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U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late Version"

Published: November 18th, 2017     
U.S. Army AH-64D Block II "Late  Version"
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Academy

The AH-64 Apache helicopter has served the U.S. Army since 1986 as its primary attach helicopter. During it's time in service, the Apache has gone through a series of upgrades, and improvements to increase its combat effectiveness, as well as survivability. The Block II aircraft integrates the advanced radar targeting system, Longbow, allowing the helicopter to engage multiple targets while remaining behind cover. The APG-78 Longbow radar system is the large dome radar located above the aircraft's rotors. In addition to this improvement, the latest version of the Block II upgrades includes new exhaust ducts, which direct the engine exhausts vertically to improve protection from infra-red targeting.

BF-110F Heavy Fighter

Published: November 18th, 2017     
BF-110F Heavy Fighter
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Eduard has released the latest in their great line of 1/48 scale Bf-110 kits. The Bf-110F night and heavy fighter. It follows in a long line of Bf-110 kits and is a welcome addition to the lineup.

Construction

Construction is broken down into two major subsections, one for the fuselage and one for the wings and rudders. The fuselage comes first, starting with the cockpit. Eduard's directions shine in that they show what parts are replaced or enhanced by the Photo Etch and what needs to be done to the part prior to PE application.

B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45

Published: November 17th, 2017     
B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45
Author: Donald Nijboer
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book details combat between the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Nakjima Ki-44 "Tojo" in the war against Japan. The B-29s rained destruction down upon Japan daily and the Japanese were desperate to combat the large number of bombers the Americans sent at the home islands.  One of Japan's most formidable weapons was the Ki-44, Japan's most heavily armed single seat fighter.

The book is broken down into 11 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the lead up to both designs and provides a chronology from inception until the end of the war.

Next the design and development of both types are covered. The B-29 is covered first then the Ki-44.

Chapter Three has the technical specifications of each model. B-29 coverage is on everything from the XB-29 through the Silverplate models this includes the F-13 and SB-29 variants as well as the cancelled B-29C.  The same treatment is given to the Ki-44, covered from original prototype to the production models and the lone Ki-44-III.

Nashville 1864, From the Tennessee to the Cumberland

Published: November 16th, 2017     
Nashville 1864, From the Tennessee to the Cumberland
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

This Osprey book covers one of the most ignored campaigns of the later stages of the Civil War. Mark Lardas does a very good job of covering the leadership, the units and the strategies of this campaign.

The book is divided into the following sections/chapters

Curtiss P-40 E-N Detail Set

Published: November 15th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 E-N Detail Set
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

Master-Model produces precision brass/resin parts that will elevate your model when used as directed This time Master-Model has produced a detail set for the 1/72 P-40 E thru N models that includes brass gun barrels, external backup gun sights and pitot tube. The packaging is very good to separate and contain the tiny parts provided. The package contains a tightly folded instruction sheet on one side, on the other is a plastic bag with the parts. Each type of parts are sealed separated from the others to keep any lost to a minimum. The only fault one might find is that the dimensions for drilling the holes are in the metric system and not the English system that we use, but one can convert these to the English system without too much of a bother.

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