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Fleet Air Arm Legends: Supermarine Seafire

Published: October 20th, 2020     
Fleet Air Arm Legends:  Supermarine Seafire
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: Tempest Books

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Nearly every historical modeler and historian is thoroughly familiar with the British Spitfire fighter, which probably did more to help the Royal Air Force achieve victory over the Luftwaffe than any other aircraft.  However, less publicized is the role of the Spitfire as a naval, carrier-based fighter, replacing older types including the Gloster Gladiator biplane, Fairey Fulmar two seat fighter, and Sea Hurricane, which were in Royal Navy service at the beginning of the war.

Standard B “Liberty” with WW1 US Dr

Published: October 19th, 2020     
Standard B “Liberty” with WW1 US Dr
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM continues to crank out some lovely combo kits these days, especially around World War 1 subjects. This kit, which includes both their previously released Type B Cargo Truck, as well as US drivers, is an example of this.  

The Standard Type B Liberty Truck was the first standardized vehicle ever produced by the U.S. armed forces and was essentially an attempt to reduce the enormous inventory parts problems then associated with logistical support as well as come up with something that had all the best features of trucks of the time.  It was produced by some fifteen firms to rigid specifications and served overseas starting around fall of 1918, so they were in service for little over a month before the end of the war.  A large number of these were sold off to private companies and some served with postwar armies around Europe.  All told almost 10,000 were produced - a prodigious number of one vehicle for those times.

POWERING THE WORLD’S AIRLINERS; ENGINE DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE PROPELLER TO THE JET AGE

Published: October 16th, 2020     
POWERING THE WORLD’S AIRLINERS; ENGINE DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE PROPELLER TO THE JET AGE
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

HISTORY

This book covers the development of aircraft powerplants as they relate to the airline industry, going back to the beginnings of air transportation in the twenties. The author is especially well qualified to write in this area because (1) his father was an engineer who worked on jet engine development in Germany during World War II, and later France and the United States, and (2)  the author grew up with this background, and competed a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT, after which he worked for AVCO-Everett Research Laboratory and the Boeing Corporation, later pursuing  a career teaching and doing research at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

THE BOOK

Model T RNAS Armoured Car

Published: October 15th, 2020     
Model T RNAS Armoured Car
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: ICM

ICM has certainly put its Ford Model T molds to good use, making no less than four different variants of this ubiquitous little vehicle previously, all variants which served with distinction in World War One.  Now a fifth variant has been added - a little-known armored version used by the Royal Naval Air Service along the Russian Front.  Really more of a weapons carrier than an armored car, only nine of these were ever made.  I rather suspect that it was seriously underpowered for the additional weight of the armor, which would have made this a strictly hard-surface weapon of war.

Like the vehicle itself, the kit is a relatively simple build.  It also comes with a separate sprue containing the parts for their newly released Vickers Machine Gun, which is a fine little kit in and of itself.  There are three moderately-sized sprues with lots of parts you won't need, a clear sprue for the lamps, a small decal sheet, and that's about it for complexity.

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