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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-F Series

Published: October 18th, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-F Series
Author: Robert Jackson, Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its fledging line of “Air Vanguard” titles, with the installment of Messerschmitt Bf 109E-F series. 

Like most books of this series, it starts with a brief introduction to the aircraft in question and it quickly delves into the details of the first model, the –E series. It covers the topic in good detail, explaining different subvariants (E-1 to E-8, plus /B and /Z versions) and it also includes the production figures of each subtype. 

The next section of the book covers the evolution of the –E into the –F (perhaps the nicest looking 109 of them all) explaining in good detail the wing, engine, cowling, propeller spinner and tail re-enforcements that made this series substantially better than its predecessor. 

Finally, the last 40 pages of the book covers the historical details of the operational history of the Bf 109E/F from the Phoney War, to the Norwegian Campaign, Battle of France, Battle of Britain, Barbarossa, North Africa and Malta. These sections include plenty of first hand accounts, some of them even by the “receiving end” pilots that endured combat against the Bf 109.  

Bad Company '82 Dodge Van

Published: October 17th, 2015     
Bad Company '82 Dodge Van
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:25
Company: Round 2 Models

Through most of the seventies and early eighties custom vans were all the rage! This kit takes you instantly back to that magical era when shag carpet, eight tracks and incense were commonplace.

The Kit

This review covers the Bad Company 1982 Dodge Van 1:25 Scale MPC Model Kit #824. A 2015 re-release, this model was first produced in 1982 and Round2 has brought it back with all its original stock and custom parts along with an updated decal sheet. Round2 rates this a level 2 skill kit for intermediate modelers and I would say that it’s probably a 2+ with cutouts and large decals to install. The instructions are pretty clear and the motor is fairly well detailed although you would have to open up the hood to see it. It comes with cutout areas in the roof which harkens to previous versions of the main body but this kit only includes the large glass moon roof. It’s got 95 parts molded in chrome, clear and transparent red and white styrene with vinyl tires and metal axles. When finished it is: Length: 7½” Width: 3”, Height: 3”.

Mk.81 Bombs Set

Published: October 15th, 2015     
Mk.81 Bombs Set
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

Sincere appreciation to Eduard for providing yet another review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me!

This set continues Eduard’s effort to provide modelers with previously unavailable, well detailed resin sets.  Consisting of 36 parts, you are presented with six forward bomb casings, six sets of low-drag standard fins, six fuse extenders, six fuses, and two different sets of six forward end caps for transportation or other situations where other fusing is used.

Decals round out the presentation, including yellow stripes for the bomb noses and two types of stencil, yellow and white. 

Assembly requires careful sanding of the pour gates after you remove the parts, particularly if you don’t want “wonky” fins.   You will have to ensure the fins are also correctly oriented to the mounting lugs on the forward bomb body, as this matters when used on a MER/TER situation.  No fin interference!

LAU-10/A Zuni Rocket Launcher Set

Published: October 15th, 2015     
LAU-10/A Zuni Rocket Launcher Set
Reviewed by: : Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

As usual, I am eternally grateful to Eduard for providing yet another cool review item, and to the IPMS USA reviewer corps leaders for sending it to me.

This small set continues Eduard’s effort to provide modelers with previously unavailable, well detailed resin sets.  Consisting of 14 parts, you are presented with two resin pods, three sets of end caps (one for the front of the pod, and options for either a loaded or transport/storage pod cap)

Eight warheads are provided, and these appear to be the standard High-explosive variety. No double-ogive versions in this case.  Decals round out the presentation, including yellow stripes for the warheads and stenciling for the pods. 

The Atlantic Wall (3)

Published: October 15th, 2015     
The Atlantic Wall (3)
Author: Steven J Zaloga; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48992
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Fortress series with the 109th book in this installment. The Fortress Series examine the fortifications and defense structures of opposing forces. In this case the Atlantic wall which at the time was the most fortified defense in Europe. This “wall” proved successful in forcing the allied forces to find an alternate route after several scuffles forced them back.

For the Fortress series, the chapters are organized as follows:

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