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Value Pack, Hawker Fury Mk-1 & Fairey Flycatcher

Published: August 1, 2017
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kits

The molds for these kits were originally produced by Impact in the early 60s as part of a series of British fighters that included the Bristol Bulldog, Fairey Flycatcher, Hawker Fury and the Gloster Gladiator. The molds have changed hands from Impact through Lifelike, Pyro and Lindberg and now are the property of Lindberg/Round 2. This double kit is a reissue by Lindberg… more

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M103 Heavy Tank, A Visual History of America's Only Operational Heavy Tank 1950-1970

Published: January 25, 2017
Book Author(s): David Doyle
Company: Ampersand Publishing


During World War Two, the Allies encountered German tanks with heavier armor and more powerful guns than those the Allies possessed. The US initiated development and testing of heavy tanks in 1943 as the armor on the M26 was not thick enough to stand against the latest German guns. The war ended before the US Army could deploy a heavy tank in Europe, but a need was… more

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USN 14in/50 (35.6cm) Gun Barrels for Turrets with or without Blast Bags

Published: November 13, 2016
Company: Master Model

The US Navy's New Mexico Class and Tennessee Class battleships mounted the 14in/50 rifles as main armament. The Trumpeter/Pit-Road 1/700 kit of the 1941 version of the USS Tennessee provides injected gun barrels both with and without blast bags. The injected barrels are molded in relatively soft grey plastic. Removal from the sprue results in a large attachment point remnant. Additionally, the… more

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German Commerce Raiders 1914-18

Published: December 27, 2015
Book Author(s): Ryan K. Noppen; Illustrated by Paul Wright
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the story of Germany's commerce raiders of World War I which were the surface ships that were supposed to starve the British Isles of the vast cargoes of vital resources being shipped from the furthest reaches of the Empire. To that end pre-war German naval strategists allocated a number of cruisers and armed, fast ocean liners, as well as a complex and globe-spanning supply network to… more

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The Douglas B-18 and B-23, America’s Forsaken Warriors

Published: November 14, 2015
Book Author(s): Dan Hagedorn, Sr. and Dan Hagedorn, Jr.
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.


As described in Crecy Publishing information paper, “What manner of aircraft pioneered airborne radar and anti-submarine warfare, almost replaced the immortal Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and yet disappeared from the annals of aviation history with not so much as a footnote in most authoritative histories of the WWII? The elusive B-18 bomber.

The very few stories… more

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M6 Heavy Tank "Black Label Series"

Published: August 20, 2015
Company: Dragon Models

The Kit

The 57-ton M6 was designed as a tank able to respond to Germany’s all-dominating Panzers that had previously swept through Europe in the Blitzkrieg, and approval to produce four prototypes was given in February 1941. The type proved unsatisfactory in testing, however, and in the end only eight M6, twelve M6A1 and 20 M6A2 tanks were built by Baldwin from 1942-44. The M6 had a… more

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Waterloo 1815 - Mont St Jean and Wavre

Published: July 10, 2015
Book Author(s): John Franklin
Company: Osprey Publishing


As described on the Osprey Publishing website, “Waterloo is one of the defining campaigns of European history. The name conjures up images of the terrible scale and grandeur of the Napoleonic Wars and the incredible combined effort that finally ended Napoleon's aspirations of power in Europe. Drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts, and using detailed illustrations,… more


Ottoman Navy 1914-18

Published: July 8, 2015
Book Author(s): Ryan K. Noppen; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Company: Osprey Publishing


The website description of this title, “At the start of the 20th century the Ottoman Navy was a shadow of its former might, a reflection of the empire as a whole - the "Sick Man of Europe". Years of defeat, nepotism, and neglect had left the Ottoman Navy with a mix of obsolete vessels, whilst the list of prospective enemies was ever-growing. An increasing Russian naval… more

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US Standard-Type Battleships 1941-45 (1)

Published: March 15, 2015
Book Author(s): Mark Stille
Company: Osprey Publishing


The website description of this title, “Written by US Navy expert Mark Stille, this book offers a unique insight into the Standard-type classes of US battleships. It provides a detailed investigation into the histories of each of the warships in the Standard-type battleship classes, the first three of which, the Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, formed the US Navy's… more


Multi-Aircraft Series #2, SBD-2, F3F-2, P-40, SB2U-2

Published: January 31, 2015
Company: Yellow-Wings Decals

I had a love-hate relationship with this set of decals. This is my first experience using decals from Yellow-Wings, and also from the new Microscale printing process. The colors are excellent and in perfect register, the film around the edges is minimal, they are exceptionally thin and they cover aircraft from my favorite era. However, the thinness lead to issues with the long and thin decals… more