Review Author
Matt Quiroz
Published on
January 24, 2011
Company
Tamiya
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$43.00

The Model

The SU-85 is a Russian tank destroyer that has a massive 85-mm gun, and was capable of taking out nearly every foe it came across. The tank did not have a moving turret so it made it easy for the Russians to build. It was powered with a V-2 12-cylinder diesel engine that could reach speeds of 34-mph on rough roads. There were roughly 2,050 destroyers built from 1943 until late 1944. It was mainly used in the battle of Kursk, as well as being heavily used from December 1943 to counter-attack German Panthers and Tiger Tanks.

The Kit

The kit contained 4 bags, one with the main body of the tank, one that contained 4 sprues marked A.B, C, and D, a bag with the tracks, and hardware required. The fourth bag contained 6 Russian soldiers to assemble. The kit also came with Tamiya weathering master for Russian Tanks.

This is the first SU-85 I have ever built, and the first Military vehicle I have built in a very long time.

Review Author
Greg Wise
Published on
January 24, 2011
Company
Fujimi
Scale
1/700
MSRP
$39.95

Introduction

Hello IPMS members. Today I have the all-new tooling IJN heavy cruiser Tone as she appeared during the Battle of Leyte Gulf 1944. Fujimi has been burning the midnight oil and has released several newly tooled and retooled 1/700 scale WW2 Japanese ships for 2011

History Brief

After doing a little online research I discovered that there were two Japanese cruisers bearing the name Tone. The first (1907) a “protected cruiser” participated in the World War 1 Siege of Tsingtao, a German controlled port in China. The vessel was stricken in 1931and sunk as an aircraft target in1933.

Book Author(s)
Editor/co-Publisher: Michael G. Reccia; Art Editor/co-Publisher: David Openshaw
Review Author
Scott T. Adams Sr.
Published on
January 24, 2011
Company
Sci-fi and Fantasy Modeller
MSRP
$22.15

CALLING ALL THUNDERBIRDS! CALLING ALL THUNDERBIRDS! I must admit that I vaguely remember the Thunderbirds show, but if you do or are just a fan of Gerry Anderson shows you will love this book. The 3rd volume in the series it comes in at 100 pages with 9 different models. The models are as follows:

Book Author(s)
Krzysztof W. Wotowski
Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
January 24, 2011
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$32.00

I love late war 109s so this book was right up my alley. This book is printed in MMP’s White series which is an A4 sized softbound book with 112 pages.

The book focuses on late war 109s starting with the Bf-109G-5/AS to the K-4. The book starts off with a discussion of the tail units used on 109s. I found the differences very interesting and easily understood. Then a small section on late war Erla Haube canopy is discussed. A discussion of the colors and a color chart is next and especially helpful is the callout for CMYK and RGB colors. The first thing I noticed was the great drawings and color profiles. Gunther’s Speck G-5/AS is particularly striking.

One benefit of the larger format book is that 1/48th scale drawings are provided for each version. This will prove invaluable to the modeler.