Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
Academy Models
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$31.00

In the Box

Instructions: The instructions were divided into six pages of clearly marked parts and their construction sequence. There was also a page for the four different paint schemes.

Sprues: 3 molded in gray plastic

Clear plastic: 1 sprue

Decal Sheet: With markings for three different countries United States, Japan and Taiwan.

Building the Model

Cockpit

The cockpit was assembled along with other parts into the forward parts of the fuselage sides (the whole fuse is in four different sections). Assembly was not an issue, make sure you get the pilots seat frame and bulked slotted firmly in the cockpit floorboard because the top of the fuse interlocks with the bulked and if the seat is not completely down, the top of the canopy will not fit. Details in the cockpit were not all that pronounced and the instrument panel did not have a decal.

Book Author(s)
Christopher Buckley
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$35.95

The book covers the complete history of De Havilland Canada Civil Aircraft production form the amazingly successful DHC-2 Beaver to the DHC-8-400. These groundbreaking aircraft are all covered in this book in in-depth and informative detail.

This is a very highly illustrated book with many great photos of all the variants of each aircraft.

The history, development and continued use of many of this outstanding aircraft are very well covered in this book and I must say I did read the whole book in one evening and wished it was longer even thou it did not need to be.

I personally worked on the several aircraft in the Dash 7 and Dash 8 series on interior monuments. So, this book is a great addition to my library.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in Commercial Aircraft and for modelers. After reading this book I look forward to adding more of this series to my library.

Book Author(s)
Chris Goss
Review Author
Walt Fink
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$19.46

Authored by Chris Goss, this is the tenth volume in the Historic Military Aircraft Series, and the fourth devoted to British combat aircraft of the 1970’s and 80’s, the twenty years which signified the final twenty of The Cold War. Goss treats the four major British recon aircraft separately with their own chapters: the Canberra, Gannet, Nimrod and Shackleton. The book is super illustrated with color photographs of each type and concise tables listing the variants produced: the Gannet with seven, the Nimrod with six, the Shackleton with five, and the Canberra with a whopping fourteen. If there’s a drawback to Goss’s work, it’s that the colors in some of the book’s photographs are slightly muted, typical of the film used in that time. but they’re still accurately portrayed and plenty detailed for the scale modeler to use.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
Arma Hobby
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$28.72

This is the second Arma Hobby kit that I have been fortunate to review, and once again, the company has delivered a wonderful representation of a 1/72 scale aircraft, this time, the P-39Q Airacobra. Arma Hobby produces some of the finest detailed kits that I have seen in some 50 years of modeling. I would highly recommend this kit to anyone who wants to add a model of the final variant of the Airacobra to their collection.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$13.99

For anyone painting United States Army Helicopters from the Vietnam-era onward, one of the latest releases from Ammo by Mig is an Air Set providing three different greens and flat black for the rotor blades. The bottles include a mixing ball (as identified by the yellow cap) which greatly aids in agitating the paint prior to use. I find the paints of a consistency that allows for brush painting straight from the bottle, and I add a small amount of thinner when airbrushing. This is a great set that I highly recommend if you have any US Army helicopters in your stash.

Book Author(s)
Michał A. Piegzik
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
February 6, 2023
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

This is an amazingly detailed book authored by a Polish Ph.D. in Law, living in Japan, writing about Japanese advances in the eastern Indian Ocean. As if that isn’t intriguing enough, author Michał A. Piegzik covers a little known (at least to most Americans) subject in a much larger backdrop of Allied defeats in the early Pacific War, focusing on ABDA (American, British, Dutch, Australian) forces as they reeled from Japanese attacks in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, Java, and Burma.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
February 4, 2023
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$11.30

Brengun continues to expand its line of accessories this time with a photoetch set for the Revell 1/48 Focke-Wulf Ta-154

The fret includes a single fret focused on details for the cockpit of the aircraft with a photoetch seat, seatbelts, instrument panel (including a piece of clear film used for the dial faces) side console details and gunsight.

In addition, this set includes the dipole from the radar antenna and other radar-altimeter and navigational antennas.

Replacing the plastic parts by this PE set will provide a more-to-scale looks, while simplifying the overall assembly of the radar antennas given that the dipoles and braces are a single piece. Well done Brengun!

Recommended.

I would like to thank Brengun and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Book Author(s)
Vinicius Pompeo
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
February 4, 2023
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$15.95

AMMO by Mig has recently started a reference guide line “Visual Modelers Guide”. This is the second installment on the line and is devoted to the IA 58 “Pucara”. The release of this book is matched with the 1/48 Kinetic Pucara and given that the Pucara reference guide material is pretty succinct, this book is a God-send, even more when considering the very affordable price of it (other reference materials for this airplane -being out of print- cost at least 5 times if not 10 times the price).

Review Author
Michael A. Turco
Published on
February 4, 2023
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$22.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that has been marketing resin and white metal parts for scale model aircraft for well over 20 years. In perusing their website, it’s hard to find an aircraft kit for which they don’t make a metal landing gear set. There are currently about 228 available sets in the 1/48 scale jets list alone. I’ve used them at least a half-dozen times in the past and they have proven to be of high quality with excellent fit.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
February 4, 2023
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.99

Kinetic Models is expanding its line of F-104 Starfighters. Having released the late markings already (-G, -J, -S, including some trainers) they are adding to their line the early variants: -A and -C.

The kit arrives in a large sturdy box (where you can comfortably keep the model in between sessions while you are working on it) with a total of 4 sprues -one molded in clear- and a small photoetch fret. There is a brand-new sprue for the fuselage and the wings. Two of the sprues have already been released as part of their latter markings boxings. This means you get extra parts, like ejection seats, a radar set and a few other details for the spare box.