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Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment, Vol II, The Cavalry

Published: January 18th, 2021     
Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Uniforms and Equipment, Vol II, The Cavalry
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: Frontline Books

This the second volume in a series devoted to the uniforms and equipment of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. The first volume concentrated on the Infantry and I have not seen it. This volume focuses on the cavalry. The Imperial Guard, as the name suggests, was Napoleon's personal guard that expanded into the elite regiments of the French Army. The material culture of the military through the ages has always attracted buffs, historians, and modelers. The author, rather than relying on secondary sources has dipped into archives and museum collections to understand the nitty gritty details, in particular colors and construction. As the author points out, despite the evidence that does exist, in many cases, we will never know many of the details that made up the uniforms of Napoleon's elite guard. I can only assume that the first volume is a similar layout.

World War II German Super-Heavy Siege Guns

Published: January 18th, 2021     
World War II German Super-Heavy Siege Guns
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

When HobbyBoss released a 1/72 kit of the German super siege gun known as 'Dora' I knew I wanted one. Unfortunately, I still do not have one in my stash (if anyone get me one cheap I am all ears!) so this book will have to do! As with most Osprey titles, they combine well reproduced historical photographs with artist's renderings. This book is no different. The broad focus of the book are the super siege guns but it is split between those manufactured by Germany and those from foreign manufacturers that were absorbed by the Wehrmacht. The final part of the book concentrates on their operational history.

Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1919-1941 – Vol 1

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1919-1941 – Vol 1
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

MMP Books continues its series of  "Colours of..." Eastern European Air Forces. This time the Yugoslav Air Force in the 1919-1941 period is covered. The first volume covers the period immediate to the end of World War I up to a few years before World War II.

In particular this book covers the following airframes

  • Nieuport 24 & 27
  • Spad S.7
  • Albatross D.III
  • Phonix D.I & D.II
  • Aviatik D.I
  • Ansaldo SVA 5
  • Bristol F.2b
  • Dewoitine D.1
  • Dewoitine D.9
  • Dewoitine D.27
  • Avia BH-33E
  • Potez 25 A2

The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction of how the airframe entered service. It finishes each section with a sub-chapter devoted to the camouflage colors, patterns and gorgeous color profiles (sometime even 3-view) of different aircrafts, next to a historical picture of the airplane.

Jagdpanzer Marder I (Sd.Kfz.135)

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Jagdpanzer Marder I (Sd.Kfz.135)
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt - IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:35
Company: Tamiya

I would first like to give a HUGE shoutout to Mr. Gary Demory, Tamiya America Customer Service Supervisor without whose help this review may not have been able to be completed. During work on this project, I had a "the dog ate my homework" moment when a series of parts was suddenly missing from my workbench, and the guilty party kept saying, "I didn't do it." What to do? In spite of Tamiya's California office being closed due to the pandemic, Gary went to great lengths to assist me in getting the parts I needed. Thanks for all of your help and outstanding service, Gary!

First Impression

The Marder I was a WWII German tank destroyer with a 75mm PaK-40 anti-tank gun. Most of the Marders were actually constructed on the base of a French artillery tractor (Trachteur Blinde 37L), which Germany had acquired more than 300 of after the fall of France in 1940.

Swedish Bomber Colours – 1924-1958

Published: January 16th, 2021     
Swedish Bomber Colours – 1924-1958
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

MMP Books continues its series of  "Colours of..." Smaller European Air Forces. This time, the Bombers of the Swedish Air Force in the 1924-1058 period are covered. This period cover the critical years of World War II when these aircraft performed a critical job of protecting Swedish neutrality.

Don't let the word "Colours... " in the title fool you. This book is not just about color profiles and camouflages - a topic which is certainly covered extensively.

This book also has plenty of historical facts, operational details, plus some stories like when a Ca.313 was being tested as a dive-bomber by the Swedish pilots and an Italian engineer came up crawling to the pilot to say: "Please, signor - I have a wife and ten children to provide for!"

In particular this book covers the following airframes

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