Book Author(s)
Ian Baxter
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
August 27, 2022
Company
Pen and Sword Books Ltd
MSRP
$22.95

The book is part of The Images of War series published by Pen and Sword Ltd. The book is divided into four chapters and three Appendixes with 9 pages at the end to allow notes by the reader. The first chapter deals with Invasion and occupation in 1941-1942 of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The second chapter talks about foreign recruitment. The last two chapters deal with the last years of the units, and the final end of the units. The first appendix is the Order of Battle of the units. Appendix two describes the Army Group North during June 1944, and finally the last appendix describes the formation of Army Detachment “Narva.”

Book Author(s)
Santiago Rivera
Review Author
Orlando Reyes
Published on
August 27, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

I was a bit taken aback as the name of the book as stated above gives the impression that the book will be dealing with the air forces of all Latin American countries. Then, upon receiving the book I find that this volume addresses Argentina.  There is more clarification on the back cover of the book the title given is Air Forces Series, Volume 1. So more to come and already, Volume 2 covers Columbia. This is a series of books about the various Air Forces of Latin American countries but a little more clarification on the titleon the web site would have been beneficial to the reader/buyer.

The book starts with a brief history of the Argentinean Air Force from its creation in 10/08/1912 until the present. It describes their first planes and ends with the present roster of planes for the six branches of service as follows:

Book Author(s)
Andy Evans
Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Phoenix Scale Publications
MSRP
$26.99

Phoenix Publications The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is a paper back, has 96 pages and is full of great photos of the Hawkeye. The history of the E-2 Hawkeye is quite extensively covered from the original idea to the variants that have been built, to today’s serving aircraft. Included in the book is a section devoted to the international service of the Hawkeye and a detailed walkaround as highlights of the book.

The last section of the book covers building the Kenetic E-2C 1/48 scale model and shows three different nationality versions, the United States, French and Mexican Navy builds.

This is my kind of book, filled with lots of glossy colored images of the airplane and not a whole lot of writing. All the photos are high quality and a joy to look at. I recommend the book to anyone who is wishing to build a model of the Hawkeye consider buying this book.

The book is divided into 10 sections

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$12.95

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) is a Texas based company that makes white metal landing gear for a vast number of model aircraft in all scales.

The idea behind the use of metal over the kit supplied plastic landing gear is strength. Over time plastic can give way under the weight of heavy aircraft models.

The metal parts are contained in a clear plastic tray with an attractive color backing showing product details.

While examining each item, it was apparent that masters of the original plastic parts were copied and molded into white metal. Some items needed bending back to shape and straightened a little due to soft nature of the metal.

The general molding was quite clean, but seams would need to be cleaned up. Working with the white metal and cleaning up mold seam lines is detailed on SAC’s comprehensive website.

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Brengun
Scale
1:72
MSRP
$8.33

Brengun is an aftermarket company that supplies parts and accessories for a vast variety of models, as well as their own model kits.

This photo etch set included just about everything needed to enhance and upgrade the old “classic” Airfix/Heller 1/72 Gazelle helicopter.

Much of the set accommodates various antennae’s, windscreen wipers, Rotor head cyclic and collective push rods and swash plate, cyclic’s for each pilot, rubber pedals and instrument panel and center console. The only thing I would have liked were a set of seat belts. However, in this scale, making belts from tape would be quite acceptable, or sourcing photo etch belts elsewhere should be fairly easy.

A small but easily readable instruction sheet was included and showed a few parts that were options.

Review Author
Rod Lees
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Scale Aircraft Conversions
Scale
1:48
MSRP
$19.95

Once again SAC comes up with a solution to the problem of failing Plastic Landing gear on a “different design” landing gear situation.

The idea of “dead cockroach” landing gear is not new; it is a solution to a problem aircraft designers have had to deal with for years. My personal favorite are all the Cessna’s (Cardinal and Skymaster come to mind) which had the gear partially extend or retract, making for dicey and spectacular landings when the pilot runs out of fuel and absolutely HAS to land. Videos are out there, go to Youtube or whatever to see for yourself.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, in TopDrawings No. 123, exhibits the largest, fastest and last British battleship, HMS Vanguard, in all its glory as the world’s largest yacht for royalty. Also, the last battleship ever launched. The TopDrawings series is designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships and aircraft. TopDrawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament (including aircraft). But the main attraction is the separate, large foldout of B&W scale drawings – 1/400 in this book, to match existing model kits.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$25.95

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, in TopDrawings No. 125, illustrates the last commissioned battleship of the French Marine Nationale – Jean Bart, in his final fit in 1956. The TopDrawings series is designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships and aircraft. TopDrawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament. But the main attraction is the separate, large foldout of B&W scale drawings – 1/400 in this book, to match existing model kits – and now there are full color profiles in 1/400 scale. This TopDrawings is a go-to reference for building or scratchbuilding the Jean Bart as a waterline or full hull model.

The author, Witold Koszela, has published more than 26 books on warships, with at least 14 in the Kagero TopDrawing series. Witold also supplied the line and color drawings.

Book Author(s)
Scott Lowther
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Mortons Books
MSRP
$49.99

Contents

  • Chapter 1 - B-47 Evolution - 005
  • Chapter 2 – B-47 Development and Projects -  007
  • Chapter 3 – B-52 Evolution -  045
  • Chapter 4 – B-52 Development -  100
  • Chapter 5 – B-52 Projects -  165
  • Chapter 6 – B-52 with Nuclear Propulsion -  188
  • Chapter 7 – B-52 Miscellaneous Designs -  212
  • Chapter 8 – B-52 as a Carrie -  225
  • Chapter 9 – B-52 Re-Engining Studies -  236
  • Chapter 10 – B-47 and B-52 Derived Transports -  314
  • General data tables -  323
  • References -  376
  • Index -  382

Publishers Overview

“The famous B-52 Stratofortress has been in service with the USAF for more than 65 years and its iconic shape is known and recognized all over the world. Yet the B-52 and its predecessor, the B-47 Stratojet, started out looking very different indeed.

Book Author(s)
Eric H. Larson
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
August 20, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$75.00

Publisher’s Notes

“A comprehensive, accurate, and academically-supported reference of all of the major military and paramilitary camouflage patterns that have been in use around the world from the end of World War Two to today.

This book will be a one-stop, generalized reference illustrating as many patterns as have been researched into the present time period. It will surpass all previous efforts. In addition to color tiles illustrating camouflage patterns it will include photographs of the designs actually being worn by military and paramilitary personnel, something few other references have done in suitable combination.”