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Arado Ar-68F

Published: July 1, 2021
Company: Roden

The Arado Ar68F kit by Roden is one of two version that they produce, the other being the “E” version. The bulk of both kits are the same with the exception of the sprue containing the cowling parts, since the E and F used different engines. The kit contains around 100 nicely molded parts in a medium gray plastic plus a clear plastic windscreen. There are no photo-etch or resin parts.… more

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Masks for Siebel Si204D

Published: June 21, 2020
Company: Eduard

When I obtained the 1/48 Special Hobby Si204D for review, I knew I was going to need to see if anybody made pre-cut masks for it. It has a large canopy similar to that used on the Heinkel He111, so I didn’t relish the task of masking it, especially if I had to cut my own masks. Luckily, shortly after I received the kit a new list of Eduard items was distributed for review and the Siebel masks… more

Siebel Si204

Published: June 21, 2020
Company: Special Hobby

The Siebel Si204D was a Luftwaffe training and liaison aircraft which first flew in May 1941. It possessed excellent flying characteristics and was very reliable, albeit not particularly attractive. I believe this is the first injection molded 1/48 kit of the type. MPM did a vacuform kit many years ago, and I have tried several times to obtain one, but with no luck. When I saw this offering… more


Si 204D Steel Seatbelts

Published: February 7, 2020
Company: Eduard

The Special Hobby 1/48 Siebel Si 204D has a lot of detail in the cockpit and cabin, so it is a shame that no seatbelts are provided. Eduard have come to the rescue with this excellent set of pre-painted steel seatbelts. The Siebel has two seats in the cockpit, plus another five seats in the radio compartment and cabin. Eduard provides lap belts and shoulder harnesses for the two seats up front… more

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Dornier Do17 Units of World War 2

Published: August 31, 2019
Book Author(s): Chris Goss
Company: Osprey Publishing

The good folks at Osprey Publishing just keep cranking out quality publications on all sorts of subjects, and this book is no exception. Author Chris Goss takes us through a well-written and well-researched history of the units that operated the Dornier Do-17 bomber in World War II.

The book starts with a short explanation of the development of the Do-17 from a transport plane into a… more

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Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra

Published: August 19, 2019
Book Author(s): Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the first release in a new series by Mushroom Model Publications. I am a big fan of their products, so I looked forward to reviewing this book. It is a softcover publication of 24 pages, 6 of which are in color. The cover is a heavy card stock with a color top view of a Russian P-39Q. There are also color side and bottom views of the same aircraft in the book.

The text in the… more

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M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer

Published: June 29, 2019
Company: Kinetic Model Kits

This is the first injection-molded 1/48 kit of the M346 Advanced Fighter Trainer, which first flew in 2004. It is currently used by the air forces of Italy, Israel, Poland and Singapore. It was originally a joint venture between Aermacchi and Yakovlev, and you can definitely see the similarity to the Yak-130 Russian trainer.

The kit is molded in a medium gray plastic and contains just… more

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IDF F-CK-1C Ching-Kuo

Published: November 22, 2018
Company: AFV Club

The F-CK-1C "Ching-kuo" is a single-seat Taiwanese fighter jet that looks like a cross between an F-16 and an F-18 but is about the size of an F-16. It has the sleek lines and single tail of the F-16, but the dual intakes similar to the F-18. AFV Club also makes a kit of the two-seat F-CK-1D.

The kit comes packaged in a fairly sturdy box with beautiful artwork on the lid. Upon opening… more

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MiG-21F-13 Fishbed

Published: January 13, 2014
Company: Trumpeter

The MiG-21F-13 was one of the early variants of the MiG-21 series, and as far as I know this is the first injection-molded kit of the aircraft in 1/48 scale. The kit comes in an appropriately sized box with some nice artwork on the cover. Inside the box, there are 9 sprues of cleanly molded medium grey parts, four of which are dedicated to underwing and under fuselage stores. Most of the major… more

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PZL.23B Karas

Published: January 2, 2013
Company: Mirage Hobby

The kit comes in an attractive box with a profile of one of the marking options on the box top. This is a special limited edition and includes a very nice gold colored coin that is packed separately in a fancy red box similar to what you would get a piece of jewelry in. I am not sure what the parts count is, but I'm sure there are well over one hundred parts. The parts are molded in a medium… more