Book Author(s)
Ian Baxter
Review Author
Andrew Manriquez
Published on
April 3, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$22.95

With every major conflict or war there are new developments on how fighting gets executed. The German use of the Panzergrenadiers is one such development that came along to support their novel Blitzkreig tactics of the Second World War. If a charge was to be ‘lightning’ fast, it could not be done with the traditional walking pace of infantry following fast moving armor. By motorizing troop movements via armored carrier and piggybacking personnel on tanks, German troops could move quickly to take advantage of the rapid changes in the battlefield.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
April 2, 2022
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$22.50

The United States Marine Corps were a major operator of the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam war flying both the B and J versions.

AoA’s very comprehensive set covers six Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons with more than 15 possible schemes. There is also a full set of stencils included for one aircraft.

The squadrons are:

  • VMFA-115 Silver Eagles which include some neat looking metallic eagles
  • VMFA-212 Lancers
  • VMFA-232 Red Devils with their distinctive squadron markings
  • VMFA-314 Black Knights
  • VMFA-323 Death Rattlers which also includes helmet decals
  • VMFA-334 Falcons

There are left side profiles and top views for all aircraft and multiple pages for the stencils which cover all sides of the aircraft. There is also a small sheet that covers details for each airframe including paint specifics and instructions if certain decals need to be applied before others.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
April 2, 2022
Company
AOA Decals
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$17.00

The United States Marine Corps were a major operator of the F-4 Phantom during the Vietnam war flying both the B and J versions.

AoA’s very comprehensive set covers six Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons with more than 15 possible schemes. There is also a full set of stencils included for one aircraft.

The squadrons are:

  • VMFA-115 Silver Eagles which include some neat looking metallic eagles
  • VMFA-212 Lancers
  • VMFA-232 Red Devils with their distinctive squadron markings
  • VMFA-314 Black Knights
  • VMFA-323 Death Rattlers which also includes helmet decals
  • VMFA-334 Falcons

There are left side profiles and top views for all aircraft and multiple pages for the stencils which cover all sides of the aircraft. There is also a small sheet that covers details for each airframe including paint specifics and instructions if certain decals need to be applied before others.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
April 1, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$49.99

ICM has continued its series of MiG-25 “Foxbat” kits with probably the ugliest variant of all, the two-seat trainer. Unlike the other trainers built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau where the trainer version was created by extending the cockpit aft to make room for an instructor’s seat and controls, for the MiG-25 trainer an entire new nose section was added in front of the existing cockpit along with a separate canopy for the instructor pilot.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
April 1, 2022
Company
Hauler Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$7.50

This set provides replacements for the ventral fins for the F-14 Tomcat in 1/72 scale. As the ventral fins remained the same throughout the Tomcat’s production run, they can be used on the F-14A, the F-14A+/B and the F-14D. The set is generic in that it is not designed to be used just on one particular manufacturer’s kit.

To simplify production and especially maintenance and supply requirements, the left and right ventral fins on the F-14 Tomcat were identical, so the same part could be used on either side. Taking advantage of this fact, Brengun/Hauler’s set provides two identical castings of the ventral fin. Rather than make different versions of the ventral fin to fit different model kits, Brengun/Hauler elected to mimic Grumman’s decision and the set includes two identical parts.