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Book Author(s)
John Kim
Review Author
Tomasz Menert
Published on
Company
KLP Publishing
MSRP
$15.00

The ebook “Building the Zoukei-Mura Ta-152H in 1/32 Scale” is a part of the Scale Modelling Guide Books from KLP Publishing in Australia. This is an impressive publication with 167 pages full of pictures and great modeling ideas. The Ta-152H model from Zoukei-Mura in 1/32 scale is the subject of this publication and was built, painted, and finished by John Kim. He backdated the H1 (Super Wing Series No. SP2) kit to the earlier H0 version. Although Zoukei-Mura released the H0 model later, John did not have access to that model at that time.

The book consists of seven chapters:

Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$81.99

This newest release derives originally from the 2018 release (#35101) and the kit is a combination of two of last year’s releases from ICM—the Krankenwagen kit (#35113) and the Military Medical Personnel figures set (#35620). The well-crafted instruction manual starts with an extensive parts map with unneeded parts highlighted in color and there are quite a few including all the clear parts and the weapons which would not be ideal for medical folks. The kit comes in ICM’s typical box art cover that slips over the front closing hinged cardboard box. Inside are six sprues of gray styrene, a clear sprue, two vinyl tires and sets of vinyl tracks, and a decal sheet featuring two schemes.

Review Author
Pat Villarreal
Published on
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.00

New decals for two aircraft of the VF-201 Hunters stationed out of NAS Fort Worth, TX. One is of an F-4N Phantom (BuNo 152244) during August, 1977. The other is of an F-14A Tomcat (BuNo 160396) during November 1998.

In the Package

There are two (2) decal sheets provided. The main sheet provides the colorful tail markings, insignias, and stencils. The second sheet is smaller for the F-4N Phantom fuselage “Navy” & “AF” wing markings. They are printed by Cartograf and have minimal excess clear film around the edges. The colors are vibrant and the registry is perfect.The fold-out color marking guide (11” X 17”) will help you locate the decals for each airplane. This also includes vendor paint guides for AK, Hataka, Mr. Color, and Mr. Paint.

Recommended kits for this decal set are:

Book Author(s)
Tom Cockle
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
Company
Peko Publishing
MSRP
$41.95

This landscaped, hardback book is the third in a new series of books by renowned and prolific photograph collector and author Tom Cockle, published through PeKo Publishing of Hungary. This volume continues its proven formula of amazing photographs, many previously unpublished, of armored and soft skin vehicles in depots, in the field and post combat. Each page reveals more surprises than the previous. The first volume in this series was reviewed here: WW2 Vehicles Through the Lens Vol.1.

Volume 3 consists of the following six parts:

Book Author(s)
Tom Cockle
Review Author
Tomasz Menert
Published on
Company
Peko Publishing
MSRP
$26.60

The book Panzer-Rgt./Abt.18 on the Battlefield - World War Two Photobook Series Vol.26 is written by Tom Cockle. There are two pages dedicated to the history and combat experience of the Panzer-Regiment 18. This regiment was created primarily as the ‘Tauch’ or ‘Unterwasser’ (Dive or Underwater) and ‘Flamme’ (Flame) unit and the photographs in the book cover the period from early 1941 to late 1942. The photographic history of the Panzer-Regiment 18 shows Panzer II, Panzer III, Panzer IV tanks and even a picture of a captured British Cruiser Mk.IV tank, as well as some soft skin vehicles. The scenery includes vehicles’ travel to/from the battlefront, repair depots, resting spots, battle damage to the vehicles, and some accidents. The pictures shine a light on the weather conditions that the soldiers had to endure: heat, dust, and cold. Many pictures show tank crews at rest or posing with their vehicles.