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Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B Tiger II

Published: December 6, 2014
Company: Eduard

Tiger II is the common name of a German heavy tank of the Second World War. The final official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B, often shortened to Tiger B. The ordnance inventory designation was Sd.Kfz. 182. It is also known under the informal name Königstiger (German for "Bengal tiger"), often mistranslated as King Tiger or Royal Tiger by Allied soldiers.

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Bf-109E-1 Weekend Edition

Published: March 23, 2013
Company: Eduard

This aircraft need little introduction, being one of the two major fighters of the German air force in World War 2. The Bf-109E-1 was the first of the Emil versions and lead to the F through K versions. The Emil was also the basis for the ill-fated carrier fighter for the Graf Zeppelin.

This was one of my top 5 favorite build of all time. Interestingly, 4 of my five are Edward kits.… more

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Panther Ausf. D, Early Production

Published: August 30, 2012
Company: Dragon Models

The Panther. Do I really need to say more about the history of this tank? If you do desire more information, I suggest you go to Wikipedia, Google, Dog Pile, or Bing and research it. You will find more than you can digest! Come on…it’s a Panther!!!

On to the kit. The box says it is a Panther Ausf. D early production, kit number 7494. The kit has over 80 parts on 4 sprues and DS tracks.… more


Model Art, #843, JGSDF Modeling and Equipment Guide

Published: June 7, 2012
Company: Model Art

The JGSDF Modeling and Equipment is a MUST have for anyone wanting a top notch pictorial of current JGSDF equipment. Let’s do the main downside first, it’s in Japanese! OK, so getting over that, there are some very way cool things in this edition.

This magazine is packed with pictures and (if you read Japanese) text on all the latest equipment used by the Japanese army. The first couple… more

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Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer-Starr

Published: March 28, 2012
Company: Trumpeter

The Jagdpanzer 38(t) (Sd.Kfz. 138/2), later known as Hetzer ("baiter"), was a German light tank destroyer of the Second World War based on a modified Czechoslovakian Panzer 38(t) chassis. Panzerjaeger 38(t) Starr was a simplified version of the Hetzer which attached the 7.5cm PaK 39 gun to the chassis and was fitted with a Tatra diesel engine. 10 were built, 9 converted back to normal Hetzers… more

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MiG 21 MF Polish Air Force

Published: July 31, 2011
Company: Academy Models

Bottom Line

A great MIG-21 build for any level modeler. Some challenges around the cockpit canopy fitting. Decals photo-etch, and resin add to the necessary level of modeling experience needed to complete the kit. If you add photo etch or resin, be prepared for a longer and more complicated build. This kit is highly recommended.


The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (… more

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Bf-110D-3 Fighter

Published: May 14, 2011
Company: Cyber-Hobby

Bottom Line

The kit was well engineered, but I thought it had a few too many parts. Short shots with the canopy frame and propellers were an unwelcomed surprise. It had great detail on the whole aircraft, including panel lines. Engines and gun bay were probably overdone as when complete, you can not see all the work you put into them. But it was a great kit to build and very enjoyable… more

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Bf-109 T-2 Fighter

Published: April 30, 2011
Company: Academy Models

Bottom line

A good kit which will require a knowledge of using and working with resin parts, doing conversions, and a higher level of air brush skills.


The Messerschmitt BF-109T was the projected carrier version of the Bf-109E model. About 70 planes of this version were built by Fiesler. Several modifications had to be made to adapt these single seat fighters… more

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Polikarpov I-16 Type 17

Published: November 9, 2010
Company: Eduard

Greeting to all the plasticholics out there in model building land! Today we have a review of the Polikarpov I-16 type 17. This was an Edward Profipack kit with 96 parts (some of those are extras), a fret of photo-etch - pre-painted on some parts, and decals for 5 A/C.

Historical Background

“Initial service experience revealed that the ShKAS machine guns had a tendency to jam… more