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GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE

Published: February 10th, 2018     
GAU 8 Avenger Gun & Pitot PE
Reviewed by: Chris Smith
Scale: 1:48
Company: Master Model

History

Developed in parallel with the AX program which eventually led to the A-10 Thunderbolt II the General Electric GAU-8 "Avenger" was designed as a tank killer. The seven-barrel 30 mm cannon can fire over 3000 rounds a minute. When coupled with depleted uranium cored ammunition this weapon can penetrate most known armor. During my time in the USAF I was posted with the 23rd TAC who flew the shark mouthed A-10s of Flying Tiger fame. Part of my duties required maintenance visits to the firing range where I got to see these weapons awesome power first hand. A number of model companies have produced the A-10 in 1/48 scale and while the airframes are very good in most cases the gun is a solid piece without hollow barrels. Scratch building a GAU-8 is certainly possible but not necessary with this masterpiece of an aftermarket set.

P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller

Published: February 10th, 2018     
P-51D Hamilton Standard Propeller
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard

Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's BRASSIN Hamilton Standard Propeller for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the familiar clamshell box, with the resin parts safely cocooned on dark grey foam inserts, and the instructions sandwiched between the two halves, doubling as the header card.

The set contains:

  • Grey resin components (7 pieces)
  • Etched brass part (1plus spares)
  • A resin assembly jig

Upon removal of the components from the package you will notice the great level of detail with the inside of both the spinner front and back-plate boasting some great touches. The blades are great and the shape on these are perfect. The set also comes with a jig to help with location of the blades and is also nice to help hold the assembly if you want to drill a hole in the center for the prop to spin,

Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40

Published: February 9th, 2018     
Osprey Early US Armor - Armored Cars 1915-40
Author: Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrator Felipe Rodríguez Náñe,
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This informative and well-illustrated book covers early US armor from steam-powered units in the late 1800s, early armored cars used in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and armored cars in action during the Great War. Armored cars were abandoned prior to World War II in favor of more lightly armored scout cars and half-track cars that would see extensive use in World War II.

Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. Illustrator Felipe Rodriguez Nanez works as an architect and computer graphics artist. He combines his experience in CG art and his passion for modelling in his illustrations, where he looks for a good balance between technical detail and craft.

T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia

Published: February 7th, 2018     
T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrator: Felipe Rodríguez
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

Background

The T-90 "Standard Tank" was an evolutionary development of the Soviet T-72 tank, the latter being a prime component of Soviet tank forces during the mid-1970's to the mid 1990's. The T-72 was also exported widely, including to the armed forces of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi T-72 tanks suffered very badly against such tanks as the U.S. M1 Abrams. Whether this was due to the T-72 being notably inferior to the West's main battle tanks or poor training and tactics on the part of the Iraqis is irrelevant: the perception in many nations following the 1991 war was that the Soviet tank was inferior. Thus, there was pressure within the Russian military-industrial complex to get rid of the "T-72" name. Hence naming the first tank out of the newly formed "Russia" the T-90.

RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels

Published: February 7th, 2018     
RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: MMP Books

The book is a part of MMP books "Inside" series and is an illustrated guide to some of the RAF WWII most famous fighters.

The book contains so fantastic illustrations which give any modeler a great reference guide for completing cockpit instruments.

This book is a very good reference guide and idea for all modelers.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the aircraft and modeling them.

Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

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