Book Author(s)
Salvador Mafe Huertas
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$28.95

Kagero Publishers continues to expand its Monograph series with a book dedicated to the F-14 in US Navy Service (one of the only two users of the airframe)

The book is divided in the following sections

  • Genesis of a thoroughbred
  • Production and variants
  • VF-154 “Black Knights”
  • Pilot and RIO
  • VF-32 “Swordsmen”, its last deployment with the Tomcat
  • F-14 Main Systems
  • Weapons
  • Tomcat in Combat
  • F-14 Tomcat Retired, Baby!
  • F-14 Tomcat in 2002

Each section can be read as a stand-alone mini-monograph on the topic at hand. Each section is well researched, has plenty of information on it and, if relevant quotes from pilots are included.

Book Author(s)
José Luis López
Review Author
Phil Pignataro
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$19.99

Mig Jimenez, over the past several years, has created a thriving business

based on model paints and eventually, his product line expanded into all aspects of plastic modeling. Significantly, AMMO has produced a plethora of weathering products. These have become so pervasive that words like pre-shading, post-shading, washes, filters, pigments, modulation, and pin-washes are now part of our every-day modeling vocabulary. Trying to navigate all these products and techniques can be daunting. Luckily, Solution Book 13 goes a long way to help you understand and use AMMO’s weathering system.

Book Author(s)
Dmitry Ryabuskin & Harold Orenstein
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

Helion & Company continues their series on Asia at War with the first of two volumes on the Sino-Soviet Border Skirmishes of 1969. The author is Russian and it was translated into English. From time-to-time there are some cumbersome sentences and the perspective of the author comes through as you read on. The book is full of contemporary photographs, so they are in black and white. There are several pages of color profiles of vehicles and uniforms as well as several maps of where the incident occurred. Please note, that there are several grizzly, close up photographs of dead Soviet border guards. If you are not accustomed to seeing dead bodies, close up, be warned.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$52.00

The author, Wikold Koszela, has written 24 books on warships, mostly British, United States and German battleships and modern Polish and Soviet Navy warships. Twelve of his publications are in the Kagero Top Drawing series. For this and other books, Witold also supplied the line and color drawings, and they are top quality and very helpful for modelers. I could not find additional information on Witold.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1:32
MSRP
$69.99

Fiat’s CR.42 Falco was one of the last biplanes to serve in an air force at the beginning of World War 2, and as such was essentially obsolete from the moment of its activation. Nonetheless, it served with some distinction in the early air battles both during the Battle of Britain and in the Libyan desert campaign before being relegated to second tier operations. In this instance, serving as both a night fighter and intruder kept this elegant fighter flying long after it would otherwise have been scrapped. Both the Italians and Germans used it in these roles, and ICM’s latest version of this aircraft presents the Italian make. Two different muffler system extensions are offered, as well as a couple of unusual underwing search lights, angled to shine sideways (presumably so as not to interfere with the pilot’s night vision). In addition, the kit still has a couple of bomb rack assemblies, although these are not intended to be used.