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Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18

Published: June 23rd, 2018     
Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18
Author: Dennis Showalter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

There's a sort of strange fascination within modeling circles for World War 1, which is hardly surprising.  Taking place a hundred years ago now, it was a transitional period for the world at large on a number of levels - monarchies and ancient empires were crumbling, most of Europe was evolving sluggishly from a agricultural to an industrial base, and militarily, generals were still fighting 18th century wars with 20th century weapons. 

 

Dennis Showalter delves into one major aspect of this war with intense academic furvor - the actions of the German high command and the ways and means of their decisions that hammered a generation of Germans and paved the way for the following war with a certain grim inevitability.  If you're looking for a light skimming over the topic of the German war machine for the First World War, this ain't it.

 

US Airborne Soldier versus German Soldier

Published: June 22nd, 2018     
US Airborne Soldier versus German Soldier
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Steve Noon
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

During the earlier stages of WW2, the German military demonstrated a new approach to warfare never really encountered before - the airborne assault force.  In hotly contested battles in places such as Norway, Denmark and Belgium, they proved the effectiveness of a shock force that could appear virtually anywhere at virtually any time.

It wasn't that long before the Allies took note and created their own versions of this elite force.  Two units in the United States - the 82nd and 101st became the first large-scale units to develop the tactics and weapons necessary to serve as effective combat units in areas where they were likely to be surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy with little chance of immediate reinforcement. 

Tankcraft T-34

Published: June 22nd, 2018     
Tankcraft T-34
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Pablo Bau, IPMS# 46363
Company: Casemate Publishing

Pen and Sword has started a new series of publications related to Armored Fighting Vehicles (TankCraft Series) and this book is the fifth installment in the series. It covers one of the best WWII-era tanks: The Soviet T-34.

The book is broken down in the following chapters.

  • Introduction
  • Development and Design
  • The T-34 in detail
  • Camouflage and Markings
  • Model Showcase
  • Modelling Products
  • Into Service and into Action
  • Enter the T-34/85
  • The T-34 in Action after the Second World War

 

The first 3 chapters tell the story of the T-34, going back to the origins of the design in the Christie Tank and its design evolution, culminating on the 3rd chapter where the tank is described from the mechanical, defensive, offensive and even living conditions point of view.

Gloster Gladiator Cockpit Door

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gladiator Cockpit Door
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

If you have a Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator kit then Quickboost has come through with another nice item to add a little more detail to it. The Quickboost doors are molded well and the detail is a lot crisper than the kit doors. If you are going to detail the cockpit you will want to have the doors posed open so you can see that detail and these will make it look even nicer. I highly recommend these.

I would like to thank Aires/Quickboost for supplying this and IPMS for the letting me review this item.

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