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Book Author(s)
Dick Taylor
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$32.00

Mushroom Model Publications keeps expanding its “Green Line” (dedicated to armored fighting vehicles) and its latest installment covers the Valentine family of tanks, from the design in the late 1930s through its operational use during WWII and other uses in post-war years, up to the 1960s.

The main sections of the book includes the development of the tank, technical description, description of each mark of the family, operational use, painting and markings, overseas use (Canada, New Zealand, India, USSR, among others), variants, and a walk-around.

I found the historical pictures to be very valuable from a modeling point of view, as they provide details on the markings of the tanks plus the environment in which they operated. The picture of the Malta Valentines (with their stone wall camouflage) is very unique.

Book Author(s)
Karl Dodenhoff
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
Company
Space in Miniature
MSRP
$12.00

You may be familiar with other publications from Mike Mackowski and Space In Miniature, especially if you are a fan of “real space” related models. “Space Suits” is the most recent addition to the SIM’s outstanding list of publications and should be snapped up as quickly as possible.

The newest book in the SIM series is SIM #8 – Space Suits. Researched and written by Karl Dodenhoff, SIM #8 describes all of the space suits developed and used by NASA from Mercury to the International Space Station. This 60-page book has over one hundred line drawings and photographs that provide the model builder a comprehensive technical reference on this subject. Covering everything from early manned space gear, through the Apollo lunar surface exploration suits, and to the free-flying backpacks used by Gemini and Space Shuttle astronauts, this guidebook is a unique resource for the serious space modeler.

Review Author
Charles Landrum
Published on
Company
Quickboost
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$6.00

The MiG-27 is a dedicated ground attack variant of the MiG-23 that was built for the Soviet Air Forces. Unlike the MiG-23BN ground attack variant, which still carries the GSh-23L two-barreled 23mm cannon, the MiG-27 instead is fitted with a six-barreled GSh-6-30 Gatling-type 30 millimeter cannon. Unlike the 23mm gun, the 30mm is not shrouded by a cover and so the barrels are fully exposed. The only 1/48 scale kit of this aircraft is the former ESCI kit now made by ITALERI and it does come with a 30mm Gatling gun. It is molded in two halves and the seams must be cleaned up. The detail is rather simplistic and the barrels a little large. Given its visible position, it really needs greater detail.

Review Author
Howie Belkin
Published on
Company
MiniArt
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$22.00

To the best of my knowledge, this is Ukraine’s MiniArt Ltd’s second set of injection molded British Tank Riders, which is two sets more than from any other manufacturer! The first set, #5835071, British Soldiers Tank Riders, provided five men wearing uniforms with shorts, suitable for the Desert War, Tunisia, and other “hot” theaters. This kit contains 71 grey styrene parts that will create five Tank Riders wearing 1940 Pattern battledress appropriate for all other theatres in all but the hottest and coldest climates. I’ll get into a detailed report on the uniforms and insignia in a moment, but first some modeling basics re these figures.

Book Author(s)
Jiri Novak
Review Author
Mike Hinderliter
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$45.00

This is the 3rd book in MMP’s Maritime Series (# 3103), entitled Austro-Hungarian Submarines in WWI. It is published in an A4 format (8.25 x 11.75) soft cover book; containing 152 pages packed with black and white photographs, submarine line drawings and tables of technical data. This is a much needed book on the subject of WWI. Whenever I hear of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, I’m reminded of their biplanes, which are represented better in scale modeling. Submarine warfare at that time was largely the domain of Germany, with Austria having more of a supportive role. This book covers their submarines from their beginnings to the collapse of the monarchy and the relationship they had with the German navy.