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Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209
Company: SAM Publications

Thanks to SAM Publications and Paul Bradley for the review copy.

During the IPMS National Convention in Columbus, I bought the Modeler's Datafiles 12, 13 and 14, on the F-4 Phantom. I was impressed with these books, and I'm impressed with this one too. This book has all the information a modeler needs to build a Hawker Hunter, including a kit listing, a decal listing and an accessory/conversion listing. I find I spend a lot of time looking for info on aircraft I build, and this book will save me on research next time I build a Hunter.

The table of contents is as follows:

Flak Panther D 1/35 s.Pz.Jg. Abt. 653

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Flak Panther D 1/35 s.Pz.Jg. Abt. 653
Reviewed by: Joachim Lotz - IPMS# 44170
Scale: 1/35
Company: Dragon Models

History

I could not find very much information on this vehicle since it was a one-off field conversion. It was part of the HQ Company of the s.Pz.Jg. Abt. 653 during the battle of Kursk and it appears that this vehicle survived until at least summer of 1944, but I could not confirm that.

The Kit

This is a kit of the Panther D as a Befehlspanzer or command tank from DML's Cyberhobby line. The kit comes as a smart kit and is loaded as usual with a boat load of extra parts. And correctly for an early D, it does not have Zimmerit coating since this wasn't applied to tanks until September of 1943. The kit contains the following:

North African House

Published: October 11th, 2010     
North African House
Reviewed by: Chris Durden - IPMS# 29474
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt has continued adding to their impressive array of buildings and accessories with the diorama builder in mind. Their latest offering takes them to the North African / Mediterranean theatre with the "North African House". At 130 parts, this kit comes in a large box with multiple sheets of vacuformed parts and 3 sprues of injection molded detail parts (most of which will end up in the spares box as extras. My sample kits had a "bonus figure" set which unfortunately were not applicable for the building setting (although I am sure that the German "Stalingrad '42" figures wished they were in North Africa during the Russian winter). Make no mistake; this is a substantial kit that makes up into a large building.

I don't usually build vacuform kits, but I thought that I would give it a shot. As I started the laborious process of removing the parts from their vacuformed sheet I reflected on why I didn't build vacuforms - I hate removing the parts from the sheets! Since I am an impatient sort I used my Dremel stylus and a thin saw wheel to make short work of this step. Once all parts were removed from the sheet I started the process of assembling the walls.

Model Art Plamo Manual, #801

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Plamo Manual, #801
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
Company: Model Art

PLAMO MANUAL, No. 801 is the latest in a series of modeling manuals from ModelArt. Previous manuals have addressed, among other topics, planes, cars, ships and airbrushing. The subject of this review is a manual on modeling armor.

The manual comes in a convenient size, 7-1/4" X 10". It consists of 112 picture- packed pages and is bound in a high gloss paper backing. The pages are also of high gloss paper. The photographs are excellent quality, bright, crisp, and each is very focused on its topic. Thepictures in the articles speak for themselves.

The down side of this publication for me is that 99.5% of it is in Japanese. However, because the manual is so well organized, and the material is presented in such a logical manner it is easy to follow.

The first article in the book is the detailed construction of Tamyia's 1/35 Type 74 Tank - Winter Version. The photographs show not only the construction, but also the detailing, painting and finishing. Following the build are several pages of actual Type 74 photographs depicting the details that really made the model pop.

Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000

The key to the end of World War II in Europe was the capture of Berlin, the heart of the Third Reich. The American, British and French forces were west of Berlin, but due to American influence had no designs on seizing the city. However, the Red Army was obsessed with capturing Berlin and pushed toward the city with all the speed it could muster The subject of this book is Berlin in 1945 before, during, and after its fall.

Berlin 1945 L'agonie du Reich is the sequel to one Georges Bernage wrote in 2005 entitled Berlin 1945. His new book is a hardback, is 8-1/2 "X 12", and contains 180 pages. The backing has a smooth slick finish and the pages are heavy with a satin finish.The book contains hundreds of black and white photographs with a sprinkling of color photographs - many rare. The author has included several maps showing troop movements to and around Berlin, some down to the neighborhood level. The book is divided into seven chapters, but there is no table of contents, bibliography, or index.

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