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Review Author
Ron Bell
Published on
Company
HiSModel
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$172.00

HiSModel is a Czech manufacturer of high quality accessories for sailing ship models such as wooden blocks, laser cut wood decks, metal cannons, photo etch detail sets and much else for existing wood and plastic model sailing ships. The Statenjacht Utrecht ,their first complete plastic kit, is a model of an 18th century luxury yacht built in the Netherlands that was used by the executives of the United East India Company. Between 1998 and 2003, a replica was built from the same plans which can still be seen today.

Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
Company
Hauler
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$26.25

Hauler continues expanding its impressive 1/48 PE catalog. This set is a new tool for Tamiya’s 2021 Russian Medium Tank T-34-85 kit and comes on three frets (A: 2”x2.75” (fenders), B: 2” x 2.75” (boxes, buckles, tie downs, etc), and C: 1.125” x 2” (grills).

Hauler is well known for its detail and this set does not disappoint. This set is designed to give the 1/48 Tamiya T-34/85 scale thickness details and take the plastic kit to the next level. None of the parts are solely for the T-34/85, it could also work for the earlier T-34/76 and any other T-34 variants.

Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
ICM
MSRP
$18.99

Another in ICM’s range of paint sets for use with their figures is this set for British WWII Infantry, indicated for use with their figure sets - #35616 ‘You are important to God’; #35617 ‘Montgomery’s Staff (Figures)’; and #35646 ‘British Vickers MG Crew’, although they can of course be used for any British WWII infantry figures.

The set contains the following 12ml paint pots; I have listed their intended uses:

  • 1008 Deep Brown – for weapon stocks and other wooden parts
  • 1027 Gun Metal Metallic – for weapons
  • 1059 Green Ochre - webbing
  • 1062 British Khaki – Uniform clothing
  • 1069 Extra Dark Green – helmets and various accessories
  • 2001 Varnish Matt

The back of the box has a couple of drawings showing where to use each colour on the figures.

Book Author(s)
Richard King
Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books
MSRP
$35.00

The Challenger I was a British main battle tank (MBT) used by the British Army from 1983 to 2001 and was succeeded by the Challenger II. It saw action during the Gulf War and in the former Yugoslavia.

Author Richard King is a former British Army tanker and is well versed in the subject. He outlines the rather sketchy and draw-out development process for the tank, its tortured introduction into service and its eventual excellent service and combat record. The vicissitudes of British armed forces procurement are painstakingly detailed, and the average soldier’s distain for bureaucracy, officialdom and rank are evident in his humourous tales. Indeed, the British sense of humour in adversity is oft-displayed and is a memorable part of the story. Keep an eye open for characters such as Lay-by Lil, Rupert, and Wolfgang the Bratty Man.

Book Author(s)
Andy Evans
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$25.00

This is the latest release in the Warpaint series of aircraft books from Guideline Publishers. The format follows the other titles in this series and includes 156 pages of color and B/W photos, color side views and line drawings in 1/72 scale. Although this volume is dominated by pictures, there is a history of the F-1s development and operational history of all the operators who used this aircraft. The book is current including a description of an F-1 flying for Draken International that crashed earlier this year right here in Las Vegas.