Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
Company
Government Issue
Scale
90mm
MSRP
$49.95

As a devotee of SciFi and the related genres, I was always a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove. It had a great cast with George C. Scott, James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers and many more including the subject of this diorama, Slim Pickens as Major “King” Kong who most notably rides a nuclear bomb out of the bottom of a B-52 to detonate in Russia. I could go one more but you really need to watch is to appreciate the subtle and extensive humor thrown around.

Review Author
Mark Aldrich
Published on
Company
Mini World
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$5.93

Wow, just looking at this piece has given me a re-found respect for you Braille-scale builders! I don’t see how you can do it. I have enough troubles bending and gluing photo-etched parts. I will learn to start soldering them soon. Can’t even imagine trying to do it 1/72 scale. That is an issue anyone that buys this kit will need to overcome.

Mini World appears to be a relatively new company or at least a new off shoot from a company in the Ukraine. There were many companies that carried their line (all overseas) but only Hannants had this particular item listed on their website. Mini World does not have a website of its own. Their items are pretty impressive. They currently have 18 different machine guns on the market. Most are for WWI aircraft but I did also notice two different DShK kits available as well.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.95

I have heard some ask “Why pay for landing gear that’s already in a kit?” The simple reason to use SAC gear comes down to basic physics: Metal gear makes for a robust structure that doesn’t fail under the weight of a model. Resin models are where metal gear is required (but sometimes not provided); on large plastic models, this requirement is particularly noticeable on aircraft with offset main gear such as the Hawkeye, weight distribution is outside of the gear centerline, and the wheel/tire assemblies tend to splay out over time, or outright break off.

Review Author
Tom Moon
Published on
Company
Dragon Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$49.95

Most Dragon models today are a collection of old sprues and new sprues added to create a new kit variant. In this case, Dragon has done so and in this case, redid the areas that had zimmerit applied. This being said, you have many options that need to be reviewed and decided on before you start this kit.

Steps 1, 2, & 3 - Lower Hull

As with most armor kits, the first step is the running gear. Remember those choices I mentioned in the paragraph above, well, here is the first one. You have a choice of two slightly different drive sprockets. The second choice is between the end caps over the bogie springs, and the third is the choice of mufflers.

The instructions give you two sets of muffler and you will need to drill out some locating holes depending on which muffler type you have chosen.

Review Author
Jeff Leiby
Published on
Company
Model Art
MSRP
$14.00

The November 2010 edition of the Model Art Magazine has the following articles:

  • Main article is Q&A how-to using the following kit builds to discuss selecting paint colors, painting winter camouflage, different types of paints and painting techniques, different glues and their use, use of canopy masks and photo etch, detailing cockpits and engines, painting national markings and different modeling tools:

- Hasegawa 1/32 Bf109 F4 trop - Hobby Boss 1/32 IL-2 Sturmovik on skis - Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M3/3a - Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima B6N2 Tenzan “Jill” - Tamiya (Italeri) 1/72 Mig-29 Fulcrum

Review Author
Roger Carrano
Published on
Company
Master Box Ltd
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$19.95

Master Box Ltd. is a company that makes many different injected molded kits with an emphasis on making their products for dioramas. Their kits have a huge range of themes and accessories for dioramas, including figures of people and various animals, carts, WWII tanks & motorcycles to mention a few. Each kit tells a story of its own and together can bring your diorama to a better level of realism. I know they have been around from at least 2006 but however long it might be, their products seem to be excellent.

Book Author(s)
John Weal
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$22.95

Illustrator and author, John Weal, has provided the third and final publication in the Ju-88 trilogy with the release of Ju-88 Kampfgeschwader on the Russian Front. Previously published are Mr. Weal’s books featuring the Ju-88 on the Western Front and on the North African/Mediterranean Front.

Mr. Weal is fluent in German and that ability adds significant color and detail to the text. Little details make the reading lively and interesting an added plus to the historical documentation that one normally finds in Osprey publications. For example, Mr. Weal describes a situation in which some squadron leaders are opening their flight orders and he describes the flight orders as being enclosed in a green envelope.

Review Author
Rick Bellanger
Published on
Company
Italeri
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$149.00

Brief History

(taken from the photographic reference manual provided in kit).

Original conceived in 1915, as a little torpedo boat early prototypes were a failure due to the heavy weight of the torpedo. Soon afterwards, Italy entered WWI and more of the boats were ordered. Development never ceased, and by the end of WWI over 244 MAS's were in service. The first true torpedo MAS gained considerable fame by sinking the Austrian Battleships Wien and Szent Istvan.

Development of the boats continued thru the 20's and 30's. Speed was essential and improvements were made to the hull and more powerful engines installed. Finally the much sought after 40 knots was achieved in MAS 424 in 1928. Three 500 hp Isotta Fraschini Asso engines powered the boat.

Review Author
Steve Jahnke
Published on
Company
Revell, Inc.
Scale
1/25
MSRP
$24.95

The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (which stands for American Club Racer) is the latest Viper from the Dodge Boys built for hard core street and race enthusiasts. The ACR comes equiped fron the factory with a built for racing aluminum 8.4 litre V10 rated at 600 horse power. Additionally it comes equipped with Brembo discs brakes all around the size of pizza pans; creature comforts include a 310 watt 7 speaker sound system and a 220 MPH speedometer…all for a MSRP of $110,055. This Viper ACR is no longer in production but it is certain to be a collector’s item in the future.

Review Author
Roger Rasor
Published on
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$11.00

Volume 26, No.5 of Windsock Worldwide is further proof that Albatross Productions churns out some of the best WW I publications to be found anywhere. This issue of Windsock’s bi-monthly magazine delivers a substantial amount of exclusives for WW I aircraft model builders and historians. The cover photos provide a look of two of them: A full size flying replica of a Fokker Dr .1 and the framework of an incredibly detailed 1/16 scale Sopwith Camel.