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Lawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power

Published: September 23rd, 2016     
Lawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power
Author: Peter J. Dye, Peter F.G. Wright, Roger Bragger, Trevor Henshaw, Mike O'Connor, Mike Napier
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

This book is a compilation of research by members of Cross & Cockade International. Although some of the information has been seen as individual articles in earlier editions of the Cross & Cockade journal, nearly fifty percent of the information presented is new. The front cover features a painting by Stuart Reid “The Arab Welcome the First Handley Page Machine to Arrive in Palestine, 22 September 1918”, featuring Handley Page O/400 C9681 landing at Un el Surab from the collection of the Imperial War Museum. The rear cover features a standing T.E. Lawrence in full regalia.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

B5N2 Kate Landing Gear & Wing Folds

Published: September 23rd, 2016     
B5N2 Kate Landing Gear & Wing Folds
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Scale Aircraft Conversions

Last year Airfix released a new kit of the B5N2 Kate, the Japanese Navy’s primary torpedo plane for the early part of World War II.  The kit includes an option to depict the aircraft with the wings folded or with them fully spread.  This set from Scale Aircraft Conversions includes nine drop-in replacements for the kit wing-folds and landing gear.

River Plate, 1939 – The Sinking of the Graf Spee

Published: September 20th, 2016     
River Plate, 1939 – The Sinking of the Graf Spee
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrations by Tony Bryan
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

I was somewhat aware of the happenings at Montevideo, Uruguay some time in early WW2, but this book gave me a clear picture of what happened, and why it happened like it did. Mr. Konstam has put together a thoroughly researched book, with all of those details that make the history come alive. But the book is also very well written, to the point where I looked up and it was well past my bedtime, but the book held my interest so very well that I couldn’t put it down.

The Ship

The Admiral Graf Spee was one of three “Pocket Battleships” of the Kriegsmarine at the beginning of the war. The ship was limited by treaty to no more than 10,000 tons. There was no limit to the armament, so the Graf Spee carried six 11 inch (28cm.) guns in two turrets. In order to meet the 10K ton weight limit, the armor was pared back from the original design, leaving the ship well armed, but not heavily protected. I have heard the class characterized as “eggshells carrying hammers”. The ship was also different from the usual in having diesel engines instead of steam. This had the advantage of far better fuel efficiency.

Dogfight Double Gift Set: Nakajima B5N2 "Kate"/Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Published: September 20th, 2016     
Dogfight Double Gift Set: Nakajima B5N2 "Kate"/Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

Earlier this year Airfix released this Dogfight Double set which combines it new Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bomber and its new Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat kit. The Dogfight Double kits are designed to allow the modeler to depict aircraft from a specific historical incident by providing markings for two specific aircraft in the kit. This set is designed to commemorate a confrontation that occurred on June 4, 1942 when Wildcats of VF-3 intercepted Kate torpedo bombers during the second air attack on the USS Yorktown. The kit decals provide markings for the Wildcat flow by LCDR. Jimmy Thatch, the commanding officer of VF-3 during the afternoon raid and the B5N2 Kate flown by Lt. Jouchi Tomonaga of the Hiryu. The box art depicts Thatch’s shoot down of the Kate, but not before Tomonaga launched his torpedo towards the Yorktown.

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