Trumpeter 1/48 Su-9 Fishpot Quick Review

With the 1/48 Sukhoi Su-9 Fishpot, Trumpeter adds to the growing list of new-tool Soviet aircraft that have been ignored for too long. The Su-9 was a heavy, all-weather interceptor designed to counter U.S. and NATO bombers. The Fishpot bears a strong resemblance to the MiG-21 Fishbed, but the two should not be confused –…

Review – Zvezda 1/48 Yakovlev Yak-3

A few years ago, Russian kitmaker Zvezda released a 1/48 Lavochkin La-5FN (soon followed by the earlier La-5), sparking a complete re-evaluation of their reputation and kicking off what’s become a more-or-less steady trickle of new-tool VVS subjects. Considering the dire state of the Soviet VVS in 1/48 scale, even this trickle is a blessing…

Review: 1/48 Eduard Brassin Il-2 Wheels (for Tamiya)

It wasn’t very long ago that Eduard, best known for their excellent (and prolific) selection of photo etch and masking sets, expanded into resin accessories with their “Brassin” line. Though they have only been at it less than two years, Eduard has, in this author’s opinion, become one of the premiere players in the resin…

Review: 1/48 Hobby Boss Fleet Air Arm Hellcat Mk.II

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was one of the most successful aircraft of World War II by pretty much any measure. By itself, the Hellcat boasted a staggering 19-to-1 kill ratio and created 305 aces on the way to recording 5,163 kills. But, let’s be honest, it’s also something of a bland design, and I think…

Review: 1/48 Hobby Boss F8F-1B Bearcat

Perhaps the single best piston-engined fighter ever built, the Grumman F8F Bearcat was a creation caught between two worlds, but belonging to neither. While it technically entered service in 1945, it never saw active duty in World War II, and soon found itself squeezed out of usefulness by the jet age. Despite its short and relatively uneventful…

Guest Review: PropMaster Prop Jig

I’m thrilled to introduce our first guest post here on Doogs’ Models – Rick Kranias’ review of UMM-USA’s wickedly helpful PropMaster jig! Enjoy –Doogs During the “stocking up my stash” directive last year I purchased MDC’s Hawker Typhoon.  It’s a beautiful resin kit and I look forward to build one of my favorite WWII ground…

Review: 1/48 Hobby Boss P-47D Thunderbolt

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is my favorite aircraft, hands down, so when I first read that Hobby Boss would be releasing a new kit into the already-crowded arena of 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolts, my ears perked up. In my opinion, the two best 1/48 Jugs exist at opposite ends of the spectrum. At the high end,…

Review: 1/48 Eduard P-38J Lightning Limited Edition

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a rare thing in the modeling world – an absolutely iconic design that nobody has really managed to nail…yet. The three principal efforts – those of Monogram (these days repopped by Revell), Academy and Hasegawa – are all compromised in their own ways. The Monogram was absolutely cutting edge when…

Review: 1/48 Xuntong Tupolev Tu-2T Torpedo Bomber

The Soviet VVS has always been woefully underrepresented in the modeling world. While a new mold of the Bf 109 or Spitfire or Mustang seems to appear every few months, the aircraft that turned back the Nazi advance and won the Great Patriotic War get the shaft. Many subjects just aren’t covered at all, and…

Review: 3.5X-420mm Dental Binocular Loupes

Modeling can often involve working with – and straining to see – extremely small parts. Detailing instrument panels. Drilling out gun barrels. Rigging biplanes. We’re often faced with bits that can measure mere fractions of a millimeter. Even with my solid eyesight, I find myself going cross-eyed at times. The answer, of course, is magnification….