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Introduction: The primary organization of the IPMS/USA Review website is by IPMS/USA National Contest Class. Within each Class there are sub-menus by kits, decals, books, etc. The Miscellaneous Class is for items that are not class specific or that cross two or more classes.

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Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1

Published: December 2nd, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, Holger Müller , and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Volume four in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the Attrition War from 1967 through 1973 and was published October 19, 2013. There is a sixth volume that follows in this series that continues with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 114 black and white photographs, 106 color pictures, 55 color side profiles, and nine maps.

Caravelle French Airliner

Published: December 2nd, 2016     
Caravelle French Airliner
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Scale: 1/96
Company: Lindberg/Round 2

The Kit

The Caravelle was the world's first short/medium-range jet airliner, first flying in 1955, and was produced by the French Sud Aviation firm. The Caravelle was one of the most successful first-generation jetliners, selling throughout Europe and even penetrating the United States market, with an order from United Airlines. The Caravelle established the aft-mounted engine and clean-wing design that has since been used on a wide variety of aircraft.

This is another of Round 2 Models re-releases of old Lindberg kits. This one originally released by Lindberg in AirFrance livery, but this release is just called “International Airlines”, but yet sports the AirFrance logo on the engine pods.

Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions

Published: November 30th, 2016     
Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions
Author: Paul F Crickmore
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Publisher

In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about.

I was given the opportunity by IPMS and Osprey Publishing recently to review this book on the Lockheed Blackbird. This book has excellent details from the beginning of the program to the final disposition of the aircraft. This book is well written with many details and tons of pictures that I have never seen before and I have been a fan of the Blackbird since I was a child. If you are a fan of the blackbird or aircraft in general you will be amazed by the level of detail from the planes, the pilots, and the missions. If there is one book to have this should be it and would make a great addition to anyone’s library. Below I have brief details of each chapter.

CBU 103/104/105 WCMD

Published: November 30th, 2016     
CBU 103/104/105 WCMD
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/32

Most people around modern airplane models are aware of the cluster bomb dispensers that have been used for a while now. They are basically carriers of many smaller sub munitions that open and spread the smaller bombs over a wider area. In this case, the WCMD (Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser) is a tail kit for cluster bombs (CBU-87, 89 & 97) which convert the normal cluster bombs by adding a different tail unit to allow corrections to trajectory based on wind changes allowing for more accurate dispersal. They were first dropped from a B-52 in Afghanistan in 2002. They are currently use on F-16C and F-15E. has issued a set of these munitions. The set comes with front and back parts for four bo0mbs and two sprues of lugs for the attachment points. Also included are decals to cover the bombs and also red remove before flight tags.

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