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Sd.Kfz. 10 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1T (Camera On)

Published: August 8th, 2018     
Sd.Kfz. 10 Leichter Zugkraftwagen 1T (Camera On)
Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The Author

Alan Ranger was educated mostly in the UK, He started his carrier in the Royal Engineer's Regiment of the British Army. Since then specializing in turbines from the early 1980's on he has been involved in various engineering projects around the world for a number of major global companies.

He has had a number of books and articles published over the years mostly industry related but has also has been published before in this field with books published by Model Art of Japan. He is a collector of World War II Militaria and has also accumulated a large collection of original period photographs on this subject matter. His interests are centered around World War II history in general, specializing in the vehicles both soft skin and armoured as used by the German and Japanese armed forces during the conflict.

As he now approaches retirement employed as a Project Development Manager by Europe's major Turbine manufacturer he looks forward to devoting more time to his interests including writing many more books based upon this subject matter.

25-degree Sprue Cutter

Published: August 8th, 2018     
25-degree Sprue Cutter
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Fujiya

If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media.

When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan.

I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection.

They also advertise that this is a great tool for cutting soft wire but I didn't have any available to test it on. My only concern from other products is once you cut metal it may not work as well on plastic later on. I will be looking forward to seeing how well it holds it edge over time.

The handle is coated with a rubber like material that is comfortable to the touch and adds a good grip to help keep the tool from slipping in your hand.

Armor Display Base (Small)

Published: August 7th, 2018     
Armor Display Base (Small)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits UK

Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble.

Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) and Camouflage Decals

Published: August 5th, 2018     
Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony) and Camouflage Decals
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Tamiya

The one thing all Japanese fighters in WWII had in common was a radial engine, except for one plane, the Ki-61 Hien which the allies named Tony. This was powered by a licensed built version of the Daimler-Benz DB601 and not only faced the allied fighters of the day but also had the performance to get to the B-29s altitude.

Tamiya released a new tool of the Tony in 1/48th scale back in 2016 and now has finally shrunk it down to my preferred scale of 1/72nd and a beauty of a model it is. The 45 grey and 3 clear parts are beautifully molded with fine scribed details. The low parts count leads to a quick build. A lovely cockpit is included and the wheel wells look nice. Markings are included for 3 airframes. One from the 19th Air Group in Luzon, Philippines, 1945 and two from the 244th Air Group based in Japan. More on these in a minute.

The instructions contain 12 steps and 4 view drawings for the 3 schemes including decal locations. Color call outs are for Tamiya paint and the colors are notated throughout the build.

T-34 On The Battlefield Volume 2

Published: August 5th, 2018     
T-34 On The Battlefield Volume 2
Author: Neil Stokes; Publisher: Peter Kocsis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Peko Publishing

Neil Stokes is a noted Soviet armor enthusiast and this is at least his third photobook in this series, with prior books covering the Su-76; KV; along with the Su-85 and Su-100 on the Battlefield. He has also authored KV: Technical History & Variants; a 560 page beast published in 2010 by Airconnection. Neil is an active member of AMPS (Armor Modeling & Preservation Society) and you can find him on www.amps-armor.org .

This latest installment in the World War II Photobook series follows up on Volume 1 by Peter Kocsis, published in 2013. The four page Introduction is in both Hungarian and English provides a summary of the development and operational usage of the Soviet T-34. Featuring primarily unpublished photographs from private collections, each photograph is on its own glossy page with dual language captioning. If you happen to be looking for Volume 1, although it has been out of print, it would appear that it will make another appearance in 2019.

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