Review Author
Bill Kluge
Published on
July 2, 2022
Company
Gallery Models
Scale
1/200
MSRP
$829.99

The Ship

So much has been written about the battleship Yamato that anyone familiar with the Pacific War will know of the Japanese super battleship. Realizing that they could not compete one-on-one with the U.S.Navy, from the mid-1930s the Japanese shipbuilding philosophy was to build each of their new warships to be individually superior to any competing USN warship design. Commissioned into the IJN in late 1941 and early 1942 respectively, the Yamato and her sister-ship, Musashi represented the epitome of this philosophy. Weighing in at nearly 70,000 tons fully loaded, they were the largest battleships ever built and were not superseded in warship size until the advent of the U.S. Navy’s super carriers in the 1950s. As powerful as they were, Yamato and her sister spent much of their careers at anchor and did not fire their 18.1”guns in anger until the Philippines campaign of October, 1944, where Musashi was sunk by air attack.

Book Author(s)
Milos Sipos & Tom Cooper
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
June 26, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

This book is Number 43 of the “Middle Est War” series. The book is divided into eight sections from the takeover of the BA’ATH party in July, 1968 through the Iranian conflict in 1980. Some of the chapters/sections are in turn subdivided into sections explaining the chapter better. As stated above the book contains 86 photos of which 34 are of specific IrAF personalities, with seven of squadron personnel and the rest (45) being of airplanes.

The first chapter talks about how the BA’ATH Party through a coup-d-etat took over control of the country. The second chapter explains the Arab-Israeli war of 1974/75. The next three chapters touch on three individuals: Dulaymin, Sh’bans and Saddam Hussein. The last chapter touches on the IrAF of 1980.

Book Author(s)
Kamen Nevenkin
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
June 26, 2022
Company
Peko Publishing
MSRP
$41.95

The book is divided into eight chapters. The pictures are located throughout the chapters with many of them pertaining to the particular battle being discussed by the author. Except for the first chapter in which his birth and early career are touched upon, the rest of the chapters are dedicated to the battles in which he took part. A good explanation of the battle discussed is given on each of the chapters dedicated to the particular battle. In addition, maps of the battle are also provided.

The first chapter is divided describing his early career, and the beginning of the war against Russia. It ends with the description of the battles of Smolensk-Moscow and Stalingrad. In the second chapter the author describes the failure of the Soviet troops to achieve their assigned task to thrust deep into the German lines and cut their retreat routes. The Germans thus counter-attacked that defeated the Russians.

Book Author(s)
Stephen Wynn
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
June 25, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$29.95

The book is divided into seven chapters with an introduction. The pictures are located between chapters and they pertain to what is explained in the previous chapter. The first chapter talks about Hitler’s decision as to why he halted the German Army and the consequences of this action. The second chapter then moves to the decision of the British to save as many fighting men as they can through Operation Dynamo. The third chapter talks about the POW’S, as well as the massacres at Le Paradis and Wormhoudt. Lost equipment Is addressed in chapter four, and Chapter five deals with the debates conducted in The British Parliament. Chapter Six deals with Dunkirk and the British press. While chapter seven deals with both Operation Cycle and Operation Aerial.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
June 24, 2022
Company
Foxbot
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$13.50

This is the third part of a series of A-20 Pin-Up Nose Art sets of decals in 1/72 Scale. I was going to do a product review only but once I saw how nice these were I broke out an old Matchbox A-20 from my stash to use these in a real build.

In the packet is:

  • 2 x sheets of decals (one is stencils)
  • 1 instruction sheet

The decals look very good when removed from the packet. I did have some issues with a few of the decals breaking up when being placed on the model. I did manage to use all the ones I needed with a little patience and rebuilding the broken ones. I do recommend leaving them in the warm water a little longer than you would normally and also leave then on a dry paper towel for a while before using. This I found reduced the breaking.

Summary

These are very attractive marking and very good, just be careful using them