Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Hauler
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$26.80

Hauler has produced a nice World War Two Japanese Pre-fabricated Steel Pillbox. These were mainly used on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll. They had two internal levels, the upper was an observation area where the top opened to give a higher view. The lower area had to machine gun ports, a small arms port and a door. This is a very nice resin set.

In the box is:

  • 1 x Resin Pillbox
  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

The Pillbox is very crisp and well molded with great detail.

Construction

The build starts by removing the excess resin form the lower part of the pillbox using a razor saw. The next stage is the Photo Etch gun port shutters. The one thing missing from the kit was the door which these Pillboxes did have; I will make one myself to add later.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
December 31, 2015
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$12.00

Brengun has produced a very nice proposed German Aircraft design by Blohm & Voss based on the all wooden construction of the BV-40 Glider of which several prototypes were flown in 1944. The detail and high quality of this product is very good and the sprue also includes the Glider fuselage.

In the box is:

  • 1 x light brown Sprue
  • 1 x clear Sprue
  • 1 x Photo Etch sheet
  • 2 x Resin Rockets and launch rack
  • 1 x Decal sheet
  • 1x Instruction sheet

All the sprues are well molded with no flash at all.

The detail is very fine and crisp for such a small aircraft.

Construction

The build start with the cockpit which is nice for the scale, the pilot flew this aircraft in the prong position. Next the fuselage is joined, there was a little filling required to get a good fit.

Review Author
Rob Benson
Published on
December 30, 2015
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$17.95

Many thanks to Mr. Ross MacMillan of Scale Aircraft Conversions and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to try this neat substitute and replacement set for the Special Hobby AF-2 Guardian. I am pleased to report on another sweet add-on and upgrade. The Guardian has a somewhat spindly appearance and having skinny but strong metal “legs” really helps!

The white-metal parts arrived in a blister pack, backed by the distinctive SAC company logo. The weight of the parts is very noticeable. All parts are free of sprues with the exception of two retractor struts. The parts require very little buffing, cleanup and polishing. I did use a Dremel tool to buff some of the parts and brought a very nice natural metal tone to them. But blue paint covers all of that shine.

Book Author(s)
Robert Grudzien
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
December 30, 2015
Company
Mushroom Model Publications
MSRP
$28.00

You can view the book trailer for this publication at: http://mmpbooks.biz/ksiazki/303

When one thinks of WWII and the RAF, the Spitfire instantly comes to mind. Author and illustrator Robert Grudzien has created a superb album of Spitfire V profiles in full color.

The illustrations include Spitfire Vs flown by the British, Poles, Australians, USAAF, Soviet, Yugoslavian, Greek, Italian, Egyptian and Turkish Air Forces. Also included is a Spitfire VB in “captured” Luftwaffe markings.

The illustrations are excellent resources for those who are searching for camouflage patterns and some lesser known color schemes and markings. A quad page fold-out shows the port side of probably the best known Spitfire B used by the Poles and flown by S/Ldr Jan Zumbach.

Review Author
Dave Koukol
Published on
December 30, 2015
Company
Dragon Models
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$80.00

Background

Despite early and overwhelming success of its armored and mechanized forces during initial conquests in western and eastern Europe early in World War II, the German Wehrmacht found itself in urgent need of an able tank destroyer capability as it began to encounter Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks following the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Initial response was to repurpose obsolete tank designs, such as the Panzer II, and refit them as tank destroyers. An incarnation built on the Panzer II chassis, Marder II’s were initially fitted with rechambered Soviet 7.62 cm guns, and were designated Sd. Kfz. 132. Follow-on production examples were fitted with 7.5cm PaK 40’s and designated Sd.Kfz. 131. Their open-top configuration and thin armor limited their utility in urban environments, but their mobility and firepower made them a notable improvement over fixed and towed anti-tank weapons they were designed to replace.