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North American X-15

Published: June 6th, 2017     
North American X-15
Author: Peter E, Davies
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book goes into great detail of what I consider the best X-Plane of them all, the X-15. This X-plane was the last of the Manned Rocket planes, it went beyond Mach 6, and if the project had continued, would I am sure have passed Mach 7. The X-15 reached the edge of space at 380,000 feet altitude. The project was the first by North American, as they won the contract over Bell and Douglas, who had until this been the main developers of the X-Planes.

There is a lot to the story of the X-15, and this book goes into a lot of detail in an informative and entertaining way. The book draws you in and keeps your attention. I read the book in one sitting and enjoyed it greatly. The book covers all the issues and problems, alongside the great steps forward, the X-15 helped achieve, and the advances in systems, airframe, engines, and materials.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the X-Planes, and especially the X-15. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Legends of Warfare Panzerkampfwagen IV - The Backbone of Germany’s WWII Tank Forces

Published: June 5th, 2017     
Legends of Warfare Panzerkampfwagen IV - The Backbone of Germany’s WWII Tank Forces
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: David Doyle books (Schiffer Publishing) out of Memphis TN, is back again with another Legends of Warfare (Ground) book entitled Panzerkampfwagen IV - The Backbone of Germany's WWII Tank Forces, by popular author David Doyle. Anyone familiar with armor modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative combination, and like usual, this latest release won't disappoint.

Looking across my personal bookshelf of maybe 200 titles, I can spot several of Mr. Doyle's books, including Panzer II, 251 Halftrack Visual History and Tiger I In Action, and, of course, my beaten-to-death copy of German Military Vehicles, among others. If you've been building armor models for any length of time, you're probably familiar with his work as well.

Panzerkampfwagen IV comes as a hardcover book, and follows the format of Mr. Doyle's previous Legends of Warfare volumes, containing high-resolution images printed on heavy, high quality stock paper.

Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12

Published: June 4th, 2017     
Kawanishi H8K2 Type 2 Flying Boat Model 12
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

This H8K Emily was certainly an eye opener for me as it to date is the largest model kit I've built and in 1/72 scale that is simply amazing. In scale, the wingspan of the Emily is 0.53 meters (20.75 inches). To give you an idea of its true size, the Emily is just a couple of meters smaller in wingspan than a C-130 Hercules. The first boxing of the H8K by Hasegawa in 1/72 dates back to 1967 and was in need of an update. Fast forward to 2017 and thanks to the good folks from Hasegawa we have a simply amazing new tool replacement to their earlier release. As a nice little bonus, Hasegawa includes a poster of a cutaway view of the fuselage with this boxing of the kit. This may only be a limited run bonus, so check the box top for the bonus item markings.

Boulton Paul Defiant F1

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Boulton Paul Defiant F1
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth, IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

The Defiant is an interesting aircraft and until recently, a largely overlooked subject compared to the popular "mainstream" aircraft from WWII. It has been offered by various model companies like Classic Airframes and Airfix in 1/48 and 172 scale.

This British aircraft was originally intended as a day fighter, with the rear turret harking back to WWI designs that were quite successful in their day. During the early days of the Battle of Britain, the Defiant proved to be vulnerable to head on attacks after BF 109 pilots figured our it had no forward firing, wing mounted guns. The turret had limits to its travel and could not aim the guns low enough while firing forward. The aircraft was also hampered by the significant weight added by the four gun, powered turret, resulting in a less maneuverable platform. It was soon relegated to night fighting duties, where it excelled against the Luftwaffe attempts to bomb Britain at night.

Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/16
Company: GeccoDirect

The Biker is the last figure in Gecco's second series and follows the three figures in series one in their Tales From the Apocalypse that I believe are sculpted by Shojiro Kasai. This second series creates Scene 2: Day 1, 1:27 pm at the Diner' and goes with two other figures, a cook who was attempting to save his daughter, Cindy from the infected but who gets bitten and his daughter, Cindy, the diner's waitress and the sister of the heroine in the first series. The Biker's Tale From the Apocalypse:

"The Biker was driving on the freeway when the outbreak started and the dead began walking the streets.

Losing control of his bike, he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed into a car, shattering his skull and neck upon impact. His body went reeling across the pavement, rolling end over end, a large truck ran over his legs severing them below the knees as a final goodbye!"

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