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Book Author(s)
Didier Andres
Review Author
Chris Martin
Published on
December 7, 2022
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$37.95

Background

This Casemate Illustrated Special Series is the sixth issue in the series.  Other books cover ambulances and medical vehicles of WWII, Chevrolet Trucks of WWII, U.S. Army vehicle markings 1944, and U.S. Army Signal Corps vehicles 1941-45.

From Review Insert Between 1940 and 1945, Diamond T Motor Car Company supplied just over 50,000 vehicles to the US military, and also to the Allies.  Of this, just over 30,000 were heavy 4-ton 6x6 trucks of varying types: cargo, tow truck, pontoon carrier, engineer, cartographic, etc.  The “Diamond” would serve in all theaters of operations, wherever its robustness and reliability were necessary to complete the mission.  Due to its expertise, Diamond T also produced the famous half-track, with more than 10,000 manufactured.  All of these models are described in this work by Didier Andres, an expert in the subject.  The text is illustrated throughout using archival and period photographs and diagrams.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
December 7, 2022
Company
Squadron Products
Scale
n/a
MSRP
$9.95

Originally founded in 1968, Squadron / Squadron Signal is back in business again after bankruptcy and are now based out of Ellijay, Georgia. Their web page was re-activated in January 2022 for plastic kits. Brandon Lowe re-acquired the Squadron Tools Product Line and are now marketing them once again.

In this case, Brandon Lowe has brought back the Tri-Grit Sanding stick, available again in a non-retail package of five sanding sticks. Featuring fine, extra-fine, and very-fine grits, this is a great tool for progressively polishing plastic whether you are preparing for metal finishes or polishing out clear canopies.

Book Author(s)
Maj John L Plaster USAR (Ret)
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
December 7, 2022
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$49.95

Founded in 2001, Casemate is a major specialist publisher and book distributor in the North American market. Casemate offers print and digital books to the public and to libraries through a variety of channels, platforms, and vendors, as well as traditional and online retailers. Casemate has grown to become the leading publisher in the fields of military history, defense studies, and military science in the USA. Casemate has a burgeoning publishing list covering subjects as diverse as Roman History and today's current conflicts.

Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
December 7, 2022
Company
UMM-USA
Scale
n/a
MSRP
$9.95

UMM-USA is dedicated to fine scale modeling, encompassing model kits, accessories, and specialized tools. Owned by John Vojtech, a fine scale modeling veteran. UMM-USA is an on-line Store, importing and exporting kits, modeling tools and supplies, and seeks and offers solutions on technical issues. In addition, his services currently include design and production of master parts, casting of original masters, photo-etched masks, decals, and building made-to-order models for customers. You can see a sampling of John Vojtech's finished projects in the Our Gallery section of the Web site.