Review Author
Frank Landrus
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Company
Morland Studios
Scale
54mm
MSRP
$14.95

Morland Studios produces 32mm and 54mm figures; 200mm busts; along with bases and scenics with the focus on quality display miniatures. Morland Studios is the home of the Officially Licensed Nene Thomas, Howard David Johnson, and Order of the Stick miniature lines. Justitia, the Roman Goddess of Justice, is a 54mm metal figure sculpted by Sebastian Archer that was released in February 2015.

The kit comes in a somewhat square box stuffed with confetti-like paper to pad the parts. Pulling out the parts, you get a 54mm white metal figure, a black plastic base, and a zip-lock bag with the remaining kit parts. The zip-lock bag contains two chains and three white metal parts. The Howard David Johnson painting on which this kit is based is depicted on the side of the box.

Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey, Haagen Klaus
Review Author
Paul Mahoney
Published on
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$21.99

Detail & Scale produced some incredible references back in the 1980s/90s, and I recall the research within several of them helping to advance my building skills as a young modeler. Recently, the company revitalized itself and has been issuing new (or fully updated) publications with even more comprehensive coverage of aviation subjects. These are now available in digital format as well as traditional printed volumes. As before, there is a brief but detailed history of the subject aircraft, followed by loads of photos of both museum and contemporary aircraft, and a modelers’ section.

The P-38 Lightning Part 2: P-38J through P-38M Variants (also covers the F-5B, F-5E, F-5F & F-5G Photo Reconnaissance Variants) is the first of this newer round of publications I have had the pleasure to read and review.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
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Company
Charlies Plastic Models
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$10.00

Ian at Charlie’s Plastic Models has produced several “caddys” to help corral a lot of the modeling tools, glue and other stuff we accumulate in the pursuit of building the next award-winning, or shelf-dwelling model! They are well thought out and the slots and spaces are perfectly designed to securely hold regularly used tools, even my abused and worn sanding sticks!

If you are like me, there will be plastic containers, old glasses, mugs and jars strategically positioned around my modeling desk, containing everything needed to cut, file, glue, paint and scribe.

The Tool Caddy I received for this review was very nicely produced in grey 3 D printed plastic. It is sturdy, and for its size can hold lots of various items. It did not take much imagination or time for me to fill mine full.

Review Author
Pat Villarreal
Published on
Company
ICM
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$38.99

ICM has released a dual midget submarine kit in 1/72nd scale. The submarines are U-Boat Type XXVIIB Seehund (early) and Molch.

he K-Verband (in English "small battle unit", derived from Kleinkampfverbände der Kriegsmarine"small battle units") was a World War II German naval unit that operated a mixture of midget submarines and explosive speed boats. It was formed in April 1944 and operated until 26 April 1945.

In The Package

There are two (2) kits provided inside the box, U-Boat Type XXVIIB Seehund (early) and Molch. If bought individually, the MSRP is $31.99 each. Thus, there is great value in buying this dual kit.

There are two (2) bags of sprues packaged. One for each submarine. The Molch has two sets of sprues, gray and clear. While the Seehund only has one gray sprue. Also, each sub gets its own decal sheet and set of instructions. The instructions are well illustrated and assembly is straight forward based on the small number of steps.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
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Company
Airfix
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$44.99

The model represents an Austin 30cwt truck in common use with U.K. forces during WWII. I assume that Airfix couldn’t get a license to use the “Austin” name on the box-top. The kit comes in a big, sturdy, and colorful box. Included inside are two parts trees of tan plastic, a piece for the hood, a tree of clear parts, a small fret of photo-etch, decals, and instructions. The trees are bagged to prevent loss of parts. The clear parts and decals are separately bagged to prevent damage. The hood (maybe I should call it a ‘bonnet’ since it is a British truck?) does not come attached to a parts tree, so make sure that you find it before throwing the bags away.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
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Company
Pig Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$26.00

Anyone who lives even remotely near a shoreline knows how ubiquitous seagulls can be. Essentially, they’re everywhere in warm weather – complaining to each other in their raucous voices, stealing food from tourists and generally creating shenanigans wherever they are.

Pig Models has released a lovely package of 3D printed seagulls that can make a fine addition to any nautical scene. The package includes 10 seagulls in 5 poses and each comes in a protective “box” to guard the contents. Unfortunately, even this precaution hasn’t prevented damage to the contents, at least in my case. Three of the figures in my set had severely damaged “landing gear” before I’d even opened the package. I don’t know if this is typical or if mine had just received extraordinarily rough handling, but beware that this could be an issue. That doesn’t, however, render them useless, as most can be shown sitting rather than standing with just a tiny amount of work.

Book Author(s)
Michael Green
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
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Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$46.95

Pen and Sword books is a prolific publisher of military history base in the United Kingdom and distributed by Casemate Publications here in the United States. This is a partner volume to NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks, published in 2022. As with most books that come from Pen and Sword, the book’s binding, printing, and photograph quality is outstanding. The pages are printed on glossy paper and the photographs (color and black and white) are crystal clear. Given the varying quality of published photographs concerning military history topics for hobbyists, it is nice to see that they are investing in quality products.

Review Author
Jim Stepanek
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Company
Atlantis Model Company
Scale
1:25
MSRP
$29.99

The Studebaker is a wonderfully designed automobile that lends itself to streamlining for racing purposes. In this case, I built a race car for the gas coupe class with a blown Hemi. The kit also supplies a 421 ci Pontiac engine for use in a different drag racing class. Yellow ignition wires are included in the box.

I’m guessing that this kit is very old. There was so much flash on all the parts that I could have probably melted all of it and made another kit. Just terrible.

Kit instructions are somewhat difficult to follow due to lack of details.

Decals flowed on very well.

Kit is molded in red plastic so I used Duplicolor red oxide primer covered with House of Color Cinder Red followed by 2 coats of Nason 2K clear.

The Studebaker body is beautiful and I’d like to thank IPMS and Atlantis for the opportunity to build the kit.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
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Company
ICM
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$12.99

The Ukrainian kit manufacturer ICM has recently expanded their catalogue to include a range of acrylic paints and varnishes. In this review, I try out ICM’s paint set intended for WWII Royal Navy aircraft.

The set comes in a small rectangular box with examples of the included colors printed on the front and a painting guide for a Royal Navy Sea Gladiator on the back. The set includes five 12ml bottles of paint and one 12ml bottle of satin varnish. The bottles are open-topped (no dropper-tips).The undersides of the lids have a raised ridge that does a pretty good job of keeping the paint from getting on the threads of the lids.

The included bottles are:

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
Company
Hauler Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$10.05

Hauler is well known for its detail and this set created for the Bundeswehr Schütze panzer (SPz) Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is no exception. This 40-piece PE set, on a fret measuring 2.25”x 1.25, packs detail into an older kit to bring it to the next level. If you want a Bundeswehr (or Chilean) Marder in 1/72 scale, this is the only injection plastic kit on the market, currently in its fourth boxing in 2020 (the original mold dates to 1999).