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Panzer IV 1939-1945

Published: May 24th, 2018     
Panzer IV 1939-1945
Author: Paul Thomas
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publications

"The Panzer IV - Panzerkampfwagen IV - was one the foremost German fighting vehicles of the Second World War, and this volume in the TankCraft series is an ideal introduction to it. With detailed captions, text and illustrations the book tells the story of the technical development of the Panzer IV and the numerous variants that went into production. In addition it describes how this vehicle evolved from infantry support to become the backbone of the Panzer units. It was modified and upgunned to face ever-increasing enemy threats, and it proved to be so diverse and effective that it earned a unique tactical role on the battlefield.

A large part of the book showcases available model kits and after market products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined in order to provide everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of the only Panzer that stayed in production throughout the war."

Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945

Published: May 23rd, 2018     
Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945
Author: Alexander Ludeke
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

I've always been a major fan of Russian armor, and have built an embarrassing number of Russian armor kits over the years. Don't ask me why. In any case, information for some of the interesting designs the Soviets have come up with over the years can sometimes be a bit sparse on the ground. Research being the vital aspect of modeling that it is, anything new in the field is always welcome.

Pen-and-Sword out of England now offers a lovely resource in their Fact Files series called "Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945" which covers the raw beginnings of the Russian armored forces to the stage where it becomes a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. This book covers everything from the first FT-17 based copies all the way through the heaviest, most formidable tank the world had seen up to that point - the revolutionary JS-3.

Water Pump Set

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
Water Pump Set
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

I must confess a high level of personal modeling interest in well-made accessory sets like this. As a lover of all things dioramic, I am always on the lookout for fiddly bits that will add that extra level of interest to a scenario in the making. This set is just such an example.

MiniArt continues to provide us with set after set of delightful, well made bits, and this one offers some really useful items. There seems to be a movement these days to not considering your Tiger or Panther tank really complete without a bucket hanging off the rear end, and this kit comes with no less than eight (plus three pails) of the finest buckets I've literally ever seen in this scale. Coming in two styles - three, if you count the pails, they feature such details as weld seams and fine stamped ridges. Also included in the kit is the village pump, which has a posable handle and a separate metal drain, a wash basin and a couple of milk or water pails with lids. Frankly, there isn't a thing in this set that isn't useful.

Ancient Greek Medusa

Published: May 22nd, 2018     
Ancient Greek Medusa
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Master Box

MasterBox continues to floor me with their bold choices of modeling subjects (especially figures) and this one is no exception. First of a series of figures based on classic Greek mythology, the Medusa here is created in 1/24th(75mm) scale and is a relatively easy build of a truly legendary icon.

Typical of MasterBox figures, there are some discrepancies between the illustration and the sculpture. Unlike most figure manufacturers, MasterBox creates a new figure by first eliciting an illustration. Then the sculptors work on the finished item using the illustration as a guide. In this case, the illustrator created a Medusa that looks something like a sorority girl with a skin condition and a bad hair day. The sculpture, if anything, is actually better, as the features are far more authentically Greek. In fact, the first time I looked at the face she reminded me of the Statue of Liberty, which is itself crafted along the classic Greek standards for feminine beauty.

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