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Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Fighter

Published: November 12th, 2010     
Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Fighter
Author: Thomas J. Kowalski
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Kagero Publishing

I am tempted to re-title this book "Albatros D.I - D.Va: Legendary Polish Fighter" because it really takes a more Eastern European perspective on this iconic family of aircraft. This is refreshing because too often books on WWI German aircraft present a Western Front perspective. The Eastern Front was a different theater with differing imperatives, challenges and solutions. Complicating the war effort was the polyglot force that made up the Austrian-Hungarian military forces, of which Poland was a part.

The book takes a narrative approach to the subject, being more about the stories than technical specifications while still including the latter. It covers all of the Albatros fighters including: D.1, D.II, D.III, D.III Oeffag, D.V, D.Va, Dr.II and W.4. But the emphasis really is on the most successful aircraft - the D.III (including the Oeffag built version) and the D.V. The chapter organization is as follows:


  • Introduction

MIDWAY 1942 Turning Point in the Pacific Campaign

Published: November 10th, 2010     
MIDWAY 1942 Turning Point in the Pacific Campaign
Author: Mark Stille, Illustrated by Howard Gerrard
Reviewed by: Ken Williams, IPMS# 45861
Company: Osprey Publishing


  • Origins of the campaign
  • Chronology
  • Opposing commanders
  • Opposing fleets
  • Opposing plans
  • The battle of Midway
  • The aftermath
  • Further reading
  • Index

Mark Stille has written a masterful work in this latest of Osprey's offerings on the famous battle of Midway. The original book, now available in paperback, was written by Mark Healy. Published in 1994, the original was titled the same as Stille's work. However, it cannot match this latest version in the areas of concise analysis and excellent illustrations.

"Psycho" Bates Mansion

Published: November 9th, 2010     
"Psycho" Bates Mansion
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/87
Company: Polar Lights

For fans of the "Psycho" movies that starred Anthony Hopkins as "Norman Bates", this kit will bring back some fond or not so fond memories. This kit arrived just as my favorite time of year started, as I decorate for Halloween like no other holiday. I was also fortunate enough to have one of the movie channels recently run "Psycho", "Psycho II", and "Psycho III", which provided good references for how to paint the house. When first released, this was a new kit made by Polar Lights, and it does a nice job of capturing the look and feel of the Bates mansion of the original "Psycho" movies (the remake with Vince Vaughn has a completely different house).

As the original movie was made in black and white, the second and third movies are recommended for references, but you may want to watch all three (or four) to get into character for this build. For this new release, the folks at Polar Lights/Round 2 Models have added an LED light and battery pack to light up the mansion for your display. The 1/87, or HO-scale house, will likely also be a hit with railroad modelers, as well as horror movie fans.

"War of the Worlds" Martian

Published: November 9th, 2010     
"War of the Worlds" Martian
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/8
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

For fans of the older "War of the Worlds" movie and/or the television show from 1953, this little piece of nostalgia will bring a big smile to your face. After conducting some research during my construction of this kit, I found that this "Martian" represents one from the 1953 television show. It is actually a Mor Taxan, a creature from the planet Mor Tax. Looking at the photographs that I could find on line, this creature is an excellent representation of the characters from that particular show.

IJN Aircraft Carrier Deck

Published: November 9th, 2010     
IJN Aircraft Carrier Deck
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard

First Impressions

This review product arrived in the mail wrapped in cardboard and amply reinforced duct tape. Upon opening the mailing package I found a heavy-duty, injection-molded black plastic, 11 3/4" by 15 5/8" long, enclosed in a clear plastic bag wrapper. A small sprue of clear plastic parts was also enclosed. The aircraft carrier deck is molded as an inverted tray, and is quite sturdy.

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