Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
September 4, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$6.60

This set supplies drop-in replacement wheels for 1/72 F-16 C/D Block 40 and later kits.

As you would expect from Brengun, the wheels are very finely cast featuring realistic tread pattern, raised lettering and other markings on the sidewalls and sharply detailed brake pads and wheel hubs. I compared them to the wheels of a Tamiya F-16CJ kit and as shown in the photos, the detail on the Brengun parts is a vast improvement over the kit wheels. Each tire also has a flat spot to simulate the weight of the aircraft on the tires; however, it is not overdone so that the tires look flat.

I painted the wheels Tamiya NATO Black and the rims/brake pads Tamiya Flat White, with a black wash to bring out the details. I used a white colored pencil to highlight lettering and markings on the sidewalls.

The wheels have round mounting holes on the back side, so they should be adaptable to just about any 1/72 F-16C/D Block 40 and later kit.

Highly recommended.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Paduch Illustrator: Arkadiusz Wrobel
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
September 4, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$37.00

Background from the Website

Nakajima K-43 Hayabusa, code-named Oscar by the Allies, was the Imperial Japanese Army’s equivalent of the Zero fighter in service with the Imperial Navy. In combat units, the machine replaced the aging Ki-27. Manufactured in large numbers, the fighter remained in frontline service until the end of the war. By the time its final version entered production, the development of its successor – the Ki-84 – had already started. The Ki-43 was a very maneuverable machine, but in many areas it was inferior to its adversaries. Despite its fragile design, poor armament and almost no armored protection, the Ki-43 was well-liked by the Japanese pilots and it became a symbol of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. Hayabusa was the pinnacle of the Japanese fighter design development until the lessons learned in the Pacific laid the ground for new approaches to the construction of tactical aircraft.

Book Author(s)
Arkadiusz Wrobel, Janusz Swiatlon
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
September 4, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$27.95

Kagero brings us another of their “Camouflage & Decals” series books, this time showcasing the Republic P-47D Bubbletop Thunderbolt. There is no text, other than a brief caption of each aircraft and the unit/pilot assigned.

The color profiles are mostly pretty exciting and colorful, with many featuring gorgeous nose art of the time. This makes the book a helpful resource for the modeler, if you have the correct decals in your files.

Book Author(s)
Gary Lee
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
September 3, 2022
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$49.95

The book consists of three parts and a conclusion. There is a preface, acknowledgements and Intro at the beginning of the book. The book ends with notes to the text; a glossary, bibliography and index. Yes, this "baby" is big and full, and I mean "FULL" of information. I think too much to digest in one reading.

The first section of the book deals with the pre-war years; selection and training of a sniper.

The second part deals with wartime sniper operations. This section is subdivided by locations where sniping operations took place. They include sections for: Western Europe, North Africa, Italy, The Liberation of Northwestern Europe, The Rhine and the Elbe, Drang Nach Osten, Stalingrad Kessel, Nach Berlin, Far East, Southwest Pacific Theater, the South Pacific and Asia.

Book Author(s)
Craig Moore/David Bocquelet
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
September 3, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

The British, and for that matter the Allied, in general try to keep abreast of the changes on the German AFV throughout the war. The changes came from field observations and reports. The books were updated as information became available through as field observations, as well as captured machines. This was never-ending reporting as changes were continuous and the Germans improved their equipment. The book contains 39 examples of German equipment used during World War II. Although the book claims to have 39 chapters, in reality we have reports on 39 different machines.

Book Author(s)
Duke Hawkins w/ Jens Schymura
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
September 2, 2022
Company
HMH Publications
MSRP
$36.00

The book is divided into sections by parts of the Su-22 aircraft. The first 4 pages are dedicated to the types of Su-22 used by several Eastern European Air Forces. Samples include planes from the Soviet Union, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Next the book goes into the different parts of the airplane:

Book Author(s)
Slawomir Zajaczkowski
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
September 2, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

This profile book starts with a short history of the Ferdinand from its inception through the general configuration of the vehicle. In addition, the book gives you the armament, thickness of the armor and the division of the interior of the vehicle, as well as when the vehicle entered service with the German Army. The last paragraph of the short intro talks about the operation of the vehicle during the Battle of Kurz. This is considered the biggest battle ever fought between AFV's. The story ends with the reasons why the vehicle was a failure. As an aside, I would not like to have been one of the crew members of this "baby" as the noise inside of the vehicle most have been quite high. I understand that the noise level inside was measure at 185 dB and that is enough to cause permanent damage to your ears.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
September 1, 2022
Company
Hobby Boss
Scale
1/350
MSRP
$38.99

Hobby Boss has issued many 1/350 submarines from modern day to WWII. This offering continues the WWII kits with a 1941 version of a Gato class submarine successor, the Balao class, and the submarine that carried much of the burden of the submarine war in the Pacific.

This offering is the lead class in this series as the USS Gato, SS-212 from 1941. The kit includes three sprues, a stand, a photoetch name plate and a small decal sheet. Molding is crisp and clean with no flash. The kit is 26 parts including the photoetch and the stand.

The assembly instructions are two steps with the first adding the hull and bottom parts and the second were finishing the conning tower and detail. Fit is very good with only a little putty on the bottom.

Book Author(s)
Wydanie Pierwsze
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
September 1, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$27.95

For the visually inspired, this is the perfect format. This volume is 40 pages of color renderings of six different Mig fighter versions, 15,17,19,21,23 and 29. Each type has one four-view layout to assist with camo patterns where applicable. The renderings are very well done with a slightly worn appearance to them. As the series title indicates, a small decal sheet is included with national markings for Polish, East German or Czechoslovakian Mig 15 or 17s in 1/72 or 1/48 scales. These have a very glossy appearance I’ve encountered with decals from Eastern European manufacturers before, so I tested them on a scrap part. You'll have to be very careful where you use these. Even with aggressive decal solvents, they didn’t want to settle into panel lines. They worked on a smooth surface and the film did not silver. For the money, I would have rather a decal sheet with a couple complete aircraft insignias including bort numbers.

Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
September 1, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$8.50

Bregun has provided a better option for the flare dispensers that are either blanked off or poorly represented on most kits in this scale. The AN/ALE 39/47 dispenser system is used on the F-16, F-18 as well as some helicopters and transports. The real system can accommodate mixed decoys in the same pack. These are programable, to release in predetermined or automatic order. Brengun duplicates the canister boxes in resin and the frame of the mounting boxes in PE. The canisters are molded fully loaded with 30 decoys. Installation consists of opening a 4x9mm hole for the resin parts. The PE frames fit precisely over the canisters. The resin is typical of Brengun meaning it's easy to work with. The cut outs need to be very precise since the PE frames won’t cover any overcut. While not an easy installation, this set offers an improvement over most of the kit molded options out there.

Thank you to Brengun for providing the sample and to IPMS for letting me have a go at it.