Book Author(s)
Michael Rinaldi, Mario Eens
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
December 24, 2022
Company
Rinaldi Studio Press
MSRP
$57.50

TANKART 4 German Armor is the fourth TA book and second one to cover the always popular subject, WWII German Armor. This 2nd Edition printing expands on the original edition by 64-pages utilizing additional chapter material to provide greater coverage. Each chapter inside TA4 has been given more pages to help cover on the processes better, including more images of the various steps, ideas, and thoughts behind each project or technique discussed.

Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
December 24, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/144
MSRP
$12.91

History

The Messerschmitt Me 309 was a prototype German fighter, designed in the early years of World War II to replace the Bf 109. Although it had many advanced features, the Me 309's performance left much to be desired and it had so many problems that the project was canceled with only four prototypes built. The Me 309 was one of two failed Messerschmitt projects intended to replace the aging Bf 109, the other being the Me 209 of 1943.

The Me 309 project began in mid-1940, just as the Bf 109 was having its first encounters with the Spitfire in the Battle of Britain, the first aircraft to match the 109 in speed and performance. Already, Messerschmitt anticipated the need for an improved design to replace the Bf 109. The Reich Air Ministry, however, did not feel the same urgency, with the project given a low priority, resulting in the design not being finalized until the end of 1941.

Book Author(s)
Jean Paul Pallud
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
December 23, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$100.00

The book is part of the After the Battle series and was written by Jean Paul Pallud. The Desert War covers the North Africa campaigns of WWII from June 1940 till the allied victory in May 1943, and the German Infantry and Artillery from 1939 to the end of the war. The book covers all the action and has pictures of the locations during WWII and present day as a comparison.

I really wanted to review this book as my Father served in the Royal Tank Corp in North Africa from 1942 till the end of the North Africa campaign, then shipped to Italy. This subject was close to my heart and my passion for this era.

Picking it up, the book is big and impressive. The detail in the book is incredible and covers the whole period in concise and organized fashion. The photos from the actual time of the events compared to the present really draw you into this book, and I could not put it down!

Review Author
Eldon Flitton
Published on
December 23, 2022
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$26.50

T-14 Armata (Armament) was supposed to be the new top dog of all tanks. Designed in 2014, the new Object 148 rolled out on the parade field in May 2015. During rehearsals one of the tanks stopped moving (quite the embarrassment in front of the cameras) and it took a whole 15 minutes before it, once again, started moving. Here it is, 2022, no more than 20 tanks have been produced and may have had it's production stopped because of sanctions due to the current war.

Trumpeter Models has put out their version of the T-14 Armata this year (2022) and it looks like a little jewel. It only has five steps to complete this model, and, due to the pre-built tracks, pretty easy to put together.

I started out by painting the whole model on the sprues, but this caused a problem, none of the holes for the track, antennas, or track shields would fit. Live and learn. Other than that, everything else worked out just fine.

Review Author
Will Kuhrt
Published on
December 23, 2022
Company
Value Gear
Scale
1/20 - 1/16
MSRP
$25.00

Value Gear Details, based in Flagstaff, Arizona, produces a wide range of high-quality resin accessories for most common model scales. Many of the accessories and stowage sets are universal, which is a nice advantage. The set featured in this review has 14 pieces molded in gray resin. There are 10 rolls of different sizes and four crates.  Also available in this scale are sets Crates #1 Sci-Fi Style, Crates # 2 Traditional Military Style, Tarp Rolls & Crate Stowage Bits #1, Tarp Rolls & Crate Stowage Bits #3, and Tarp Rolls & Crate Stowage Bits #4.

Clean-up is minimal. I removed the miniscule amount of flash by running a hobby knife along the bottom edge. Next, I soaked the pieces in a mild detergent solution and left them to air dry. This recommended step ensures that all mold release is removed. I then primed them using Tamiya Fine Surface Primer.