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Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings

Published: October 5th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannon & .50cal Fairings
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/32
Company: Master Model

It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.

In this case I am reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing, which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.

Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J

Published: October 4th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J
Reviewed by: Les Walden - IPMS# 44687

Kagero has come up with another winner if you're a Panzer IV nut, like I am. The book is soft cover with heavy stock and full color art on the front and back covers. This book covers the Panzer IV J. The strength of the book isn't the text, unless you read Polish. The 1/35 scale drawings are beautiful showing all the angles of the tank, in all twenty seven pages. The drawings do have some text in English, so you know what variant you're looking at. The reader does know which production version is being represented. Included are exploded drawings of the different muffler systems, return rollers, idler wheels, road wheel assemblies, treads, muzzle brakes, cupolas, and armor skirts. There are also four pages of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings. Thirty-one pages in all. Add to this there are four pages of full color prints. They come with two tanks on each page.

Sturmgeschutz III - Backbone of the German Infantry, Volume 1, History; Development, Production, Deployment

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Sturmgeschutz III - Backbone of the German Infantry, Volume 1, History; Development, Production, Deployment
Reviewed by: Don Barry - IPMS# 46771

This is the first of a two-volume set detailing the history, tactical development, and use of the various marks of the Sturmgeschutz III, commonly referred to as the StuG III. Volume 1 is predominately text. Volume 2 is mostly photographic in content.

This book offers a wealth of data for modelers, as well as those more interested in the technical aspects of this weapons system. Chapters include: background, technical development, series production, design variants A thru G, the factories involved in production, and combat records and troop reports.

There is a full developmental section, where the evolution of tactics is examined. Due to the requirements of the conflict, a weapon developed to support the infantry with mobile heavy firepower, evolved into a premier tank killer and improvised tank replacement. A howitzer-armed version, the Sturmhaubitze, was introduced to remedy this, with limited success mostly due to the limited numbers produced.

Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Hispano 20mm Cannons in Fairings
Reviewed by: Stephen Bierce - IPMS# 35922
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model

I admit to being a little confused when I requested this assignment; I was expecting something else. Still, these are very welcome components as I have two 1/72 scale Spitfire Mark Vs in my "to-build" pile.

The Spitfire was among the earliest production fighter aircraft to adopt 20mm cannon as armament, and the "B" arrangement for the cannon was introduced in the Mark I and Mark II models that fought the Battle of Britain. While the success of the armament was spotty at that time, it became standard on the Mark VB...and the same guns were also used on the initial production Seafire. The earliest Mark VC Spitfires also used this pattern of gun barrels before going to the "beefier" barrels as standard (parts that Master also offers separately). So these parts are compatible with more then the Spitfire VB.

The brass parts are sturdy and very well cast. In fact, the fine detail on the parts was too sharp for my digital camera to readily pick up on, so my apologies for the inadequate visual evidence. The cannon barrel even has a depression at the muzzle hole so it can be blacked in for the illusion of hollowness.

Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Type 94 6 Wheeled Truck Hard Top
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Fine Molds

This truck was designed for use by the Japanese military, using mostly parts for civilian vehicles. Production began in 1936 and continued until the end of the war.

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