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HMS Colombo

Published: November 3, 2023
Company: Trumpeter

Thanks to MRC for the review kit and IPMSUSA for the opportunity to conduct and publish this review.

Bottom Line: 1/700 scale models of Royal Navy light cruisers built in WW I and repurposed as anti-aircraft (AA) cruisers in WW II have been long awaited as injection-molded plastic kits, and HMS Colombo is the latest arrival, and well done.


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Royal Navy WWII 1920-1941 Paint Set

Published: October 15, 2023
Company: Tru-Color Paint

Bottom Line: I am going to purchase other paints from Tru-Color Paints after my excellent experiences. Tru-Color Paint was founded in 2008 in Phoenix Az by Rick Galazzo & Scott Cohen. They have hundreds of paints, mostly for automobiles and railroad train hobbyists, but also military colors for aircraft, armament and ships. Starting in 2017, Tru-Color provides paints for German, Japanese,… more


British Light Cruisers. Leander, Amphion and Arethusa Classes

Published: July 22, 2023
Book Author(s): Les Brown
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Thanks to Casemate Publishers & IPMS/USA for the review copy!

Casemate Publishers presents ShipCraft 31, British Light Cruisers Leander, Amphion and Arethusa Classes by Les Brown from Seaforth Publishing. This heavily illustrated paperback is the ultimate single resource for building accurate models of WW2 British Light Cruisers with twin turret 6in main armaments – the Leander,… more


IJN Carrier Photoetch Set

Published: April 30, 2023
Company: Gold Medal Models

Thanks to Squadron Hobbies for the Gold Medal PE set and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review.

Bottom Line

One of the original 1/700 PE sets for WW2 IJN aircraft carriers, designed to complete at least one carrier and having specific parts for 12 carriers. GMM IJN Carrier PE set is basic, supplying generic railings, antenna masts, 3-bladed… more


Cruisers of the III Reich. Vol. 2.

Published: December 15, 2022
Book Author(s): Witold Koszela
Company: Stratus

The author, Wikold Koszela, has written 25+ books on warships – mostly British, United States and German battleships/cruisers, and modern Polish and Soviet Navy warships. Twelve of his publications are in the Kagero Top Drawing series. For this and other books, Witold also supplied the line and color drawings, and they are top quality and very helpful for modelers. I could not find additional… more

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Nuclear India, From Reluctance to Triad - Asia @ War Series No.25

Published: December 9, 2022
Book Author(s): Sanjay Badri-Maharaj
Company: Helion & Company

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

If you are of a certain age and remember duck and cover under your school desk for nuclear attack drills, under a poster saying “one nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day,” this book will cause stress – rightly so. India is the setting of this Asia@War Series book, describing the oft-ignored entry and burgeoning status of… more


The Japanese Destroyer Suzutsuki. TopDrawings No. 128

Published: November 3, 2022
Book Author(s): Mariusz Motyka
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, in TopDrawings No. 128, details the appearance of the apex of WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy destroyers, the Akizuki class Suzutsuki (Calm Moon) in 1945. The TopDrawings series is designed for modelers to have an accurate reference for detailed appearances of individual ships and aircraft.… more


Danger Forward. The Forgotten Wars of General Paul F. Gorman

Published: November 3, 2022
Book Author(s): Mike Guardia
Company: Magnum Books

Danger Forward is the title, but you will read how the book could have been titled Danger 360. The stuff of which good movies should be made. This hard-to-put-down book reads fast and easy with a you-were-there feel that covers key US military efforts from WW2 to the mid 1980s, when General Gorman retired. He is still alive at 94 years in Virginia. The author, Mike Guardia, came out with the… more

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The Development of Crude Oil Tankers. A Historical Miscellany

Published: September 7, 2022
Book Author(s): Dr. Ray Solly
Company: Pen & Sword

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Casemate Publishers presents The Development of Crude Oil Tankers. A Historical Miscellany by Dr. Ray Solly. This book is a large hardbound with glossy pages chock full of photographs, detailed line drawings, and explanations of how tanker design progressed to the present day. Our current lifestyles and national security… more

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Mar Verde - The Portuguese Amphibious Assault on Conakry, 1970 - Africa @ War Series No. 55

Published: September 6, 2022
Book Author(s): Jose Augusto Matos
Company: Helion & Company

Headlines: Cold War Intrigue. Secret MilOps. Prison Camp Raid! Merry Band of Mercs & Rebels Overthrowing a Corrupt Regime. Freedom Fighters vs. Commies. Sean-Connery-James-Bond Style / Peter Graves Style Mission Impossible Skullduggery. Government Disavowal of Actions. Records Expunged. Postmortem Analysis From Forgotten Document.

Guinea is the setting of this Africa@War Series… more