There is only one service panel and it is not large enough as to allow viewing of all that detail.