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  1. Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. Company: ICM Figures from the Vietnam War are few and far between, especially helicopter crew. With the ICM release of the 1/32nd scale AH-1G they have released a kit of THREE Vietnam helicopter crewmembers. View the full article
  2. Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco Company: Tamiya REVIEW OF TAMIYA BOTTLED LACQUER PAINTS LP-1 Black LP-2 White LP-3 Flat Black LP-4 Flat White LP-5 Semi-Gloss Black LP-9 Clear View the full article
  3. Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD Company: Kagero Publishing Casemate Publishers just released the latest Kagero Publishing Super Drawings in 3D – The Japanese Light Cruiser Oyodo – in her 1944 fit (not her 1943 as-built appearance with the long catapult). This is a single-ship class of an odd hybrid ship that did not turn out to be a success (although she survived until the war-end harbor bombings at anchor). View the full article
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Novosad Company: Tempest Books Introduction The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is the undisputed king of fighter aircraft, scoring around 105 kills for zero losses in air-to-air combat. Originally designed as a pure air superiority machine to replace the multi-role F-4 Phantom II, the Eagle has since morphed into one of the most technologically advanced fighter-bombers in its class: the Strike Eagle. View the full article
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Morton Company: Brengun The Messerschmitt Me-309 was envisioned as a replacement for the Me-109 in late 1940. The aircraft was to feature a pressurized cockpit, a fully retractable, tricycle undercarriage and a variable geometry radiator. View the full article
  6. Reviewed by: Allan Murrell Company: Kagero Publishing The book provides great detail drawings of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet. This was the first Rocket powered fighter used by German Air Force in WWII. I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and very detailed, ideal for any modeler as reference materials. View the full article
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Bell Company: Tamiya Tamiya has had lacquer paints in their catalogue for a long time, but until recently, at least in the U.S, they were only available in spray cans, which limited how they could be used and incurred a rather steep price. However, Tamiya has now made their lacquer paints available in .33 fl.oz. bottles in the United States. View the full article
  8. Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra Company: ICM The Leyland Retriever was a 6x4 general utility lorry manufactured by Leyland Motors between 1939 and 1945. Roughly 6,500 were produced for the British Army during that period, and they served on all fronts and in a number of guises, one being General Montgomery’s caravan and also a fully armored version. Personally, I’ve always liked this beast, as it has a distinct WW1 feel to it and couldn View the full article
  9. Reviewed by: Rod Lees Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions Thanks again to our steadfast IPMS supporter, Ross at SAC… and to IPMS leadership for providing it to me for review. Metal gear frequently makes a difference in the longevity of your efforts in modeling, and Ross and his team are supporting us! View the full article
  10. Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. Company: Aires Hobby Models The Do-217N is a unique version of the venerable Do-217. Designed as a night fighter it was really just too slow to catch the bombers. It wasn’t useless but it did have its share of problems. View the full article
  11. Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. Company: ICM Before I begin this review I think it is important to know that I flew Cobras in the Army and now fly them with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, so I am intimately familiar with them. So I tend to be a little bit of a nit picker or rivet counter when it comes to Cobras. Please forgive me. View the full article
  12. Reviewed by: David Horn Company: Helion & Company This book “Operation Allied force, air war over Serbia 1999” is volume one of a two volume book series. There are two authors who both held opposing positions during this war with front line service. This volume (1) covers the chronology of events while the next volume (2) focuses of the experiences from both sides in the air war. View the full article
  13. Reviewed by: David Horn Company: Avonmore Books “Pacific Profiles” is a series of books that covers various military aircraft serving in the Pacific during WWII. This book is volume four, Allied fighters: Vought F4U Corsair Series, Solomons Theatre 1943-1944. The book size is paperback and about 7 inches by 10 inches in color and black & white. View the full article
  14. Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. Company: Eagle Editions Ltd. Eagle Editions is synonymous with Luftwaffe subjects so it comes as no surprise that their latest book in the Wings of the Black Cross series is an airplane that just evokes memories of the Luftwaffe, the iconic Ju-87 Stuka. The name and the noise of the airplane became a symbol for Luftwaffe dominance of the air in the early part of the war. View the full article
  15. Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions Having built two of the ICM 1/32nd scale Cobras I can tell you that the mounting point is a fragile joint. On my first one I broke it off twice and had to pin and glue it back on. It was frustrating as it was near the end of the build. View the full article
  16. Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD Company: Kagero Publishing Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy! View the full article
  17. Reviewed by: David Horn Company: Helion & Company “The Erawan War, The CIA Paramilitary Campaign in Laos, 1961-1969” is volume one of a two volume set. The second volume covers the years 1969 through 1974. The book starts out by setting the stage in 1960 where Laos was a neutral buffer zone between communist and western nations. View the full article
  18. Reviewed by: David Horn Company: PJ Production Many of the US fighter pilot figures are depicting older style safety equipment like helmets and oxygen masks. PJ production released a nice version of current Eurofighter “Typhoon” pilot with latest helmet. The new helmet has LED sensors on top of the helmet for head tracking. The helmet also allows a pilot to see below (or through) the airplane to target aircraft below their aircraft. View the full article
  19. Reviewed by: David Horn Company: PJ Production Many of the US fighter pilot figures are depicting older style safety equipment like helmets and oxygen masks. PJ production released a nice version of current Eurofighter “Typhoon” pilots with latest helmet. The new helmet has LED sensors on top of the helmet for head tracking. View the full article
  20. Reviewed by: Michael Reeves Company: Value Gear Value Gear resin stowage products have long been among the best resin additions for modelers looking to detail their builds in nearly any scale. Spanning stowage from WWII through more modern and even sci-fi settings, these pieces really pop with detail and add immensely to the scenes they’re placed in. View the full article
  21. Reviewed by: Rob Booth Company: Tru-Color Paint – Various Colors View the full article
  22. Reviewed by: Rob Booth Company: Brengun Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales. View the full article
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Reeves Company: Value Gear Value Gear resin stowage products have long been among the best resin additions for modelers looking to detail their builds in nearly any scale. Spanning stowage from WWII through more modern and even sci-fi settings, these pieces really pop with detail and add immensely to the scenes they’re placed in. In this case, we are looking at set #11-- another stowage set for your StuG in 1/35 scale. View the full article
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Wilding Company: Tamiya America Tamiya has released a newly tooled kit of the M18 Hellcat. There are six new sprues along with a clear sprue from their M4A3E8 kit and a sprue for the 50-caliber machine gun that is from past kits. A decal sheet has two marking options. A length of black thread is used for the tow cable and has enough for two lengths. Two poly caps are included in a small bag. View the full article
  25. Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD Company: Stratus Venner Milewski, Jr., a longtime naval sailor and shipbuilder, decided to catalog all the ships used by the US Navy since 1883. This ambitious program has borne fruit in his first Volume of aircraft carriers. This review looks into the 2nd Part of Volume One – Escort Carriers. View the full article
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