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Bristol Beaufort Mk.1A (With Tropical Filters)

Published: May 13, 2023
Company: ICM

ICM continues to pump out high quality model kits for us eager, plastic hungry modelers around the world! This is the second release of the Bristol Beaufort and represents the Mk.1A with tropical filters. These filters mounted on top of the engine pods and were used in hotter/dustier Mediterranean and North African environments. The downfall was the larger filters increased drag and reduced… more


OV-10A Bronco US Navy

Published: March 4, 2023
Company: ICM

The OV-10A Bronco was a highly versatile aircraft and proved itself during the Vietnam War. Some aircraft operated by the US Navy were used in an anti-submarine training squadron, VS-41, Shamrocks. Some of these Bronco’s were painted in black or a very dark blue over white camouflage scheme. Interestingly, I could not find any pictures of OV-10A’s in this color. A number of Bronco’s were also… more

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A-10C Thunderbolt II

Published: February 11, 2023
Company: Hobby Boss

The 1/48 scale Hobby Boss A-10 was a very welcoming kit when it was first released in 2007. The A-10C represents the third release, after the A-10A and N/AW A-10 two-seater, of this kit and outdoes the older Monogram and Tamiya kits in every way!

The Hobby Boss Thunderbolt II arrived packed beautifully and well protected as is standard for this Chinese model company. No more than two… more

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AH-1G Cobra

Published: November 6, 2022
Company: Special Hobby

The AH-1G Cobra was the first helicopter specifically designed for air to ground attack missions. They first saw action in Vietnam. The type went on to serve several nations, including Spain and Israel (the subject of this model).

I picked the model up at the Review Corp get together at the IPMS National Convention in Omaha. Phil had gotten it straight from Special Hobby.

The… more


Micro Mitre Box

Published: October 29, 2022
Company: UMM-USA

I was lucky enough to pick this tool up from Phil at the IPMS National Convention in Omaha during the Reviewer Corp get together.

The text below was taken directly from the UMM web page and explains the Micro Mitre Box details better than I could:

MICRO MITRE BOX - MN048 XL (45° 90° 60°) cutting slots.

High Quality - MMB box with adjustable stop 110MM x 20MM x 14MM… more


Boeing 707: Boeing’s First Jetliner

Published: October 29, 2022
Book Author(s): Ron Mak
Company: Key Publishing Ltd

The Boeing 707 was the first widely used commercial jet. It brought the US into the “jet age” in the late 1950’s. The 707 remained in production until late 1978, by which time other more economical and larger designs were needed due to increased passenger amounts over longer routes. This book is a tribute to a wide range of 707 variants, and airline liveries.

The soft cover book is a… more


UH-34D/J, HSS-1, HU.5, HAS.1/3 Metal Landing Gear

Published: August 20, 2022
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales.

The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models.

The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive… more

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SA-342M Gazelle (Airfix/Heller Kit)

Published: August 20, 2022
Company: Brengun

Brengun is an aftermarket company that supplies parts and accessories for a vast variety of models, as well as their own model kits.

This photo etch set included just about everything needed to enhance and upgrade the old “classic” Airfix/Heller 1/72 Gazelle helicopter.

Much of the set accommodates various antennae’s, windscreen wipers, Rotor head cyclic and collective push… more


C-160 Transall

Published: May 30, 2022
Book Author(s): Jens Schymura, Marcus Fülber
Company: HMH Publications

The C-160 Transall is a twin engine transport aircraft conceived and built by a French and German alliance. It is about the same size as the Lockheed C-130 but uses two high powered Roll Royce engines as opposed to the C-130s four smaller engines. The Transall is slowly being fazed out and replaced by the larger Airbus A-400 Atlas.

This soft cover book is made using high quality paper… more


B-26K Counter Invader with USAF Pilots & Ground Personnel

Published: May 18, 2022
Company: ICM

ICM Is a Ukrainian company who has really made a name for themselves in the plastic model community. An informative history of the B-26K Counter Invader is included on the cover of the instruction manual and I took a picture of so it could be read there.

The model was contained within a very strong, lid opening box. The sprues were found inside several plastic bags which protected the… more