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Iliad Design P-38J Decals

P-38J Decals

Published: November 28, 2023
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Designs makes a bunch of decals with really great schemes in all the popular scales. The object of this set is the P-38J with several kits being available. I had a Tamiya kit looking for some markings so I jumped at the chance to review the decals.

Inside the package there is a single sheet of well printed decals with two full color instructions sheets with profiles of the plane… more

HAD Decals F-14A VF-41 Black Aces

F-14A VF-41Black Aces Decals

Published: November 28, 2023
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models is a group out of the Budapest Hungary and specializes in decals and masking sets for aircraft kits in the all-major scales from 1/144 to 1/35. They range from WWII to modern era planes. This set is in 1/48th scale and covers F-14A’s from the VF-41 Black Aces. Markings are included for seven unique planes:

  • Fast Eagle 106, BuNo 160398 from the Movie Final Countdown… more


The Scrapyards - Aircraft Salvage Around Davis-Monthan AFB, Vol. 1980’s

Published: November 13, 2023
Book Author(s): Graham Robson
Company: Tempest Books

New from Tempest Publishing is a great book covering the Davis Monthan AFB Scrap yards and this volume focuses on the 1980’s. the book starts with an introduction and Mr. Robson goes into his love of the fields and there is a great overall shot of the many planes stored and dismantled there.

One of the first things I learned was that there are multiple actual scrapping and recovery… more


Luftwaffe Search Lights and Range Finding Equipment, Vol. 1

Published: November 13, 2023
Book Author(s): Alan Ranger
Company: Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books

The Camera On series is unique for modelers in that it not a specification/tech manual for the subject under discussion, it is a pictorial study with pictures taken directly from archives and the original prints and detailing visually the subject in question. In this case, the subjects are Luftwaffe Search Lights and Range Finding Equipment, Volume 1.

As an overview, the book contains… more


CH-54A Tarhe US Heavy Lift Helicopter

Published: July 6, 2023
Company: ICM

When ICM announced and started showing drawings of a new CH-54A Tarhe (more commonly called a skycrane), people were excited and then realized, it was in large, glorious 1/35 scale too. When the opportunity to review it came up, I begged for it and was lucky enough to get the opportunity.

Inside the box are 14 sprues of grey plastic and one sprue of clear. Decals are also included. The… more


F-35A Lightning II

Published: May 5, 2023
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya caught everyone by surprise with its announcement of a 1/48 F-35A Lightning II. The kit is out now and it is fantastic. Let’s take a look into the box. The sprues are classic Tamiya, perfectly formed with great panel lines, no flash and the great Tamiya plastic. Starting off with the sprues, the top and bottom of the fuselage cover the majority of the fuselage with a total count of nine… more

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A-5/RA-5 Vigilante

Published: January 31, 2023
Book Author(s): Andy Evans
Company: Phoenix Scale Publications

Phoenix Scale Publications is a partnership of four people that have many years in the modeling world. They produce magazines (Scale Modeling and Aviation Modeling), Books (Red, Blue, White and Airmark series). The books are dedicated to specific planes and for this review, we look at the Airmark in Profile and in Scale series No.4, the North American A-5/RA-5 Vigilante.

The contents… more


F-15C Grim Reapers End of an Era

Published: January 16, 2023
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

For those of us aircraft builders, Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is no stranger to the decal scene. Specializing in modern era planes of all types, they have supplied great decals for a long time now. This new set, “F-15 Grim Reapers- End of an Era” continues that tradition with a set dedicated to the 493rd Fighter Squadron located at RAF Lakenheath and known as the Grim Reapers. They are… more


Ultra Micro Chisels- 2.0mm and 3.5mm

Published: January 16, 2023
Company: UMM-USA

UMM-USA is known for many things and one of them is tools. Tools specifically found or designed by owner John Vojtech. If you look at just the web page for the chisels, there are 26 different varieties or sets. You can find them here:


The two we are… more


SB2C Helldiver Landing Gear

Published: January 16, 2023
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The 1/32nd scale modeling world was happily surprised when Infinity Models came out with two versions of the SB2C Helldiver. It is a huge model and there are resin after market sets for the bomb bay, wing folds, weapons plus photoetch. The kit can get very heavy, very quickly. The kit landing gear are simple albeit beefy plastic parts. What to do so your Helldiver isn't sitting on the ground… more