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Model T 1914 Fire Truck with Crew

Published: July 9, 2022
Company: ICM

Firefighting has a long and noble history in the United States, dating back to the 17th century following the burning of Boston in 1631. The first volunteer fire company was established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 in Philadelphia, and became a model for other colonial cities to follow. 1853 saw the establishment of the first professional fire department in Cincinnati, and thus the modern,… more

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American Fire Truck Crew (1910s)

Published: July 9, 2022
Company: ICM

Despite the war, ICM in the Ukraine continues to create new and innovative kits for the avid figure modeler. This set, which depicts American firemen from the turn of the last century, is a case in point. Professional firefighting units organized along paramilitary lines first came on the scene around the 1850s, and by the 1900s were equipped in what is now considered classic firefighter… more

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Laffly V15T WWII French Artillery Towing Vehicle

Published: June 14, 2022
Company: ICM

Laffley was a French vehicle manufacturer known for innovative engineering. In 1938 they developed the first prototype for a light military towing vehicle with an advanced transmission and unique suspension system employing “bumper” wheels on both the front and center of the chassis to aid in cross-country travel.  Despite its advanced systems, only about 200 were built before the Fall of… more

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Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV: Volume 4 – The Armies of Spain 1660-1687

Published: March 28, 2022
Book Author(s): Bruno Mugnai
Company: Helion & Company

By the middle of the 17th century Spain held the largest empire the world had ever known – with territory spanning most of the New World to Italy and beyond. And yet, in an all-to-familiar tale, the enormous expense of maintaining such a long reach was prohibitive, and was quickly bankrupting the country. In addition, wealth was becoming concentrated into fewer and fewer hands, with nobility… more

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Leyland Retriever General Service

Published: February 7, 2022
Company: ICM

The Leyland Retriever was a 6x4 general utility lorry manufactured by Leyland Motors between 1939 and 1945. Roughly 6,500 were produced for the British Army during that period, and they served on all fronts and in a number of guises, one being General Montgomery’s caravan and also a fully armored version. Personally, I’ve always liked this beast, as it has a distinct WW1 feel to it and couldn’… more

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Hungarian Armored Forces of the Second World War (Les Forces Blindées Hongrises Durant La Seconde Guerre Mondiale )

Published: February 1, 2022
Book Author(s): Eduardo M. Gil Martinez
Company: Editions Heimdal

Like many avid modelers of WW2 armor, I have to admit that until recently I had a major blind spot regarding Hungary’s contribution to the Axis cause. Amazingly for such a relatively small economy, Hungary possessed even then a robust arms industry. They did purchase armor from other sources, the most notable being Germany and Italy, but even so their home-grown products were comparable to… more

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Napolean’s Imperial Guard: Organization, Uniforms and Weapons

Published: December 23, 2021
Book Author(s): Gabriele Esposito
Company: Pen & Sword

When Napoleon Bonaparte first began his rise to power in France in 1799, there already existed a private armed force dedicated to protecting the person of the King of France. After the French Revolution, this force became known as the Consular Guard, intended to protect French politicians – sort of a personal secret service or bodyguard force on steroids. Private armies of this nature were not… more

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CR. 42 Falco with Italian Pilots in Tropical Uniform

Published: November 13, 2021
Company: ICM

The CR. 42 Falco was one of the last operational biplanes of World War II, as well as being (at least in my view) one of the most elegant aircraft of the period. In the Libyan and Malta campaigns, it battled against the equally obsolete Gloster Gladiator until more modern aircraft made the scene on both sides. It soldiered on for some time thereafter as both an ad-hoc night fighter and… more

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CR.42 CN WWII Italian Night Fighter

Published: October 7, 2021
Company: ICM

Fiat’s CR.42 Falco was one of the last biplanes to serve in an air force at the beginning of World War 2, and as such was essentially obsolete from the moment of its activation. Nonetheless, it served with some distinction in the early air battles both during the Battle of Britain and in the Libyan desert campaign before being relegated to second tier operations. In this instance, serving as… more

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Chernobyl #5: Evacuation

Published: September 10, 2021
Company: ICM

ICM continues with its fascinating series of Chernobyl “instant dioramas” with the latest being a scene depicting the evacuation of civilians from the threatened region around the power plant disaster. In this case, five figures are provided, along with an apartment balcony, a small pot and a printed background to bring it all together.

The figures include one older gentleman, a young… more