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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.

Book Author(s)
Richard A. Franks
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
Company
Valiant Wings Publishing
MSRP
$53.00

Valiant Wings Publishing was founded in 2010 under the guidance of Richard A. Franks and Mark Peacock. Valiant Wings has released several series of primarily airplane monographs [Airframe & Miniature, Airframe Album and Airframe Detail series] with the first Airframe Album dedicated to the Heinkel He 219 ‘Uhu’ released in 2012. This is Valiant Wings largest Airframe Album to date at 192 pages.

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$29.99

Right on the heels of their lovely Mobile Chapel kit, ICM has released a set of figures that can either be used to create a stand-alone vignette or be used together with the aforementioned vehicle.

This set includes five well-sculpted figures, along with a separate sprue containing a portable organ, folding chair and numerous small bits that would be appropriate on an altar or other religious table. As I mentioned in my previous review of the mobile chapel itself, I stated that such a vehicle would rarely (I assume) have seen front-line service, and this set of figures supports that theory, as they appear very much to be rear-echelon types in suitably casual garb.

The set includes a preacher in appropriate ecclesiastic garb, an organ player, two supplicants and an assistant holding out a collection plate. Detail is crisp and the facial features distinctive and well done.

Book Author(s)
Anthony Tucker-Jones
Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$24.95

Pen & Sword Books are not new to the plastic modeling industry. The UK-based publishing company has been around since 1990 while churning out titles covering subjects from the military, aviation, maritime, and other areas of history.

The Author

The following is taken from Pen and Sword’s website.

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specializes in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programs commenting on current and historical military matters. His books includeArmoured Warfare in the North African Campaign,The Battle for the Mediterranean,The Desert Air War,The Devil’s Bridge,Hitler’s Winter, andChurchill Master and Commander.