Review Author
Andy Taylor
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Company
Hauler
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$26.25

Hauler continues expanding its impressive 1/48 PE catalog. This set is a new tool for Tamiya’s 2021 Russian Medium Tank T-34-85 kit and comes on three frets (A: 2”x2.75” (fenders), B: 2” x 2.75” (boxes, buckles, tie downs, etc), and C: 1.125” x 2” (grills).

Hauler is well known for its detail and this set does not disappoint. This set is designed to give the 1/48 Tamiya T-34/85 scale thickness details and take the plastic kit to the next level. None of the parts are solely for the T-34/85, it could also work for the earlier T-34/76 and any other T-34 variants.

Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
ICM
MSRP
$18.99

Another in ICM’s range of paint sets for use with their figures is this set for British WWII Infantry, indicated for use with their figure sets - #35616 ‘You are important to God’; #35617 ‘Montgomery’s Staff (Figures)’; and #35646 ‘British Vickers MG Crew’, although they can of course be used for any British WWII infantry figures.

The set contains the following 12ml paint pots; I have listed their intended uses:

  • 1008 Deep Brown – for weapon stocks and other wooden parts
  • 1027 Gun Metal Metallic – for weapons
  • 1059 Green Ochre - webbing
  • 1062 British Khaki – Uniform clothing
  • 1069 Extra Dark Green – helmets and various accessories
  • 2001 Varnish Matt

The back of the box has a couple of drawings showing where to use each colour on the figures.

Book Author(s)
Richard King
Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$35.00

The Challenger I was a British main battle tank (MBT) used by the British Army from 1983 to 2001 and was succeeded by the Challenger II. It saw action during the Gulf War and in the former Yugoslavia.

Author Richard King is a former British Army tanker and is well versed in the subject. He outlines the rather sketchy and draw-out development process for the tank, its tortured introduction into service and its eventual excellent service and combat record. The vicissitudes of British armed forces procurement are painstakingly detailed, and the average soldier’s distain for bureaucracy, officialdom and rank are evident in his humourous tales. Indeed, the British sense of humour in adversity is oft-displayed and is a memorable part of the story. Keep an eye open for characters such as Lay-by Lil, Rupert, and Wolfgang the Bratty Man.

Book Author(s)
Andy Evans
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$25.00

This is the latest release in the Warpaint series of aircraft books from Guideline Publishers. The format follows the other titles in this series and includes 156 pages of color and B/W photos, color side views and line drawings in 1/72 scale. Although this volume is dominated by pictures, there is a history of the F-1s development and operational history of all the operators who used this aircraft. The book is current including a description of an F-1 flying for Draken International that crashed earlier this year right here in Las Vegas.

Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
Company
ICM
Scale
1:48

Background of Marston Matting

I realize that I recently completed a companion review of this similar M8A1 landing matting and do not wish to rehash the same ground. However, if you’re interested, I urge you to read that narrative as well, as the background and history of the Marston mat system is one that should be of historical and modeling interest for many of us.

I should also point out that this modern style of Marston matting is not the type with the circular holes, but rather the narrow-slit types of surface design. The original WW II type (with holes) can be found in the ICM line at kit # 49017 (though I have been unable to locate recently).

Book Author(s)
Richard Caruana
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$25.00

This is another colorful book (in a larger series) by the well-known aviation artist, Richard J Caruana. I recommend that you review one or more of the biographical sketches of Mr. Caruana, who was born and resides in Malta. The well-known artist has the distinction (amongst other aspects of his life) having published a 15-volume history of the Italian Air Force, numerous Scale Aviation Modeling, Scale Models, and Osprey books (amongst others), and has designed 89 stamps for the country of Malta.

This Bookazine Collection: 2 is richly packed with 48 pages of full-color illustrations and the inside cover B&W drawings of the Hawker Hart and Hawker Siddeley Harrier in 1/72nd scale.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
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Company
Tamiya
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$83.00

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) – this is a great kit at a great value! This is not a Tamiya tank model of our past – this is a new approach for a company often referred to as “shake and bake” for its ease of construction. Tamiya models are known for their effortless assembly but are soft on details. This kit is a fantastic introduction to what is hopefully a whole new line of tank models. The detail is superb, the assembly is straightforward, and I asked myself a few times if I was building another model company’s tank. The model comes with PE parts, clear parts, masks, and two of their superb new figures for the Commander and Loader (complete with decals for their ranks, name badges, and beret insignia). This kit also came with the Leopard 2A7V Metal Barrel (Item No. 12694, available separately for $21.

Book Author(s)
Artur Juszczak
Review Author
Tomasz Menert
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$22.00

The PZL (Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze) State Aviation Works were established in 1928 with the main purpose of producing military aircraft of their own design and development. One of the characteristics of the PZL fighter aircraft was the gull-shaped wing which was later known as the Polish wing. The first design developed by the Works was the PZL P.1 which was also the first all-metal aircraft construction in Poland. This development was followed by the PZL P.6 and then the PZL P.7 airplanes. In 1931 the prototype of the PZL P.11 was tested and flown. Several versions of the PZL P.11 were developed: P.11a, P.11b, P.11c, and P.11f. Romania acquired the license for the P.11b but built the P.11f. The PZL P.11 and PZL P.7 were engaged in air combat against the German Luftwaffe in September 1939. Many surviving PZL P.11 aircraft were evacuated to Romania after the Soviet Union attacked Poland on September 17, 1939.

Review Author
Chris Vandegrift
Published on
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/350
MSRP
$349.99

Intro

This last part has only 2 key elements really, the flight deck and the island. However, there are a lot of individual steps that make this as long as the other 2 parts of the ship already completed (hull and hangar bay). The fine details really come together around the flight deck. Take note of the order in which you want to handle the assembly. For instance, doing some of the PE on the flight deck would be best done before attaching the island so you can flip the carrier over for ease of assembly. With that, let’s head for our home port...

Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$23.00

This Mistelproject was one of the last glide bomb developments submitted to the RLM before the end of WWII. Arado, working with Rheinmetall-Borsig, designed a simple glide bomb that could be powered or unpowered, and carried beneath the Arado 234 or Heinkel 162. The purpose of this flying bomb, which could be guided by remote control or a target guidance system, was to attack targets such as ships or large fixed objectives.