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Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Company: Max Modeller

I have been a fan of both AFV Modeller and Air Modeller for a while due to their excellent articles, top notch photos and in-depth subject matter, so when two sample copies of Max Modeller (Volumes 6 and 7) arrived, I was eager to see what the magazine was all about.

First, the basics: each magazine is 68 pages, printed completely in color, on nice stock. The photos are perfect- -clear and detailed, and close up when needed. There are scattered ads for many UK and other vendors in the magazine. There is a review section of 5 pages or so and they rate the reviewed kits. The remainder of the magazine has five articles and this is where the magazine gets its name.

U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176

Published: October 12th, 2010     
U-boat IXC Turn-II U-176
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Scale: 1/350
Company: Mirage Hobby

German U-boat U-176 was ordered on 23 December 1939, and had her keel laid on 6 February 1941. She was launched on 12 September 1491, and was commissioned on 15 December in 1941 at Deschimag AG Wesser in Bremen. The boat was lost with all fifty-three hands on 15 May 1943, while on patrol near Havana, sunk by the Cuban patrol boat CS-13 after being spotted by an American OS2U Kingfisher on watch in the area. During the boat's career, she served under a single commanding officer, Reiner Dierksen, performed training cruises with the fourth flotilla from 15 December 1941 until 31 July 1942, and was the front boat of the tenth flotilla on a cruise beginning 1 August 1942 until her loss. There were eleven ships sunk by U-176 during her career, consisting of 53,307 gross rated tons.

Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038

The idea of comparing combatants and combat actions from various historical conflicts is intriguing, whether real or imagined. This new Osprey publication provides a refreshing historical account of British cruiser encounters with German commerce raiders. A single Hilfskreuzer could sortie for a long time, disguised as a merchant ship, sinking commercial shipping. When caught by a British warship, the Hilfskreuzer often effectively exploited the element of surprise, in some case sinking a warship of superior size and firepower. Countering this threat was a challenge to the British Navy, who did eventually prevail over the raiders.

Finnish Self Propelled Gun 122 SpH 74

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Finnish Self Propelled Gun 122 SpH 74
Reviewed by: Ryan Harden - IPMS# 37968
Scale: 1/35
Company: Skif Model

First Look

The 122 SpH 74 is a tracked, medium sized self-propelled gun in service with the modern Finnish army. A Soviet design, the SpH 74 is the Finnish designation for essentially the 2S1 Gvozdika that has been around since the early 70's.

Skif's new release is a reissue of their earlier 2S1 with the inclusion of new parts to allow the modeler to build the version currently in operation by Finland. As far as I can tell the new parts are mainly in photo etch, with the original plastic parts unchanged. In fact more than a few parts will go unused as they are 2S1 specific and not present in photos of the 74 I've been able to dig up.

Allowing the modeler to see into the future, the box top features a nicely built model of the contents inside. Great box art may sell more kits, but it is nice to see a manufacturer using the built up model for all to see. Certainly it will sway some, who are unfamiliar with this Ukrainian model company, to purchase the kit.

Soviet 76.2mm M1936 (F22) Divisional Gun

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Soviet 76.2mm M1936 (F22) Divisional Gun
Reviewed by: Tom Moon - IPMS# 43192
Scale: 1/35
Company: Bronco Models

Sprues

  • G - This sprue contains parts for the gun, shield, and gun cradle
  • H x 2 - This has the wheel and hand wheels
  • J - This has the ammo box and 3 shells
  • N - This has the trails and associated bits
  • P - Photo Etched parts

This kit is a representation of a Soviet "Divisional Gun" that was to fill the role of both a field gun and an anti-aircraft gun. This gun was designed in the early 1930s and started production in 1936. It stayed in production until 1939 when the Model 1939 gun went into production. May of these guns were captured and used by the German, Finnish, and Rumanian Armies.

Before starting the model, you need to decide how you want to display the gun, either in travel mode or firing mode. The instructions don't do a very good job of showing you what the differences are during the build to make the two different versions. I will try to point these out as I go along.

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