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Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 Police Car

Published: February 10, 2020
Company: Hasegawa

For this review, I built the Hasegawa Police version of the VW Beetle. This says Limited Edition on the box and, if that is true, I would pick one up ASAP. You get a really nice car kit here, and it includes three versions of the bug to build – a green and white German Polizei auto, a black and white Canadian bug, and the version I built: the white and blue Belgium Politie. The good news about… more

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German Military Staff Car Sd. Kfz.1 Type 170 VK

Published: February 3, 2020
Company: Master Box Ltd

This review is of the Master Box German Military Staff Car, WWII Era, Sd.Kfz.1 Type 170 VK, also known as the Mercedes Benz 170 VK. Since I am a lazy typist I am going to refer to this as the “Mercedes” during this review.

Well, this is one of those kits that is different, and therefore a welcome challenge. The kit consists of three main builds: the engine, the frame, and the carriage… more

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Ardennes Street

Published: May 20, 2013
Company: MiniArt

This review is for the 1/35 MiniArt Ardennes Street, which is a road section with a damaged building and a small culvert.

As with most of these MiniArt kits you get extras, and these are worth it too. There is a full door, some window panes and some window shutters plus a rail fence. The culvert is really neat too, and I plan to dress mine up with a small piece of pipe, and some… more

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Village House

Published: May 18, 2013
Company: MiniArt

Normally I don’t build 1/72 scale. The armor is too small and my eyes are too old. There is a guy in our club named Scott who only builds 1/72 and because I thought how funny it would be to enter something into our upcoming contest in 1/72 scale to surprise him, I picked this kit to review.

It is a Village House, which is molded in color (although it still will need to be painted), and… more

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Leichte (Funk) Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf. A

Published: March 4, 2013
Company: Dragon Models

Well, being an armor builder, I decided to try the Dragon Leichte Funk Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf. A, or, as I simply call it, “The Funk Wagen”. This was the first armor kit I have ever built that doesn’t have a gun. This review should be titled, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

The Good: For starters, it is a neat subject. It has a complete interior which allows for a nice option to have all the… more

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Street Section with Wall

Published: February 18, 2013
Company: MiniArt

This review is of the MiniArt Street Section with Wall, a part of their diorama series of bases for armor models. Like the other section I built in an earlier review, this was also pretty easy to build. When weathered, this looks nice when finished.

First, you get a sheet of very soft plastic to use as the base with a cobblestone street and some sidewalks. This has some very well done… more

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Diorama with Park Wall

Published: February 17, 2013
Company: MiniArt

This review is of the MiniArt Diorama with Park Wall, part of their diorama series of bases for armor models. It was a pretty easy build, and it looks nice when finished, but it did take some work and some modifications to make it look good.

First of you get a sheet of very soft plastic to use as the base. This has some very nicely done details with the pathway and some small rocks in… more

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Bf-109F-4 Jabo

Published: February 2, 2013
Company: Hasegawa

I recently built the Hasegawa 1/32 scale Bf-109 F4 “Jabo” version. This was a great kit to build. In fact, if by some miracle I win the lottery or find a decently paying job, I actually plan on picking another one up.

The decal sheet gives you three versions to build: Oberleutnant Frank Liesendahl from 10 Jabo /JG2, Unteroffizier Felix Sauer from 10 Jabo /JG53, and Oberleutnant Werner… more

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F6F-5 Hellcat “Pacific Aces”

Published: January 11, 2013
Company: Hasegawa

I recently received the Hasegawa 1/48 scale F6F-5 Hellcat “Pacific Aces” version. This is a very nice kit, and I was actually impressed by the details, especially in the cockpit. From my research, this is a re-release of their previous F6F-5 with a new set of decals covering a few late war aces. The two planes you have the option to build are ‘White 115’ of VF-83 from the USS Essex which was… more


Ferdinand/Elefant: Detail In Action

Published: January 4, 2013
Book Author(s): David Doyle
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The book Ferdinand/Elefant: Detail In Action by David Doyle is a nice addition to the library of any German armor modeler. It is packed with 80 pages of drawings, photos, and information on the Ferdinand and Elefant tank destroyers. This book also contains a small part in the front covering the Porsche Tiger, which was the predecessor of the Ferdinand/Elefant. In fact, Ferdinand… more