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  1. Review Author: Frank Landrus Schiffer Publishing David Doyle's book on the Ford M8 and M20 is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The Legends of Warfare series has expanded rapidly since its 2017 debut in the market with now over 100 titles released. This hard cover series covers a wide variety of monographs at a good price point. After many years of being published in enthusiast publications focused on military vehicle restora
  2. Review Author: Brian R. Baker Casemate Publishers Historical Background Most of the information published on the subject of World War I aviation deals with the development of single seat fighter types, and it is refreshing to see a book dealing exclusively with the less publicized two seaters. At the beginning of the war, airplanes were seen primarily as a means of observing the enemy to see what they were doing, or were capable of doing, and for spotting the results of artillery fire. A the w
  3. Review Author: Tom Pope Platz The Northrop/Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of information collection capability to support forces in peacetime and wartime. For example, USAF RQ-4's from Yokota Airbase (AB), Japan, have been used for relief and reco
  4. Review Author: Michael Reeves ICM History If you were born in the last century at any time, you probably remember an older relative- perhaps a grandparent or older aunt who had an outhouse in the backyard. At the very least-- maybe a campsite or campground anyways. I frequented the one in my grandfather's backyard as it was much easier than having to take off my shoes to go in the house and back then, I never wanted to come in. ICM has provided a relatively straightforward kit of the standard fiel
  5. Review Author: Frank Landrus David Doyle Books David Doyle's book on the A-20 Havoc is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The Legends of Warfare series has expanded rapidly since its 2017 debut in the market with now over 100 titles released. This hard cover series covers a wide variety of monographs at a good price point. After many years of being published in enthusiast publications focused on military vehicle restorations,
  6. Review Author: Dave Morrissette Tamiya USA To start part 2, I started with the unique horizontal stabilizers. These are molded in a single piece (check out part one for a picture. This slots into the bottom of the fuselage with a rubber grommet and the two moving parts are actually separate allowing the entire thing to be posed. The fit is so good; I assembled the parts and left them off until later to ease painting. I assembled the tail next and it consists of four parts. Since I was doing th
  7. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Brengun This set provides an upgrade for Hasegawa's AV-8B Harrier II kit and provides a complete overhaul of the kit cockpit and along with a number of photo-etch details for the exterior of the aircraft. The cockpit parts include photo-etch rudder pedals, sidewalls, replacement tops for both the left and right-side consoles, two different main instrument panels, a photo-etch HUD bracket with clear film for the reflecting glass, and photo-etch harnesses and other upgr
  8. Review Author: Paul R. Brown Italeri This is a re-release of the F-104 A/C kit originally released by Italeri back in 2014. The kit includes six sprues of grey plastic, one clear sprue, a photo-etch sheet and two large decal sheets. In examining the sprues, it is clear that some of them are common to Italeri's 1/32 F-104G as the sprues include the later zero-zero ejection seat, AIM-9L Sidewinders, several pylons that are not used on the F-104A or C, as well as two styles of ventral fins and exhaust
  9. Review Author: Michael Novosad Pen & Sword During the summer of 1944 a series of massive Soviet offensives threatened to destroy the entire German army on the Eastern Front. As the Wehrmacht scrambled to hold what ground it could many formations simply disappeared and the available armored units were used to plug the gaps in the front line. One of the most important elements of the defense was the newly raised IV.SS-Panzerkorps which contained the veteran Totenkopf and Wiking divisions. Although
  10. Review Author: James Kelley MMP Books The Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun (English: "Typhoon") was a German single-engine sport and touring aircraft, developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke in the 1930s. The Bf 108 was of all-metal construction. Originally designated the M 37, the aircraft was designed as a four-seat sports/recreation aircraft for competition in the 4th Challenge International de Tourisme (1934). The M 37 prototype flew first in spring 1934, powered by a 250 PS (247 hp, 184 kW) Hirth HM
  11. Review Author: Ben Morton Platz Shocking in the stark realism of perfected three dimensions...out of the muck and mystery of a hundred million years ago...up from the depths of unknown horror comes an abomination to confound science and terrorize the world. It''s ' Dawn of Drone ' ! While that might be a bit melodramatic and with apologies to the producers of 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' this release from Platz Hobby does illustrate beautifully (in scale model form) the beginnings of th
  12. Review Author: Eric Christianson Tamiya Summary Tamiya has yet again enhanced their venerable line of PzKpfw IV German main battle tank kits, tossing a few new bits into an already brand new Ausf. F(1) release, resulting in the long-barreled Ausf. F(2)/G model. The offering also includes five of the most detailed Tamiya figures to date, as well as a variety of personal equipment and bags to lay around on the upper deck. One thing is for sure - these last two kits are two of the finest armor mode
  13. Review Author: Eric Christianson AMMO by Mig Jimenez It is arguably safe to assume that most modelers who visit the IPMS Reviews website know a thing or two about assembling models, at least. I think it is also safe to assume that most Armor modelers know that you don't need to start painting until well into the assembly process, many times not until the very end of the build. That is where Mig Jimenez's recent offering starts - he takes the armor modeler from an assembled kit through to the finis
  14. Review Author: Phillip Cavender Kagero Publishing The following appears in the Introduction. "The 38M Toldi light tank entered into service in 1940. Before that time the Army had its WWI style armored trains, armored cars, and the tiny Italian FIAT Ansaldo tankettes. The 38M Toldi light tank and its Swedish origin the L-60 were the same class as the German Pz. II, the Polish 7TP, the Soviet T-40 and T-60 light tanks, designated for reconnaissance and liaison role. However, at the beginning of the
  15. Review Author: Allan Murrell Pen & Sword This book covers the story if the Soviet introduction and use of Tanks in World War two and the battles and politics around them. Chapters: A Tank Aficionado Lost Advantage Stalin's Mechanical Corps Desperate Counter-Attacks Tank City Falls The T-34 Escapes The Stalingrad Flank Save the Oil New Tank Armies Other Peoples Tanks Triumph at Kursk Battles for Kharkov Victory in the Crimea Stalin's Armoured Steamroller Punishing Traitors St
  16. Review Author: Brian R. Baker MMP Books Historical Background The RWD-14 Czapla was a light, two seat observation aircraft designed during the middle thirties by the RWD Design Team for the Polish military forces. It was intended to replace the Lublin R-XIII. Due to its extended development time, and relatively low performance, it was viewed as a stopgap measure until the LWS-3 Mewa became available. Just over 65 RWD-14's were built, and these equipped five Polish Air Force squadrons at the begin
  17. Review Author: Pablo Bauleo Pen & Sword Pen and Sword continues to expand its LandCraft series, this time with an installment of the SdkFz.251, focusing on the /9 and /22 versions of one of the most versatile halftracks of WW2. These units were first used for infantry support and later as tank-hunters with the 7.5 cm gun. The book is divided in the following sections The Panzer Units The Panzer Brigades Camouflage and Markings Modeling Showcase Modeling Products The Panzergren
  18. Review Author: Pablo Bauleo MMP Books MMP Books continues its Orange Series, this time with the 3rd Edition of the "Macchi C.202 Folgore" book by Przemyslaw Skulski. The C.202 Folgore was probably the most significant aircraft of Italian design during WW2, given that is was one of the best performers of the bunch -maybe not the best, but among the best- and certainly the one produced in the larger numbers among those airframes competing for the "best of" title of Italian design. The book
  19. Review Author: Pablo Bauleo AMMO by Mig Jimenez In recent months I had the opportunity to review some products from Ammo by Mig and I have been impressed with the quality and ease of use of them. To the point that I started purchasing some other items from the line... but at times it is not clear what the product is for, or rather, how to use it. Enter "Solution Book" series. Each book of this series describes what the products are for, how to use them and it has a series of pictures (in a "ho
  20. Review Author: Pablo Bauleo AMMO by Mig Jimenez In recent months I had the opportunity to review some products from Ammo by Mig and I have been impressed with the quality and ease of use of them. To the point that I started purchasing some other items from the line... but at times it is not clear what the product is for, or rather, how to use it. Enter "Solution Book" series. Each book of this series describes what the products are for, how to use them and it has a series of pictures (in a "ho
  21. Review Author: Pablo Bauleo Aires Hobby Models Review Aires Models from Czech Republic specializes on aftermarket details; for the most part releasing "drop-in" resin replacement parts. This set is intended to replace the wheels of the 1/48 Trumpeter L39Z0. The parts are molded in grey resin, free of bubbles or imperfections and with great surface detail, down to the manufacturer of the tires molded with enough raised detail that will take dry-brushing fantastically! The attachmen
  22. Review Author: Ron Bell Atlantis Model Company THE KIT Atlantis continues to re-release some of the kits a lot of us grew up with. This example is the 1954 Revell U.S.S. Pittsburgh. The kit was re-released many times over the years as the Pittsburgh, the Helena and with new parts updating it with Terrier missies as the Boston and Canberra. This release is in its WW II guise. You get decals for every ship in its class (Baltimore heavy cruisers), but you run short of bow numbers for some, like the o
  23. Review Author: Dave Morrissette Kagero Publishing The Kit Build series from Kagero focuses on model builds of a specific type of aircraft and gives several examples. In this case, the focus is the F4U Corsair. There are three builds covered and they are: Tamiya 1/72nd scale by Richard Kovalcik, Birdcage Corsair Tamiya 1/72nd scale by Marcin Ciepierski, Early Corsair Tamiya 1/48th scale F4U-4 by Karoly Bera The books are written with the English language version in the left column and the rig
  24. Review Author: Chris Martin Italeri Summary This appears to be a re-issue of an older kit. While the level of detail is okay, the details themselves are a bit soft. The parts layout and build sequence is simple and straight forward. Anyone with a kit or two experience should not have any troubles with the few issues I encountered. Background The Opel Blitz was the "working mule" of the Wehrmacht during World War II. It was deployed on all fronts in multiple variations. Thanks to the sturdy
  25. Review Author: Tim Wilding Das Werk Scale Models This munition hauling vehicle kit comes is a small, 7 inches by 11 inches, sturdy box. There are three tan color sprues individually wrapped in plastic, a separate hull and a small bag with four track lengths. I am not sure why this bag is in the kit, because the tracks are all on a sprue. I did not need to use them. The small decal sheet has 11 decals on it. The instruction booklet is small too, 9 inches by 7 inches. It has an antique paper look wit
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