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WWII RAF Cadets

Published: June 29th, 2021     
WWII RAF Cadets
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1:32
Company: ICM

ICM continues with its growing tradition of providing suitable pilots for its newest 1/32nd releases, in this case the Tiger Moth training aircraft. Like most ICM figure sets, this one is comprised of four figures - three RAF cadets and an officer/trainer. One cadet is trying on a parachute harness while his classmates look on. This is a very simple set of figures to assemble, as there is only one piece of equipment between the four of them - the parachute harness.

As is typical of ICM, there are some subtle differences between the box art and the included figures. The only one that actually surprised me was that the officer on the box art is depicted holding a pipe, whereas the figure enclosed is not. His arm is in the same position, but no pipe, which makes for a slightly stilted-looking pose. This set does not appear to be sculpted by ICM's master figure sculptor, A. Gagarin, and it shows in the comparatively stiff poses that all the figures exhibit. That being said, it doesn't really detract from the figures and they certainly paint up very nicely and look the part.

Yugoslav Fighter Colours 1919-1941 – Vol 1

Published: June 24th, 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 before and up to World War 2. The second volume covers the period mainly the mid-1930's until April 1941. Volume 1 has been reviewed previously.

In particular this book covers the following airframes

  • Hawker Yugoslav Fury
  • Ikarus Ik-2
  • Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
  • Rogozarski IK-3
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3
  • Potez 63
  • Rogozarski R-313
  • Zmaj R-1
  • Ikarus Orkan
  • Messerschmitt Bf-110C (captured and pressed into service)

The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction of how the airframe entered service, its participationg in combat during April 1941 and it finishes each section with a sub-section 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.

IDF M60A1 Magach 6b

Published: June 24th, 2021     
IDF M60A1 Magach 6b
Reviewed by: David Dodge - IPMS# 49795
Scale: 1:35
Company: AFV Club

Intro

The IDF M60A1 Magach6b by AFV Club is another one of their M60 series of vehicles including the M60A1, M60A3, M60A2Early& Late version and the M728 CEV as well as several foreign subjects based on the M60 series of tanks. The M60A1 Magach 6b is the version of the Magach 6 that was upgraded with Explosive Reactive Armor tiles. This kit includes sprues from the common components of the hull and turret and running gear. The Magach 6b specific components are included to model the vehicle.

Single No. 25 – Lockheed F-104G Starfighter

Published: June 24th, 2021     
Single No. 25 – Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Company: MMP Books

This book is as single-minded as one can be. Don't look for a title page, a table of contents, an index, or any text for that matter. They are not to be found. It is an 8-1/4" x 11-3/4" glossy paperback with 24 pages of nothing but information and pictures of the -G model Starfighter as flown by non-US licensees, i.e., the "Single" subject..

The publisher's catalog (Mushroom Model Publications) states this book is "a compilation of 4-view color profiles, scale plans and photographic details of the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, featuring scale plans in 1/72 and 1/48 scales plus drawings from wartime technical manuals and also photographs of the details in black and white and color."

Note that the scale plans of the F-104G are only in 1/72 scale. It's the weaponry and external stores, such as Sidewinder missiles and fuel tanks, that are shown in 1/48 scale. Six of the 24 pages are in color.

German Medium Tank Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G/H/J

Published: June 23rd, 2021     
German Medium Tank Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. G/H/J
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

For all fans of the most produced German Tank of WWII, the Panzer IV, Michae Kuchciak and the folks of Kagero have put out a wonderful book on the final three variants of the tank. The 80 pages are filled with line black and white photos, drawings, eight pages of color side view lithographs, and an enclosed lithograph of an Ausf. H vehicle. Filled with history and technical details, I can highly recommend this new offering from Kagero in their in-Combat line!

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