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Special Hobby L-4 Grasshopper, 1/48th Scale, Kit # SH48218

Special Hobby L-4 Grasshopper, 1/48th Scale, Kit # SH48218

By Phillip Friddell on 2nd Dec 2022

Piper L-4 42-7827 ca. 1941, NARA PhotographThey’ve come a long way, those guys in the Czech Republic. After many years of soft tooling and difficult-to-build plastic models they’ve finally managed to hit the big time, at least for the most part. Everybody knows the story, and everybody knows Eduard to be the poster child for the success of those companies, but there are others in the game too. On …
Eduard A6M3 Ty 32 Zero-Sen ProfiPack, Kit No. 82213, 1/48th Scale

Eduard A6M3 Ty 32 Zero-Sen ProfiPack, Kit No. 82213, 1/48th Scale

By Phillip Friddell on 4th Nov 2022

Several months ago the folks at Eduard stated their intention to issue new, state-of-the-art kits of most of the primary fighter aircraft of the Second World War. The announcement was roundly received as a good thing by the scale modeling community at large since a great many of the presently available kits are years, and in many cases decades, old, and in sore need of replacement. We've alre …
ICM Yak-9T, Kit Number 32090, 1/32nd Scale

ICM Yak-9T, Kit Number 32090, 1/32nd Scale

By Phillip Friddell on 21st Oct 2022

There’s word on the street that ICM kits are a tough date, nice in the box but a bit of a struggle to deal with from a modeler’s perspective. We all know that where there’s smoke there’s fire, to use an old saying, and there may well be an ICM model out there that’s a bit of a challenge to work with but this new Yak-9T kit isn’t it; rather, it’s relatively simple to assemble and very much looks th …
Zoukei-Mura Bf109G-14/U4, 1/32nd Scale

Zoukei-Mura Bf109G-14/U4, 1/32nd Scale

By Phillip Friddell on 23rd Sep 2022

Let's begin this review of the brand new 1/32nd scale Zoukei-Mura Gustav kit with a correction and a caveat. The correction is obvious; by the time Messerschmitt began production of their G-14 series the airplanes were no longer identified as Bf109s but had become Me109s instead. That's a glaring error to be sure, and right off the bat as well, but it's also words and not plastic. We mention it …
Eduard F4F-3 Wildcat, 1/48th Scale

Eduard F4F-3 Wildcat, 1/48th Scale

By Phillip Friddell on 19th Aug 2022

A year or so ago the folks at Eduard announced their intention to release state of the art kits of a great many of the American fighters of the Second World War, all in 1/48th scale. The announcement has been soundly received by the polystyrene modeling community as a whole since most of the airplanes that would be covered by that business model (not counting the P-51D Mustang, of course, a type w …