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U.S. Air Force Special Operations

Published: October 14th, 2010     
U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000

Several weeks ago, I attended a change of command ceremony for a unit of the United States Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg. My mind was still full of memories of Ft. Bragg and the visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum when this book became available for review. I jumped at the chance to do the review. Thank you SAM Publications for providing the review sample.

The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) probably had it's beginning during WWII. It was not until the Vietnam War that Special Operation came into its own. During that war elements of the U.S. Air Force provided concentrated firepower to confined areas, infiltrated and exfiltration troops into and out of enemy terratory and provided resupply and refueling operations all across enemy territory. However, it was the catastrophic failure of Operation Eagle Claw, President Carter's attempt to rescue 52 Americans from Tehran, Iran in 1980, that was the catalyst for forming a Special Operations Command. After several years of discussion and planning the AFSOC was finally created in May 1990. Mr. Llinares and Mr. Evans book gives us a detailed look at the aircraft used by AFSOC today.

Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Sd. Kfz. 8 DB 10 (Prototype) "Lufcik"
Reviewed by: Greg Perry - IPMS# 45865
Scale: 1/50
Company: GPM

I like halftracks, especially German ones. I especially like the Sd. Kfz. 7, 8 and 9's. I have plastic kits of the 7 and 9. I have none for an 8. A quick search of the internet shows no plastic versions and only one resin model in 1:72 scale. That makes this paper kit the only other choice at this time, and what a choice it is! The kit depicts a prototype version that sunk in a river in Poland. The 1:1 vehicle was recovered from the river in 1999 and restoration was completed in 2005. It is currently on display in Poland. Additional information can be found at www.skansenpilicy.pl where a more detailed history and restoration description are available.

Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Ship Accessory Set Type 93 13mm Machine Guns
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849
Scale: 1/700
Company: Fine Molds

Fine Molds continues their series of finely detailed ship accessories with this weapons set of small caliber anti-aircraft guns. The 13mm gun, which was based on a Hotchkiss design and originally imported from France, was one of the two primary light automatic AA guns used on IJN warships (the other being the 25mm Type 96).

This boxing includes two each of two different sets of weapons. Fret A contains two twin 13mm guns and two pedestals for them, along with one each single mounted Vickers machine gun and one single mounted Lewis machine gun. Fret B contains one single quad 13mm unit and one mount, plus four single mount 13mm guns. In total, the box includes two quad mount 13mm, four twin 13s, eight single 13s and two each of the Vickers and Lewis guns. All of the parts are exceptionally well molded with extremely fine detail. There's practically no flash on any of these tiny parts.

B-26 Marauder Decals

Published: October 14th, 2010     
B-26 Marauder Decals
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay - IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have a few Airfix and Hasegawa Marauders is my stash. I am always looking for eye-catching decal options in addition to the supplied kit options. Superscale have issued decal sheets featuring the B-26 in the past, many of which are no longer in available. Even with these decal sheets the Marauder has not been served well in 1/72 scale and the schemes are sometimes boring. Iliad design usually produce decals sheets for more exotic types in 1/48 scale, but recently they have been tapping into 1/72 scale market and one in their new range is a sheet featuring the B-26. Five options are included in the new decal sheet. They are:

German Sd.Kfz. 251 Engine

Published: October 13th, 2010     
German Sd.Kfz. 251 Engine
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35

Kit

The kit is made up of injection molded gray plastic parts. All the parts were numbered and bagged, matching the corresponding numbers on the assembly instructions located on the back of the box. The details were in excellent condition, with no defects. Minimal or no flashing on the details and a small sheet of brass etched details.

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