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Fiat G.55 Centauro

Published: July 22nd, 2021     
Fiat G.55 Centauro
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328

This book covers the Fiat G.55 from WWII to its post war service. At first glance the book is reminiscent of the Ali d'Italia series being roughly the same size and length but with the entire printed portion in English.

The first 62 pages of this book covers the development and use in combat of the G.55 by both the regia Aeronautica, ANR and the Luftwaffe. An interesting story of the one G.55 to appear in British markings is also covered. This aircraft was flown by a defector who also was transporting an escaping OSS agent out.

One of the best sections in my opinion covers the post war use of the G.55. The post war Italian AF as well as those of Syria, Egypt and Argentina all used the G.55 and this is the first English language volume I have seen that has detailed this service. For the modeler this provides many interesting schemes to go along with those of its WWII service.

There is also coverage of the camouflage schemes used by each user, the different variants to include the G.55N torpedo plane, G.56 which is a G.55 with a more powerful DB engine and the G.59 trainer.

Aircraft Models Stands (Black Edition)

Published: July 19th, 2021     
Aircraft Models Stands (Black Edition)
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/144, 72, 48, 32
Company: ICM

ICM has fast become a leader in the field of plastic models. These stands represent some of their latest releases. The black plastic set was preceded by a clear stand edition - A001.

Scania R730 Streamline

Published: July 18th, 2021     
Scania R730 Streamline
Reviewed by: Jarrod Booth - IPMS# 44739
Scale: 1/24
Company: Italeri

Having previously built Italeri's Iveco Hi-Way 40th Anniversary and the Mercedes-Benz Actros MP4 Giga Space, I had a pretty good idea of what was in front of me building this truck.

All the parts sprues were presented in the same organized fashion, and like the Iveco Hi-Way, the Scania R730 included a fantastic chrome adhesive sticker sheet on top of the gorgeous decal sheet. Italeri mentioned that the chrome plastic sprues were newly tooled, but they were identical to those found in the Iveco kit mentioned above, except for the addition of the sun visor and exhaust pipe panel.

Construction could be broken down into four distinct modules - the chassis (including the wheels), the engine, the cab interior, and the cab exterior. Tamiya Extra Thin Cement was my glue of choice for most of the build along with super glue. The kit plastic reacted very well to the Tamiya cement, melting where needed to form a strong bond.

German le.gl.Einheits-Pkw Kfz. 4

Published: July 14th, 2021     
German le.gl.Einheits-Pkw Kfz. 4
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson - IPMS# 42218
Scale: 1/35
Company: ICM

Kiev-based ICM is back again with a new offering in its Einheits-PKW ("Uniform all-terrain passenger car") line - this time with the light Anti-Aircraft version. This highly detailed and diminutive subject sports twin MG-34 machine guns and crew seat in place of the two rear seats.

History

Officially introduced at the end of February 1938, the Truppenluftschutzkraftwagen - "Air Raid Vehicle" - (Kfz. 4) had four doors and a spare wheel mounted at the rear of the car body like the Kfz. 1 & 3.

The units which were allowed to have Kfz 4's had only one vehicle, each. A light tripod for each gun was stored at the rear. With the tripods, the MG 34's could be used outside of the vehicle. Even though the guns were able to be fired in any direction from the vehicle, the practical effect of this weapon during combat was questionable.

The Kfz 1, 3 and 4 were supposed to replace the civilian vehicles previously procured by the Reichswehr with cross-country mobile capability, but manufacturing and design issues, as well as pre-war material limitations, led to these being phased out.

Latvian Insignia - 1/72 and 1/48 scales

Published: July 14th, 2021     
Latvian Insignia - 1/72 and 1/48 scales
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72 and 1/48
Company: Croco Models

Historical Background

Latvia, a small Baltic republic, developed an air force in the twenties, and adopted a striking insignia of a red swastika ( no relation to the German version) on a white circular background. Aircraft operated with this insignia in place up until the outbreak of World War II, Many of their aircraft were imported from Britain, including Hawker Hinds, Bristol Bulldogs, and Gloster Gladiators. In 1940, Latvia was invaded by the Soviet Union, and all surviving Latvian military aircraft were captured by the Russians. Any aircraft that remained were later probably destroyed by the Germans.

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