Review Author
David Dodge
Published on
May 5, 2022
Company
MRC Gallery Models
Scale
1/16
MSRP
$179.00

Introduction

The Sturmgeschutz III was the second most produced German armored combat vehicle after the Sd. Kfz 251 halftrack. It was the most produced fully tracked armored vehicle. It was built on a modified Panzer III chassis replacing the turret with an armored fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile assault gun for direct fire support for infantry The StuG III was continually modified and was later employed as a tank destroyer

Background

Gallery Models is not a widely known brand and it was apparently acquired by MRC. The StuG III is their newest release and the tooling looks different from what I have seen of photos the Takom 1/16 StuG kit.

Book Author(s)
Simon and Jonathan Forty
Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
May 5, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$42.95

The book is interesting and often ignore subject as to the history of Airborne troops in World War II. It delves into great detail of the development, service, full history from the formation to the Airborne units and battles with text and a great many photographs.

The book's chapters are:

  • Conception
  • Blitzkrieg
  • Crete: The Turning Point
  • The Allies
  • German Operations after Crete
  • Airborne Operations in the CBI and Pacific Theaters
  • Russian Airborne Operations
  • Paratroopers as Elite Ground Forces
  • Cancelled Operations

The book covers most of the Airborne operations and units for all sides on WWII. The photographs are great and cover a lot of areas and campaigns of the war.

I found this book so informative and was full of facts and details I was never aware of.

Review Author
Allan Murrell
Published on
May 5, 2022
Company
ICM
Scale
1/16
MSRP
$25.00

ICM has released kit of a British Royal Marine Office in their 1/16 figure series. The Royal Marine is in the standard parade uniform with sword.

In the box is;

  • 2 x light grey sprues
  • 1 stand base
  • 1 black sprue
  • 1 instruction sheets
  • 1 box art print

Construction

The construction of the figure is very easy, and they assemble very well. You do need to do a little filling here and there during the assembly.

The base is a nice touch and has optional ground finishes to choose from.

Painting was easy, although I did not use all the reference colors as shown on in the instructions. I did use all Tamiya paints on the figure.

I really enjoyed building these and they look great as a team of individually.

Summary

This was a fantastic kit and fun to build.

Thanks go to ICM for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Book Author(s)
Alan Ranger
Review Author
Phillip Cavender
Published on
May 5, 2022
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$25.00

Opel Blitz, is number 24 in the “Camera On” series published by MMPBooks/Stratus. The author, Alan Ranger, has written over 20 books in the Camera On Series dealing with German and Japanese armor specializing in soft skin and armored vehicles. With Opel Blitz Camera On # 24 published in 2021, the author presents photographs of various light and mid-weight truck series built by the German Opel automobile manufacturer.

Book Author(s)
Dan Sharp
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
May 5, 2022
Company
Mortons Books
MSRP
$19.99

When it appeared in the skies over Europe in 1941, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A was the best fighter in the world. It was more than a match for the best Spitfires the RAF could field and began shooting them down in ever-increasing numbers. Only the introduction of the Spitfire IX with its two-stage supercharged Merlin overturned its supremacy. Alongside the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Fw 190 is the iconic fighter of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 4, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Modelling
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$15.95

This set from SAC is a drop-in replacement for the relatively new Airfix Sabre kit. You get two main gear legs and a nose gear strut with a separate retraction arm. Casting quality is excellent and these parts won't require any more effort than kit parts to install. Recommended for those who want added strength and ability to polish real metal for those shiny oleos.

Thank you to SAC for the sample package and IPMS for sending them to me.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 4, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$11.95

Everything about the Avanti defies conventional logic in aircraft design. The main wing is set far back on the fuselage and a canard is mounted on the nose. The twin turboprop engines are mounted on the rear of the wings and drive the propellers in a pusher configuration. It's easy to recognize in the air long before you see it due to the distinctive sound of its engine/ propeller combination. Like everything else on this aircraft, the main landing gear is a complex group of parts that accommodate its retraction into the fuselage.

SAC has reproduced the kit parts in white metal. For the main gear, which is made up of three parts, you will need references beyond the kit instructions to figure out how these parts relate to each other. The nose gear is a single strut. The main benefit of the set is added strength as these parts are very small relative to the airframe. This set is a useful addition to a very unique aircraft.

Book Author(s)
Matthew Willis
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

The Fairey Firefly was one of the most successful two-seat fighter/strike/attack aircraft used in WWII and beyond. While the type did have some teething problems at the beginning it proved its value across multiple theatres and two wars. The first action for the type was in Europe against the German battleship Tirpitz and then onto the Pacific against the Japanese, Later marks provided valuable service in the Korean War.

The book is divided into eight chapters, the first dealing with the use of the Firefly in WWII. Though the production Mk. I was over 40MPH slower than Fairey had promised it did prove valuable in the reconnaissance and attack roles,

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$6.75

The Extra 300L in this scale has a large canopy covering a tandem seat cockpit. If you want it closed, this is the only option you have a chance of doing that since the kits injected part doesn’t fit closed. Even if you elect to open it, when the inside and outside are painted, it creates a nice scale thickness canopy. The material used is about .55 mm thick so it's stiff enough to hold it shape. That also makes it easy to cut and sand to size. I’ve used a lot of vacuform canopies over the years and this is one of nicest I've worked with. Brengun also makes a masking set for this (item BRL48157). This is a good addition to the Brengun kit and I highly recommend it if you want the canopy closed. Thanks to Brengun for sending this sample and as always, to IPMS for allowing me to tell you about it.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
May 3, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$14.50

  This is a companion detail set for the Brengun Extra 330L kit#BRP48007. A full review of that kit is posted elsewhere on this site. The base kit will build up into a nice model but I can't imagine building it without this set.

There are so many details included such as seat belts, instrument panels, aileron assist paddles and aerobatic sight frames that the model doesn’t look complete without them.

In addition to the PE parts, there is a small acetate sheet that includes instruments that get trapped behind the PE parts and an inspection window that goes over a cutout under the horizontal stabilizer. Simply put, if you want to build this model, order this set at the same time.

Thank you to Brengun for the sample of another unique subject and to IPMS for sending it my way.