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Gama Goat Detail In Action

Published: December 4, 2013
Book Author(s): David Doyle
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle has produced a fine reference on the M561 Gama Goat. This is just in time for us to use to super detail the latest offering from Tamiya. The front and back covers feature the excellent art of Don Greer.

The book begins with coverage of the Meili Metrac and the Clark Flex-Trac. There are pictures of both these vehicles undergoing field testing. The Gama Goat was designed… more

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Soviet ML-20 152mm Howitzer Mod 1937 (Standard)

Published: February 12, 2013
Company: Trumpeter

The model consists of 9 sprues of dark yellow plastic, 2 frets of PE, 6 vinyl tires, and a metal barrel. There are no decals.

The instructions are clearly drawn for the most part, and consist of twelve pages with thirteen steps, plus a parts map. There is also a color profile sheet.

The molding is crisp and free of flash, pin marks, and sink marks. The model is very well… more

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Soviet Komintern Artillery Tractor

Published: December 29, 2012
Company: Trumpeter

The model consists of 8 grey sprues, 10 brown sprues (indi track links), 1 clear sprue, and a small decal sheet containing 4 small dials for the dashboard. The bottom hull, hood/grill, and main cab come as individual parts.

The instructions are clearly drawn and consist of eight pages with eight steps, plus a parts map. There is also a color profile sheet.

The molding is… more

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Henschel 33 D1 Kfz.72 WWII German Radio Communications Truck

Published: October 4, 2012
Company: ICM

There is very little online about the Henschel 33D1 Kfz. 72. I did find a few black and white pictures, but my own library added nothing.

The kit comprises 7 sprues in yellow plastic, one of clear plastic, a small decal sheet, and a 13 page instruction sheet. The instruction sheet has a two-paragraph background, a color chart (Model Master), a parts map (showing unused parts), 34 steps… more

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VsKfz 617 Minenraumer

Published: April 18, 2012
Company: Meng Model

The VsKfz 617 Minenraumer is the first entry in Meng’s Stegosaurus series.

The VsKfz 617 never got out of the prototype phase. The first one was completed in 1942, jointly designed by Alkett, Krupp, and Daimler-Benz. Only the vehicle captured by the Russians survives today.

The model comes in a sturdy box with all sprues individually bagged. The hull top and bottom are… more


M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around

Published: February 6, 2012
Book Author(s): David Doyle
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle has given us another excellent walk around publication. This one covers the M26 Dragon Wagon tank transporter, used by the United States Army during World War II. Those of us who have the Ampersand Publishing Dragon Wagon book, by David and Pat Stansell, will find 80 pages of new pictures with cover art by Don Greer. This book is filled with captioned color pictures of expertly… more

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Staghound Mk. III Armoured Car

Published: January 23, 2012
Company: Bronco Models

The Staghound Armoured Car was produced in America for the British Army and other Allied forces. It first went into action in Italy in 1943. The Staghound Mk. III had a modified Crusader turret with an Ordnance QF 75 mm gun. The bow machine gun was not fitted. It was supplied to some British armoured car regiments during 1944. I have seen the number produced listed as 37 and as 100.


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UH-60 Medevac Interior

Published: October 20, 2011
Company: Werners Wings

The UH-60 Blackhawk is America’s current work horse helicopter. One of its most important roles is as a Medevac helicopter. When I was an Independent Duty Medic in Korea in 1987 I was supported by the Army Blackhawks. The kit is molded in molded in resin. Molding is very good, detail is crisp and clean. I found only 2 small bubbles to be filled. Pour blocks are small and the parts can… more


American Fire Apparatus, Vol. 2 - Aerial Equipment

Published: September 12, 2011
Book Author(s): Wayne Mutza
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

Wayne Mutza has written his second book on American Fire Apparatus aimed at the scale modeler. This volume covers Aerial Equipment and, from Don Greer’s paintings on the front and back covers to the more than 300 color and black and white images inside, it is a feast for the eye.

The introduction explains that by the late 1800s the increase in multi-story buildings brought on the… more

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The Seaplane Years

Published: August 10, 2011
Book Author(s): Tim Mason
Company: Hikoki Publications

Tim Mason had a forty year flying/Royal Air Force career. Since his retirement he has written three books on the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment. The Seaplane Years is the third of those books. (Editor's note: The book is subtitled - A history of the Marine & Armament Experimental Establishment, 1920 - 1924, and Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, 1924 -… more