Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
January 27, 2016
Company
Master Model
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.25

Master Model of Poland continues to expand its 1:48 Air Master line. This time with an armament set for the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito Mk.II/Mk.IV including Browning .303 barrels and Hispano 20mm cannons and a pitot tube.

As you can see from the pictures, the metal parts are extremely fine with excellent detail all around. In some cases the parts were so small that I had trouble getting really good quality pictures of them. I am including a manufacturer image on the review.

The design of the detail parts implies that you will have to modify the plastic parts. It will be an easy replacement, you need to remove the plastic cannon/machine gun and drill a receiving hole. If you doing in a clean and smart way you might even be able to install the metal machine guns and cannon after the model painting is completed.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
January 27, 2016
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$49.95

Eduard has issued this kit based on the Roden model kit with the additional the Eduard accessories.

In the box is:

  • 6 x light grey sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 photoetched details parts
  • 1 mask set
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

All the sprues are well-molded, although there is some flash and a few sink marks which are easily fixed. The detail is very fine and crisp.

The kit can be built as any of eight versions, you need to decide between before commencing the built which you are going to do. I went with Version B, one of the Swedish Volunteer force which was sent to Finland to assist in the winter war against Russia in 1940.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
January 26, 2016
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$29.99

Model Art Issue 920 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Vessel Model Special is a quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. Advertising comprises the inside covers (and back cover) along with another 4 pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 410 photos (mostly in color) along with 21 side view or top view drawings. Additionally there are a lot of scrap drawings highlighting details.

The Feature article is on two builds of a 1/350 IJN Shimakaze that goes for twenty-one pages. After a 1 page build of a 1/20 anime figure, you’ll find eighteen pages of three different build-ups in 1/700 scale. Next up is a six page build of a modern day JMSDF Missile Destroyer, DDG-172 Shimakaze. The Shimakaze section finishes with six pages of period photos, profiles and scrap drawings.

Contents:

Review Author
Mike Kellner
Published on
January 26, 2016
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$47.99

The B-17 Flying Fortress was one of the best-known bombers of World War Two. Being able to withstand large amounts of battle damage and still come home endeared the aircraft to its crews.

This release by Hasegawa is an aged kit but still a joy to build. It features a new set of decals, overall good fit, and lightly raised panel lines. The light grey plastic has some sink marks, the worst being the backs of the propeller blades. The kit contains 97 parts and comes in a nice box with a sturdy card stock bottom and a nice glossy top with beautiful box art.

Although this kit was received in good condition, one of the propellers had a blade broken off. While I was able to fix that one, my kitten Amelia decided to chew up another. I had to go to the spares box to find a replacement for that one.

Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
January 25, 2016
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions has produced replacement gear for the Airfix 1/72 scale A62M Zero kit. The white metal replacements are an identical fit replacement for the kit plastic parts. The supplied items include two main gear struts and the tail wheel assembly. Some other SAC packages include replacement wheels, as well, but not the case here. You will need to use the Airfix kit wheels for your build.

A side by side evaluation (see photos) indicates an identical replacement that should provide a greater strength assembly with a significantly improved weight capacity and abuse tolerance. However, use some care, as in this scale, even cast metal parts are very fine and fragile. I found it easy to accidently bend them out of shape with my heavy-handedness.

In some cases where original equipment was left in a natural metal finish, painting may not be necessary. As always, check your reference photos.

Highly recommended.