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Stug III 75mm Assault Gun

Published: May 13th, 2019     
Stug III 75mm Assault Gun
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1:76
Company: Airfix

The recent re-release of Airfix's catalogue of 1/76 AFVs has generated a bit of a buzz among Airfix fans, many of whom grew up building these little gems as lads. Now, as adults, these kits bring back memories of the simpler times with the re-boxing of these little beauties. I never had much of an opportunity to build Airfix kits in my youth, I don't remember them, or their many American boxings being available in my local hobby shop. However, coming back into the hobby as an adult, I've really taken a liken to many of Airfix's recent offerings, as well as a few of their golden oldies.

These "Vintage Classic" releases from Airfix, fit both categories. They're old molds repackaged into the new box with newly printed decals, and most important of all, new tracks. The kits come packaged in the now familiar side-opening red box, but feature the artwork on the original packaging. In the case of the Stug III, the artwork is more of a fiction piece, showing a Stug III and infantry charging down a sand dune as U.S. troops assault the beaches from landing crafts.

DeHavilland DH-82a Tiger Moth

Published: May 10th, 2019     
DeHavilland DH-82a Tiger Moth
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Airfix

History

The DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth, like the Stearman Model 75 and possibly the Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny", is one of the standard and best known biplane training aircraft, in terms of numbers built, reputation, and number of surviving aircraft. Like the Stearman, the Tiger Moth began as a primary training aircraft, moving into fame as World War II began and providing the basis for the training programs for the British Commonwealth air forces, including the RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF, RSAAF, and many other smaller air arms. Originally conceived as a civilian trainer evolving from the DH-60 Gypsy Moth of the late twenties, the DH-82 featured staggered wings and an inverted engine to provide better forward visibility for the pilots. It was fully aerobatic. Wartime versions were equipped with anti-spin strakes ahead of the horizontal stabilizers, although all DH-82's did not have these. All pre-war DH-82's were impressed by the RAF at the beginning of the war, and while many were sold surplus afterwards, a large number remained in service, some until as late as the early sixties.

Panzer Rollen

Published: May 9th, 2019     
Panzer Rollen
Author: Bob Carruthers
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishers

Overview

Panzer Rollen provides an insightful look into the workings of the Military Intelligence Service that was so invaluable in shaping both the strategy and tactics of the Allied forces during the Second World War.

Captured German field manuals translated and published by the US Military Intelligence Division are crucial in offering a perception of the intelligence provided to Allied fighters. The two volumes gathered together in this publication were originally published by the German War Office and therefore are particularly valuable, as they also provide a rare glimpse into the methodology underlying the operation of an armored division from the German perspective. Comprising of two supplementary field manuals, this book is essential reading for any military history enthusiast.

The Author

Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award - winning author and historian, who has written extensively on the Great War. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Bob is the author of a number of military history titles including the Amazon bestseller The Wehrmacht in Russia.

F-14A/B/D Data and Weapons Decals

Published: May 9th, 2019     
F-14A/B/D Data and Weapons Decals
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fightertown Decals

Background Information

Fightertown decals is an online retailer offering decals for the various series of F-14 Tomcats and F-18 Super Hornets. Currently, the offerings are limited to 1/48th scale aircraft and data markings. Each decal sheet includes marking for several aircraft.

Decal Sheet Contents

The decal sheet is big: 8 5/8" by 11 1/2" size. A smaller decal sheet is also included that provides additional windscreen tinting decals, plus smaller items that are somewhat of a mystery to me at this point.

MiG-19 / Shenyang J-6s Decals

Published: May 9th, 2019     
MiG-19 / Shenyang J-6s Decals
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Scale: 1/48
Company: Iliad Design

Background Information

Iliad Design is a Canadian producer of decals, books, and aircraft color charts. Decals are offered in 1/32nd, 1/48th and 1/72nd scales and cover propeller- and jet-powered aircraft

Decal Sheet Contents

This sheet offers markings for seven MiG-19 and Chinese manufactured J-6 aircraft. Countries include Egypt, Pakistan, and Russia. Many of the color schemes are a bit odd and unusual, which makes for some interesting subjects.

The first aircraft is a Shenyang J-6, the Chinese version of the MiG-19S, in Pakistani Air Force markings. The aircraft is a three-color scheme, with the FS colors called out.

Next is a Shenyang J-6 of the Egyptian Air Force, in a two-color scheme, and the FS colors are noted.

The third aircraft is another Pakistani J-6 in red, green and white retirement markings. This is a very colorful aircraft.

The fourth is a MiG-19S from the Moscow Military District aerobatic display team with an all red topside finish.

Next another Shenyang J-6 of the Albanian Air Force.  This aircraft is in a natural metal finish, with few markings.

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