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BTR-60 PU Soviet Armored Vehicle

Published: September 12, 2020
Company: Brengun

The Vehicle

The BTR-60 series was developed in the late 1950s to make the Soviet Infantry motorized, allowing the troops to keep up with the tanks as they advanced. The vehicle is amphibious, with an internal propeller. The BTR-60 series had dozens of versions. The BTR-60PU is the command vehicle version, which explains all those antennas on the top.

The Kit

The… more

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HG Wells Little Wars

Published: September 8, 2020
Book Author(s): H.G. Wells and Andy Callen
Company: Helion & Company

The Book

Inside the front cover is a listing of other titles in Helion & Company’s “Paper Soldiers” series. Interested in the Civil War? Which one, American or English Civil War? They have games for both. Roman legions? American Revolution? Trafalgar? The Spanish Armada? It’s all in there.

This book is based on H. G. Wells’ 1913 book which gives rules for movement… more

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Landing Gear for the Eduard 1/144 MiG-15bis/UTI

Published: August 17, 2020
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The MiG-15 was the USSR’s first really successful jet fighter. The engines for the prototype were copied from Britain’s Rolls Royce Nene, with the cooperation of the UK government.

The MiG-15 was used in the Korean War, with Chinese, Korean and Soviet pilots flying combat missions into “MiG Alley” in northwestern North Korea.

There were many users of… more

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Sd. Kfz, 251-8 Ambulance

Published: July 9, 2020
Company: Italeri

The Sd. Kfz. 251/8 was the ambulance version of the personnel carrier halftrack built by Hanomag. The vehicle was known in the Wehrmacht as the Krankenpanzerwagen, (armored ambulance). It could carry 8 “walking wounded” or 2 stretcher patients and 4 seated casualties.

The Kit

There are 4 sprues in the box, along with the decals and instructions. No clear parts. I pretty much… more

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The Royal Dragoon Guards, A Regimental History 1685-2018

Published: May 13, 2020
Book Author(s): Peter Macfarlane
Company: Osprey Publishing

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Macfarlane served with the Royal Dragoon Guards. The Colonel of the Regiment commissioned this history to make it accessible to the public. Histories cover the facts, but there has to be a lot of research and digging to get the information which is presented here.

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Regimental Life… more

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Ki-43 Hayabusa

Published: May 12, 2020
Company: Platz

The Aircraft

The Ki-43 has been described as the “Army Zero”. The Hayabusa and Zero were contemporaries, and the Ki-43 was quite successful in the first part of WW2. The Allies code named the aircraft “Oscar”. But like the Zero, the Oscar had some design problems, mostly the lack of self-sealing fuel tanks, armor protection, and light armament. Nevertheless, it did well against… more

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Petsamo and Kirkenes 1944, The Soviet Offensive in the Northern Arctic

Published: May 12, 2020
Book Author(s): David Greent
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book covers a short but brutal campaign near the end of World War II where the Soviets took northern Finland from the Germans, pushing them back into Norway. Finland had capitulated in September of 1944, and the Germans were seriously considering leaving when the Soviet Army (and Navy) attacked in early October. The battles lasted from October 7 to November 5.

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3cm Flak Panzer IV Kugelblitz

Published: May 11, 2020
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov produces resin kits and accessories. The kits are 1/700 submarines and 1/72 armor. The accessories are for 1/35 and 1/72 armor. The kits aim for great detail. This is one of those kits, and it hits the mark.

The Vehicle

The Flak Panzer IV Kugelblitz (fireball) is a Panzerwaffe ’46 model. There was an idea for a Panzer IV armed with anti-aircraft weapons,… more

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P-47 Razorback

Published: April 30, 2020
Company: Platz

The Aircraft

The Republic P-47 was one of two very successful fighters flown by USAAF pilots and were built at Farmingdale, Long Island in New York State. Until the P-51 came along, there wasn’t a more successful American escort aircraft and tactical bomber than the P-47.

I’ve been a fan of the P-47 ever since I found a copy of Robert S. Johnson’s “Thunderbolt!” in my high… more

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Fokker 100 Airliner Landing Gear

Published: March 29, 2020
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

The Aircraft

The Fokker 100 is a 100 passenger medium range airliner built by Fokker AG in the Netherlands. When it was introduced in 1987, sales were brisk, and it was a financial success. But by 1995 there were several competitors introduced, and sales were low. Fokker had to declare bankruptcy. They were bought by Deutsche Aerospace AG, but they also had financial problems,… more