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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.

Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar

Published: September 29th, 2010     
Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989
Company: Specialty Press

This hard cover 160 page book covers the Grumman "Bridge and Iron Works" first Jet Cat from the inception through its final days as drones or 2 place trainers. Text takes you from the early days with an interesting read accompanied by over 300 illustrations, including color, black and white and line drawings. It contains complete dates on the F9F production numbers including carrier deployments and squadron histories. This historic aircraft was to become the forerunner of the fantastic F-14 Tomcat, the last of a great line of aircraft from the good folks in Bethpage.

If the author's name seems familiar to you, it's because he has specialized in Naval topics since the 1990's. In addition to individual books on the A-4, F/A-18, and F-4 Phantom versus Mig engagements in Vietnam, he is a regular writer for International Aircraft Review. I've found his work to be enjoyable and this release is no different.

This book can be ordered through the Website or by calling 1-800-895-4585. ( A shipping charge of $ 6.95 will be added to each order.)

Many thanks to Marie Ray of Specialty Press for the review sample.

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