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Book Author(s)
Michael Napier
Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$24.00

If not for the continued support of companies such as Osprey, IPMS USA would not have the excellent review opportunities we do. Thanks very much to our stateside distributor of these great books, Mr. Wellington. Was not he the guy who’s Army someone else’s’ Army, named Napoleon, at Waterloo? (Answer: yes) And where is “Waterloo”? (Answer: Belgium). I’ve seen that battlefield from both the air and ground (flew over it in an H-53C in a typical European Rainstorm) and it’s not very big as battlefields go. And not once did I associate it with a bomber. Until I put two and two together and got seven (new math). Oh, and it’s not a set of waterproof rubber boots (“Wellingtons”, or “Wellies” as the Brits call them) either.

Book Author(s)
Matthew Willis
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$25.00

MMP Books has a series called the Orange Series. This prolific publishing company has a number of series and this one is relatively new and the Blackburn Shark is one of three imprints in this series. In a sense it is a profile publication that highlights one model of aircraft. As with many publications of this genre, it is well illustrated with pictures contemporary to the aircraft’s service (very well produced), drawings, and color profiles.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.99

This set provides replacement two main gear tires, 2 variations of tire rims and a new tailwheel. The main wheel tires have radial tread with raised markings. There is a flat spot, with slightly bulged sidewalls on each main gear tire to simulate a loaded aircraft. The tailwheel appears to be a solid style tailwheel, so there is no flat spot anywhere on it. Oddly, the set does not include the tail wheel strut but instead instructs you to remove the molded tire from parts “A6” or “A7”, so a little surgery will be necessary to install the replacement tailwheel.

The set includes two options for the left rim for each main gear, one with a spoke type pattern and the other a more standard looking rim. To avoid confusion later, I installed the same rim on both sides of each tire.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
Company
Academy Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$39.00

In December of 2019, Academy released a newly tooled 1/72 scale F-14A Tomcat kit. Like many of Tomcat kits of recent years, the kit is clearly designed to maximize the use of the molds to enable the company to issue not only the “A” version of the Tomcat, but also the F-14A+/B and the ultimate Tomcat, the F-14D.

Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey, Richard Roszak
Review Author
Robert Head
Published on
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$14.00

Company Intro

For those of us who have been in the game a while, Bert and Rock need no introduction. Detail & Scale has been pumping out great references and books longer than I have been alive (I’m 35 btw). I have a few physical copies of their publications, but this was the first foray in the digital content they provide.

This book was already reviewed in its physical form so I will keep it short, sweet and to the point not stealing anyone else’s thunder or sound repetitive

The book is broken down in the following sequence: