Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas & Karolina Holda
Review Author
Brian R. Baker
Published on
July 8, 2021
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$11.99

Background

The Gloster Gladiator was the last biplane fighter to be used in large numbers by the Royal Air Force before the arrival of monoplane fighters, such as the Hurricane and Spitfire. In addition, Gladiators served the Royal Navy as the Sea Gladiator, and were exported to other countries, including Latvia, Lithuania, China, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Iraq, Erie, Portugal, Egypt, and Greece. The British examples were withdrawn from first line service by 1941, although they soldiered on in other countries well after that.

Review Author
Dave Morrissette
Published on
July 7, 2021
Company
Platz
Scale
1/24
MSRP
$41.15

Platz and NuNu have partnered to release a series of automotive subjects and accessory packs to build up some neat cars. In this case, it is the Audi R8 LMS GT3 which is a beautiful vehicle. It is a mid-mounted V10 engine sports car, and the GT3 version has been delivered to many racing teams around the world and is very active in endurance races and GT races. This model, in 1/24th scale, reproduces the AUDI R8 LMS GT3 in the Macau race of 2015. Inside the box are 8 sprues of white and black parts and one clear sprue plus rubber tires, decals (lots of them) and a small sprue of poly caps. There are two sets of markings included as several cars were entered in this race- one silver and one red representing two different drivers.

Review Author
Paul R. Brown
Published on
July 7, 2021
Company
Brengun
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$9.25

This set provides an upgrade for Hasegawa’s AV-8B Harrier II kit and provides a new nose gear fork assembly and trailing gear door, new tires all the way around and photoetch replacements for the scissor links on the outriggers and the aft main gear.

The resin parts are very well cast with nice tread patterns on all of the wheels along with raised lettering on each tire. The tires are also all weighted to simulate the weight of the aircraft. The photoetch scissor links are also crisply done and easily folded to the proper orientation.

Book Author(s)
Robert Pied and Nicolas Deboeck
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
July 7, 2021
Company
HMH Publications
MSRP
$31.00

From Wikipedia

The Sukhoi Su-25 NATO reporting name: Frogfoot is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft went into series production in 1978 at Tbilisi in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Early variants included the Su-25UB two-seat trainer, the Su-25BM for target-towing, and the Su-25K for export customers. Some aircraft were being upgraded to Su-25SM standard in 2012. The Su-25T and the Su-25TM (also known as the Su-39) were further developments, not produced in significant numbers. The Su-25, and the Su-34, were the only armoured, fixed-wing aircraft in production in 2007. Su-25s are in service with Russia, other CIS members, and export customers.

Review Author
Dick Montgomery
Published on
July 5, 2021
Company
ICM
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$31.00

About ICM

ICM is based in Ukraine and offers a variety of modeling subjects including armor, aircraft, and figures. Upon visiting the URL that takes you to the ICM website to view the information on the kit being reviewed, you will notice a button that asks, “You Like It? Find out where you can buy it.” Rely on the information that this link provides in order to find a domestic source for this kit. The $31 price listed in this review is an average price found on a number of source sites.

Book Author(s)
Kari Stenman and Karolina Holda
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
July 5, 2021
Company
Mushroom Model Publications
MSRP
$52.00

One of the latest in Mushroom Model Publications’ White Series, Finnish & German Seaplane Colours, Finland 1939-1945 follows up an earlier volume on Finnish aircraft: (2018’s Finnish Jet Colours; 2018’s Finnish Bomber Colours, 1939-1945; 2015’s Finnish Fighter Colours, 1939-1945, Volume 2; and 2014’s Finnish Fighter Colours, 1939-1945, Volume 1). MMP is calling this book part of their "Rainbow Series." I'm guessing that refers to their large format camouflage and markings set of books in their "White" series that have addressed Bulgaria, Finland, Hungarian, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and Sweden. This series seems to share a commonality of discussing the specific topic of the evolution of a countries' evolution in markings. To that end, this book utilizes many previously un-published pictures and focuses in on individual aircraft to supplement with superb color illustrations.

Book Author(s)
Michael Green
Review Author
Keith Gervasi
Published on
July 4, 2021
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$24.95

The Author: Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. 

Overview

This classic Images of War book traces the key role played by destroyers of the United States Navy since the first order for 16 in 1898. Prior to the USA’s entry into the First World War a further 63 destroyers were commissioned, and due to the U-boat threat, 267 more were authorized by Congress once hostilities were joined.

Between 1932 and Pearl Harbor, ten new classes totaling 169 destroyers came into service. During the war years American shipyards turned out a further 334 vessels. Of the three classes, the 175 Fletcher-class were judged the most successful.

The Cold War years saw the development of seven more classes. More recently 82 of the stealth shaped Arleigh Burke class have been ordered but the futuristic Zumwalt-class program has been curtailed for cost reasons.

Book Author(s)
Craig Moore
Review Author
Michael Novosad
Published on
July 3, 2021
Company
Fonthill Media
MSRP
$35.00

From the Publisher

One of the few books that explores what British and Commonwealth forces knew about the dreaded Panther tank and how to destroy it using previously unpublished documentation. An excellent reference book for military modelers, historians and tank wargamers (War Thunder/World of Tanks) interested in the iconic Panther with authentic camouflage suggestions. Three chapters cover the design and development of the Panzer V Panther tank.

The first book to list all surviving Panther tanks, provide photographs, and give their current location

Using only original official period documents from the Second World War, How to Kill a Panther Tank: Unpublished Scientific Reports from the Second World War provides the reader with the same information on the Panzer V Panther that was available to British and Commonwealth senior officers/tank crews during the war.

Book Author(s)
Mig Jimenez
Review Author
Michael Reeves
Published on
July 2, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$11.85

AMMO by Mig Jimenez have been creating helpful products that can be used in any genre of modeling to recreate weathering and finishing effects that can take one’s model to the next level. In this case, you get a Solution Book that gives you guidance in how to paint 4BO schemes for your Soviet tanks or vehicles. A separately sold Solution Box contains this book as well as the featured products referenced within. The book text is in 4 languages making it accessible to just about anyone- English, Spanish, French, and German. It is easy to follow, no matter what your skill level and the products are quite easy to use.

Book Author(s)
Jeff Dacus
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
July 2, 2021
Company
Lyons
MSRP
$27.95

Lyons Press was launched nearly four decades ago as a publishing company dedicated to what founder Nick Lyons described as a lifestyle of "responsible outdoor sport," Lyons Press has evolved into a leading publisher of high-quality books on fishing and hunting, nature, animals, military history, American history, and sports.