IPMS Number
47467

Reviews By Author

Box Art

Pz. 38(t) Ausf. E/F with Full Interior

Published:
Company: Hobby Boss

Bottom Line Up Front

This reboot of the Panda Hobby Pz38(t) kit in 1/16 scale is a mixed bag. The full interior provides some exciting possibilities, but the kit is marred by some very sub-par engineering. This kit has a lot of nice features, but it really fights you in some places. It can be made into an award-winning model, but it will take patience, skill, and lots of coins for… more

Package

Pz. 38(t) Ausf. E/F with Full Interior

Published:
Company: Hobby Boss

Bottom Line Up Front: This reboot of the well-received Panda Hobby Pz38(t) kit in 1/16 scale provides what many large-scale armor modelers have been hankering for: a an tank kit with a full interior. This in-box initial look shows promise for a fitting upgrade of an already solid kit.

History

The Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) was developed in Czechoslovakia by ČKD… more

Box art

Panzerkampfwagen V Panther Ausf. A Early/Mid

Published:
Company: Das Werk Scale Models

Bottom Line Up Front

Let’s face it, interior kits with their massive part-count aren’t everyone’s thing. A model retailer once told me that armor kits without an interior outsell those with one by almost 10 to 1. Cue Das Werk to the rescue with reboxing of Takom’s Panther kits with no interior sprues, a reasonably sized box, manageable part count, and correspondingly manageable price… more

Product Picture

Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. F Sd.Kfz 161

Published:
Company: Tamiya

Bottom Line Up Front: Even though Tamiya’s “new tool” release of the venerable Panzerkampfwagen IV does not disappoint with nice detail, clever engineering, and three figures that are well rendered in unique and interesting poses. Even though this kit uses the hull and suspension from the 1994 Panzer IV releases, the vast majority of the kit is brand new and up to modern standards. This is not… more

Product Picture

Etched Parts Set for Tamiya Panther Ausf D.

Published:
Company: Hauler Brengun

Bottom Line Up Front: This set brings Tamiya’s 1/48 Panzer V ausf. D kit to the next level. It’s not for the faint of heart though. Like many 1/48 scale PE sets, it contains several sub-assemblies that will make you squint and reach for the Optivisors and the finest set of tweezers you have.

Hauler has one of the most extensive line of aftermarket photo etch for 1/48… more

Russian Medium Tank T-34/85

Russian Medium Tank T-34/85

Published:
Company: Tamiya

Bottom Line Up Front

A surprising swing and a miss for Tamiya on this kit. Technically this kit is very well done, but it’s rather boring and uninspiring. The kit is well engineered with many "modeler-friendly" features that make it a simple, quick build. The kit is molded in dark green plastic with hull weights, link-and-length tracks, poly caps, braided copper wire for the tow… more

Box Art

Russian Medium Tank T-55

Published:
Company: Tamiya

Bottom Line Up Front

Tamiya breaks new ground with the first large production injection T-55 in 1/48 scale. Tamiya already has an impressive line of excellent 1/48 scale armor kits and this will likely prove to be one of their most popular offerings. This kit delivers everything we have come to expect from Tamiya; excellent detail, brilliant engineering and interesting subjects.… more

Cover Art

Japanese Armies 1868-1877: The Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion

Published:
Book Author(s): Gabriele Esposito
Company: Osprey Publishing

Bottom Line Up Front: This most recent addition to the Osprey Men-at-Arms Series does its best to make sense of a confusing subject, to the Japanese civil wars of the 1860s and 1870s period. It is well illustrated and provides rudimentary information that is fairly easy to understand.

Chapters

  • Historical Background
  • The Boshin War, 1868-1869… more

Book Cover

Wehrmacht in the Mud

Published:
Book Author(s): Alan Ranger
Company: Mushroom Model Publications - MMP Books

Bottom Line Up Front

The latest in MMP’s “Camera On” series is dedicated to a broad selection of German vehicles and equipment battling mud. This book is useful, not just for diorama ideas, but for terrific reference photos on how mud actually looks; something that is rarely depicted accurately in dioramas and scenic bases.

Chapters

Front Cover

American Privateers in the Revolutionary War

Published:
Book Author(s): Angus Konstam
Company: Osprey Publishing

Bottom Line Up Front

This is a short, easy to read introduction to ships and history of the private warships which played a major part in the American War for Independence. It is profusely illustrated with period artwork and accurate modern-day artwork of actual ships. The artwork by Paul Wright is the standout feature of this book.

Author

Angus Konstam is… more