Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
October 4, 2019
Company
Italeri
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$57.99

Italeri’s Description of the Sherman

“The M4 Sherman medium tank was the primary tank used by the United States during World War II. It has been produced in a significant number of units and it formed the backbone of United States Armed Forces during that time. It has been produced in several variants and versions. The first version to be produced on wide scale was the Sherman M4A1, characterized by the rounded edges of the fully cast upper hull. Even the turret had a rounded appearance. The Sherman would enter combat in armored corps of the United States Army in 1942 during the first months of the war. It was armed with the 75mm gun that was replaced in the A1 version with the high-speed 76mm gun. The Sherman was reliable, cheap, and easy to produce in great numbers.”

Book Author(s)
Ian White, AMRAeS
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
September 30, 2019
Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$34.99

Ian White was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1947 and educated at secondary schools in Rotherham and later in Ilford, Essex. He joined the Post Office Engineering Department in August 1963 as an apprentice and later served as a technician in the City of London. In 1973, on promotion to engineer, he was appointed to the Post Office’s Air Defense Group in London to provide landline and ground to air communications for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. In April 1984 he joined the Company’s Defense Sales Organization as a Senior Systems Engineer and later as an engineering manager. The final three years were spent as a liaison officer within the defense and law enforcement community. Ian retired in May 2000, following which he attended Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), Cambridge, as an undergraduate history student. In 2003 he was awarded an honours degree in Modern European History.

Book Author(s)
Peter E. Davies
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
September 29, 2019
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$22.00

This is the 12th book in the X Planes Series and covers the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak plus the D-558-2 Skyrocket.

The book covers the full development of the Skystreak and Skyrocket and the history of the testing and progress they made.

The book chapters are:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Crimson Test Tube
  • Chapter 3: Skyrocket
  • Chapter 4: Air - Launch
  • Chapter 5: Super Skyrockets
  • Chapter 6: Afterthoughts

There are lots of great images in the book which has 80 pages.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done. Every detail and stages is covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the human side and the people involved in the programs is tremendous.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
September 29, 2019
Company
Masterpiece Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$4.99

Masterpiece Models has provided a useful tool – a 1/35 scale ruler. This is one of a series that also includes 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32 scale. These cover all the major model kit scales. They are made from acrylic sheet, 6 inches long, 1/16th thick, and laser engraved.

This is a very useful tool when modelling and can be used for checking part are too scale, for scratch building kit parts, and diorama parts.

The ruler is clear which also makes it easier to use and see what your measuring.

I will now source the other rulers in the series as I can see so many uses for these.

Thanks go to Masterpiece Models for providing this tool for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
September 28, 2019
Company
David Doyle Books
MSRP
$19.99

I have been interested in the SBD Dauntless for as long as I have been modeling. In these 20+ years, I have collected any book on my favorite aircraft as I could grab up. For as long as I have been modeling, I have also come to appreciate David Doyle’s excellent reference books on all matters of military subjects and they have become a go-to source whenever I wanted to learn more. The fact that his expertise could be married to the Slow but Deadly in the form of a new book on this truly significant dive bomber makes me truly happy. The fact that the book contains so many photos I have never seen makes things even that much better.