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European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Published: November 6th, 2017     
European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017
Author: Leigh Neville
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

September of 1972, during the Olympics, a terrorist attack on the Olympic Village aimed at Israeli athletes was broadcast, world-wide, on television. This, certainly, was not the first use of terrorism to achieve a political goal, and it wasn't the last, but it was the first such attack to draw the attention of the world to the crisis, and to do so "live and on TV".

The author, Leigh Neville, creates a roadmap of terror attacks and those Counter Terrorist Units that have been created and trained to stop them. With excellent, full-color illustrations of men in uniform by Adam Moore, this book provides, in clear and concise detail, the evolution of terrorist attacks from Munich, in 1972, to the current year of publication, 2017. Both attackers and defenders have evolved, changing tactics, techniques, weapons, and gear. That evolutionary process continues up to today, and will surely continue in years to follow.

FW-190A-8 Engine & Fuselage Guns

Published: November 6th, 2017     
FW-190A-8 Engine & Fuselage Guns
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard

What's in the Box?

This Eduard Brassin set is for the Eduard Fw 190A-8 kit. The set includes detail parts to add to a highly detailed engine and a nice set of MG 131 fuselage machine guns to replace the simple kit pieces while also giving you the opportunity to have as many panels as possible open

The resin and photoetch parts inside the box looked great and very well molded the photoetch parts between the 672088 and 672082 are completely identical and use the same instructions with the exceptions of the fuselage guns specific etched parts.

The 23 included items are as followed in this boxing breakdown:

Upgrading Your Early P-40

Published: November 6th, 2017     
Upgrading Your Early P-40
Reviewed by: Eric Syverson, IPMS# 50324
Scale: 1:32
Company: Master-Model

Master-Model released these closely related aftermarket barrel + pitot upgrade sets for the early (i.e. B/C/MkII) 1/32 P-40 tool that exists. The two upgrade sets, designated U.S. Version and British Version respectively, are so closely related that it makes sense to review them both at the same time. I have the Hobby Craft kit (Trumpeter tool re-boxed with AVG decals) and a good friend of mine has the Trumpeter kit which sports the British markings on the box top - so I had a keen interest in looking at these Master-Model offerings and comparing the components to their kit counterparts. My sincere thanks to Master-Model for providing these sets for review through the IPMS USA Reviewer Corps.

Packaging

Both sets are well packaged. The contents are bagged in front of a sturdy cardboard backing. The instructions are neatly folded behind the backing, providing more package rigidity to further protect contents. The baggie containing the parts is thoughtfully subdivided into five individual sub-compartments to keep the parts from damaging each other.

Contents

Each set contains the following brass items:

T-54B Early Production Soviet Medium Tank

Published: November 6th, 2017     
T-54B Early Production Soviet Medium Tank
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Scale: 1:35
Company: MiniArt Models

Background

The T-54B variant of the T-54 range of Soviet medium tanks was the last major variant prior to the introduction of the T-55 series. Production occurred from 1957 to 1959, and saw the introduction of a rifled barrel as the main turret armament, together with a two-plane main gun stabilization system which dramatically improved the probability of hitting the target.

This is the third T-54 kit from MiniArt that I have had the great pleasure of reviewing for IPMS/USA. The first, MiniArt Kit #37003, was of the T-54-1 Model 1947, the first production variant of this important Soviet Cold War warrior. The second was Kit #37012, the T-54-2 Model 1949.

FW-190 Propeller

Published: November 6th, 2017     
FW-190 Propeller
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Scale: 1/32
Company: Eduard

About the Item

What we have here is a very detailed replacement propeller, hub and mechanism for the recently released Revell FW-190 F-8 Kit.

What's in the Box?

The box comes with a total of 7 resin pieces of light and dark gray color and one photoetch template. These parts are designed to replace the Revell parts, which are nice, but not nearly as detailed as the Eduard Brassin line of resin accessories.

These propeller parts are in my opinion a must and very cheap quality add-on for modelers who would prefer a little more realism and quality in their masterpiece.

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