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Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines

Published: May 17th, 2017     
Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines
Author: Clayton K.S. Chun; Illustrations: Giuseppe Rava
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Osprey Publishing

Note: This book is also available in two other formats, eBook (Pub) and eBook (PDF) both priced at $12.99

Mention the phrase Luzon 1945 and what immediately comes to mind is Gen. Douglas MacArthur's pledge to return to the Philippines after his defeat in 1942.

Osprey Publishing in their Military History Series and Clayton K.S. Chun, along with illustrations by Giuseppe Rava, have published an excellent book on Luzon 1945, The final liberation of the Philippines. Clayton K. S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the U.S. Army War College and served in the U.S. Air Force, has published several books in the fields of economics, national security and military history. What you get is a softcover book covering 96 pages with high resolution black and white glossy, detailed historical photos. Twenty illustrated maps and images in color are also included. The book is divided into ten sections.

British 3-inches Missile - Hurricane

Published: May 17th, 2017     
British 3-inches Missile - Hurricane
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Plus Model

PlusModel was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic. Their product range is primarily made up of 1/35th scale resin kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are vacuum cast from polyurethane resin. Their products may be purchased online through www.modelchoice.net.

A new addition to their line is a set of resin FFAR Rockets for any 1/72 Hawker Hurricane kit. The rocket assembly is a two-piece assembly of individual rockets and launch rails which, when assembled, attach to the supplied mounting plate, or to the kits' underwing mounting points if appropriate.

The pictorial PlusModel instructions are straight forward. Remove the parts from their resin sprues. Use care with the rocket fins, as they are fragile. Clean up any flash or casting seam lines. I suggest painting before assembly. Once painted to match your references, use CA glue to attach the rockets to the rails. There is a groove on the underside to assist you in lining things up. When set, glue to the supplied plate, or or to the underside of the kit wing.

PM 3 Bomb Launcher

Published: May 17th, 2017     
PM 3 Bomb Launcher
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1:48
Company: PJ Productions

PJ Production is a Belgian firm that specializes in the creation and production of resin scale models and accessories aimed at modelers  of military aircraft kits and aviation-related dioramas in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32nd scale.   Their lines include fine and accurately detailed cast resin replacement and supplemental parts for model kits in the most commonly produced scales.

PJ Productions has produced a resin PM 3 Bomb Launcher for use with aircraft armed with such types.  An out-of-box evaluation (see photos) indicates a reproduction of the French manufactured pylon that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with the appropriate 2 bomb attachment supports.  The panel detailing is extremely fine.

Churchill Mk.IV AVRE

Published: May 16th, 2017     
Churchill Mk.IV AVRE
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dragon Models

The Churchill Mk. IV infantry tank was the most produced version of the Churchill. It was used as a basis for a number of special models including the Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE), a combat engineer vehicle designed for destroying enemy fortifications. After the failure of the Dieppe landings, it was realized that there needed to be a way to effectively handle enemy defensive fortifications during an amphibious landing. The AVRE was developed by the Canadians and saw its first action supporting the landings on D-Day. The normal gun on the Mk. IV was replaced with a Petard 290mm spigot mortar that fired a 40lb round. A team of five combat engineers crewed the vehicle with a driver selected from the Armoured corps. The vehicle was very successful and was used until the end of the war.

Seatbelts RAF (Early)

Published: May 15th, 2017     
Seatbelts RAF (Early)
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1:72
Company: Eduard

This set is another of Eduard's new "Steel" seatbelt line. The set is intended for early WWII RAF aircraft and includes three sets of shoulder harnesses and four sets of lap-belts. There is no explanation for the extra lap-belt set, as the instructions only show installation of the full set of belts.

Each harness set includes just four parts, a left lap-belt, a right lap-belt and two part shoulder straps. As I had one of the new Airfix Hurricane Mk. I kits in my to-do pile, I decided to try out the set on it. The Airfix cockpit is really well designed and looks great. I used a micro drill to open up the slot in the seatback and at the top of the armor back plate. Some photographs of Hurricane seats show the "y" portion of the shoulder harness going through the slot in the back of seat. I elected not to do this as the Eduard parts are only painted on one side, so the unpainted steel would have shown had I routed the belt through the back of the seat.

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