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Chance Vought F4U Corsair

Published: September 3rd, 2018     
Chance Vought F4U Corsair
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Casemate Publishers

This is a very handy reference publication for modelers. In this booklet by Maciej Noszczak, there are 20 pages of beautiful line drawings, side view color plates and photos of the XF4U-1 prototype.

There is little in the way of text, aside from a long paragraph detailing the basic developmental stages for the Corsair family of aircraft.

The line drawings are highly detailed (including one full page inserted and removable page). The line drawings are prepared in 1/48th scale while the color plates are done in a larger unspecified scale. However, these color plates provide a number of valuable color references in both two-tone grey over white, solid dark grey, and the ever popular intermediate blue and dark blue over white schemes. Though far from an expert on the Corsair, I made several comparisons, using Tamiya's 32nd scale kit and panel lines and even rivet details appear to be accurate.

I was particularly impressed with the two pages which illustrate and graphically describe the visible external changes in the Corsair's development.

Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Published: September 3rd, 2018     
Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage.

P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
P-40N with CMK Add-On Parts
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Scale: 1/72
Company: Special Hobby

The Aircraft

The P-40N was in several respects the final and some would say the definitive P-40 Warhawk or the Kittyhawk Mk. IV. The most distinguishing feature was the extended canopy, which provided the pilot with a much better view from within the canopy. While it can't be seen from the exterior, this model of the P-40N was powered by the Allison V-1710-87 engine.

The Kit

This kit was a pleasure to build and estimated to take only 20 hours to complete, appears to match the published dimensions in all respects, and provides an attractive addition to the Warhawk or Kittyhawk family of kits (not counting the CMK after-market items noted below).

The Build

The basic kit has a pretty low level of difficulty and would be pretty straight-forward. In spite of my early premonition about the Special Hobby kits, there are small locating pins and holes found in this kit. The very basic steps are as follows:

Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
Charlie Company’s Journey Home: The Forgotten Impact on the Wives of Vietnam Veterans
Author: Andrew Wiest
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

I found this book to be a compelling read on several levels. It is written about the lives of women who were involved with and or married to the men who served with Charlie Company, 4thof the 47thInfantry, 9thInfantry Division, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It is certainly a book full of statistics, averages and other data to provide the reader with a great deal of insight into what life was like for the very few wives already married when their husbands were preparing to go into combat in Vietnam in early 1967. As a nation, we seemed to overlook the terrible toll--mentally and physically, that the women who stay home pay.

We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41

Published: September 2nd, 2018     
We March Against England, Operation Sea Lion 1940-41
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

It's June of 1940. The Wehrmacht has just crushed the armies of Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The British Army has escaped across the Channel from Dunkirk, and they've left a lot of equipment behind, not to mention a goodly number of soldiers. Germany has to get their act together in France, prepare for occupation of those conquered territories, and then there's the thought of what to do about England.

This book is not the usual Osprey book we review here at IPMS USA. It is mostly text, with only a few pictures thrown in. It covers the period from June 1940 to July of 1941. After this, Sea Lion became a moot point, as the Wehrmacht had their hands full in the Soviet Union.

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