Book Author(s)
Richard A. Franks
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Valiant Wings Publishing
MSRP
$32.50

The excellent books on the Bf-109 by Richard A. Franks have been out of print for a few years now, so Valiant Wings decided to reprint and expand on the original book by issuing the Second Edition of The Messerschmitt Bf 109 Late Series (F to K including the Z series).

The book is divided on the following sections

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Hauler Brengun
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$13.50

This is Brengun released of a 1/72 Tiny Tin Rocket. This was the first air to ground missile developed and used by the US forces at the end of World War Two.

In the bag is:

  • 2 x light grey resin main rocket bodies
  • 10 x light grey resin tail fins
  • 1 instruction sheet

The resin is well molded with very no flash and are well detailed. The resin parts are to allow you to make the two Tiny Tim Rockets and 2 spare tail fins.

Construction

First is the removal of the parts from Resin. You should be careful removing the main tail fins as they are easily damaged and hence two additional parts are provided.

The build is very easy and simple. The only thing to be aware of is that tail fins tabs are too big wide for the slots in the resin mating rocket body. So, you will need to file them down.

Book Author(s)
Dennis Oliver
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$24.95

The Panzerkampfwagen IV (appropriately truncated to Pz.Kpfw. IV, Sonderkraftfarhrzeug 161, Sd.Kfz 161, or even better, the Panzer IV) was developed in 1937 with the Panzer IV Ausfuhrung (ausf) A, and was the most numerous produced tank in the German Army and Waffen SS in World War II. The Panzer IV had the ability to be upgunned and uparmored, allowing it to serve on equal terms with American and British tanks through the German surrender with the Panzer IV ausf J. After the war, Panzers continued to soldier on through at least the 1967 Six Day War, but that is a story for another review.

Review Author
Mr. Paul Dunham
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Yellow-Wings Decals
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$13.95

As one might guess from the company’s name, Yellow-Wings Decals specializes in decals for American military aircraft from the period when they sported some very colorful markings.

Sheet 48-044 titled: “USN OS2U Kingfisher, VO-1 USS Arizona BB-39, Inshore Patrol Squadron, Sitka Alaska” provides marking for two colorful Kingfishers. The sheet is intended for the Monogram Kingfisher 1/48th scale kit. The kit is no longer in production but is not expensive or hard to find on ebay or at swap-meets. The Yellow-Wings artwork recommends the “Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher” but this is a 1/32nd scale kit and won’t work with these decals. The decal sheet provides enough markings to build two complete models: one from VO-1 of the USS Arizona, and one stationed in Sitka Alaska. The instructions include a list of recommended model paints to match the colors used on pre-war U.S. aircraft.

Book Author(s)
David Grummitt
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
June 13, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$24.95

The ubiquitous M60 Main Battle Tank (MBT) is the second generation of American MBTs and the fourth to carry the Patton name (following the M46, M47 and M48 series).  During my time in the Army, beginning in the mid-1990s in Germany, the M1 Abrams was in its ascendency, fresh from its victories in Operation Desert Storm.  I never paid much attention to the M60 other than remembering how tall and old they looked in comparison to the Army’s new MBT.

TankCraft 37, M60 Main Battle Tank, America’s Cold War Warrior 1959-1997, (https://penandswordbooks.com/subject-categories/reference/m60.html) dramatically changed that perception of an old tank.  Instead, the long, distinguished career of the M60 MBT is elegantly and logically described and illustrated over its illustrious life of over 40 years.