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A History of the World in 100 Weapons

Published: May 23rd, 2011     
A History of the World in 100 Weapons
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt - IPMS# 46356

Forward

There is a trend developing with me relevant to Osprey Books. As with the last Osprey book, once I started reading it I could not put it down. The book arrived on a Friday and I started it Saturday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon I was finished.

Description

This is a 7 3/4 by 10 inch hard-cover book with 384 pages. Befitting the number of pages, the paper quality is good. This book contains many illustrations, diagrams and the photos come from public, private, commercial and museum sources. The font is not large but is very readable. Each weapon described is accompanied by several illustrations, photos and in some cases personal anecdotes about the weapon. Information "boxes" further describe the weapon's characteristics and specifications. With all the photos, illustrations and drawings the book was a faster read than anticipated.

Canadaire Sabre F.4/North American F-86E(M)

Published: May 19th, 2011     
Canadaire Sabre F.4/North American F-86E(M)
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

Introduction

The North American F-86 "Sabre" was one of the world's most famous and successful jet fighters of the late forties to the middle fifties. The design originated with the straightwing FJ-1 Fury fighter for the US Navy, which was developed without the sweptwing technology obtained from the Germans at the end of World War II, and which was only built in small quantities. In 1947, the first sweptwing North American prototype was flown, designated XP-86 by the USAF. By the time the plane was in production, it became the F-86A under the new designation system. By 1950, Canadair was also building the F-86E model, and this became the standard fighter for many of the world's air forces in the ensuing years. The USAF and other air forces used the F-86A, F-86D, F-86E, F-86F, F-86H, and F-86K models for a number of years until they were eventually replaced by the "Century Series" of fighters, the F-100, F-101, F-102 and F-104. Only a few are left today, with some are being flown by warbird enthusiasts who have lots of money for gas.

Casper and his Bandit Ghosts

Published: May 18th, 2011     
Casper and his Bandit Ghosts
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48

For those who love modern US Navy and Marine Corps jets, and like camouflage and color, nothing satisfies more than the schemes of an adversary and training squadrons.

VFA-125 also known as the "Rough Raiders" is a United States Navy strike fighter squadron based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. The "Rough Raiders" are a Fleet Replacement Squadron flying the F/A-18 Hornet. From the units own home page, their mission "is the indoctrination and training of Navy and Marine Corps personnel for carrier-borne strike fighter squadrons in all phases of F/A-18 employment and, on order, to be prepared to supply replacement aircraft and pilots to the fleet." They are also the home to the west coast F/A-18C demo team.

Twobobs released this set covering several VFA-125 aircraft providing markings for three "Raiders":

0.5mm Rivets

Published: May 18th, 2011     
0.5mm Rivets
Reviewed by: Dave San Souci - IPMS# 47657
Scale: 1/20,1/24, and 1/25
Company: Hobby Design

The Parts

Hobby Design makes detail parts for automotive subjects. They offer a wide range of products from metal parts, to resin wheels, and photo etched detail sets for a wide variety of modeling subjects.

Here I review their HD07-0002 0.5mm Rivets. They are all metal and come 40 pieces per pack.

Assembly

It's pretty straight forward I remove the molded plastic rivets from the part with a #11 blade. Then I used a #80 drill bit in the spot for the rivets to be placed that's it pretty simple.

Conclusion

I highly recommended these products for anyone who wants to add realism to their models. Hobby Design makes a wide range of rivets to fit into all different application. Thanks to Hobby Design and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review these excellent products.

Soviet Insignia and Medals 1940-1943

Published: May 18th, 2011     
Soviet Insignia and Medals 1940-1943
Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/35
Company: Eduard

Anybody who has seen period photos of World War II Soviet soldiers will note that many times their uniforms are decorated with medals and awards. Occasionally a figure manufacturer will provide these molded into the chest leaving the modeler to paint, but the majority of plastic figures do not. Eduard has been working through various subjects within its colored photo etch range, and now we get not just one, but two sets of Soviet World War II uniform insignia and metals in full color! This review covers the early war period, 1940-1943.

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