Book Author(s)
Guy Dempsey, ed.
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
August 30, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$45.00

This book is fascinating both from the historical point of view and for the military figure modeler point of view.

It consists of a series of watercolor copies of the original lithographs depicting military uniforms of the Napoleonic era. It should be pointed out that the original collection was completed after Napoleon’s death and during a period where anything related to Napoleon was -politically- out of favor. Moreover, the original collection is considered a milestone document as not only images are included, but each depiction also has accompanying text describing details of the uniform or the unit.

This particular edition also has 5 illustrations that are not part of the original collection but fit the era and scope of the edition, so they were included to provide an even rounder documentation of military uniforms of the French Imperial Army in the 1798-1814 period.

Book Author(s)
Ian Baxter
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
August 27, 2022
Company
Pen and Sword Books Ltd
MSRP
$22.95

The book is part of The Images of War series published by Pen and Sword Ltd. The book is divided into four chapters and three Appendixes with 9 pages at the end to allow notes by the reader. The first chapter deals with Invasion and occupation in 1941-1942 of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The second chapter talks about foreign recruitment. The last two chapters deal with the last years of the units, and the final end of the units. The first appendix is the Order of Battle of the units. Appendix two describes the Army Group North during June 1944, and finally the last appendix describes the formation of Army Detachment “Narva.”

Book Author(s)
Santiago Rivera
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
August 27, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

I was a bit taken aback as the name of the book as stated above gives the impression that the book will be dealing with the air forces of all Latin American countries. Then, upon receiving the book I find that this volume addresses Argentina.  There is more clarification on the back cover of the book the title given is Air Forces Series, Volume 1. So more to come and already, Volume 2 covers Columbia. This is a series of books about the various Air Forces of Latin American countries but a little more clarification on the titleon the web site would have been beneficial to the reader/buyer.

The book starts with a brief history of the Argentinean Air Force from its creation in 10/08/1912 until the present. It describes their first planes and ends with the present roster of planes for the six branches of service as follows:

Book Author(s)
Andy Evans
Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Phoenix Scale Publications
MSRP
$26.99

Phoenix Publications The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is a paper back, has 96 pages and is full of great photos of the Hawkeye. The history of the E-2 Hawkeye is quite extensively covered from the original idea to the variants that have been built, to today’s serving aircraft. Included in the book is a section devoted to the international service of the Hawkeye and a detailed walkaround as highlights of the book.

The last section of the book covers building the Kenetic E-2C 1/48 scale model and shows three different nationality versions, the United States, French and Mexican Navy builds.

This is my kind of book, filled with lots of glossy colored images of the airplane and not a whole lot of writing. All the photos are high quality and a joy to look at. I recommend the book to anyone who is wishing to build a model of the Hawkeye consider buying this book.

The book is divided into 10 sections

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$12.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales.

The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models.

The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive color backing showing product details.

While examining each item, it was apparent that masters of the original plastic parts were copied and molded into white metal. Some items needed bending back to shape and straightened a little due to soft nature of the metal.

The general molding was quite clean, but seams would need to be cleaned up. Working with the white metal and cleaning up mold seam lines is detailed on SAC’s comprehensive website.