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Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$74.99

NASAMS – either defined as Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, is a short-to-medium range ground based air defense system originally brought into service in 1997 as a point defense system.It employs the AMRAAM Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air missile in a six-silo set mounted on a fully pivoting ground launcher. Designed in collaboration with both Norwegian and U.S. arms manufacturers as part of an integrated air defense system for sensitive ground targets. It has been used here in the States to protect targets in Washington D.C. and is currently in active service in the Ukraine opposing Russian missiles as well as other aerial targets. Reportedly, so far the system has destroyed over 100 Russian missiles and drones. At least two have been destroyed in combat – the main flaw in the system being its stationary nature – a real handicap in a highly mobile war.

Review Author
Bill O'Malley
Published on
Company
Green Stuff World
Scale
N/A
MSRP
$25.00

Green Stuff World’s Liquid Pigments are described as weathering filters with a powdered finish, no fixer required. The liquid pigments come in .57 fluid ounce bottles with a dripper cap. This rust set of colors included

  • 2286 orange rust
  • 2287 light rust
  • 2288 medium rust
  • 2289 dark rust
  • 2290 verdigris
  • 2291 turquoise oxide

My usual method for working with dry pigments is to apply the pigment by dropping onto the surface or applying with a dry brush. The excess pigment is then blown off, and the remainder worked in with a dry brush. The dry pigment is then left as is, or a liquid pigment fixture is applied in more exposed areas. I will also mix dry pigments with water into a thin, certain slurry that is applied by brush. When dry, the pigments can still be worked in with a dry brush, or a wet brush in more extreme cases.

Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
Company
Kotare Models
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$109.00

Kotare are a new New Zealand-based modelling company, born from the ashes of the Wingnut Wings concern. Like their ancestor, Kotare are determined to offer high-quality 1/32 aircraft kits, but instead of concentrating solely on WWI subjects, Kotare are focusing on the more popular WWII, starting with a range of early mark Spitfires.

Review Author
Fred Bachofner
Published on
Company
AFV Club
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$58.00

1VP Note: It's my pleasure to welcome Fred Bachnofer, a member of IPMS/Netherlands, to our review team! Fred brings a European perspective to the process and has access to some products that we in the States may not be familiar with. Fred's first review here is of an AFV kit, we hope there are more to come!

Visit Fred's website at https://modelfan.eu if you'd like to see more of his work. Welcome, Fred!


The YPR was developed in the United States in 1965 by FMC Corporation under the name XM765, as one of prototypes for a future armoured infantry fighting vehicle.

Book Author(s)
Michael Claringbould
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
Company
Avonmore Books
MSRP
$36.95

The book is a series of books covering all of the Pacific in World War Two used aircraft. It goes into great detail of the types squadrons, service & variants,

I found this book very informative and was full of facts and details of very little-known aircraft.

The articles on the variants that were explored during the development, were especially interesting.

The book is full of extremely interesting photos of the aircraft and markings. The many profile pictures are great when deciding on decals for model builds.

The inclusion of the chapter on Greater Japan Airways is something I did not expect and is great addition.

I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The profiles alone are worth the cost of the book.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in IJN aircraft from WWII.