Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
February 1, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$20.00

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a resin set of eight 1/48 scale AGM-45 Shrike missiles and two launchers for use with any 1/48 aircraft kit equipped for that ordinance. The set is packaged in a sealed-fold clear plastic card sleeve. The set includes six gray resin blocks of missile parts, along with a decal sheet and a fret of photoetch fins included.

Book Author(s)
Venner F. Milewski, Jr.
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
February 1, 2022
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$52.00

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 and camouflage patterns, this encyclopedic reference is it!

 

Book Author(s)
Eduardo M. Gil Martinez
Review Author
Gino Dykstra
Published on
February 1, 2022
Company
Editions Heimdal
MSRP
$37.18

Like many avid modelers of WW2 armor, I have to admit that until recently I had a major blind spot regarding Hungary’s contribution to the Axis cause. Amazingly for such a relatively small economy, Hungary possessed even then a robust arms industry. They did purchase armor from other sources, the most notable being Germany and Italy, but even so their home-grown products were comparable to some of the best equipment in the world at the time. I really have no idea how they’ve slipped under the modeling radar until recently.

Mr. Martinez’s book is absolutely stuffed with never-before-seen pictures of Hungarian armor, both indigenous and otherwise, and although printed completely in French, it still provides an excellent overview of this poorly documented subject. I spent some time translating the chapter and subchapter headings, which gives you some idea of the contents:

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Paduch
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
February 1, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$33.95

Based in Central Europe Kagero Publishing House is the biggest publisher and exporter of English-written publications about military history, release nearly 60 titles every year. Kagero was founded in 1995, and began by delivering military titles in Polish. Their success led Kagero to start releasing books in English in 1998. Authors from Poland, Canada, USA, Australia and Great Britain, who were invited to cooperation, gave a beginning to a new range of products, which have put them on a position of one of the most recognized publishers on the market. Kagero has released more than 550 publications. Kagero is managed by Damian Majsak and his wife Joanna.

Book Author(s)
Frédéric Deprun
Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
February 1, 2022
Company
Heimdal
MSRP
$89.00

C'est une magnifique publication, riche en prose et en photographie. Présentée en français, mon manque de maîtrise du français me fait passer à côté de la qualité de la prose, mais la photographie ne nécessite pas de traduction précise.

In English - This is a magnificent publication, rich in prose and photography. Presented in the French language, my lack of command of French means that I am missing out on the quality of the prose, but the photography and the captions for the images does not require precise translation.

This Is the third volume with the previous two volumes having been reviewed by IPMS in the past year. A message on the final page of Volume 3 states that a fourth and final volume will see the light of day, covering the period from Oct 1944 to May 1945 for the 2nd Panzer Division.

Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
February 2, 2022
Company
Value Gear
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$20.00

Value Gear resin stowage products have long been among the best resin additions for modelers looking to detail their builds in nearly any scale. Spanning stowage from WWII through more modern and even sci-fi settings, these pieces really pop with detail and add immensely to the scenes they’re placed in. In this case, we are looking at set #11-- another stowage set for your StuG in 1/35 scale. While many of the sets are geared towards certain manufacturers’ kits, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t place them nearly anywhere, as you’ll see below.

 This set contains 8 pieces and represents varying arrangements of sandbag emplacements that can be used in gun pits, checkpoints, roadblocks, bunkers, or really anywhere you might want some protection. There are a couple corner pieces, short and long straight pieces, and one large curved piece. Details are quite nice and involve crates and sandbags for the most part in various configurations.

Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
February 2, 2022
Company
Value Gear
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$11.50

Value Gear resin stowage products have long been among the best resin additions for modelers looking to detail their builds in nearly any scale. Spanning stowage from WWII through more modern and even sci-fi settings, these pieces really pop with detail and add immensely to the scenes they’re placed in. In this case, we are looking at set #11-- another stowage set for your StuG in 1/35 scale. While many of the sets are geared towards certain manufacturers’ kits, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t place them nearly anywhere, as you’ll see below.

Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
February 2, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$21.29

Brengun Models is a scale model and detailing parts manufacturer located in the Czech Republic. Their lines include limited production run multi-media kits and exquisitely detailed photo-etched, turned brass and white metal replacement parts for aircraft in the most commonly produced scales.

Brengun has produced a set of two racks of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for any appropriate1/48 scale helicopter or aircraft kit.

Review Author
Rob Booth
Published on
February 2, 2022
Company
Tru-Color Paint
MSRP
$7.19

Tru-Color Paints is an American hobby paint manufacturer formed in 2008 and located in the Phoenix, AZ area. Their lines include realistically scale colored paints for the hobbyist for naval ships, military armor, aircraft, and railroading. They currently produce over 600 colors covering 7 product lines (naval, military vehicles, automotive, aircraft, etc.) and include airbrushable, spray can and brush paintable products. According to their website: "Tru-color paint is a solvent based paint with an acrylic polymer used as the binding agent which adheres very well to plastic or metal models, when those models are properly prepared. The pigments and/or dyes used to produce the correct colors are very finely ground so that they do not clog air-brushes."

Review Author
Tim Wilding
Published on
February 2, 2022
Company
Tamiya
Scale
1/35
MSRP
$54.00

Tamiya has released a newly tooled kit of the M18 Hellcat. There are six new sprues along with a clear sprue from their M4A3E8 kit and a sprue for the 50-caliber machine gun that is from past kits. A decal sheet has two marking options. A length of black thread is used for the tow cable and has enough for two lengths. Two poly caps are included in a small bag. There are no photo-etched parts. The black and white instruction booklet is 16 pages long with 37 construction steps. A separate color three-page, tri-fold supplement has the two painting/marking schemes and a history of the M18 in eight languages. Something different with the instructions is that it shows painting and decal marking locations in each step, plus they are also on this supplement.