Book Author(s)
Michael Green
Review Author
Eric Christianson
Published on
November 13, 2018
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$25.00

I’ve been waiting for a book like this for a long time – an inexpensive, comprehensive and readable book on US Armor in WWII. Prolific author Michael Green’s latest release covers just about everything that rolled on track and sported a big white star. While there are images of war in this volume, this book is more informative than sexy – perfectly suitable as a go-to resource for research, as well as an easy read next to the fireplace.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
November 13, 2018
Company
Croco Models
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$68.00

Introduction

The U.S. Army RU-8D Seminole (not to be confused with the Piper light twin of the same name) was based on the Beechcraft Model 50 Twin Bonanza, first flown in 1952. The Army version modeled in this kit takes a civilian aircraft, strips the luxury interior out and loads the inside with radio receivers and festoons the exterior with antennas to fulfill the signal intelligence mission. Used extensively over Vietnam, the Seminole crew would home in on enemy radio transmissions with the goal of pinpointing the position of those units. These underappreciated units provided critical intelligence to units on the ground. I was pleased to see a model company honoring this often lonely and forgotten mission with this model.

Book Author(s)
Lovro Peršen and Mario Raguž
Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
November 13, 2018
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$39.95

In most World War II publications, there is very little mention of the events surrounding the war activities occurring in the area in and around Yugoslavia. While the Luftwaffe did not have a dedicated permanent base, they were effective against the partisans that comprised the Communist-led resistance in occupied Yugoslavia led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito. For five long years, the Stuka units in Yugoslavia battled the partisans, considered by many to be Europe’s most effective anti-Axis resistance movement in the war.

Book Author(s)
Donald Stevens
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
November 13, 2018
Company
Veloce Publishing
MSRP
$50.00

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010 in Veloce’s Classic Reprint Series. The author’s biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows: “Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer. At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell’s Bluebird hydroplane (K7). Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project coordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book.” I was unable to locate if Donald Stevens has written any subsequent books, but you can see Donald on youtube.com discussing this book.

Review Author
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
Published on
November 11, 2018
Company
Fundekals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$16.00

The Spitfire, never has there been such an iconic fighter for a country than the British thoroughbred. Not to be overlooked Fündekals has done up a new sheet on this fighter that covers no less than TWELVE Spitfires from the Mk.I to the Mk.XVIe.

The decals come in a large ziplock type bag. They are on two decal sheets. One is the individual aircraft and fuselage markings and the other has the wing roundels. They are printed by B.O.A. The decals are world class with perfect register, good color saturation, thin and a joy to work with.