Review Author
Ron Verburg
Published on
December 11, 2019
Company
AFV Club
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$91.50

History

At the end of WW2 Industries within the US were encouraged to design more sophisticated military equipment based on experiences gained during the war.

The US Navy Bureau of Ships invited multiple civilian engineering firms to submit proposals for a new tracked landing vehicle (LVT). The Borg Warner Company submitted a design for a new LVT. The prototype was completed in August of 1951. It’s large box like structure could transport 34 fully equipped infantry and possessed excellent seaworthiness. The vehicle was designated the LVTP5. Developed concurrently with the LVTP5 was the LVTH6, the support version armed with a turreted 105mm 24L Howitzer. The LVTH6 entered service in 1957 with 210 units produced.

Kit

The kit is produced by AFV Club, a well-known model company. The box art work in outstanding! The scene depicts marines landing on a pacific island beach.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
December 8, 2019
Company
Airfix
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$159.99

With the major fuselage and wing assemblies completed in Part 1, I continued on with Part 2 of the 1/24 Airfix Hellcat F6F-5 build.

The tail planes, elevators, rudder and ailerons with their respective, movable, trim tabs were glued together with minimal problems. Make sure the elevator hinges are inserted the correct way… I got it wrong…twice!!! Luckily, the glue was still wet so I could pry the elevators open and correct my mistake….twice!!!! The instructions clearly show the correct way to install these.

Review Author
Jason Holt
Published on
December 7, 2019
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$11.98

History

So the Messerschmitt Me P.1103 was designed in 1944as rocket-powered short-range interceptor. There were two variants proposed, the P-1103-I in which the pilot controlled the aircraft in a prone belly position, whereas the P-1103-II is where the pilot is in a seated position. The construction of the aircraft was kept simple due to the lack of available metals so it was constructed of wood.

Book Author(s)
By Steve Zaloga Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Review Author
Jim Pearsall
Published on
December 7, 2019
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$19.00

Here’s another interesting and informative book by Steve Zaloga. He has done a few books for Osprey. By my count (from Wikipedia) this is his 27th Osprey title. He’s doing it right.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Antiship Missiles
    • Fritz-X
    • Hs 293
  • Flak Missiles
    • Unguided Flak Rockets
    • Flak Missiles
      • Rheinmetall Borsig Rheintochter
      • Henschel Hs 117 Schmetterling
      • Messerschmitt Enzian
      • Wasserfall
  • Air-to-Air Missiles
  • Antitank Missiles
  • Further Reading

Since Mr. Zaloga has already done Osprey books on the V-1 and V-2, these missiles are not covered in this book. But what is covered are those projects which barely made it to operational status, or weren’t quite ready when VE day occurred.

Review Author
Damon Blair
Published on
December 6, 2019
Company
CMK
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$33.35

The MA-1A Start Cart (also referred to as a “Huffer”) was used by the United States Air Force as an auxiliary jet engine providing a source of high pressure, high volume air (called bleed air) to start aircraft without starters, and to start aircraft that have inoperative starters. The F-4, A-4, T-38, F-104, and A-7, just to name a few, had to be started using this cart. I have used the MA-1A many times to both start the above aircraft, and to troubleshoot/operationally check the bleed air system on the C-130 aircraft.

The kit comes with 17 resin parts and 10 photoetched parts, with molding in crisp detail. I found no fit problems with the parts, and the kit went together fairly quickly. Be careful with part number 2 with its long “tongue” at the top - I accidentally broke mine but was able to easily repair it. The body of the cart is molded in one piece.