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FW-190 Defence of the Reich Aces

Published: March 24th, 2011     
FW-190 Defence of the Reich Aces
Author: John Weal
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

The author, John Weal, has written a number of books on the wartime career of the Focke Wulf FW-190 and its pilots, and this book fills a gap that needed to be filled, that of the Defense of the Reich units that operated mainly over Germany from mid-1942 until the end of the war. The book mainly covers the activities of JG 1, JG 2, JG 4, JG 26, JG 76, and JG 301, and is confined primarily to the radial engine variants, from FW-190A-4 through FW-190A-8. These units operated primarily against American 8th Air Force bomber formations, and they were highly successful until the introduction of the long range P-47's and P-51's, which tipped the balance in favor of the Americans. 

P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 2

Published: March 24th, 2011     
P-47 D Razorback Double D Jugs - Part 2
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Bombshell Decals

Not too long ago I reviewed a different set of decals from Bombshell with the same theme but for a different aircraft and they proved to be everything good I wrote about them and more. This series of decals are specifically for these particular P-47's, which incorporate two separate sets - Part 1 and Part 2. I am reviewing Part-2, which contains more of the famous icons in the field of "Nose Art". This set depicts "Rain-Dear" and "Phil Darling" and has a couple of beauties ready to be displayed and to enhance your scale model. Looking very close at these decals, you can see that the registry is spot on and the colors are fantastic with no bleed through and the details are sharp and crisp. As with other sets from Bombshell, the decals have minimal carrier film and are somewhat thin which allows them to conform easy but strong enough to not tare with proper handling. These decals are manufactured by Cartograf of Italy whose reputation precedes them as being one of the best makers of decals.

P.K.H. 103 Nutcracker

Published: March 22nd, 2011     
P.K.H. 103 Nutcracker
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hasegawa

The Maschinen Krieger universe is a SciFi series created in the 1980's by Kow Yokoyama and ran as a series of stories in Japanese Hobby Magazine Hobby Japan. Many of the creations are permutations of WW I and WW II tanks and aircraft upgraded and all started with powered armored suits. In 2009, Hasegawa received the license for the kits and entered the market with the Falke, Lunadiver Stingray and now the P.K.H. 103 Nutcracker, a hover tank. After building the Lunadiver Stingray, when this came up for review, I wanted to add to the collection I am building.

Inside the box are 8 tan sprues and an upper and lower hull for the Nutcracker. Molding is superb with fines detail. Also included are 5 sprues to build two of the powered suits, a Gustav and Melusine. Finishing out the box is a large decal sheet and painting guide detailing the 5 options available for the tank. More painting instructions are also on the box bottom.

1940 Le Soldat Francais Vol 2 - France 1940 Army Catalog Uniforms, Equipments, Weapons, and Insignia

Published: March 22nd, 2011     
1940 Le Soldat Francais Vol 2 - France 1940 Army Catalog Uniforms, Equipments, Weapons, and Insignia
Author: Olivier Bellec
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Histoire and Collections

Seventy-one years after the French capitulated to the Wehrmacht in the summer of 1940 the French Army still seems to the butt of jokes. Regardless, the campaign still generates a great deal of interest in the academic and hobby community. With Tamiya's release of the Char B1bis and the UE Armored Carrier, there is still a tremendous amount of interest in the modeling community for French subjects.

Boeing E-3 AWACS, NATO

Published: March 22nd, 2011     
Boeing E-3 AWACS, NATO
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Minicraft Model Kits

The Aircraft

The E-3 Sentry is a logical follow-on to the earlier US Air Force EC-121. Of course the Sentry has better radar, more room and a more reliable aircraft. The basic airframe is the Boeing 707-720 with the JT-3D engines. When NATO decided they needed an airborne command and control system, they bought 18 Sentries. It's of interest to modelers that the 17 remaining NATO Sentries are registered in Luxembourg, which has no other aircraft. In fact they don't have an air base, so the NATO aircraft are based at Geilenkirchen, Germany.

The Kit

This is the third issue of the basic E-3A from Minicraft, along with their Boeing 707s, C-18 and E-8 JSTARS. The mold is several years old, but it has been well maintained, with crisp edges and almost no flash. All sprues are in separate plastic bags which reduces lost parts, breakage and scratches on the clear parts.

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