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Soviet Rockets RS82

Published: May 21st, 2018     
Soviet Rockets RS82
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun Models

The RS-82 rocket was an unguided air-to-ground rocket developed by the Soviet Union in the 1930s and used extensively in World War II. The rockets were pretty small, only around 3 inches in diameter and 24 inches long and like most early air-to-ground unguided weapons, their accuracy was questionable at best. As a result they were usually fired in one salvo. They were used on almost every aircraft flown by the Red Air Force during World War II and there are a lot of photographs on the Internet of various aircraft with them mounted under the wings.

Italian Cruisers of World War II

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Italian Cruisers of World War II
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mark Stille is a retired Commander of the US Navy and has written a succession of books for Osprey Publishing on naval topics. He continues as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. New Vanguard 258 covers Italian cruisers of World War Two, an overlooked topic. This book joints Stille's previous Osprey Vanguard 182 book on WW2 Italian Battleships (previously reviewed for IPMSUSA in 2011). Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - not enough for an in-depth treatment of WW2 Regia Marina cruisers, but enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and history of each ship.

This book provides four pages of full-color side profiles of specific Italian cruisers, a two-page cutaway illustration of the Pola, a heavy cruiser, showing internal arrangements, and two full page illustrations of specific cruisers in specific actions. The book is sectioned into an Introduction with a brief overview of Italian cruiser origins, design, weapons and fire-control, followed by sections on major battles, heavy cruisers, light cruisers and an overview.

Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV
Reviewed by: Brian R . Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

History

The original Blenheim bomber evolved from a Bristol light transport development, probably the first aircraft specifically designed as a high-speed executive transport. Labeled the Model 142 "Britain First", the airplane was displayed at the 1935 Hendon display. RAF leaders immediately saw its potential as a light bomber, and after protracted development, it emerged as the Model 142M, a mid-wing, three place twin-engine bomber with a crew of 3. Only two machine guns were installed, and a total of 986 Mk. I's was produced before it was replaced by the Mk. IV model, of which 2703 were built.

Blenheim Mk. 1's replaced Hawker Harts at first and became the standard RAF light bomber. Some were modified as fighters, designated Mk. IF, and these were used, especially as night fighters, until replacement by Beaufighters and Mosquitoes. The Mk. IV featured a longer nose with more room for the navigator and bombardier, and a fighter version of this type was also produced, with four: .30 caliber machines guns in a housing under the bomb bay position.

M113 APC 1960-75

Published: May 20th, 2018     
M113 APC 1960-75
Author: Jamie Prenatt
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Osprey Publishing

When you think about armor in the Vietnam war you almost always think about the M113, especially in it's ACAV fit. A vehicle designed to bring the troops close to the battle under some armor protection turned into a combat vehicle

This 48-page soft cover book focuses on the use of the M113 during the Vietnam war not only by the US but also the ARVN and Australian forces.

The book starts off with design and development that led to the M113 and the major variants of the vehicle which were many including versions equipped with a mortar, flame thrower and Vulcan 20mm cannon. They were also used as Fitters vehicles, Command centers and bride layers.

The Combat History section covers operations by the South Vietnamese, US and Australia and ends with a brief section regarding South Korean, Thailand and the Philippines use of the vehicle in country.

He 280 Art Print

Published: May 20th, 2018     
He 280 Art Print
Author: NA
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Scale: NA
Company: Eduard

This is an art print poster of the Box art of He 280 kit Eduard released recently.

Summary

This is a fantastic print which I will be framing and placing on my office wall. The print is on high quality paper and has a fantastic image of the He 280 which is one of my favorite aircraft.

Now I have the print I will be also buying the model kit to place next to the print once completed.

I would highly recommend this print and the others in the series as they are of the best quality and look great in a model room, man cave or office.

Thanks go to Eduard for providing this Print to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

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