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Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
ICM
MSRP
$18.99

Another in ICM’s range of paint sets for use with their figures is this set for British WWII Infantry, indicated for use with their figure sets - #35616 ‘You are important to God’; #35617 ‘Montgomery’s Staff (Figures)’; and #35646 ‘British Vickers MG Crew’, although they can of course be used for any British WWII infantry figures.

The set contains the following 12ml paint pots; I have listed their intended uses:

  • 1008 Deep Brown – for weapon stocks and other wooden parts
  • 1027 Gun Metal Metallic – for weapons
  • 1059 Green Ochre - webbing
  • 1062 British Khaki – Uniform clothing
  • 1069 Extra Dark Green – helmets and various accessories
  • 2001 Varnish Matt

The back of the box has a couple of drawings showing where to use each colour on the figures.

Book Author(s)
Richard King
Review Author
Paul Bradley
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Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$35.00

The Challenger I was a British main battle tank (MBT) used by the British Army from 1983 to 2001 and was succeeded by the Challenger II. It saw action during the Gulf War and in the former Yugoslavia.

Author Richard King is a former British Army tanker and is well versed in the subject. He outlines the rather sketchy and draw-out development process for the tank, its tortured introduction into service and its eventual excellent service and combat record. The vicissitudes of British armed forces procurement are painstakingly detailed, and the average soldier’s distain for bureaucracy, officialdom and rank are evident in his humourous tales. Indeed, the British sense of humour in adversity is oft-displayed and is a memorable part of the story. Keep an eye open for characters such as Lay-by Lil, Rupert, and Wolfgang the Bratty Man.

Book Author(s)
Andy Evans
Review Author
Chris Smith
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Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$25.00

This is the latest release in the Warpaint series of aircraft books from Guideline Publishers. The format follows the other titles in this series and includes 156 pages of color and B/W photos, color side views and line drawings in 1/72 scale. Although this volume is dominated by pictures, there is a history of the F-1s development and operational history of all the operators who used this aircraft. The book is current including a description of an F-1 flying for Draken International that crashed earlier this year right here in Las Vegas.

Review Author
Bob LaBouy
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Company
ICM

Background of Marston Matting

I realize that I recently completed a companion review of this similar M8A1 landing matting and do not wish to rehash the same ground. However, if you’re interested, I urge you to read that narrative as well, as the background and history of the Marston mat system is one that should be of historical and modeling interest for many of us. That review is located at: https://reviews.ipmsusa.org/review/m8a1-landing-mat

I should also point out that this modern style of Marston matting is not the type with the circular holes, but rather the narrow-slit types of surface design. The original WW II type (with holes) can be found in the ICM line at kit # 49017 (though I have been unable to locate recently).

Book Author(s)
Richard Caruana
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$25.00

This is another colorful book (in a larger series) by the well-known aviation artist, Richard J Caruana. I recommend that you review one or more of the biographical sketches of Mr. Caruana, who was born and resides in Malta. The well-known artist has the distinction (amongst other aspects of his life) having published a 15-volume history of the Italian Air Force, numerous Scale Aviation Modeling, Scale Models, and Osprey books (amongst others), and has designed 89 stamps for the country of Malta.

This Bookazine Collection: 2 is richly packed with 48 pages of full-color illustrations and the inside cover B&W drawings of the Hawker Hart and Hawker Siddeley Harrier in 1/72nd scale.