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WWII USN Crane Barge II YD98

Published: June 14, 2022
Company: Lionroar

Thanks to DragonUSA for supplying the resin/PE set for review and IPMSUSA staff for handling the request and publishing this review. Special thanks to Dave Morrissette who forwarded this kit to me after I and everyone else refused to review it in 2014. I said it would take me a while to get to it, but better late than never! Apologies to DragonUSA for the delay. YD98 is still available!


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From Bessarabia to Belgrade. An Illustrated Study of the Soviet Conquest of Southeast Europe. March – October 1944

Published: June 13, 2022
Book Author(s): Kamen Nevenkin
Company: Peko Publishing

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

The rapid Russian army takeover of Southeast Europe in 1944 is a seldom-covered topic, but its importance loomed huge for the Cold War and the fates of those countries to this very day. Kamen Nevenkin presents viewpoints of the events from German, Russian and the countries involved perspectives. This book shows the… more


The War in Northern Oman 1954-1962

Published: March 3, 2022
Book Author(s): Peter Shergold
Company: Helion & Company

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Oman is a country with a rich history of trading, and an ancient crossroads commanding the Straits of Hormuz. Over millennia, tensions between rival sects of Islam led to internal strife in Oman and surrounding areas, disrupting trade. To ensure their own financial benefits, different European countries set up the… more


The Japanese Light Cruiser Oyodo. Super Drawings in 3D

Published: February 13, 2022
Book Author(s): Aliaksandr Sukhanevich
Company: Kagero Publishing

Casemate Publishers just released the latest Kagero Publishing Super Drawings in 3D – The Japanese Light Cruiser Oyodo – in her 1944 fit (not her 1943 as-built appearance with the long catapult). This is a single-ship class of an odd hybrid ship that did not turn out to be a success (although she survived until the war-end harbor bombings at anchor). As always, the 3D book is jammed full of CG… more


Clemenceau Top Drawings

Published: February 5, 2022
Book Author(s): Witold Koszela
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, extends their Top Drawings Series with No. 116, the French Marine Nationale aircraft carrier Clemenceau (le Clem). She was placed into service in 1961, incorporating the latest advances in aircraft carrier technology. She and her sister ship, Foch, were active for more than 40 years,… more


Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Aircraft Carriers, Escort Carriers, Volume One Part Two

Published: February 1, 2022
Book Author(s): Venner F. Milewski, Jr.
Company: Stratus

Venner Milewski, Jr., a longtime naval sailor and shipbuilder, decided to catalog all the ships used by the US Navy since 1883. This ambitious program has borne fruit in his first Volume of aircraft carriers. This review looks into the 2nd Part of Volume One – Escort Carriers. If you ever wanted a comprehensive who’s who of US Escort Carriers, with loads of photographs… more

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Operation Meghdoot: India’s War in Siachen, 1984-2020. Asia @ War Series

Published: December 15, 2021
Book Author(s): Sanjay Badri-Maharaj
Company: Helion & Company

“It all started with few maps and an innocent German rafting expedition.” (Chapter 4, page 20). The war for the Siachen glacier sounds like something from a historical fiction book. One pundit called it two bald men fighting over a comb, but Operation Meghdoot was a 36-year-long shooting war fought at the highest elevations ever (up to 22,000 feet or ~6700 meters) between two bitter, next-door… more


British Sloops and Frigates of the Second World War

Published: December 14, 2021
Book Author(s): Les Brown
Company: Seaforth Publishing

Casemate Publishers presents ShipCraft 27, British Sloops and Frigates of WW2 by Les Brown from Seaforth Publishing. This long-awaited book is a ship modeler’s dream come true as a reference work on the large numbers obscure but important Royal Navy antisubmarine warships that helped turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic. This easy-to-digest book details each of the 17 classes of sloops… more


Cruisers of the III Reich. Vol. 1

Published: October 7, 2021
Book Author(s): Witold Koszela
Company: Stratus

The author, Wikold Koszela, has written 24 books on warships, mostly British, United States and German battleships 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 information… more

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Pacific Adversaries. Volume Four. Imperial Japanese Navy vs The Allies. The Solomons 1943-1944.

Published: September 2, 2021
Book Author(s): Michael John Claringbould
Company: Casemate UK

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

The author, Michael John Claringbould, developed an acute interest in documenting WW2 South Pacific wrecks after getting no answers about the WW2 plane wreck on the hill next to his grade school in Port Moresby, PNG (Papua New Guinea). He carried a wingtip home and from his photos it… more