Book Author(s)
Aliaksandr Sukhanevich
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
February 13, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$37.95

Casemate Publishers just released the latest Kagero Publishing Super Drawings in 3D – The Japanese Light Cruiser Oyodo – in her 1944 fit (not her 1943 as-built appearance with the long catapult). This is a single-ship class of an odd hybrid ship that did not turn out to be a success (although she survived until the war-end harbor bombings at anchor). As always, the 3D book is jammed full of CG images of the Oyodo exterior and major fittings, including below the waterline. There is also a large foldout of B&W line drawings that are very helpful for modelers. This book is ideal for building models of the Oyodo, and will not disappoint IJN fans.

Book Author(s)
Berie Simmonds
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
February 13, 2022
Company
Tempest Books
MSRP
$22.99

Introduction

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is the undisputed king of fighter aircraft, scoring around 105 kills for zero losses in air-to-air combat.

Originally designed as a pure air superiority machine to replace the multi-role F-4 Phantom II, the Eagle has since morphed into one of the most technologically advanced fighter-bombers in its class: the Strike Eagle.

First taking to the air in 1972 and entering service in 1976, around 1600 F-15s have been built for six air forces around the world. Fast and agile but also large and expensive, only the wealthiest nations could afford the F-15.

Book Author(s)
David Nicolle & Tom Cooper
Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
February 13, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

The book is volume 37 of Helion & Company’s Middle East@War series. While Volume 1 examined the delivery and use of Soviet designed combat aircraft in Egypt, Iraq and Syria, Volume 2 is limited to just Egypt and Syria and covers the time period from mid-1963 through mid-1967, ending right before the 1967 war. The book includes over one hundred black and white photographs, one page of color photographs and six pages of color profiles depicting the aircraft of the two air forces and the flight gear typically worn by flight crews during this period, along with maps and order of battle charts. Unfortunately, the quality of most of the photographs are very good, but as in Volume 1, some of them are blurry or fuzzy, which is not surprising given their age. I was pleased to see that only a couple of the photographs appear to be photographs taken of photographs published in another publication as there is a prominent line down the middle of the photograph.

Book Author(s)
Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Wojciech Zmyslony, Marek Rogusz, Bartłomiej Belcarz, Tomasz J. Kopański
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
February 13, 2022
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$62.00

The Polish Air Force during WWII fought in many fronts, under many different camouflage schemes and with a very large variety of aircraft. During 1939, it fought over Poland and later it became an “Air Force in exile”, fighting alongside first with the French Air Force first and the Royal Air Force later.

It should be pointed out that, while incorporated to with the RAF for operational purposes, the Polish Air Force remained an independent Air Force (hence the small checkerboard with Polish markings near the nose of the airplane) under control of the Polish Government in exile, in London. While there also were Polish pilots in the VVS (Soviet Air Force) those squadrons were not under control of the Polish Government in exile and they were effectively a regular Soviet squadron, which was staffed with individuals of Polish-origin.

Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
February 13, 2022
Company
Kinetic Model Kits
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$39.99

Kinetic Models has been consistently releasing airplanes covering the Falklands War conflict and their latest release has been the IA 58 Pucara in 1/48 scale. This kit is part of their “Kinetic Gold” series which is a substantial improvement on the mold quality relative to previous kits of the same manufacturer. All parts are sharply modeled, with very fine panel lines and no flash anywhere to be seen.

Inside the box you find 5 sprues (one of the sprues is provided twice as there are parts that are needed twice) and one of the sprues is molded in clear for the canopy and all the lights covers. There is a small photoetch fret and a decal sheet for two aircrafts, one from the Uruguayan Air Force and one for the Argentinean Air Force during the Falkland War era. Loadout options are limited to drop tanks.