Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 27, 2021
Company
Aires Hobby Models
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$12.00

A quick way to add detail to your FW-190A-5 through D-11 is to open up an access hatch or two. These are often found open or missing on crashed or abandoned aircraft. Aires provides you a way to do that now on your late FW-190.

Packaged in a self-contained baggie with a cardboard backing to prevent damage are three light grey resin pieces. They show exquisite detail and are flawlessly cast. A fret of photo etch pieces is also included. The instructions are printed on light blue paper with easy-to-follow directions. The first part of the addition is the parts prep, which is easy to do. This will just take some painting to bring alive.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 27, 2021
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$15.50

The ICM Do-217N-1 is a nice kit but it could use some updates. One of the big ones is in the propeller blades and prop hub. The kit offering is not quite correct in shape and the prop blade profile is off slightly with the propeller tips being a little too pointy.

Quickboost recognized this and offers up this easy and convenient prop set. Included in the typical resealable bag with card stock backing are eight propeller blades and two spinners. The only thing missing is a tool to set the angle of the blades. Removal of the parts is simple enough. You will have to drill a center hole to mount the spinner with the props installed. This will require some brass, not included, or some other form of support. You could always just mount the prop spinners directly to the cowlings.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 27, 2021
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$11.50

The Do-217N-1 is a unique night fighter variant of the Do-17/215/217 series. This set is an easy addition to the ICM model. The set is packaged in typical Quickboost fashion. A resealable package with card stock backing to protect the parts. The parts are flawlessly cast in light grey resin. There are four exhausts and four exhaust ends. The exhausts feature hollow ends with beautiful molded on detail. The four separate front portions have exquisite detail in the front. It is just a simple matter of removing them and adding them to the front of the exhaust parts. One of mine exhausts was slightly out of round but a quick bath in hot water allowed me to straighten it.

Adding them to the kit is simple and easy enough to do. The important thing is to pay attention to what you need to remove. Leave the exhaust stacks on the underside on the part. It would be easy enough to cut them off, so pay attention.

Book Author(s)
Roger Tisdale
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
September 27, 2021
Company
Cross & Cockade International
MSRP
$14.00

A note about the price of the calendar; The C&C website shows the price in Pounds Sterling and not in Euros.

The 2022 issue of the Cross & Cockade calendar continues the well-established tradition of past year’s calendars: that being of high quality with excellent artwork. As in past years, you are advised to order your copy now, and not wait. There may be a limited supply of these calendars and you do not want to miss out because you waited until the supply ran out.

According to Roger Tisdale of Cross & Cockade the profits from the sale of these annual Cross and Cockade International Calendars go to assist in the upkeep of the British Air Services Memorial at the St-Omer airfield in northern France”. This is a very worthy cause and deserving of your support. One can check out the St-Omer Memorial at http://www.webmatters.net/txtpat/?id=258

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
September 27, 2021
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$18.00

The HK B-17s are really good kits. They could use some details added here and there. One of those places is the props. They are slightly misshaped. They are wider than they should be at least to my eye and to obviously Quickboost as well. Judge for yourself with the photos.

There are four prop hubs and 12 prop blades. They are all packaged in the resealable packaging that Quickboost uses with a card stock backing to protect the parts. There are 16 flawlessly cast light grey resin pieces included, four hubs and 12 blades. The blades are keyed to the hubs so there is no need for an alignment tool. The detail on the hubs is flawlessly executed and the blades are suitably thin and correctly shaped.

The only real work is to drill out the back of the hub and insert your own mount or wire.

Painting is easy enough with the yellow tips and the hubs and blades being flat black. You will have to supply your own decals as none are provided.

Book Author(s)
Pierre Tiquet
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Casemate UK
MSRP
$39.95

The book goes into details of the German Tank Destroyers used in World War Two.

The contents are:

  • Timeline of Events
  • Introduction; Panzerjager in the Heer and the Waffen SS
  • The Panzerjager Ente, Marder II and Marder III
  • Jagdpanzers – The Dicker Max and the Super Emil
  • The Horniesse / Nashorn
  • The Hetzer
  • The Elephant
  • The Jagdpanzer IV/70
  • Afterword

The different tank destroyers are fully defined, and their evolution described in the various chapters in this book. The different types, strengths, and weakness are also covered. The book includes the actions there were used in in great detail and helps make this book a great read and reference material

I found this book fascinating and provides a lot of additional information I have never read before. There are lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

Book Author(s)
Dr Jorge Boveda
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

Helion & Company continues to expand its series “Latin America @ War”, with its 23rd installment devoted to the Argentine Navy operations during the Falklands/Malvinas War.

The author is the son of an Argentine Navy officer, and himself was a cadet of the Argentinean Navy. As such, he can speak to the Argentine Navy culture like an “insider”, which provides insights often lost by regular historians.

The book is divided in 4 sections:

  • Culture and the Argentinean Navy (12 pages)
  • Culture, Strategy and the Falklands/Malvinas War (15 pages)
  • Culture and Operations in the South Atlantic (31 pages)
  • Conclusion (5 pages)

The first section is about the history of the Argentinean navy (the book goes all the way back to the mid-1850s) and mainly describes it’s tradition and the skills desired in their officers.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 4th installment in a series of Ki-27 “Nate”. There are a total of 9 aircraft, with 7 of them being of the Japanese “Gray Green” color, which the instructions suggest to replacing with German RLM 02. The other two aircraft are painted in Japanese Dark Green over Gray-Green.

The decals provide squadron codes and fuselage art for all aircrafts. However, you don’t have enough national markings for all aircraft.  This is not a big problem as you can use the national markings and stencils from the decal sheet in the original Hasegawa kit. The set also provides templates -in regular paper- for masking of cowlings

Decals have been printed by Microscale and they have a well-earned reputation for thin decals and in-register sheets. These are no exception. Decals are glossy, look thin, and likely will adhere well to a gloss surface.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 12, 2021
Company
Lifelike Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.50

Lifelike Decals from Japan has released its 5th installment in a series of Ki-27 “Nate”. You get a total of 8 aircraft, with 6 of them being of the Japanese “Gray Green” color, which the instructions suggest replacing with German RLM 02.

One of the other two aircraft is painted in Japanese Dark Green over Gray-Green, while the last one is an attractive disruptive camouflage of dark green, green and brown over Grey-Green.

Decals are provided for squadron codes and fuselage art for all aircraft. However, there aren’t enough national markings for all aircraft.  This is not a big problem as the national markings and stencils from the decal sheet in the original boxing from the Hasegawa kit can be used.

Decals have been printed by Microscale and they have a well-earned reputation for thin and in-register decal sheets. These are no exception. Decals are glossy, they look thin, and likely will adhere well to a gloss surface.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
September 11, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$3.00

Ammo by Mig has released an extensive line of acrylic filters, I think there are 30 different colors in the line. This review includes the following colors

  • A.Mig-0808 Marine Blue
  • A.Mig-0811 Yellow Green
  • A.Mig-0823 Medium Brown
  • A.Mig-0824 Tan

Filters are translucent paints (highly diluted paints) that are intended to be applied over a surface -as opposed to washes that are applied on crevices or panel lines- with the intention of subtlety changing the color base and bringing color variation and depth to an otherwise ‘toy-like’ finish.