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Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020
Reviewed by: Dana Mathes - IPMS# 43781

David Grummitt is an accomplished historian, author, and scale model builder.  With his 2020 work, Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle: The Stryker and LAV III in US and Canadian Service, 1999-2020, he has given the modeling community a comprehensive reference for this vehicle.  More than a simple photographic history, this book is tailored to the needs of an armor modeler as it provides many photographs, drawings, kit reviews, and variant details.

Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Turret for Panzer IV, Ausf. H
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov produces resin kits and accessories. The kits are 1/700 submarines and 1/72 armor. The accessories are for 1/35 and 1/72 armor. I've built a couple of the kits, and some of the resin upgrade pieces, and they provide incredible detail.

This kit is an upgrade turret for any 1/72 Panzer IV kit, and I doubt you'll find a better 1/72nd turret out there.  The kit comes packed in a tiny box, but don't let its size fool you, inside it packed with 36 highly detailed resin and photo-etch metal parts, as well as a metal barrel.  There are 14 resin parts, and 22 metal pieces and each one is finely detailed.

German Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf B with Crew

Published: April 8th, 2021     
German Sd.Kfz. 247 Ausf B with Crew
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson - IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1:35
Company: ICM

History

This new ICM offering represents an unusual mark in a family of Sonderkraftfahrzeug (Sd.kfz.) 'special purpose vehicles' fielded by the German Wehrmacht in World War II.  The diminutive Sd.Kfz. 247 was an armored staff car outfitted with radio gear, intended for use by the commanders of motorcycle and motorized reconnaissance battalions.  The Ausf B version represented in this kit, was one of 58 built by Daimler-Benz between 1941--1942 on a four-wheel drive heavy car chassis (s.Pkw. Type 1c). The front-mounted engine was an 8-cylinder, 3.823-litre (233.3 cu in) Horch 3.5 petrol engine, giving it a road speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). It had a maximum range of 400 km (250 mi).

Although unarmed, its armor was intended to stop 7.92-millimetre (0.312 in) armor-piercing bullets at ranges over 30 meters.

 

Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV. Volume 3 – The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1718

Published: April 8th, 2021     
Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV. Volume 3 – The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1718
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Bruno Mugnai is a prolific author and illustrator who has specialized in history of eastern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries, ancient Italian states and South America after Spanish conquest. He has previously published titles for the Italian Army and Helion & Company (UK), including five volumes on Wars and Soldiers in the early Reign of Louis XIV, and the Cretan War (1645-1671). He also an illustrator for his books.

 

This book is No 55 of the Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 series by Helion, and is an update in English of the original title published in Italian in 1997. This time period saw warfare escalate into serious national business, fostering a steady stream of advances, changing rulers, nations and history. Pike to musket era. This book focuses on the Ottoman Empire armies that occupied much of Eastern Europe.

 

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