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11198

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Hawker Hunter

Published: January 12, 2023
Book Author(s): Tony Buttler
Company: Key Publishing Ltd

It’s always been my opinion that the well-known and well-liked Hawker Hunter is one of the most elegant jet aircraft to ever take to the skies. I’ve built dozens of models of this lovely aircraft over the years, from the 1/72nd scale offering by Airfix when I was a kid up to several iterations of the impressive 1/32nd scale Revell offering. There’s just no beating that look!

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Victory: 100-Gun First Rate 1765

Published: January 12, 2023
Book Author(s): Kerry Jang
Company: Seaforth Publishing

If you’re even just a passing fan of classic sailing ships, you should be familiar with the unforgettable H.M.S. Victory, the famous ship-of-the-line that Lord Nelson commanded at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. More readily recognizable by the novice than even the U.S.S. Constitution, this ship has been a subject for virtually every major model maker in the last century, manufactured in… more

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Laffley V15T with Hotchkiss Machine Gun

Published: December 15, 2022
Company: ICM

In my last review concerning this interesting French vehicle, I described how the prototype was developed in 1938 with some of the most advanced mechanical technology of the day. The distinctive look of the machine is based on a double set of “bumper” wheels placed both in the center and the front of the chassis, designed to make the vehicle far more capable in an off-road capacity. Overall,… more

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WW1 Italian Infantry in Armor

Published: December 11, 2022
Company: ICM

During the bloodbath that was World War 1, several nations took a shot at providing additional armor protection to at least some of their troops, with quite a range of results.  Often the armor was simply too awkward and bulky (think America’s Brewster armor) or too thin to afford any real protection or simply too expensive.  Perhaps the Italians were most interested in such protection, as… more

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Westland Whirlwind F Mk.1 Landing Gear (SH)

Published: December 3, 2022
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has made a name for itself by providing metal replacements for some of the more fragile parts of aircraft models in a range of scales, these mostly being landing gear and other assorted paraphernalia. This set is no exception, offering direct replacement parts for both the elaborate main gear and tail gear.

Made in the usual cleanly cast white metal, this set… more

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P-40E/F/M/N War Hawk Landing Gear

Published: December 3, 2022
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions continues to carve its own particular niche in the modeling market by providing metal replacements for some of the more fragile parts of aircraft models in a range of scales, these mostly being landing gear and other assorted paraphernalia. This set is no exception, offering direct replacement parts for both the main and tail landing gear, as well as the aerial mast… more

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Gloster Gladiator J-8 L.G & W. Struts

Published: December 3, 2022
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions has made a name for itself by providing metal replacements for some of the more fragile parts of aircraft models in a range of scales, these mostly being landing gear and other assorted paraphernalia. This set is no exception, offering direct replacement parts for both the main and tail landing gear, as well as all struts between the wings. All parts are suitable for… more

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American Civil War Confederate Infantry Set #2

Published: October 29, 2022
Company: ICM

ICM continues its dedication to the American Civil War with two additional sets, this review covering one of them. With these new sets, you can now model an actual direct clash between opposing forces, this kit being paired with #35023 American Civil War Union Infantry Set #2. As you can guess, these two sets would make for a very dramatic diorama.

The set I’m reviewing consists of the… more

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Brewster Body Shield – US Infantry

Published: October 17, 2022
Company: ICM

ICM continues its unique line of World War 1 related figure sets, and this one has to be unique in this regard, as it depicts equipment that never actually saw combat. The set provides four figures wearing the infamous Brewster Body Shield, designed by Dr. Guy. Brewster, capable of withstanding a hail of bullets from the standard .303 round of the time. Unfortunately, it was otherwise… more

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Model T 1914 Fire Truck with Crew

Published: July 9, 2022
Company: ICM

Firefighting has a long and noble history in the United States, dating back to the 17th century following the burning of Boston in 1631. The first volunteer fire company was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 in Philadelphia, and became a model for other colonial cities to follow. 1853 saw the establishment of the first professional fire department in Cincinnati, and thus the modern,… more