Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
November 21, 2015
Company
Airfix
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.99

Airfix continues to impress everybody with the increasingly detailed and high quality of their products. This is a great gift set that can be made and used in a very detailed diorama of a typical RAF World War 2 airfield during the period of the battle of Britain.

In the box is:

  • 1 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I - L200 x W255; Pieces 127
  • 1 Albion AM463 3-Point Fueller - L118 x W45; Pieces 113
  • 1 Bedford MWD - L89 x W41; Pieces 95
  • 10 x Ground Crew Figures and Accessories - H38; Pieces 108
  • 12 x acrylic paints
  • 2 x brushes
  • 2 x poly cement
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet

The kits are all bagged individually which helps with assembly; the sprues are well molded with no flash.

Review Author
Rick Bellanger
Published on
November 21, 2015
Company
Plusmodel
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$100.00

Plusmodel has recently released some interesting 1/35th scale diorama accessories. The Fordson N-big Tractor is another one of them. It is an entire kit and has to be one of the best if not the best resin kit I have built. The parts were flawlessly cast with little to no flash. The fit was exceptional.

From the instruction sheet: Fordson tractors were produced in Cork, Ireland. The first of them, Fordson N-Big left the plant in 1927. In 1933 the production was transferred to Dagenham in England and this factory produced 136,000 units so the type became the most common tractor in the U.K. during WWII. It was powered by a 4-cylinder diesel or petrol engine, both of 4.4 L (267 ci) with app. 25 HP power.

Review Author
John Noack
Published on
November 20, 2015
Company
Hasegawa
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$35.95

First launched in 1991, the SHINKAI 6500 is a manned submersible that can dive to depths of 6,500 meters (20,000 feet). Operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Shinkai has completed over 1300 deep dives in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Sea of Japan.

In 2012, the vessel underwent a major upgrade, including conversion from a single aft prop to two thrusters and the addition of one more horizontal thruster for maneuverability. Hasegawa offers the kit with two build options to reflect the original and upgraded version of the submersible. To clarify the build process and the differences, the instruction sheet includes complete build sequences for each version. It's worth taking the time to go through the instructions – particularly since other sub-options are offered within each build – to end up with the configuration you've chosen.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
November 20, 2015
Company
Orange Model
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$39.99

This kit was my first experience with a product from Orange Model, and to my knowledge, this was the first kit that they introduced, at least it was the first one that I noticed. This was actually a fun kit to build, as the engineering was on par with some of the manufacturers known for kits that are nearly flawless to assemble. The plane itself built up with very few issues, the tow tractor that was included provided some challenges with the small parts, and photoetched items, and the photoetch tie downs require the most experience to complete. If you are interested in adding a 1/72 scale copy of the US Navy’s newest jet to your collection, this is currently the only one available, and it is a great kit.

Book Author(s)
David Kimble
Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
November 19, 2015
Company
CarTech
MSRP
$39.95

This is a beautiful book with very nice illustrations of David Kimble’s cutaways, step-by-step descriptions on how the cutaways are made, and descriptions of the engineering of the vehicles.

David Kimble is in engineer turned illustrator who grew up in Southern California racing, and eventually became known for his cutaway automotive illustrations. In the introduction Kimble states that the purpose of this book is to answer the question “how do you do it”, to which he usually responds “a little at a time”. This book for the first time describes his approach to illustration and the techniques on how his work is done, plus some of the stories behind the illustrations.