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Top Drawings No. 113 Messerschmitt Me-210/Me-410

Published: August 2nd, 2021     
Top Drawings No. 113 Messerschmitt Me-210/Me-410
Reviewed by: Jason Holt - IPMS# 40139

The Messerschmitt Me-210/410 is one of a lesser aircraft in the Luftwaffe legacy. The aircraft was designed in the late 1930's with the hopes of it being a multi-use aircraft filling in as a Fighter, Bomber and Reconnaissance platform. The aircraft began as the Me-210, but due to various technical and design problems, it became the Me-410 due to the major modifications to remedy the shortcomings it had. In essence was an entirely new aircraft. There are two surviving examples, one is with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and awaiting restoration, and the other is on display at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

The Topdrawings book from Kagero is a 10 page book with a very brief history of the aircraft itself that is provided in both English and Polish. The drawings comprise of the various Me-210 and Me-410 3 view drawings and cross sections represented in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. They also include comparison line drawing between the two aircraft so the reader can actually see the external differences between them.

Pictorial History of the Third Armored Division in World War Two

Published: August 2nd, 2021     
Pictorial History of the Third Armored Division in World War Two
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734
Company: Pen & Sword

The Author

Darren Neely is the author of several photo survey books on WW2 subjects including Panzer wrecks 21: German Armor and the forthcoming Operation Nordwind in the Images of War series.


The book is divided into four unnamed chapters covering the 3rd at the invasion of Normandy until the end of the war.

In the Book

The book is hardbound has 4 chapters and 306 pages. Most of the pages have at least two black and white photographs on each of them. Some of the subjects covered in the book include:

  • The menace of the panzerfaust teams and their toll on the 3rd's vehicles.
  • Participation in the Battle of the Bulge
  • The U.S. loosing all of their medium tanks in the battle of Cherain.
  • M-24 Chaffee gets name from Maj Gen Adna R Chaffee the first commander of the Armored Force.
  • The first M-24 tanks were sent to Army field units during the Battle of the Bulge.

The introduction and effectiveness of the M-26 Pershing, now the United States had a tank that could take on the Panzers and Tigers (introduced after the Battle of the Bulge).

The Red Baron, A Photographic Album of The First World War's Greatest Ace

Published: July 30th, 2021     
The Red Baron, A Photographic Album of The First World War's Greatest Ace
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129
Company: Pen & Sword

There is probably no more well-known figure from the Great War, or more written about or discussed, than the infamous Red Baron- Manfred von Richthofen. The original ringmaster of the Flying Circus, his record stands for itself and no plane from that war stands out more from historians down to watchers of Snoopy and his antics in his Sopwith doghouse. This thin book at 157 pages is filled with excellent clear photographs of von Richthofen from his childhood up through his career to his bitter end over enemy lines. More on that later.

WW1 Belgian Infantry

Published: July 30th, 2021     
WW1 Belgian Infantry
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

ICM has finally filled a big gap in their ongoing World War 1 Infantry series by releasing a set of early-war Belgian Infantry. Unlike most of the previous sets which displayed figures advancing toward an unseen enemy, this set displays Belgian infantry in what must be the most iconic fashion for the period depicted - fighting from a defensive position.

The set includes three infantry figures in the traditional shakos, all crouching or kneeling, two actively firing their rifles and one cocking or reloading his weapon. It also includes an officer figure armed with sword and pistol. The set includes two sprues of equipment suitable for Belgian infantry from 1914 all the way to 1918, when they wore khaki uniforms with helmets.

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