Book Author(s)
Marcus Cowper & Christopher Pannell
Review Author
Jeff Leiby
Published on
September 7, 2011
Company
Osprey Publishing
MSRP
$9.95

Osprey Publishing, in cooperation with The Tank Museum, has published a guide of “the 40 most iconic tanks of the 20thcentury.” Each of the tanks covered in the guide receives three pages that include a one page history, an extensive list of specifications, two full color drawings and detailed descriptions of each drawing.

Much of the histories will already be known to students of armor, but I did find bits about the covered vehicles that are new to me. The full color drawings are exceptional and show the tanks in a used condition with many covered in crew gear and other equipment. The majority are side profiles, however there are many views from the front or rear quarter. The lists of specifications are fairly extensive for the size of the book and are useful for comparing the different vehicles. Finally, the picture narratives provide additional details on the particular tanks in the drawings.

Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
June 1, 2022
Company
Dragon Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$47.95

History and Performance

I have never been a big follower of the Sherman (and I certainly do not mean to offend anyone), and therefore cannot offer anything new on the history or performance of this medium tank, as it has been addressed many times before. My references were limited to the Internet and the Squadron Signals publication Sherman in Action.

The M4A3 was the major service variant, and was the model chosen for postwar production, and was the most produced of all Sherman variants.

Review Author
James Moody
Published on
June 1, 2022
Company
Trumpeter
Scale
1/32
MSRP
$118.95

Short History

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a ground attack aircraft designed for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The delta winged, single-engine A-4 was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company’s chief designer Ed Heinemann. The aircraft was later produced by McDonnell Douglas. The A-4 was originally designated the A4D under the Navy’s pre-1962 designation system. The A-4 was in response to a call by the US Navy for a jet-powered attack aircraft to replace the older Douglas Skyraider. Ed Heinemann opted for a design that would minimize size, weight and systems complexity. The little Skyhawk quickly began to be called by other nicknames such as “Scooter”, “Kiddiecar”, “Bantam Bomber”, “Tinker Toy Bomber”, and one of its more famous of nicknames, “Heinemann’s Hot Rod”.

Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
September 6, 2011
Company
Aviaeology
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$8.59

This series of decal sheets is long overdue, and covers an area that modelers have needed for a long time. I have had experience with Aviaeology’s products in the past, and have found them to be excellent quality decals. One advantage that this company offers is that they always do their homework in historical research, getting things right.

Review Author
Scott Hollingshead
Published on
September 5, 2011
Company
Eduard
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$19.95

The AN/APG-66 radar system was developed by Westinghouse (now Northrop Grumman) in the 1970’s for use in the General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon, and entered service in 1979. The radar was utilized in both the A and B versions of the F-16, and was later replaced by the AN/APG-68 system. The AN/APG-66 weighed in at 362 pounds and was a multi-role, x-band unit with a range of 160 nautical miles. In addition to the F-16 A and B, variants of the radar was also installed on the F-4EJ (Japanese export version of the Phantom II), British Hawk 200, US Navy T-39N, and New Zealand A-4 aircraft. The modes of operation were range-while-scan, track-while-scan, velocity search, and gun director.