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Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint Masks

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gladiator Wheels & Paint Masks
Reviewed by: Keith Gervasi, IPMS# 44177
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

If you have the Roden or Eduard 1/48 Gloster Gladiator, Aires has come through with this very nice item to add a little crisper detail to it. The wheels are nicely molded and, with the masks that are provided, easy to paint. I highly recommend these to anyone with this kit.

I would like to thank Aires for providing this fine detail set and to the IPMS for allowing me to review them.

Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44

Published: June 21st, 2018     
Gebirgsjager versus Soviet Sailor: Arctic Circle 1942-44
Author: David Greentree; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The grim conflicts that occurred along the edge of the Arctic Circle during World War Two are perhaps one of the least-publicized theaters in that sad war. It's a fact that for someone like me who THINKS he knows history fairly well, virtually everything in this book by Osprey Publishing came as a surprise. Who knew that such struggles were suffered in this treeless, roadless, virtually empty region along the northern edges of Lapland, Finland and Norway?

Of course the protagonists are fairly well known - the German Mountain Troops with their famous "Eidelweiss" badge, and the Soviet Naval Troops - the "Black Death" as they were sometimes called by their enemies. However, I for one did not know that they were directly involved in a number of obscure battles in even more obscure places during the course of the war. Minsk, which figures heavily in any strategic planning in this region, was one of the more important destinations for Allied convoys bringing vital supplies from England and the United States - hence the decision to fight it out in some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.

Polish Legions 1914–19

Published: June 20th, 2018     
Polish Legions 1914–19
Author: Author: Dr. Nigel Thomas - Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Nigel Thomas graduated from Tiffin Boy's School, Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1964 and proceeded to attend Manchester University, earning a BA in Modern Languages. He attended Durham University and Newcastle University where he obtained his MA in German History and Literature. He was awarded a PhD on the Eastern enlargement of NATO. Nigel is an accomplished linguist and military historian and formerly a Principal Lecturer in French and German Languages and Politics at Northumbria University, He is 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 has written more than 20 books on military history and uniforms, many of them with Osprey. He lives in Tyne and Wear, UK.

FAC & BS BOMBER OSCAR DEUCES USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymasters in the Vietnam War

Published: June 20th, 2018     
FAC & BS BOMBER OSCAR DEUCES USAF/VNAF O-2A/O-2B Skymasters in the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/32
Company: AOA Decals

AoA (Angle of Attack) decals: Continuing their focus on Vietnam War subjects. We sincerely appreciate AoA sending IPMS/USA their latest release for review (and thanks also to IPMS USA Reviewer corps leadership for sending this sheet my way).

This decal set includes stenciling for two aircraft, so you can get two, maybe three marking options out of your investment if you are careful. The modeler is up front provided options to build at least two of 14 different O-2 aircraft.

First offerings are painted the plain "vanilla" gray with white top wings, (to help them stand out from the jungle and clouds). There are 8 subjects with different tail, zap, and other markings, including one South Vietnamese marked aircraft. Three more options are painted overall black for night interdiction on "the Ho Chi Minh Trail", or 'The trail" if you prefer, where they operated with AC-130 and other gunships in tearing up the supply chain. Also included on the sheet are markings for three separate Vietnam camo, tan/green x 2 over light gray birds, which are PSYOP "BS Bombers".

Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle

Published: June 19th, 2018     
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, and is well known for his Secret Projects series of hardbound books with Crecy Publishing. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

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