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Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-39

Published: October 30th, 2017     
Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-39
Author: Gabriele Esposito
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

The First Carlist War is most likely little known among those who are not drawn to military history in Europe, more precisely in the Iberian Peninsula. But this publication does not focus on military history, although there is sufficient history to frame the content with facts and figures about the military aspect of the First Carlist War. Rather, this publication is an entertaining and excellent resource regarding the uniforms and weapons used in this particular conflict.

The author, Gabriele Esposito is a well-known expert in the military history of 19th-century Latin America. While Latin America is the main area of interest for Mr. Esposito, it is by no means his sole area of expertise. Mr. Esposito has authored several books published by Osprey, those being MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70, and MAA 504 Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83.

Prewar Spitfire Decal Set

Published: October 30th, 2017     
Prewar Spitfire Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1:48
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design from Canada is a stalwart name in decals for WWII era aircraft and this set is a rerelease of their Prewar Spitfires sheet which was one of their earlier releases and sold out quickly. To up the ante, this set has additional markings not found in the first set. This set covers six Spitfire Mk. I's from the 1938-39 time frame.

Let's look at the markings first. Each of the six has top side camouflage listed as either A or B patterns of standard British camo- dark earth and dark green. Four use the A and 2 use the B camo and they are called out in the instructions. The bottom colors are also specific to the plane with one being aluminum, white and black with combinations specific to each plane. Also of note, three of the six use the two-bladed wood prop which is found in the Airfix kit but not others. An excellent and inexpensive one is sold through Ultracast making this an easy conversion. Bottom line is to choose your markings and read carefully and Iliad has done excellent research into the combination of markings and configurations.

German Machine Guns Set

Published: October 28th, 2017     
German Machine Guns Set
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

One of the latest entries into MiniArt Models line of WWII Military Miniatures is a German Machine Guns set. There is enough styrene in the box to build two MG 34's, two MG 42's and one ZB 53.

The ZB 53 was a Czech design and were from captured stocks after the German Army invaded Czechoslovakia at the beginning of WWII. The Germans later changed the designation to MG 37. All of these weapons utilized 7.92x57 ammunition. Fun Fact: The MG 42, although redesigned and improved, is still in service as the MG 3.

Along with the machine guns there are parts for ammo cans, barrel canisters, and ammunition belts. MiniArt thoughtfully includes photoetch bits for the carrying straps/slings of each gun, handles for the ammo cans, and the cooling vanes/heat shields on the barrel of the ZB 53. All in all, you get 84 pieces of plastic and 38 photoetch bits. I found assembling those slings fiddly but on reflection a better in scale method eludes this author.

P-40N Warhawk

Published: October 28th, 2017     
P-40N Warhawk
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

This release from Eduard is part of a limited edition series of kits that, in addition to all the fine extras we've come to expect from Eduard, also includes a fantastic 3D metal printed plate of the same box art graphic. In the case of this fine P-40N release, the plastic is very familiar to many of us. The plastic in this kit comes directly from the Hasegawa Corporation. Additional features of the kit include the following items:

  • Resin main wheels
  • Resin tail wheel
  • Resin Exhaust stacks
  • Pre-coloured cockpit photoetch sheet
  • Additional photoetch sheet
  • Cartograph decals for five aircraft
  • Paint masks

There really isn't much to say about the overall build of this fine model. A build of the Hasegawa P-40N plastic can be found here: P-40N Review. Personally, I found the fit and finish to be outstanding with only a couple of tiny build issues.

German Submarine 8.8cm Gun

Published: October 27th, 2017     
German Submarine 8.8cm Gun
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

When Trumpeter announced they were releasing a 1/48 scale Type VII U-boat, many were amazed and skeptical. The kit would be huge and Trumpeter has had delays in the past. The U-boat has come out and I am pleased to say it is large and well detailed for a plastic kit with a full interior. One part of the kit is its 8.8cm deck gun and it's nice. Eduard saw an opportunity for a great upgrade and issued a full resin and photoetch deck gun for the massive kit. This set consists of 38 excellent resin parts and a small photoetch fret of 22 small pieces. Casting is top notch- no air bubbles and the resin Eduard uses is tough and a little flexible which is excellent to handle.

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