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The Marmo Method Model Building Guide # 14 - Building the 1/96 Scale Atlantis Moon Ship

Published: January 13, 2022
Book Author(s): Richard Marmo
Company: Scale Publications

Richard Marmo’s latest installment in his “The Marmo Method Model Building Guide” series is booklet # 14, Building The 1/96 Scale Atlantis Moon Ship.   These booklets are a great reference for scale modelers of any experience level.  I would like to thank Mr. Marmo and Scale Publications for providing a copy for this review.

Revell released the XSL-01, 3-stage rocket… more

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RQ-4B Global Hawk "Yokota AB"

Published: June 15, 2021
Company: Platz

The Northrop/Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of information collection capability to support forces in peacetime and wartime. For example,… more

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B-52H Stratofortress

Published: February 22, 2021
Company: Italeri


In 2020, Italeri re-released their big 1/72nd scale B-52H Stratofortress as kit number 1442. This kit is a re-box of the B-52H kit #1262 from 2006 with new decals representing three different aircraft from around the 1979 - 1981 time frame. In 1980, Strategic Air Command (SAC) was still in charge of the nuclear bomber and ballistic missile forces, the B-52Hs had only… more


M4 Sherman / M4, M4A1, M4A4 Firefly

Published: February 1, 2021
Book Author(s): Stanislaw Mokwa
Company: Kagero Publishing

One of Kagero’s latest installments in their TOPDRAWING series is booklet # 98 which covers the M4 Sherman – namely the M4, M4A1 and M4A4 Firefly variants. Like the other TOPDRAWING series booklets, #98 describes the differences in the external arrangements of the major variants, through text, line drawings (in the more common modeling scales) and a few color profiles. These booklets are a… more

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F-4G Phantom II Wild Weasel

Published: July 7, 2015
Company: Revell, Inc.


Since late in the Korean war, into the Vietnam War, and even more importantly today, one of the most important missions within the United States Air Force and Navy is the suppression of enemy air defense systems. Blinding the enemy air defenses was and still is crucial to clearing the road for massive bombing campaigns and air superiority. In the United States Air Force… more

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Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey

Published: July 6, 2015
Company: Round 2 Models


The original Star Trek TV series, in the 1960s, set the stage for TV science fiction drama in many, many ways - too many to go into here. Suffice it to say, that TV show, while great science fiction on the surface, hit all of the major political topics of the time including the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In one particular episode “The… more

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Back To The Future II Time Machine

Published: February 10, 2015
Company: Round 2 Models


"…roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need any roads…"

-Emmitt "Doc" Brown

The "Back to the Future” (BTTF) movie franchise began in 1985 with the release of the first movie. The film series featured the adventures of Marty McFly as he traveled back and forth in time in a Time Machine built by wacky scientist Emmitt “Doc… more

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Back To The Future III Time Machine

Published: February 8, 2015
Company: Polar Lights


The “Back to the Future” (BTTF) movie franchise began in 1985 with the release of the first movie. The film series featured the adventures of Marty McFly as he traveled back and forth in time in a Time Machine built by wacky scientist Emmitt “Doc” Brown. That first plutonium-powered Time Machine creation had been built by Brown from a vintage DeLorean sports car. For the… more

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Gemini Space Capsule

Published: September 6, 2014
Company: Revell, Inc.


On March 23, 1965, Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young blasted off into space onboard the Gemini 3 capsule atop a Titan II Rocket. Gemini 3 was the first manned Gemini flight, and Grissom and Young made three orbits around the earth and returned to the surface after 4 hours and 52 minutes.

Revell originally captured the spirit of the Gemini program historic… more

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Saturn V with Lunar Module

Published: September 5, 2014
Company: AMT


As I sat down to write this review, it was 45 years ago on Sunday, 20 July 1969, at 10:56:15 EDT, that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I watched in complete amazement as the Apollo 11 events unfolded on our old black-and-white TV, from launch preparation to splash down and recovery.

As far as I can tell from some quick Internet research, AMT originally… more