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D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part II

Published: February 9, 2015
Company: Eduard

This is the second half of the review of the Big Ed set for the Meng Models D9R Dozer.

This portion will focus on the exterior detail set (36265) which happens to be one of the most extensive sets as well as parts for every side of the vehicle are covered.

I started by assembling all the ammo racks for both sides and rear of the vehicle. They are made up of several different… more


D9R Doobi Big Ed Set - Part I

Published: February 9, 2015
Company: Eduard

First off, the MENG D9R kit is a beast, but it’s a beautiful piece of modeling goodness once you get going. The Big Ed photoetch (PE) set that Eduard has designed for this kit is an exceptional addition. There are some rather tedious steps involved if you plan to use the entire set of PE, but it isn’t out of reach if you’re patient and pay attention to what you’re doing. The set consists of… more


Exterior PE for Trumpeter A-6A

Published: January 24, 2015
Company: Eduard

Photo Etch. Some love it, others hate it. This guy has a love hate relationship with it as well, but this was one set that I was more than capable of using without any serious issues. To my knowledge I only created 4 new cuss words, but they were my own doing and not the products fault. With that being said, let’s look at what the folks at Eduard sent my way.

This set is for the… more


Fouga Magister Landing Gear

Published: October 27, 2014
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) has been around for several years now, and I must say that I love what they have done. A lot of kits that come to us today have rather spindly landing gear legs on them, and over time I have seen some of my older builds begin to show a noticeable sag in their landing gear as the plastic starts to succumb to gravity and the weight of the model.

Well, you… more

Placement Guide

MiG-29 Russian Stencils

Published: October 27, 2014
Company: HAD Models

HAD Models (HungAeroDecals) is a new company, at least to me. Printed in Hungary, HAD Models brings us a sheet of stencils for the ubiquitous MiG-29. Although the sheet is small in size (6.5ʺ x 4.75ʺ) it is packed with decals; 136 to be exact. The decals are well printed, in register, and easy to read, even in 1/48 scale, with the aid of my Optivisor.

The decals comes with two foldouts… more

Product Picture

Luftwaffe JG73 Operation Sniper 2003, Mig-29-12

Published: October 21, 2014
Company: Great Wall Hobby

I need to preface this review by saying I had a major setback towards the end of this build. All of the in progress pictures I had been taking were deleted on my computer somehow. I was able to recover some of them, but not all. I did my best to capture what I thought was important during the build. Hopefully the review will still be of use even without those photos’s I lost.

I’ll hold… more

Quickboost Package

T-38A Talon Air Scoops

Published: October 19, 2014
Company: Quickboost

There isn’t much to say with this one. These are a direct replacement for the Trumpeter kits air scoops; parts C-18/19. As you can see they are well cast and feature a hollow opening as opposed to the kits solid appearance. The kit piece is on the top in the picture. Well packaged at an affordable price. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Quickboost for providing this review item

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SU-85, Soviet Tank Destroyer

Published: January 24, 2011
Company: Tamiya

The Model

The SU-85 is a Russian tank destroyer that has a massive 85-mm gun, and was capable of taking out nearly every foe it came across. The tank did not have a moving turret so it made it easy for the Russians to build. It was powered with a V-2 12-cylinder diesel engine that could reach speeds of 34-mph on rough roads. There were roughly 2,050 destroyers built from 1943 until… more