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Logistics in World War II, 1939-1945

Published: January 24th, 2021     
Logistics in World War II, 1939-1945
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: Pen & Sword

There is an old axiom that amateurs pursue tactics, but professionals manage logistics. It is a topic that largely goes unexplored in the voluminous literature of the Second World War. Outside of the modeling world, I am an academically trained military historian who works in the public history field. I have had a keen interest in the topic. Given my background, I was keen to review this work. From a production point of view, Pen and Sword knows what they are doing - high quality binding, heavy paper, and well produced photographs, contemporary to the war and modern, color photographs of restored vehicles form the Second World War. My criticisms are with the content.

Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers

Published: January 24th, 2021     
Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

Fighting Ships of the US Navy is a series dedicated to exploring each ship in the US Navy's inventory since 1883. In Volume One, the author, Venner F Milewski, Jr., starts with the Fleet Aircraft Carriers in the beginning. Overall, the book has a plethora of data and information of each aircraft carrier used by the US during the last 100 years starting with the USS Langley. Taking a look at the Table of contents shows what I mean:

 

F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle - Varied Position
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72

This set is designed to be used on Academy's new F-14A Tomcat kit.  The set consists of 6 resin parts and 2 photo-etched parts which allows you to assemble a pair of exhaust nozzles for the kit.   Each nozzle assembly is comprised of a section with the rearmost fan blades, the flame-holder for the afterburner, the exhaust pipe and the exhaust nozzle.  As noted in the title, the nozzles are varied, one is fully opened and one is fully closed, shore-based Tomcats normally appear in this configuration.

F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear

Published: January 22nd, 2021     
F-10G Starfighter (Two Seat) Landing Gear
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/32

This set is designed to provide replacement parts for Italeri's 1/32 two-seat F-104 kits.  As with most of SAC's landing gear sets, the metal parts are intended to be one-for-one replacements for the kit parts.  The centerpiece of the set is a new single piece main gear section including both left and right main gear struts with attached retraction arms and gear door actuators. The set also provides white metal replacements for the hydraulic lines on the main gear struts. 

There are four parts to the nose gear - the strut, two retraction arms and what I assume is the nose gear steering unit.

The PIAT, Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon of World War II

Published: January 21st, 2021     
The PIAT, Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon of World War II
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Osprey Publishing has been providing books for enthusiasts since 1968 and since then it has grown, evolved and taken on new challenges until it stands today as one of the most successful examples of niche publishing around.

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