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    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Helion & Company

    This book is Number 43 of the “Middle Est War” series.  The book is divided into eight sections from the takeover of the BA’ATH party in July, 1968 through the Iranian conflict in 1980. Some of the chapters/sections are in turn subdivided into sections explaining the chapter better. As stated above the book contains 86 photos of which 34 are of specific IrAF personalities, with seven of squadron personnel and the rest (45) being of airplanes.

    The first chapter talks about how the BA’ATH Party through a coup-d-etat took over control of the country. The second chapter explains the Arab-Israeli war of 1974/75. The next three chapters touch on three individuals: Dulaymin, Sh’bans and Saddam Hussein. The last chapter touches on the IrAF of 1980.

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    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Peko Publishing

    The book is divided into eight chapters. The pictures are located throughout the chapters with many of them pertaining to the particular battle being discussed by the author. Except for the first chapter in which his birth and early career are touched upon, the rest of the chapters are dedicated to the battles in which he took part. A good explanation of the battle discussed is given on each of the chapters dedicated to the particular battle. In addition, maps of the battle are also provided.

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    Reviewed by: Orlando Reyes
    Company: Pen & Sword

    The book is divided into seven chapters with an introduction. The pictures are located between chapters and they pertain to what is explained in the previous chapter. The first chapter talks about Hitler’s decision as to why he halted the German Army and the consequences of this action. The second chapter then moves to the decision of the British to save as many fighting men as they can through Operation Dynamo. The third chapter talks about the POW’S, as well as the massacres at Le Paradis and Wormhoudt. Lost equipment Is addressed in chapter four, and Chapter five deals with the debates conducted in The British Parliament. Chapter Six deals with Dunkirk and the British press. While chapter seven deals with both Operation Cycle and Operation Aerial.

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    Reviewed by: Dan Brown
    Company: Das Werk Scale Models

    The FAUN L900 was in production from 1937 to 1939. They were primarily used by the German Army as tank transporters.  The heavy Faun L900 with the 10to sd.Ah. 115 Trailer could transport two Panzer I's or II's and the other early war smaller and lighter tanks and AFV's. The heavy Faun L900 had a max cargo capacity of 10,000 kg and at the end of the war they were still in service.  The large numbers of these vehicles that were available in the post-war period combined with their utility meant that quite a few were converted for civilian use.  This new release from Das Werk covers the hard top version of this vehicle.

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    Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    Ammo by Mig is a well-known provider of all sorts of modeling supplies, from paints to weathering powders to tools.   They also publish a fairly extensive library of ‘how-to’ type of books, such as this example.

    Printed on good quality, glossy paper and bound between stiff, glossy boards, the publication values of this book, as with others I have seen from Mig, are quite high.

    This particular book is written by Artur Miniszewski, an established figure painter and diorama builder.  He also has a company, Mantis Miniatures, which produces resin figures and accessories. As can be expected, both Mantis and Ammo products feature prominently in this guide.

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    Reviewed by: Eric Christianson
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has recently been expanded to include two new sets of paints specifically designed for the late war German Eichenlaubmuster (‘Maple Leaf’) and Erbsenmuster (‘Pea Dot’) camouflage schemes, the former of which is the subject of this review.

    Opening the box reveals a set of six industry-standard 17ml. ‘eyedropper’ style bottles of high-quality acrylic paint from their Ammo line.  The assumption is that the paint set would serve as a one-stop shop for producing the intricate uniform pattern that bears its name.  These complex schemes have been a favorite for military figure painters and armor modelers alike.

    (From the Manufacturer’s Website)

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    Reviewed by: Eric Christianson
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has recently been expanded to include two new sets of paints specifically designed for the late war German Eichenlaubmuster (‘Maple Leaf’) and Erbsenmuster (‘Pea Dot’) camouflage schemes, the latter of which is the subject of this review.

    Opening the box reveals a set of six industry-standard 17ml. ‘eyedropper’ style bottles of high-quality acrylic paint from their Ammo line.  The assumption is that the paint set would serve as a one-stop shop for producing the intricate uniform pattern that bears its name.  These complex schemes have been a favorite for military figure painters and armor modelers alike.

    (From the Manufacturer’s Website)

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    Reviewed by: Frank Landrus
    Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

        Stephen Ransom was born in Oxfordshire, England, and studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Salford. He was employed by various companies' advanced projects offices in the aircraft industry, and also worked for some time in the space industry. He has a deep interest in the history of British and German aviation.

    Hans-Hermann Cammann was born in Celle, Germany. He grew up watching his father fly model aircraft as a hobby and took a deep interest in the history of the Me 163 and the men who flew it. He's become a regular guest at annual reunions. He was a serving officer in the Bundeswehr.

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    Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt
    Company: Scale Publications

    Thank you Bill & Phil for all you do for the Reviewers!

    About the Author

    Richard Marmo is a free-lance writer, professional model builder and founding member of the International Plastic Modelers Society USA (IPMS/USA #2). He has also spent decades researching his family’s genealogy. He has written three print books, several hundred articles & kit review columns, a growing list of ebooks and created several CD-ROM photo galleries with more in the works. Along the way, he has produced well over 1,000 models for clients ranging from Aerospace companies to private collectors. A self-described aircraft/science fiction nut...ahem, enthusiast...he will and has built just about

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    Reviewed by: Eric Christianson
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    Winterizer Real Snow Set – This set contains all the products required to recreate the texture of snow on any surface including terrain, vehicles, and buildings.

    This product has been designed for easy use, particularly for beginners. With the products included in this set, you will be able to recreate recently fallen pure white snow to the distinctive slush and refreezing of the thaw. The unique formula ensures near identical real snow in any scale from 1/16th to 1/72nd, adding a stunning finish to your models, scenes and dioramas.

    These products can be diluted with water to make them more fluid. Once dry, you can apply effects with oils and enamels over the snow effect to obtain extremely realistic results. Non-toxic.

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    Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker
    Company: Kagero Publishing

    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

    The Republic P-43A “Lancer” was the immediate ancestor of the P-47 “Thunderbolt”, and was only produced in relatively small quantities at the beginning of World  War II.  Its immediate competitors for production contracts were the Lockheed XP-38,  Bell XP-39, and Curtiss XP-40, all of which were produced in far greater numbers.  However, Republic made up the differences when they produced the P-47, which turned out to be one of the best fighters of the war.   The P-43A was powered by a supercharged Pratt & Whitney R-1830-35 radial engine, and was armed with .50 cal. Machine guns, although lack of self sealing fuel  tanks was a disadvantage.

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    Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender
    Company: AFV Modeller

    Arriving on the market in 2022 is another publication by AFV Modeller Publications titled “M107/M110 Family of Self-propelled Artillery, 1956-1991”. This soft bound book contains 124 pages with 250 images in black/ white and color format. Authored by a prolific military historian, David Doyle brings to marketplace a history of the M107 and M110 self-propelled artillery vehicles in clear and detail images many of which have not been published before. This well-known author has written over 150 books on military vehicles, military hardware, aircraft, and warships. Each image in the book contains a detailed caption describing what the reader is viewing. This would be especially useful for the modeler requiring reference material.

    The book is divided into three sections:

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    Reviewed by: Paul Bradley
    Company: Tamiya

    The British Main Battle Tank Challenger II entered service in 1994 as a significantly upgraded version of the successful Challenger. The tank saw extensive service in the 2nd Iraq War from 2003 and is still in service with the British Army – a new upgrade programme should see them in service until the mid-2030s.

    This all-new kit from Tamiya features a desertised version of the Challenger II, depicting vehicles as they appeared in the Iraq War. As such, it features the blocky side skirts with canvas drapery that cut down on airborne sand, enhancing non-visibility, as well as the improved turret and combat identification panels to help prevent blue-on-blue errors.

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    Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn
    Company: Casemate Publishers

    Casemate publishing, a prolific publisher of military history titles, has begun releasing a line of books that focus on huge array of subjects from a single battle, campaigns, hardware, and military units. They are paperback and richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, color profiles, and maps. For many of you, this format may be familiar to other publications that dissect a well-known battle, examining the opponents, armies, weapons, plans, etc. For this series, the publisher has chosen to organize the material as follows:

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    Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra
    Company: ICM

    Laffley was a French vehicle manufacturer known for innovative engineering. In 1938 they developed the first prototype for a light military towing vehicle with an advanced transmission and unique suspension system employing “bumper” wheels on both the front and center of the chassis to aid in cross-country travel.  Despite its advanced systems, only about 200 were built before the Fall of France, most of them never being employed in combat.  However, the Wehrmacht was impressed with the design and impounded the majority of them to serve as light utility and radio transport. Only about four vehicles still exist.

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    Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD
    Company: Lionroar

    LionRoar R7010 1/700 WWII USN Crane Barges II YD98 Kit Revie

    Review Type: Mixed Media (Resin & Brass Photetch) Kit

    Manufacturer: Shanghai LionRoar Art Model Co., Ltd.

     

     

    Provided By: Dragon Models USA, Inc.

    Vendor Web Site: http://www.dragonmodelsusa.com/dmlusa/prodd.asp?pid=LNRR7009

    Note: dragonmodelsusa.com is out of business. LionRoar R7010 YD98 Crane Barge can be found at these online sellers:

    https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10166378

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    Reviewed by: Ben Morton
    Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

    Vietnam Earth texture from Ammo is a newish edition to their line of  Vignettes Acrylics. This product is designed for small and medium sized dioramas or vignettes and comes ready to use in a 100ml tub. This particular product has a coarser texture than some of the other textural products ( I.E. concrete) in AMMO/MiG's catalog. 

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    Reviewed by: Ben Morton
    Company: Brengun

    From Wikipedia: The A7V was a heavy tank introduced by Germany in 1918 during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, ten to be finished as fighting vehicles with armored bodies, and the remainder as Überlandwagen cargo carriers. The number to be armored was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October 1918, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in combat. 

    Following the appearance of the first British tanks on the Western Front, in September 1916, the German War Ministry formed a committee, under the auspices of its Allgemeines Kriegsdepartement, Abteilung 7 Verkehrswesen ("General War Department, Section 7, Transportation"), to investigate tank development.

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    Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt
    Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

    Scale Aircraft Conversions provides is an excellent company that produces detailed, fine-quality white metal and resin parts, which are mostly drop-in replacements for scale aircraft kit landing gear parts.

    The Bobcat Hobby Scale Models 1/48 Ilyushin IL-28 Beagle was released in 2019 with new tooling. It’s landing gear are pretty simple units with no additional assembly other than attaching the upper/lower torsion arms piece to the nose landing gear piece. CA glue works well for this.

    Overall, this is a nice replacement set and will add nice strength and stability to the Bob 1/48 IL-28 Beagle kit.

    Thank you to Scale Aircraft Conversions for supplying this sample, and thank you for IPMS for the privilege to review it.

     

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    Reviewed by: Andy Taylor
    Company: Pen & Sword

    The Panzerkampfwagen IV (appropriately truncated to Pz.Kpfw. IV, Sonderkraftfarhrzeug 161, Sd.Kfz 161, or even better, the Panzer IV) was developed in 1937 with the Panzer IV Ausfuhrung (ausf) A, and was the most numerous produced tank in the German Army and Waffen SS in World War II.  The Panzer IV had the ability to be upgunned and uparmored, allowing it to serve on equal terms with American and British tanks through the German surrender with the Panzer IV ausf J.  After the war, Panzers continued to soldier on through at least the 1967 Six Day War, but that is a story for another review. 

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    Reviewed by: Allan Murrell
    Company: Hauler Brengun

    This is Brengun released of a 1/72 Tiny Tin Rocket. This was the first air to ground missile developed and used by the US forces at the end of World War Two.

     

    In the bag is;

    2 x light grey Resin main rocket bodies

    10 x light grey Resin tail fins

    1x Instruction sheet

    The resin is well molded with very no flash and are well detailed. The resin parts are to allow you to make the two Tiny Tim Rockets and 2 spare tail fins.

    Construction:

    First is the removal of the parts from Resin. You should be careful removing the main tail fins as they are easily damaged and hence two additional parts are provided.

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    Reviewed by: Hub Plott
    Company: Tempest Books

    This is a revised and updated edition of the book originally published in 2018. The book covers the most modern of fighter aircraft currently in use and development. It is divided into nineteen chapters.

    The first six chapters of the book cover the development of Jet fighters after WWII along with advances in armament, the use of missiles attempting to replace dogfighting as well as avionics and radar improvements and the development of stealth technologies.

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    Reviewed by: Hub Plott
    Company: Rivet Counter Guide Publications

    This is volume 1 in a series. The book is by Dana Bell, well known author to modelers and historians alike for his work in aircraft colors. He is a retired researcher and Tech specialist for the NASM. This volume covers the multitude of changes in the cockpits of Corsairs from the XF4U-1 through 1D built by Vought, The F3A-1 and 1A built by Brewster and those from theFG-1 to FG-1D built by Goodyear.

    This book is a super-detailer’s dream. Changes in cockpit configuration are specified out by both contract and bureau number so you can detail out your specific build as accurately as you wish to.

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