Review Author
Patrick Brown
Published on
November 2, 2022
Company
Das Werk Scale Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$39.95

Bottom Line Up Front

Let’s face it, interior kits with their massive part-count aren’t everyone’s thing. A model retailer once told me that armor kits without an interior outsell those with one by almost 10 to 1. Cue Das Werk to the rescue with reboxing of Takom’s Panther kits with no interior sprues, a reasonably sized box, manageable part count, and correspondingly manageable price tag. This kit builds into a sharp model of a Panther Ausf A with no issues and engineering that is a joy to behold.

History

The Panther tank, officially Panzerkampfwagen V Panther was born out of a project started in 1938 to replace the Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. It was used on both eastern and western fronts from mid-1943 to the end of the war in May 1945.

Vital Statistics and Scores

Detail: 4 out of 5

Book Author(s)
Adrian M. Balch
Review Author
Paul Bradley
Published on
October 29, 2022
Company
Guideline Publications
MSRP
$34.00

Perhaps the most famous and most long-lived transport aeroplane in history, the DC-3 and its military versions including the C-47 Dakota are still in service around the World some 85 years after it’s first flight. There cannot have been many air forces around the world that have not operated the type and at one point or another still use them today.

It is only fitting that the almost as famous and long-lived Warpaint series of books from Guideline Publications has now seen fit to include the type – the only mystery here is why it has taken so long!

Author Adrian Balch has been a fixture of the British aviation scene for well over half a century himself and has amassed an unrivalled collection of aviation photos, some of which grace this volume.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
October 29, 2022
Company
UMM-USA
MSRP
$8.95

During the IPMS USA Nationals this year, John Vojtech was kind enough to provide several of his tools from Unique Master Models (UMM) to the IPMS Review Corps, and this was the item I was fortunate enough to receive. Consisting of an ergonomic plastic handle with pyramid-shaped reamer tip, with a built-in label identifying the reamer size for quick recognition.

Measuring five inches in length, the reamer is quite comfortable to hold, and the pyramid-shaped tip is made of hardened tool steel. Useful for opening holes in kits used for attaching parts, opening existing holes, or cleaning the ends of tubing, there are many possibilities for using this reamer. The diminutive size will also allow for better control on smaller items.

Book Author(s)
David Doyle
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
October 29, 2022
Company
Squadron Signal Publications
MSRP
$26.95

David Doyle’s latest book continues to expand Squadron Signal’s monograph series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron’s previous editions, including their 1978 edition, Aircraft In Action SS0034 by Ernest R. McDowell, Squadron’s 1997 Walk Around by Lou Drendel; and Squadron’s 2015 edition Aircraft in Action SS1221 by David Doyle. This 2022 release continues Squadron’s Detail in Action series that is intended to be a combination of the In Action and Walk Around series. All seven previous Detail In Action books were written by David Doyle (M50A1 Ontos; K5(E) Railgun; Ferdinand. Elefant; M3 Gun Motor Carriage; Gamma Goat; M19-M20 Tank Transporter; and F8F Bearcat).

Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
October 29, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$25.99

ICM continues its dedication to the American Civil War with two additional sets, this review covering one of them. With these new sets, you can now model an actual direct clash between opposing forces, this kit being paired with #35023 American Civil War Union Infantry Set #2. As you can guess, these two sets would make for a very dramatic diorama.