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Israeli Eagles: F-15 A/B/C/D/I

Published: January 21st, 2021     
Israeli Eagles: F-15 A/B/C/D/I
Reviewed by: George Cully - IPMS# 2290

The air campaigns of the Yom Kippur War (October 6-25, 1973) and their accompanying attrition rates encouraged the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to consider how best to augment and later replace its existing fleets of Dassault Mirage and McDonnell Douglas F-4 fighter aircraft.  They faced a choice between quantity in the near term versus quality in the far term: whether to build more Israeli Aircraft Industry Kfirs and buy additional F-4Es from the U.S. immediately, or to acquire something more advanced, even if that took longer - and cost more money.

In June 1974, Israel's then-Defense Minister Shimon Peres obtained permission from the Nixon Administration for an IAF team to conduct an unofficial 'fly-off' between the Grumman F-14 and the McDonnell Douglas F-15.  The Eagle won: its performance was impressive, it was less expensive and easier to maintain, and it had sufficient unrefueled range to interdict shipping in the Strait of Bab-El-Mandeb (which connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden), not to mention the ability to strike important sites in Libya and Iran.

Panzer Divisions WWII Decals

Published: January 21st, 2021     
Panzer Divisions WWII Decals
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/35

This is an excellent decal sheet, and it is nice for this to be on the market!  Decals are provided for 28 panzer divisions. Between one and five decals are provided for each division. The decals for the divisions with three, four, or five decals are differentiated by the years which they were used. 

The color register is excellent, and the images are sharp and clear. The decals are thin and will conform to curved and uneven surfaces nicely, yet they are not so thin that they will tear when wet. They release form the backing paper easily and require minimal wet time. 

Hitler’s Easter Legions 1942-45

Published: January 20th, 2021     
Hitler’s Easter Legions 1942-45
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746

About the Author

Dr. Nigel Thomas, PhD, is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th-century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. 

About the Illustrator

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Edouard Detaille.

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U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot with ejection seat for F-86 Sabre

Published: January 20th, 2021     
U.S.A.F. Fighter Pilot with ejection seat for F-86 Sabre
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1/32

Thank you to Phil and to Bill for all the work that you do and your support of IPMS. 

The Kit

Intended for Italeri or Hasegawa 1/32 F-86 Sabre models, this Aires Aero Bonus kit includes one resin cast block and one single-sided instruction sheet with a full color illustration. They are packaged in a plastic container (for protection) inside of a plastic pouch. Prior to working on the kit, I recommend washing it in a mild detergent solution to remove any mold release residue. The resin cast has sharp detail and is flash free.  

Construction

Jet Fighters of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Part 2: Mach 1 and Beyond

Published: January 18th, 2021     
Jet Fighters of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Part 2: Mach 1 and Beyond
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

Released in time to be added to Christmas wish lists, this latest offering from Detail and Scale covers every jet fighter aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from the F-8 Crusader to the new F-35 Lightning II. This book contains 208 photographs (188 in color) and 10 full color aircraft profiles, and picks up where Part 1 left off. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of modern Naval/Marine Aviation, whether a modeler or not.

IPMS members are likely familiar with Bert Kinzey, and have probably seen him in person when attending the Nationals, or some regional events. In his latest book, he covers what most would consider modern aircraft, starting with Vietnam-era planes and including everything up to the newest planes being flown today. Thirteen different airframes are discussed including the F-8; F-11F-1F; F5D; F-4; XF8U-3; F-111B; F-14; F-5E, F-5F, and F-5N; F-21A; F-16N, F-16A, and F-16B; F/A-18A, F/A-18B, F/A-18C, and F/A-18D; F/A-18E and F/A-18F; and F-35B and F-35C.

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