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Book Author(s)
Frank V. De Sisto
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
Company
Concord Publications Company
MSRP
$19.95

The latest installment of the Panzer VOR! Series (#6) concentrates on the balance between armor and firepower among the AFVs used by the German army in WWII.

Armored fighting vehicles need to have the proper balance between mobility, armor (protection), and firepower. Increasing or decreasing one would affect the other two. The book has a 3-page introduction on how the different parameters were modified during WWII for the Panzer I, II, III, IV, Panther, and Tiger tanks. It is clearly interesting to observe that with each mark (A,B,C, etc) there was an increase in fire-power and armor at the expense of mobility through the period 1939 to 1945.

The book also briefly covers the same “gun vs armor” equation for the allied forces, including the Sherman, Matilda, and T-34, among others.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
Company
Albatros Productions, Ltd.
MSRP
$11.00

Windsock Worldwide is considered to be the “gold standard” by many historians and modelers when the subject matter is World War I aviation, and this issue will not disappoint. This issue is designated by Albatros Productions as a “Special Collector’s Edition.” That designation is well deserved. This issue was expanded to 40 pages. The flyer inserted into this issue best summarizes the contents and reads, “Apart from the World exclusive reviews of the early and late version RAF Fe-2bs and Rumpler C.IVS, there is an extended, highly-detailed, 14 page build log of the early Fe-2b by editor Ray Rimell. This heavily-illustrated stage-by-stage guide also includes contemporary diagrams from the original Parts Schedule to aid modellers seeking extra documentation.

Review Author
Chris Durden
Published on
Company
Pro Art Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$58.99

“Cry ham hock! And let slip the hogs of war!” Okay, so I misquoted Shakespeare, but the sentiment is appropriate for the latest Pro Art Models release. As used by US Special Forces, the ‘War Pig’ is a cross between Pimp My Ride; Extreme Makeovers, and the Road Warrior. The War Pig is designed as a communication and supply vehicle for various small Special Forces vehicles deployed in the field. If that seems familiar, think of the LRDG trucks that served a similar support function for the SAS in the Western desert. Basically a chopped down LMTV, the trucks are fitted with a basic set of modifications and then turned over to individual units for final fitting out, depending on mission and the crew.

Designed to fit the Trumpeter base LMTV kit (#01004), the Pro Art Models conversion will provide the base modifications necessary to give you a War Pig sans equipment. Do not be fooled by the deceptively attractive box photo, as this kit gives you only the basics.

Review Author
Steve Collins
Published on
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$14.00

Bob Sanchez continues to turn out great decals. This sheet is for F-15C Eagles from Bitburg Air Base in Germany. The markings are on one full and one half sheet printed flawlessly by Microscale. They include markings for jets ranging from 1983 through 1993 and show three different stencil styles and two paint schemes. Markings include squadron and wing commander’s aircraft, as well as an aircraft marked for the US/Germany Tricentennial in September of 1983. Six of the tail numbers shown carry kill marks from Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

The instructions include six full-color pages of drawings and pictures of the different aircraft that can be made from these sheets. Markings for 13 aircraft are on the sheets, with sufficient stencils to do one full-color, two subdued, and one Mod-Eagle jet. In my opinion, this sheet is well worth the asking price, especially considering it does function as its own reference guide.

Review Author
Steve Collins
Published on
Company
Twobobs Aviation Graphics
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$14.00

Twobobs has released a sheet for those of us who like colorful aircraft, something that will relieve that expanse of grey on grey in the display case. The aircraft catered for on this sheet are two F-16A Midlife Update (MLU) aircraft at Skrydstrup AB of the Royal Danish Air Force. They were painted in special markings to celebrate the anniversaries of the activation of their squadrons.

The first, F-16AM Block 10 MLU, 78-0194, commemorates the 60th Anniversary of ESK 727 on 18 June 2010. It has an all orange-red tail fin and fairing with a white cross and a golden lion and golden script showing 1950 and 2010 for either side of the tail.