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Contents - Issue 90 October 2013


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REGULARS
p 4 NEWS
Whats new in the world of military modelling Whats on with model clubs and shows worldwide

FEATURES
p 6 THINK TANK
RG-31 by Stuart Ransley Kinetic 1:35 R-11 MRAP by Andrew Judson Meng 1:35 D9R Bulldozer Steve Zaloga builds Dragons 1:35 M48A3 Mod B Zvezda 1:35 BMD

p 32 KHARKOV p 40 PREVIEW

p 50 DIARY DATES p 51 BOOKS

p 16 CHECK POINT IRAQ p 18 PREVIEW

Panzer II Diorama by Joaquin Garcia Gazquez Meng 1:35 T-90 Tamiyas brand-new 1:35 scale Japanese Type 10 tank by Brett Green Dragon 1:35 Flak 37 Bronco 1:35 Fiat Topolino

p 42 NEW SAMURAI Pt. 1

The latest book releases under review Roundup of the latest figure models MMIs thoughts on the latest kits and accessories Luke Pitt explores 1:48 scale military models, figures and accessories Late breaking news and ramblings from the Editor

p 20 RIDER ON THE STORM p 42 PREVIEW

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The latest book from Oliver Publishing ad ADH is Case Yellow German Armour in the Invasion of France, 1940. This book includes the usual 13 pages of full colour artwork. Laurent Lecoq contributed to the illustrations, which depict almost 40 different early war vehicles including Pz I, Pz II, Pz III, Pz IV and Pz 38(t) tanks and self-propelled guns as well as the first StuG's to see action. There are also many black and white archive photographs, some from Dennis Olivers personal collection that have never before reproduced before. This book and our other titles may be ordered now direct from ADH Publishing at www.adhbooks.com or from specialist bookshops worldwide and online

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Accurate Armour News and Releases

Accurate Armours latest accessory releases are the final Tank Tie Down set in the UK series for Modern AFVs and Tank Transporters revised GPMG ammunition and a set of new GPMG's with etched details, ammo and cans with decals. Also new are Churchill Tank Idlers for AFV Club kits. Following on from this years release of the ARV-I Conversion, Accurate Armour now offers the ARV Mk-II with interior, and a budget set without the insides. Also new is the Churchill AVRE Mk-VII Tankdozer conversion for the Tamiya Mk-VII Churchill kits. For a bit if kit-bashing and general conversion work Accurate Armour also has delicate pointed stainless steel saw blades designed to fit the Swann Morton No-3 Handle. All of these are available right now from Accurate Armours website www.accurate-armour.com

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Riich Models has announced another two new releases Ostketten workable track links for 1:35 scale Panzer III and Panzer IV kits; and a set of three WWII British Commonwealth Universal Carrier Crew In Winter Uniform. The latter will be perfect for Riich Models beautifully detailed Carrier kit. I wonder if the Ostketten tracks are an indication of things to come? Thanks to Riich Models for the information and images.

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Think Tank - RG-31 Nyala MRAP


An RG-31 being used by members of the 818th Engineer Company during training for route clearance operations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. March 28, 2012. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller, US DoD)

RG-31 NYALA MRAP


Stuart Ransley examines the history, development and deployment of the South African RG-31 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
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S and Coalition forces in Iraq found themselves fighting an intense Counter-Insurgency Operation after the fall of Saddam Hussein. US Military doctrine of the time did not allocate armoured vehicles for behind the wire operations and only used unarmoured HMMWVs and trucks for patrolling and transport in the supposedly safe areas. The insurgents began to use mines and Improvised Explosive Devices, which they were able to use to strike almost anywhere. Rising casualties resulted in an urgent program to add armour packages to trucks and the introduction of new armoured HMMWVs. The armoured HMMWVs were never entirely successful due to their vulnerability to under belly blasts. The US DoD went looking for a solution to the problem. It was decided that it would be easier to purchase an off the shelf solution rather than go through designing and developing a new vehicle. 30 years previously, the South African and former Rhodesian Security Forces had faced a similar mine problem and had developed a solution, the concept of the V shaped hull. This directed the blast outwards and away from the vehicle thus protecting the occupants. One of the first vehicles to be obtained for testing was the RG-31.

HISTORY
The South African Defence Force (SADF) began a program in the 1980s to acquire a new 4 x 4 mine protected vehicle for internal security operations. The new vehicle was to replace the aging Buffel. The Buffel had a number of drawbacks when used in the internal security role, the main being that it had an open top troop compartment. The two final competitors in the program were narrowed down to the Mamba Mk.1 designed by Mechem and the RG-31 designed by TFM. The two vehicles are very similar in design due to the requirements of the program, to the extent that they have been misidentified on a number of occasions. The Mamba was the eventual winner. TFM went on to develop the RG-31 design by introducing a number of automotive changes. Originally the vehicle was fitted with the same engine and transmission as the Unimog 416 series of trucks this was replaced by the Mercedes Benz OM 366 engine and Allison automatic gearbox. This combination had proven successful in the RG-12.

During the 1990s, the UN had found itself in Bosnia and required a mine-protected vehicle for use by its Peacekeepers. The RG-31 now known as the Nyala was selected and in 1995 30 vehicles were ordered, making the UN the first international customer. Additional vehicles were supplied to NATO for use by Military Police and for use as VIP transports and have been used successfully in Lebanon, Georgia and Kosovo. The original companies that designed the Mamba and RG-31 were sold and eventually became part of Land Systems OMC, a division of BAE Systems. In 1996, the US Army purchased three vehicles for trials purposes. These were shipped direct from South Africa to the Aberdeen Proving Ground for trials. The trials were extremely successful with another nine vehicles purchased. The Canadian Army also showed interest in the vehicle and subsequently deployed 3 RG-31s as part of its contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The RG-31 vehicles initially acquired by the US Army were first used as part of the Route Clearance Vehicle family. In this role, the RG-31 was used for command and control during route clearance operations. Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams also used RG-31s during disposal operations . In October 2004, 2 Combat Engineers with Bravo Company, 367th Engineer Combat Battalion, wrote the following account: "While on a vehicle patrol in south eastern Afghanistan, our vehicle suffered a possible mine strike or Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack. All 5 passengers of the vehicle were able to exit the RG-31 and run to the next vehicle in the convoy, where we were treated for minor injuries and continued to carry on with the mission. The driver, the machine gunner, and myself were taken by helicopter to the closest medical station and kept overnight for observation. After the initial delivery of the RG-31 vehicles was completed, BAE Land Systems OMC entered into a partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems and was awarded a contract on 16 February to supply an additional 148 RG-31 vehicles to the US military. These were delivered from April to December 2005. As part of the contract, the Mercedes Benz engine was replaced with a Detroit Diesel unit. These vehicles were known as RG-31 Mk3 Charger. On 29th November 2005, a contract was awarded to General A

Close up of the front of an RG-31 being used by members of the 818th Engineer Company during training for route clearance operations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. March 28, 2012. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller, US DoD)

Side view of an RG-31 showing the mount for the spare tyre. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller, US DoD)

Front quarter view of an RG-31 tyre. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller, US DoD)

Rear view of an RG-31 Mk.3. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller, US DoD)

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Think Tank - RG-31 Nyala MRAP

Front view of an RG-31 Mk.3 in Iraq. (Photo by SPC TEDDY WADE, US DoD.)

An RG-31 Mk.3 viewed through a Night Vision Device. (Photo by SPC TEDDY WADE, US DoD.)

An RG-31 Mk.3 fitted with a mine roller. (photo US DoD.)

A US Army (USA) RG-31 Mine Protected Armored Personnel Carrier (MPAPC) prepares to move through an Iraqi Army (IA) Traffic Control Point (TCP) on the road to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad Province, Iraq (IRQ), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. (Photo US Army).

B Dynamics Land Systems Canada,


by the Canadian Government to provide 50 RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicles with an option for 25 additional vehicles. The vehicles were fitted with a Kongsberg Protector M151 Remote Weapon Station, this was equipped with a day and night sighting system, which allowed the operator to fire the weapon while remaining protected within the vehicle. While the RG-31 provided superior protection against the threat of land mines such as the Russian made TM57, it was found to be vulnerable to large IED explosions. On 5 May 2006,

the Department of Defense announced that two soldiers from the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, had been killed in Baghdad when an IED detonated near their RG-31 vehicle. Further losses occurred through 2006 which resulted in a new contract being awarded for 60 RG-31 Mk.5 vehicles. These were an improvement on the RG-31 and provided better protection against the IED threat.

DESCRIPTION
The RG-31 resembles a large SUV with a double windshield, side cab, side and rear windows of ballistic

glass. Access for the driver and commander is through the cab side doors and through a rear door for the troop compartment. There are two hatches on the roof. The front one can be fitted with either a weapons mount with an AV2 gun shield, small turret or Remote Weapons System. The RG-31 has a monocoque V shaped hull. This hull design has proven very effective at protecting the occupants from small arms fire, mines and IEDs. On the sides of the vehicle the storage lockers are fitted with shear pins to allow the lockers to be blasted away in a mine or IED

explosion. This allows the force of the explosion to be directed away from the crew compartment. The crew and troops are seated on shock-absorbing seats and have 4-point harnesses. Firing ports, up to three per side and two in the rear are fitted to allow troops to fire their personal weapons from the protection of inside the vehicle. In standard APC configuration, the vehicle carries a crew of 10 (driver plus 9).

PERFORMANCE
The RG-31 series was originally powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM-352A diesel, developing

Members of the 818th Engineer Company get on line to prepare for route clearance operations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. March 29, 2012. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller)

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123 horsepower. This engine has proven to be somewhat underpowered, and as a result most users have taken the option of an upgrade to one of several more powerful engines. The engine is coupled to an automatic transmission with a manual backup. The suspension is high as part of the protection against mines and IEDs. The vehicle is a 4x4 and has good off-road characteristics. A spare tyre is often carried on the side of the vehicle behind the cab doors. Tyres are of a run-flat type and have additional puncture resistance. A climate control system is fitted as standard and a variety of optional features can be fitted, including flashing lights and sirens, loudspeakers, video systems, ramming bumpers, automatic fire detection and suppression systems, and roof spotlights. Engine options for the RG-31 that have been used include a Caterpillar diesel developing 125 horsepower, an IvecoTector F4AE0681D diesel developing 210 horsepower, a Detroit Diesel engine developing 260 horsepower, and a Cummins QSB6700 diesel engine developing 275 horsepower.

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An RG-31 Mk.3 after suffering a front wheel detonation of an IED. Note how the V shaped hull has directed the blast away from the crew compartment and how the front storage lockers have been blasted clear of the hull. (photo US DoD.)

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Think Tank - RG-31 Nyala MRAP

Side view of a RG-31 Mk.5E this vehicle has not been fitted with a remote weapons system. (Photo US DoD.)

Members of the 818th Engineer Company get on line to prepare for route clearance operations at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. March 29, 2012. (Photo By: Sgt Brett Miller.)

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This version was built primarily for export. The Mk.3 was the first version used by the US Army. It differed from the earlier versions as it is fitted with a Detroit Diesel engine. The Canadian Army use the Mk.3 but it is fitted with an M151 Protector Remote Weapon System.

developed at Land Systems South Africa. Tests have shown that these absorb some of the vertical impulse associated with mine blasts, reducing the likelihood of injury during large landmine explosions.

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INTErNaTiONaL SErVicE
The RG-31 is now in service with several countries. These include: The US Army, who operate over 2100 Mk5 and Mk5E vehicles. The US Marine Corps, who operate over 277 Mk 5E and Mk5EM vehicles The Canadian Army, who operate 75 RG-31 Mk3 vehicles The United Arab Emirates has been operating 76 Mk5 vehicles since 2007. The Spanish Army, who operate 100 Mk5E vehicles The United Nations, several other Aid agencies and Private Security Companies also operate the RG-31. n

An RG-31 Mk.5E fitted with Bar Armour and a Mine Roller. (Photo US DoD.)

This version is a logistics/cargo vehicle based on the chassis of the Mk.3.

RG-31 MK.5

The Mk 5 was designed specifically for US forces. It features the Cummins engine.

RG-31 MK.5E

The RG-31 Mk.5E (extended) was originally developed for the US MRAP programme that was established in January 2007. This version of the RG-31 is a heavier and stretched variant of the standard Mk.5 vehicle. It has an increased crew and load capacity and has now been fitted with a Protector M151 Remote Weapon Station, which allows the operator to fire the weapon while remaining protected within the vehicle.

U.S. Army soldiers scan the area after the convoy including Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team members stopped during a mission to drop humanitarian aide in the Sayed Karem district, Afghanistan, Feb. 24, 2009. (DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III.)

RG-31 MK.5 EM

This variant of the vehicle has enhanced mine and ballistic protection over the Mk.5 variant. It also has better cross country mobility. The RG-31 Mk.5 EM is classified as a Category I mineresistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle. An upgraded version of this vehicle will replace the Canadian RG-31s as part of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) programme of Canada.

RG-31 MK.6 RG-31 MK.6E

Among the latest developments (2009) incorporated in the RG-31 Mk.6E are new anti-mine seats. These provide enhanced protection to the occupants from lumbar spinal injuries, which can be caused by the shock waves associated with land mine detonations. The seats incorporate shock attenuation crushable elements

U.S. Army RG-31Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle showcases new slat armour for protection against Rocket Propelled Grenade developed by Army scientists at U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre (TARDEC) in Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI Jan. 12, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released.)

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FEATURE ARTICLE:

Kinetic 1:35 RG-31 Mk.3 US Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier Kit No. K61012

CHECK POINT I
Andrew Judson adds Kinetics new RG-31 MRAP to an urban Iraq checkpoint diorama using figures and barricades included with the kit.

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IRAQ

or some time I have wanted to do a diorama based in Iraq, but I just couldnt make up my mind what I wanted to do. When I was asked if I would like to do a build of Kinetics new RG-31, I therefore jumped at the opportunity, and then said, hey, how about I do a dio with this one, considering Kinetics package also included a set of Masterbox figures of US soldiers at a check point, and also J Works Barricades set. Brilliant, so the work began. A

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FEATURE ARTICLE:

Kinetic 1:35 RG-31 Mk.3 US Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier Kit No. K61012

B BUILDING THE RG-31


As the centrepiece of the diorama, the RG-31 was the first element to be tackled. This started with the construction of the suspension and driveline over five steps, which was completed without any hitches or problems and with a nice level of detail. Step 6 in the instructions was the building of the front guards and stowage boxes. Again, no issues here. One could slightly modify these if they wished to have them in an open position with internal detail, though I chose to leave mine as is. the interior was covered in Steps 7 through to Step 9. I found that I had to take care to make sure everything was in the correct place, or the upper half would not fit in place.

STArTING TO PAINT
I started to paint now, as access to some areas would not be possible at a later stage. The base colour was Tamiya XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan, followed by a slight mottling of XF-57 Buff on the floor, the seats and also on the inside of the upper half. The dashboard was painted with XF-69 NATO Black and then dry brushed lightly with Citadel Screaming Skull - I always get a chuckle out of their colour names. Once all base colours were laid down, I applied a wash of Devlan Mud from Citadel and also some earth tone pigments from Mig Productions.

Screaming Skull. All flesh tones were done with Citadels great range, and lastly a wash of sepia to bring out the facial detail. It is just a pity that once in the vehicle not much of him can be seen at all, but at least I know he is there. With the interior painting done, I then slightly deviated from the instructions and glued the upper and lower halves together and put this aside to completely dry. Next, I sprayed all the windows with three coats of a heavily diluted mixture of Tamiya X-25 Clear Green through my Badger Velocity Airbrush. These were then all put aside to well and truly dry before handling. The green colour represents the ballistic proof glass as seen in many photos. With the glass done, I moved on to building the rest of the kit in sub -assemblies - the rear section and door, the weapons station, front and rear bumper sections, wheels and the remainder of the parts to go onto the roof.

The front wheel steering was offset during construction.

Photo-etched parts are supplied with the kit.

The interior includes a dashboard and drivers controls that are perfectly adequate straight from the box.

CrEWING Up
At this stage I started working on the driver figure from Legends Productions. He had to be slightly modified so that he would fit into the seat. The figure was painted using Tamiya and Citadel acrylics, so as to appear he is wearing the US Army Digi Pattern uniform. To do this I started with a base colour of Tamiya XF-74 Olive Drab (JGSDF), followed by random placing of fine dots joined in random patterns using XF-57 Buff. With the camouflage done, I applied a dark brown wash, and then a light dry brush with my favourite,

Seats are also provided in the rear of the cab. The upper body was test-fitted at this stage to check for any problems. So far, so good!

The fenders may be assembled and set aside until the rest of the vehicle is complete.

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FINAL ASSEMBLY AND CAMOUFLAGE


With all the sub-assemblies finished I put everything together apart from the wheels and windows. These would be put on after the painting was complete. It was now time to get out my airbrush yet again and start bringing this kit to life. I began with an initial base coat of XF-59 Desert Yellow, left to dry for approximately half an hour and then sprayed over the top in an uneven pattern a mixture of XF-59 Desert Yellow and XF-78 Deck Tan Wooden, working from the centre of each area outwards, to try to create a more three dimensional look. Once all was dry, I carefully applied a pin wash of Dark Brown through all the panel lines. Once dried, to tone down the wash, I gave a light dry brush over these areas with Citadel Screaming Skull. I painted the wheels and tyres, including weathering them up as with the rest of the kit, and then using diluted canopy glue. Lastly, I glued all the windows in place, pretty much completing the vehicle build. I added another figure, also from Legend, into the weapon station. I painted him using the same techniques and colours as the driver. Instead of using the kits .50 cal machine, I replaced it with a Live Resin MG240B, which I must say is a great bit of casting and probably the best of its type.

The Legends driver was painted and glued to his seat before the upper body was glued in place. It is only a pity that we wont see much of him through the tinted glass.

The upper body has now been glued in place.

The treadplate was weathered to depict heavy scuffing in the passenger compartment.

DIORAMA BITS
With the kit built, it was now time to work on the base of an Iraq street scene by Dioramas Plus. In this set were five plaster parts that I glued together using a product sourced from my local hardware store, Selleys Big Job Fix All. This is a great product that I would recommend when working with plaster type products, and it is strong. With the base put together, I then undercoated the road surface with Tamiya XF-63 German Grey and the rest in XF-57 Buff. Once dry, I applied a wash of Sepia followed by a wash of Devlan Mud, both by Citadel, which really showed off the great detail this set has. After all was dry, I then got out my favourite colour, Screaming Skull, and began to dry brush areas randomly giving of a look of a worn and weather effected building, somewhere in the streets of Iraq. With the main painting done, A
Catching one last glimpse of our driver before he is hidden behind green tint! The kits .50 cal in the Weapon Station has been replaced with a Live Resins lovely MG240B.

The green colour represents the ballistic proof glass as seen in many photos.

The windows were tinted with three coats of a heavily diluted mixture of Tamiya X-25 Clear Green through the Badger Velocity Airbrush.

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FEATURE ARTICLE:

Kinetic 1:35 RG-31 Mk.3 US Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier Kit No. K61012

B I next made up the store signs

by gluing the paper replicas supplied in the kit to some pre cut Evergreen plastic sheets. I then got out a small piece of sponge and using Citadels Vermin Brown, a nice rusty looking colour, dabbed this around the signs. Next, using a fine brush and some diluted vermin Brown, I painted in some rust streaks, giving the effect these signs had been there for quite some time. This was followed by the addition of corrugated iron shades. These were painted in Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium, followed by a wash of Devlan Mud and then Mig Pigments Light Rust fixed by Migs pigment fixer. Now for all that wiring. Looking at pictures of buildings in Iraq, one thing that stood out to me was the state of their electrical system wires going in all directions. So, using fuse wire of different sizes, thats exactly what I did - placed wires going in all directions. Lastly, I painted the roller shutter doors on the building in Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminum, and then weathered them both up, one more heavily that the other for visual effect.

Two of the figures from the Masterbox set, included with the Kinetic RG-31.

The figures were painted using Tamiya and Citadel acrylics, so as to appear he is wearing the US Army Digi Pattern uniform.

I added another figure, also being Legend, into the weapon station.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN


Now I moved onto the road surface and the barricades. First, a number of different dusty tone washes and pigments, plus a build up of grime was applied to the road surface, followed by dirt in the gutters. The barricades are from J Works and were included with the kit. These are all nice when built but for further effect I applied some of Tamiyas Light Sand Grit effect, Texture Paint, and, once dry, a coat of XF-54 Dark Sea Grey, with some final dusting using Mig Pigments Iraq sand. This was a nice finishing effect, so I then moved on to the Plastic type barricades. These were painted in XF-69 Nato Black and then lightly Dry Brushed with Screaming Skull. Looking at more photos, I then placed the barricades in a position of that that may have been used in some situations.

The Iraqi street scene base was from Dioramas Plus.

The paper street signs look very effective after they are cut out, mounted on plastic card and weathered.

Fuse wire was added to depict the wild electrical wiring.

I really enjoyed painting the scarf on the Iraqi civilian figure.

SETTING THE SCENE


With the barricades in place, I then took the RG-31 and glued it into position. Now I started on the figures, the first being the US soldiers by Masterbox also included in the kit. I assembled each one, and then in a construction line painted and detailed them all as per the driver and gunner figure using the same colours and techniques. I must

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The mangy looking dog, which was given a base tone of Tamiya XF-57 Buff followed by a wash and a dry brush over the top.

Weathering on the rear of the vehicle may be seen here.

say, that I wasnt sure how these would look at first, but I was quite satisfied with the finished items, Very nice indeed. I painted the Think One Eighty Studio figure of the Middle Eastern Civilian per the box top photo using a mixture of Tamiya and Citadel paints, particularly enjoying the challenge of the headscarf. I then painted up the Iraqi Police officer, using Tamiya XF-49 Khaki as a base coat, followed by a high lighting of a lighter shade by mixing in a little XF-57 Buff. All the faces and skin tones

were done using Citadel flesh tones and washes, giving a very nice overall effect. Last of the figures was the mangy looking dog, which was given a base tone of Tamiya XF-57 Buff followed by a wash and a dry brush over the top of this. It was then put in place to appear as if it was on the hunt for a tasty little piece of scrap food. The figures were now glued in place. The last little detail was pieces of rubbish on the ground, created simply by scrunching up small pieces of tissue soaked in white glue, and randomly placed down on the ground while wet,

allowing them to bond, followed by a last light dusting of pigment. This was the final step, leaving me with a completed diorama.

Modelspec
Kinetic 1:35 RG-31 Mk.3 US Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier Kit No. K61012 Accessories Used: Masterbox: Check Point Figures (included with Kinetic kit) J Works: Barricade Set (included with Kinetic kit) Dioramas Plus Iraq Street Scene Mig Productions Iraqi Commander MK35 Dog Paints & Finishing Products:

CONCLUSION
This was a fun project to work on with interesting challenges along the way, and now I am planning on doing another subject. Well you will have to wait and see! Thanks must go to Kinetic for supplying the kit, Brett Green for taking the pictures, and Stuart Ransley for his time and advice along the way, plus his complimentary Think Tank. I

Tamiya Acrylics: XF16 Flat Silver, XF49 Khaki, XF54 Dark Sea Grey, XF57 Buff, XF59 Desert Yellow, XF63 German Grey, XF69 NATO Black, XF75 IJN Grey, XF78 Deck Tan Wooden, XF84 Dark Iron, XF85 Rubber Black Citadel: Screaming Skull, Vermin Brown, Tallarn Flesh, Elf Flesh, Dwarf Flesh, Sepia wash, Devlan Mud
 Good over all kit; great subject; easy to build.; lots of extras included.  A little soft in detail in some areas. Available from Kinetic kits are available online from Lucky Model www.luckymodel.com

Rating

This was a fun project to work on with interesting challenges along the way.

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KIT PREVIEW

Meng 1:35 D9R Armored Bulldozer Kit No. SS-002

One side of the flat-pack undercarriage assembly.

PUSHING DIRT
he Caterpillar D9 is a large track-type tractor designed and manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. It is usually sold as a bulldozer equipped with a detachable large blade and a rear ripper attachment. The D9, with 354 kW (474 hp) of gross power and an operating weight of 49 tons, is in the upper end of Caterpillars track-type tractors, which range in size from the D3 57 kW (77 hp), 8 tons, to the D11 698 kW (935 hp), 104 tons. The size, durability, reliability, and low operating costs have made the D9 one of the most popular large track-type tractors in the world. Caterpillar Inc. does not manufacture a military version of the D9 per se, but the attributes that make the D9 popular for major construction projects make it desirable for military applications as well, and in this role - with Israeli modifications and armour - it has been particularly effective for the Israel Defence Forces and also used by KBR in Iraq. The D9N was the first military upgraded variant with additional crew cab protection, armoured windows and shutters, with an increase of 5.5 tons to the weight of the basic bulldozer. The D9R was further upgraded with an armour suite that consists of an armoured cab with high visibility as well as protection for the fuel and oil tanks, hydraulics and the electrical systems. In IDF service, yet further protection was added in the form of Sulamot slat armour to protect the bulldozer against rocket propelled grenade attacks. IDF engineers have ironically dubbed this powerful vehicle Doobi (Teddy Bear). The US Army used D9 bulldozers to clear forests in the Vietnam War but after the war they were replaced with smaller and cheaper Caterpillar D7G bulldozers. D7G dozers are still very common in US combat engineering battalions, but there is a resurgent high demand to replace the lighter D7Gs with the newer and more heavily armoured D9s.* Meng has hit the market with the first big 1:35 scale mainstream injection-moulded military bulldozer kit, and it is a beauty. Mengs D9R features the revised cab and additional armour, but not the most recent Israeli slat armour. It cant be long before we will see either Meng or the aftermarket fill this interesting space though. Mengs 1:35 scale D9R comprises 366 parts in dark yellow plastic, 270 parts in black plastic, 18 parts in clear 18 parts in tinted clear blue, a set of polythene caps and one length of flexible vinyl tube.

Meng has kicked off the 1:35 scale battlefield earthmoving market with their latest release the formidable D9R Armoured Bulldozer.
The main body and cab are provided as a flat pack on the sprues and build up with separate parts for the sides, front and rear. The cab is well detailed inside and out, including a colourful decal for the instrument panel. The drivers door is hinged, allowing it to open after assembly and display the seats and controls inside. Meng has thoughtfully supplied duplicate clear parts for the armoured glass one tinted blue and one totally clear so you have a choice depending on your personal preferences. I think this is a really nice touch. Hydraulic hoses are cut from the supplied vinyl tubing. Clear instructions are provided for the length and location of each hose. The running gear will be fast to assemble but is very well detailed. The tracks should not take too long either. Although there are five parts per link, there are only 43 links per side. The big dozer blade and its associated hydraulic arms are very well detailed. If you are careful with assembly, taking care to avoid excessive glue, the ripper and the big spade should be moveable when the model is finished. Mengs D9R is a pretty spectacular model of a very striking battlefield vehicle. Detail is excellent and engineering is thoughtful. This will be an impressively big model when finished too. Despite its large size, it should be a fairly straightforward build for armour modellers with a few kits under their belts. Highly Recommended. I

The large running gear mounts are well detailed and should be fast to assemble.

Delicate detail for the top of the spade.

The big main spade part.

Additional detail is supplied on the photo-etched fret.

Clear parts

Thanks to Meng Model for the sample www.meng-model.com


Markings are supplied for three vehicles, but the generic numbers add to your choice of subjects. The colourful decal for the instrument panel. * Background information courtesy of Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Caterpillar_D9) and Mengs instructions.

and a duplicated sprue with tinted windows are included.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B Kit No. 3544

RIDER ON THE STO


Steve Zaloga improves Dragons brand new 1:35 scale M48A3 Mod. B kit with the addition of a gun shield cover, a searchlight, stowage and a number of modifications.

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ORM

ragon's new 1:35 scale M48A3 marks a departure from their usual product line, and was a big surprise when announced in the early summer of 2013. The kit represents the late production M48A3 that was deployed in Vietnam starting around 1968. These conversions by BMY Corp. were sometimes known internally as the Mod. B, but Army documents such as the Technical Manuals usually refer to them as M48A3 (late production). This is a different version than the earlier Tamiya kit, which represents the initial batch of M48A3 conversions that had been done at army depots.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B Kit No. 3544

B STARTING THE MODEL


The Dragon kit is in their Smart Kit series and is presented in their usual grey plastic with flexible DS vinyl tracks and clear plastic for several sub-assemblies including the cupola riser, cupola vision blocks, periscopes, and headlights. I decided from the outset to do a tank from the 1-77th Armor, 5th Infantry Division that fought in the Quang Tri region of Vietnam in the 1969 period. This unit had interesting markings, and I had an adequate number of photos for reference in addition to numerous websites devoted to the unit. On a quick inspection of the kit, the first thing I noticed was the absence of a gun shield cover and the lack of a searchlight. These were both standard features on the late production M48A3. The old Tamiya kit provided a partial gun shield cover, but I decided to make my own. Fortunately, the after-market Barrel Depot barrel also includes the complicated "accordion" portion on the front of the gun shield cover. My approached to replicating the gun shield cover was to create the internal metal frame, much as on the original example. I did this using Detail Associates Brass Flat Bar .010 x .030 which is rigid enough to hold its shape. I made the strip that attached the gun shield cover to the turret using soft fly-fishing lead wire. Once I had created the basic frame shape, I proceeded to duplicate the actual cover using Aves Apoxie Sculpt epoxy putty. The Late Production batch use a gun shield cover made of some synthetic, elastic material, and so it should not have the extensive folds seen on the covers on the earlier M48A3 tanks. I sculpted this in two stages, starting the first evening with the back portion of the cover and the front part of the cover. Once this was dry, I attached the gun-shield (F4) to the trunnion (parts F10, F-11) and then completed the cover by filling in the gap. I suspect that most modellers won't want to bother with all the work that this entails, but I suspect we will eventually see an after-market

The first step to create a gun shield cover was to recreate the internal framing and attachment strips. The Barrel Depot after-market barrel also provides the front accordion portion in metal. To the left is the Legend Varo searchlight with the rear starting to be re-constructed.

With the frame in place, the covering for the gun shield cover was sculpted using Aves Apoxie Sculpt epoxy putty.

The finished gun shield cover.

The finished gun shield cover with a primer coat. I discarded the Barrel Depot muzzle brake and used the kit part.

resin piece for this assembly. While the gun shield cover was in the works, I started the hull and suspension. The kit goes together without any particular problem and I found the fit to be generally very good. One feature lacking in the kit is the set of drainage holes present on the rear drive sprockets. Each of the outer halves of the drive sprockets should have three equally spaced, oblong drainage holes. I drilled these out and cleaned up the oblong opening with files. I pre-painted some elements of the suspension before final assembly. I intended to show a fairly dirty lower hull, and I coated many of the parts with a "homebrew" of mud consisting of Liquitex Ceramic Stucco Acrylic Texture Gel mixed with some dried leaves ground up in a coffee grinder for a more "organic" texture. I then mixed up some "Vietnam red clay"

colour from Tamiya acrylic paints. I didn't keep very close track of the contents, but it basically involved adding some orange and yellow to various brown colours until I got a colour I liked. The upper hull assembly was fairly straightforward. One of the few upgrades I did to the hull was to add the conduit and cover in front of the infantry telephone box (B1) as well as the brace under the box. I also added the pull-handles to the fire-extinguisher release on the hull front (part D10)

DETAILING THE TURRET


The rear turret rack requires some care due to its complexity. The M48A3 (late production) had screening on this rack. I tried to use the old Eduard photo-etch set for this, but it does not fit the new Dragon kit. Instead I used some aluminium screening I had in the stash. I wasn't overly fastidious

about this, since I planned to cover the rack in stowage. I had already purchased the Legend M48A3 resin accessories set for the various stowage items, and this contains a resin Varo 9910 Xenon searchlight, sometime known by its military nomenclature as the AN/VSS-1. The resin example is basically the same as the Tamiya kit part except for the front cover. The rear detail on this part is very crude, and I scraped it off and re-created the rear detail from scratch. In retrospect, I should have hollowed out this part since it is quite heavy and attached to the gun-shield by only a few meagre attachments. By 1969, most US tank battalion in Vietnam were removing the troublesome .50 cal. machine gun from inside the commander's cupola and mounting a .50 cal M2 heavy machine gun on a pintle on the top of the cupola. I have

The outer halves of the drive sprockets need three oblong drainage holes each.

The kit turret rack is quite delicate but needs screening on this version.

The infantry telephone box on the rear right corner had a cable leading back into the hull with an armoured strip over the top for protection.

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not found the MWO (maintenance work order) for this, but these mountings seem to have varied enormously from unit to unit. I used a Tasca .50 cal machine gun for this.

MODEL STOWAGE
M48A3 tanks in Vietnam were often covered in stowage. I started with the Legend resin set which has several nice items including the folding cots, ammo boxes, hand-grenades and sundry small items. I had some rucksacks from older Verlinden sets that I used on the rear rack and turret side. For spare track links, I used the multi-part examples from AFV Club. I assembled a few pre-printed supply boxes from various Hudson & Allen and Plus Models sets. Tank commanders often attached a belt with handgrenades in front of the cupola hatch, and I replicated this using

the grenades in the Legend set. Many tanks in the 1-77th Armor had extensive stowage for additional .50 cal ammunition. The AFV Club set includes and assembly of .50 cal boxes, and I chopped one of the larger sets to made a 2x4 assembly for the front fenders. The 40mm boxes on the turret rack are also from this set.

FINISHING THE MODEL


The base colour of the model is Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab. As mentioned earlier, I mixed up an orange/brown paint to replicate Vietnamese red clay and I wafted this on the upper surfaces with the airbrush, especially on the fenders. I then went back over the model with the airbrush using various brown and tan shades, and did a little splotching and streaking to break up the finish. The markings came from various sources. I adapted the A

The Legend Varo searchlight needs some extensive detail work on the back.

Finished model prior to painting.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B Kit No. 3544

B registration numbers from the kit

decals. The 5th Infantry Division red diamonds were cut from a sheet of solid red. The names and lettering came from Microscale HO railroad decal sheets. The 1-77th Armor had standardized company tactical markings: HQ Company (yellow triangle); A Company (yellow or white diamond); B Company (yellow or white circle); C Company (Red square). The platoon stripes on the gun tube were in white or yellow. I did a B Company tank using decals I foraged out of my decal stash. I did not bother to put on bumper codes since I knew they would be covered with mud. Had I added them, they would have been 5I^77 B-15 (with the ^ representing the Armor triangle). I used my usual weathering techniques, starting with a weathering glaze consisting of a solution of Holbein Sepia oil paint mixed in a solution of WindsorNewton Liquin Fine Detail as the medium and mineral spirits (white spirits) as the solvent. I apply this in various consistencies to replicate more or less dirt. In some cases, I apply it in vertical streaks, in other cases such as flat upper surfaces, I puddle it. The glaze dries to a glossy finish, so I tone this down by airbrushing the model with Testor's Dullcote. I prefer a lacquerbased flat finish at this stage as it is more durable than acrylic finishes when dealing with multiple media such as acrylic, oil and enamels. After the flat coat, I start doing the assorted fine painting including some dry brushing. There is not much of a selection of Vietnam era tank crew figures, and I used the resin Coree figure. The base is a simple design based on the Woodlands pattern camouflage common at the time that I made in Adobe Photoshop along with a label and unit insignia, printed out on glossy photographic paper and mounted in a simple 8x10 inch picture frame. A

The base colour of the model is Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab. Orange/brown paint was mixed to replicate Vietnamese red clay. A little splotching and streaking broke up the finish.

The markings came from various sources.

gun shield cover and the lack of a searchlight. These were both standard features on the late production M48A3...
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On a quick inspection of the kit, the first thing I noticed was the absence of a

The weathering glaze consisted of a solution of Holbein Sepia oil paint mixed in a solution of Windsor-Newton Liquin Fine Detail as the medium and mineral spirits (white spirits) as the solvent. This is applied in various consistencies to replicate more or less dirt.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B Kit No. 3544

B CONCLUSION
In summary, the Dragon M48A3 Patton is a superb kit, but it would have better with appropriate features including the gun shield cover and Xenon searchlight. I

Modelspec
Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B
A detail view of the rear right side of the turret showing the extensive use of stowage on the model. The blue and white cooler is from the Legend set. A detail view of the right front of the turret. The spare tracks are from AFV Club, the folded cots and grenades from Legend, the rucksack from Verlinden.

Kit No. 3544

After-Market Parts Used Barrel Depot 90mm Barrel (BD35039) AFV Club Modern US Ammunition Box Cal. 30/ Cal.50/40mm (AF35035) AFV Club T97E2 (Early) Workable Track Legend M48A3 Vietnam Stowage Set (LF1074) Coree US Tanker at Vietnam War (No. 3510) Paints & Finishing Products Tamiya XF-62 Olive drab Tamiya X-9 Brown Tamiya XF-51 Khaki drab Tamiya XF-72 JGSDF Brown Tamiya XF-78 Wooden Deck tan Testors Dullcote (bottle) Holbein Sepia oil paint Winsor & Newton Titanium White oil paint (dry-brushing) Decals Microscale HO Scale Gothic Condensed Letters and Numbers White 90021  Very good fit; generally accurate; high level of detail.  Gun shield cover and searchlight not supplied. Available from Dragon kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

The external .50 cal heavy machine gun came from Tasca. Many units welded the A view of the stowage on the rear deck. cupola in the forward position since the machine gun could swivel on the pintle.

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A detail view of the left side of the turret showing the added detail to the Varo searchlight. A detail view of the hull front. The cluster of .50 cal ammo boxes is from the AFV Club plastic set.

the Dragon M48A3 Patton is a superb kit...

HISTORICAL AND DETAIL PHOTOS

The early production M48A3 can be most easily distinguished from the late production (Mod. B) by the rounded headlight brush-guards and the distinctive front fender brace as seen on this Marine M48A3 supporting the 1-5th Marines in the street fighting in Hue on 12 February 1968.

A M48A3 (late production) of Co. B, 2-34th Armor supports Co D, 2-14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division in a patrol near the Michelin rubber plantation in September 1970. The name Iron City is carried on the glacis while The Max is on the fume extractor.

Jungle busting in a M48A3 (late production) of 1-10th Cavalry of Task Force Ivy near An Khe, RVN on 26 February 1971. This tank is unusual in that the .50 cal heavy machine gun has been mounted in front of the loaders hatch instead of on the cupola.

A factory-fresh M48A3 (late production) at the conversion centre at Bowen-McLauhlin-York (BMY) in York, Pennsylvania.

A M48A3 (late production) of Co. B, 1-77th Armor during Operation Utah Mesa near Khe Sanh, RVN on 23 June 1969. This company usually had the nickname Steel Tigers painted on the gun tube along with platoon stripes on the fume extractor.

A M48A3 (late production) of Co. C, 1-77th Armor during operations near Fire Support Base C2, Cam Lo on 8 July 1970. The company insignia, a red square, is barely visible underneath the ammo box on the turret front. The Varo searchlight cover carries the 5th Infantry Division red diamond as does the glacis plate. Also one the searchlight cover is the log "Hang 'Em High" from the Clint Eastwood movie while on the gun barrel are two red stripes behind the fume extractor, and an indecipherable name on the fume extractor.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 M48A3 Mod. B Kit No. 3544

A pair of M48A3 of Co. B, 1-77th Armor setting up defensive positions near Khe Sanh, RVN on 23 June 1969 with typical company markings, a two-digit tank number inside the company circle.

A good example of the extensive stowage on M48A3 (late production) tanks of 2-34th Armor, 25th Infantry Division at SAB Blue in January 1960.

This detail view shows the drainage holes on the rear drive sprockets missing from the kit. On the actual tank, they are about 6.5 inches long and 3.5 inches wide at their widest point.

A detail view of the modified headlight brush-guards found on the M48A3 (late production).

A M48A3 (late production) of the 2-34th Armor, 25th Infantry Division during actions near Chu Chi, RVN on 23 January 1969. The late production version can be determined from the reinforcing "X" on the front fender and the revised shape of the headlight brush-guards. The dust cover on the Varo searchlight carries the Roadrunner cartoon "Beep-Beep" with the abbreviations CALIF. and IND. in either corner, probably indicating the states of the crewmen.

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An illustration from the tech manual showing the mounting details of the Varo AN/VSS-1 xenon searchlight.

Two detail views of the infantry telephone box on the rear right corner fender showing the reinforcing brace under the box and the protected conduit covering the telephone cable on the front of the box.

A detail view of the gun shield cover from the right side.

For modelers interested in subjects other than Vietnam, there is an ample palette of colorful schemes such as this standard MERDC deert scheme on a M48A3 (late production) of Co. B, Marine 4th Tank Battalion, 29 Palms, California in April 1976.

A detail view of the gun shield cover from the left side.

KIT PREVIEW

Zvezda 1:35 BMD-2 Kit No. 3577

The main upper hull moulding.

Sink marks mar the surfaces in places.

AIR MOBILE, SOVIET STYLE

Zvezda has re-released their 1:35 scale BMD-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Andy King casts a 21st Century eye over the contents.
Zvezda of one of their earlier kits and inside the box you will find six sprues moulded in green plastic, one clear sprue, four lengths of vinyl track and a decal sheet. The level of moulding on my sample isnt up to what Zvezda can do these days as sink marks are evident in some visible areas, particularly the turret top and hull sides plus most parts have some flash present. No interior detail is present and the level of external detail is okay, but a photo-etched set will improve things somewhat, plus an aftermarket barrel wouldnt go amiss either as the kit supplied item is moulded with a solid muzzle brake. The tracks each side are comprised of two lengths of vinyl and again detail is so-so. There will be best replaced with ones from aftermarket sources such as Ukranian producer Master Club. Looking at the instructions, the assembly sequence starts with the lower hull. This is made up from four parts that will need care to get aligned and for this Id recommend using a liquid cement first to bond the parts together

he BMD Infantry Fighting Vehicle was conceived during the late 1960s in the Soviet Union and was designed to give airborne troops mobility and a degree of armoured support during forward operations. It stayed in service well into the 1980s when it was eventually replaced by the BMD-2. Externally very similar to the earlier model, the BMD-2 also featured a welded aluminium hull with a maximum thickness of 15mm and was armed with a 30mm auto cannon and a 9P135M-1 ATGM launcher (AntiTank Guided Missile). Secondary armament included two 7.62mm machine guns, one in the turret and another in the bow of the vehicle. It had a crew of four - driver, commander and two gunners plus it could carry four troopers. Powered by a six cylinder 15.2 litre diesel engine it could achieve a top speed of 80kph (49.7mph) on roads, 40kph (24.8mph) cross country and 10kph (6.2mph) in water as the vehicle was fully amphibious. This is another re-release by

then follow up with cyano for extra strength. For the upper hull you insert the clear styrene periscopes first and a tip here would be to mask off the front of the blocks before fitting then paint them a clear green. When you remove the masks after final painting the blocks should look more realistic. The ATGM mounting on the turret is okay if a little simplified and again let down by a sink mark in a very awkward place. The painting instructions give you a choice of five vehicles but unless you are fluent in Russian then just go by the numbers quoted for Zvezda and Humbrol paints. The drawings only show the left side too, which makes working out the camouflage pattern interesting for the rest of the vehicle. In conclusion I believe this is one of the better BMDs out there and as with every kit you can get a really nice model if you put the work in, but what I find frustrating is that Zvezda is capable of doing much better such as their recent figure sets and T-90 tank. Ill recommend it with reservations as it is only one of three available kits of the BMD-2 and with some TLC it will scrub up into a decent model as witnessed by a couple of finished examples I found online but please Zvezda, do it some justice and retool the kit. Its overdue. I

The top of the turret.

Detail around the drivers hatch.

More awkward sink marks.

Road wheel detail.

Zvezda are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited. www.hobbyco.net


Five marking options are supplied on the decal sheet. The kits vinyl tracks.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf. F Kit No. 6263

KHARKOV
Joaquin Garcia Gazquez details and weathers his 1:35 scale Dragon Panzer II, and adds it to a Kharkov street scene.

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he Panzer II is the common name used for a family of German tanks used in World War II. The official German designation was Panzerkampfwagen II (often abbreviated to Pz.Kpfw. II). Although the Panzer II had originally been designed as a stopgap while larger, more advanced tanks were developed, it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II during the Polish and French campaigns. The Panzer II was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France. It was also used in both North Africa against the British and on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union. The Panzer II was supplemented by the Panzer III and IV in 1940/41. Thereafter, it was used to great effect as a reconnaissance tank. By the end of 1942 it had been largely removed from front line service and it was used for training and on secondary fronts. Production of the tank itself ceased by 1943 but its chassis remained in use as the basis of several other armoured vehicles, chiefly self-propelled artillery such as the Wespe and Marder II.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf. F Kit No. 6263

Construction
When I bought Dragons 1:35 Panzer II Ausf. F, Tamiya's newly tooled kit had not yet been released so it was the logical choice. Although this is a good kit, it is still necessary to pay attention to some details, especially to the great quantity of tools situated over the mudguards which do not fit where they should. However, the general fit is good, and except for the aforementioned details, not too difficult to correct. It is a great kit.

The antenna is by Aber in metal. For the support I used the part from the Tamiya Panzer II kit, adjusted to the scale.

No specific PE sheet has been used to detail the kit. I have used diverse parts rescued from the spares box. The convoy light is from Tamiya and the pilot is a Mig Productions resin item.

The 20 mm. gun and the machine gun were replaced with the corresponding RB Model metal barrels.

The headlamps are detailed with copper wire, the supports of the tools are from the Dragon kit.

I added Broncos rivets to vision slots. For the tools I used Modelkasten wing nuts. I also punched rivets from plastic to detail diverse elements including the lifting hooks, antenna pots, etc.

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Painting the Base Colours


The Ordinance H.M. 1940, Nr. 864, of 31 July, 1940, required the considerable simplification of Panzer camouflage, establishing RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau as the standard colour. This dark grey shade blends well in urban environments, going unnoticed amongst the shadows of buildings and the grey of the asphalt. My Kharkov Panzer II would be a good example for the painting and the weathering of RAL 7021.

Vallejo has recently released acrylic primers that incorporate the base colour. This helps speed the work of painting, since the priming and the colour base are applied in one stroke.

Vallejo and Tamiya acrylic paints were used to work the base colour, simulating wear and tear, and simultaneously heightening the large areas and edges.

The last step for the base colour was dark shading with Tamiya XF-1 Black, heavily diluted in alcohol.

Before the decals were added, I applied a base of gloss varnish. After the decals were placed, I used Micro Set and Sol and once dry, I finished with light satin varnish layer.

The next step was to wear to the paintwork. All the small frets, wear and surface deterioration was realised using a treatment of oils, fusing and mixing diverse colours with Humbrol Enamel Thinner. Winsor & Newton Rembrandt Titan 465 Paynes Grey 735 Oxide Black 94 Transparent Gold Ochre 34 Raw Sienna 430 Brown Ochre 80 Bitumen 157 Mars Violet 416 Sepia 79 Titan Grey 234 Raw Sienna 54 Ultramarine Light 98 Pink Earth Transparent 1 Titanium White 73 Olive Green 75 Transparent Oxide Brown 74 Raw Umber

The final result.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf. F Kit No. 6263

Weathering
Next, the model was made dusty, with fading and chipping

The dust process starts by airbrushing Humbrol H84 Matt Mid Stone heavily diluted with Thinner.

I left the model to dry for approximately 15 minutes, removing the previous dust coat partially with a thin paintbrush.

I painted the tools with acrylic paints and a brush in good condition including chipping, distinguishing between the wood and the metal parts.

The sweep of the turret on its ring is an interesting effect to depict. A circular stencil is indispensable for this task.

Mud and Earth

Nothing is better than pigments to represent accumulations of dirt and dust. It begins by depositing the pigments a brush

and fixing them with artists oils diluted in Humbrol Thinner, dropped onto the pigments with the help of a toothpick.

The Calibre35 foot is perfect to imitate footprints on the vehicle.

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The state of the painting process.

Grease and oil spots on the engine hatch are painted by mixing black and bitumen artists oil paints.

The bottom parts are texturised mixing plaster, pigments, water and acrylic matt gel.

To give variety and chromatic richness, I added pigments by brush and fixed them with artistic oils diluted in Humbrol Thinner.

Airbrushing Tamiya X-19 Smoke lends a damp semi-sheen. The vehicle finished now only awaits the tracks.

Finishing the Model


To finish the model, I added the Friulmodel tracks Item No. ATL30 PzKpfw.II and Wespe. Painting of the tracks started by applying an airbrushed mix of Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth with XF-1 Black. Once dry, washes with oils earth tones and pigments were used to imitate earth and mud. Finally I dry-brushed the track pads with silver acrylic paint, to the represent the exposed parts in contact with the ground. Final weathering was obtained by airbrushing X-19 Smoke, heavily diluted.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Dragon 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf. F Kit No. 6263

Figure
The figure is Verlinden Item No. 758, German Cold/Wet Dress - a classic from this manufacturer that I acquired a long time ago. It finally seemed to be the perfect chance to paint it, and to incorporate it into my collection.

The assembly and the preparation of the figure is very simple. The accessories such as the machine gun, spade, canteen, etc., are by Tamiya, better suited to the scale and easier to work with than the original resin parts.

I started painting the parka and the trousers with the airbrush using the Andrea Colour Field Grey Paint Set. I continued with the brush, retouching highlights with the Andrea Set 3rd light, and Vallejo Sunny Skin Tone 70.845. The last shades are painted adding 2nd Shadow, Magenta 70.945 and Black 70.950. The shades are outlined with this mixture, and the last light mixture, the lights. I applied a few filters with 70.872 Chocolate Brown and 70.873 US Field Drab to the trousers, to change the tone and in this way to separate it from

the parka, also offering a dirty and earthy tone. Next I painted the face using only the paintbrush. For the base colour I used a mix with Beige Red 70.804 (60 %) + Old Rose 70.944 (40 %). For the highlights I used a mix of Basic Skintone 70.815 and White 70.951. The lambs wool collar was painted with Khaki Grey base 70.880 with a bit of Tan Yellow 70.912 added. I shaded it with Sepia Ink washes 72.091 to stress the details, I finished the collar by applying highlights of Ice Yellow 70.858 and White 70.951.

Groundwork
I recommend that a model should always be placed on at least a simple base to lend context to the vehicle. In this case I used Miniarts Kit No. 36040, Street Section w/ Tram Lines as the base. I always like the surface and the subject to be at an angle on the base to provide more visual interest. The power poles in the Miniart kit were too tall for my purposes, as I wanted to show them partially demolished. The ground was painted following similar processes that I used for the Panzer II, beginning with a grey base applied by airbrush, followed by washes, pigments to imitate mud and land, etc. The water in the stream was created by gloss varnish dyed with acrylic Burnt Umber 70.941, to help match the darker colours of the rest of the base. I also added some small pebbles made for railway modellers, painted with ochre tones to integrate with the groundwork. The signs were created on my computer. They were print on thin cardboard, and then varnished before weathering to integrate them into the scene.

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Modelspec
Dragon 1:35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf. F. Kit No. 6263 Accessories Used: Friulmodel Item No. ATL-30, PzKpfw.II and Wespe Tracks Miniarts Kit No. 36040, Street Section w/ Tram Lines Verlinden Item No. 758, German Cold/Wet Dress. Aber Antenna Mig Productions Convoy Light Tools and Materials Used: Mr Surfacer 500 Bronco Rivets Modelkasten Wing Nuts Round Profile Evergreen Rod Paints & Finishing Products: Tamiya Acrylics Vallejo Acrylics Andrea Acrylics Humbrol Enamels Micro Acrylic Varnish MIG Productions Pigments - European Dust P028; Gulf War Sand P037; Dark Mud P033 Winsor & Newton, Rembrandt and Titan Oil Paints Various Humbrol Enamel Thinners Crete Marine Colour watercolour pens  Well detailed; good fit; interesting subject.  Tools dont fit where they should. Available from
The last step is the painting of the fittings and weapons, also with Vallejo acrylic paints. The figure was weathered and dirtied to suggest our soldier on the front line. For this I have used "Crete Marine Colour" watercolour pens. Their use is simple, starting with the pencil, and then the outlines are blended by a paintbrush moistened in water. I have used these colours: Ivory Black 242 50, Chestnut Brown 242 15, Dark Grey 242 35, Umber 242 21, Olive Green Dark 241 91 and English Red 242 09

Dragon kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

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The final result with the figure and the vehicle fixed to the base

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KIT PREVIEW

Meng 1:35 T-90 Russian Main Battle Tank Kit No. TS006

Meng presents their latest uberkit the 1:35 scale T-90 Russian Main Battle Tank. The Editor takes a close look at the bulging contents.

The main upper and lower hull parts.

RUSSIAN FRONT
he T-90 Russian Main caps, three tan coloured flexible Battle Tank is a logical vinyl parts, a length of string and development of the longmarkings for a wide variety of serving T-72 family. The T-90s in service. new vehicle was developed in 1989 Moulding quality is first rate, by the Uralvagonzavod Design and detail, both moulded in place Bureau at Nizhni Tagil, and the and via smaller parts, is excellent. title T-90 was allocated in 1993. Construction commences with The 125mm smooth bore the road wheels which feature 2A46M main gun can handle a solid plastic tyres moulded in variety of shells and also laserplace lower hull and running guided missiles with an impressive gear. The suspension is made rate of fire of 7-8 shots per up from working plastic torsion minute. The T-90 is capable of bars, onto which the wheels are engaging ground targets or lowfitted via polythene caps. The flying aircraft and helicopters. In idler arm is offset, allowing some fact, it is claimed that the T-90s adjustment if you wish. gun could destroy most modern The tracks are amongst the tanks before it was in range of its most original and detailed that I adversary itself. have ever seen. Each link is made The tank is also up from five parts fitted with the latest three in hard optics and electronic plastic and two countermeasures end connectors including Shtora-1. in a flexible The explosive material. Of these, reactive armour only the track gives the T-90 a pads are glued. distinctive look, but Everything else its T-72 heritage is is slid into place The three photo-etched frets. unmistakable from or formed with almost every angle. the assistance of no less than Meng burst onto the scene four separate assembly jigs. The relatively recently and has tracks will undoubtedly be the been wowing us with every new most challenging aspect of the release. Their all-new 1:35 scale build. In fact, they make up more T-90 continues the trend of than 75% of the total parts in the quality models. kit, so be prepared to test out the Mengs 1:35 scale T-90 process thoroughly before you comprises 475 parts in dark start your plastic track assembly green coloured plastic, 576 black line. In the end, you will have a set plastic parts, a further 320 parts of tracks with remarkable detail in flexible black plastic, 13 parts that are fully workable. in clear, 10 parts on three photoMeng has also included an etched frets, a set of polythene engine and a basic engine bay.

The upper turret shell. Layers of detail will be added to this.

The engine is crisply detailed and a nice touch, even if you are only going to view it through the mesh and vents of the closed hatches. The engine deck is further enhanced with photo-etched mesh grilles. The hull, skirts and turret are made up from layers that should look very impressive and busy when finished. The big rear fuel drums include all the necessary plumbing and pipework. The gun barrel is plastic, and made up from seven separate pieces. Im sure it wont be long until we see some turned metal replacements available. The turrets characteristic IR Shtora lights are made up from a combination of clear and solid parts, and should also look great when assembled. The mantlet is a two-part plastic assembly with a nicely textured flexible vinyl cover that is fixed into position. The Commanders cupola features interior sight detail, and the DShK heavy machine gun looks great too. Instructions are presented in a glossy 22 page booklet, with construction covered in 43 steps via clear drawings and labels. The markings include generic numbers to permit a very wide range of vehicles to be modelled straight from the box. The word awesome is heavily overused these days, but the description is totally applicable to Mengs 1:35 scale T-90. The contents and detail are quite awe inspiring. The tracks might look a bit scary, but the jigs included should speed up their construction. This is a truly state-of-the-art kit with remarkable detail. Meng is certainly carving a niche for itself! Highly Recommended. I

The flexible mantlet cover looks fantastic. Two tankers helmets are supplied in the same material.

A full engine is also included.

The road wheels are moulded with plastic tyres, not vinyl a good move in my opinion.

Track pads, main track sections and guide horns. There are eight of these sprues.

Markings include generic numbers, allowing The cleanly moulded clear parts. flexibility when choosing your modeling subject.

Thanks to Meng Model for the sample www.meng-model.com

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The end connectors are supplied in a flexible black material, and are simply pressed to fit with the aid of jigs.

Some of the track assembly jigs as provided with the kit.

FEATURE ARTICLE

Tamiya 1:35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank Kit No. 35329

NEW SAMUR
he Type 10 is a Third Generation Japanese main battle tank designed as a replacement for the recently retired Type 74 and the currently serving Type 90 tanks. Development of the new vehicle commenced in 1996. 13 Type 10s were delivered in 2010, followed by another 13 each in 2011 and 2012. At 44 tons, the Type 10 is six tons lighter than the Type 90 and dimensionally smaller than its predecessors, but still manages to pack a punch thanks to its locally designed 44 calibre 120mm smooth bore main weapon. This is equivalent in firepower to the Rheinmetall gun fitted to the Leopard 2. Longer 55 calibre barrels are also available as an option and may be seen on later models. The Type 10 is fitted with an auto-loader, meaning a crew of only three is required Commander, driver and gunner. A coaxial machine gun is fitted, and a further external .50 cal may be fitted to the Commanders cupola. The Type 10s use of nanocrystal steel and modular ceramic composite armour has significantly improved its defensive capabilities compared to the Type 90. Power is supplied by a 1,200 hp V8 diesel engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission, delivering a top speed of 70 km/h either forwards or backwards!

Brett Green gets stuck straight in to Tamiyas brand-new 1:35 scale Japanese Type 10 tank.

TAMIYAS TYPE 10 IN THE BOX

Tamiya has been quick off the mark with their brand-new kit of a brand-new vehicle. Their 1:35 scale Type 10 tank comprises a modest 205 parts in dark green plastic, two lengths of flexible vinyl track, one sheet of vinyl mesh, one sheet of die-cut clear acetate, four large and 20 small polythene caps, plus markings for three vehicles. The smooth lines of this modern tank are very obvious from looking at the main hull and turret parts.

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The box art of Tamiyas brand new 1:35 scale JGSDF Type 10 Tank.

The hull and the turret are covered with patches of non-skid texture, hatches, handles and tie-downs.

The texture of the heavy fabric side skirts is superbly done.

Engine vents are moulded solid but look good.

The top of the turret bristles with detail.

RAI
Many of the lumps and bumps of traditional tanks have been smoothed over, covered up or recessed into the hull or turret. This streamlined design results in an even simpler build for the modeller, but this does not imply any lack of detail. The surface textures on this kit are simply superb. The hull and turret are covered with antiskid patches, hatches, hinges and tie-downs, all beautifully done. The heavy skirts are also A

The big turret basket is a prominent feature of the Type 10.

The die-cut clear sheet for the lenses and vision blocks.

Tamiyas lovely one-piece flexible tracks.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Tamiya 1:35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank Kit No. 35329

JGSDF Type 74 Tank (left) and Type 10 Tank (photo: STRONGlk7 via Wikimedia).

Type 10 Prototype No.3 with dozer blade fitted, photographed in August 2010 (photo: Daddy178 via Wikimedia).

A Type 10 Tank on the move.

Sensors and M2 .50 cal machine gun (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia).

Rear view of Type 10 Prototype No.3 photographed in August 2010 (photo: Daddy178 via Wikimedia).

Commander facing backwards in his cupola (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia).

B noteworthy, featuring some of the

most convincing rubberised drape that I have ever seen in injectionmoulded plastic. All the unique attributes of the Type 10 are present, including the armoured external Commanders and gunners sights, each offering the option of open or closed flaps. The lenses for the sights, as well as the cupola vision blocks, are supplied on a clear die-cut acetate sheet. In an interesting example of recycling, Tamiya has supplied the acetate part for the Type 90 and provided instructions for cutting it into the appropriate sizes for this new model. The full-length flexible tracks are flawless. Considering the high quality of the kit parts, and also bearing in mind that most of the track run is hidden behind the track guards and low skirts, I think after-market tracks would be a waste on this model. The wheels, drive sprockets, Commanders sight and gun barrel are all fitted via poly caps, allowing the parts to be moveable after assembly. The Commanders hatch, the rear of the gunners hatch and the environmental sensor are hinged and therefore also moveable. The gun barrel is supplied in three pieces two main halves split lengthwise and a separate cap for the end. The headlights have solid (i.e. not clear plastic) lenses, which I would normally consider a disadvantage. However, these are recessed into the front hull and

covered by mesh, so they are all but invisible anyway.

READY, SET
Modellers have different priorities and different preferences. Some will like a simple kit that fits together well, while others will prefer the challenge of super detail and many parts; and wont be fazed by tiny plastic pieces or challenging construction sequences. Me? I suspect like many others, I have built models at both extremes, but I really do like the luxury of a kit that fits perfectly and doesnt fight me during the build. Tamiya kits usually match this description, and such was the case with their Type 10 Tank. My last two projects have been an all-resin armour kit (Inside the Armours A10 see MMI Issues 88 and 89); and Grey Matter Aviations ambitious and comprehensive resin Ha-1112 Buchon conversion based on Hasegawas 1:32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (see Military Illustrated Modeller, Aircraft Edition, Issue 29). Both these builds were immensely satisfying, but after so much time squinting through clouds of resin dust, I felt like something a little more straightforward. I was surprised to find the JGSDF Type 10 Tank on my doorstep last week, but I am always pleased to see Tamiyas newest releases. I really didnt A

Construction is very straightforward but it still helps to be well organised. Here, the wheels, tools and instructions are spread over my modelling bench.

The axles are locked into position with a pin, but if desired the suspension could easily be posed over uneven ground by snipping off the pin.

The outer surfaces of the tyres were roughed up with a coarse sanding stick. This also eliminated the faint raised moulding seam.

The road wheels, idler wheels and drive sprockets assembled and ready for installation.

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Type 10 production model, 1st Armored Training Unit/Eastern Army Combined Brigade, Camp Takeyama, Japan on 27 May 2012 (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia).

The 120mm smooth bore gun is very prominent in this view (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia).

Close-up view of the turret basket on the Type 10 production model A Type 10 prototype demonstration at the JGSDF Fuji School in Gotemba, (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia). Shizuoka prefecture, Japan (photo: T.Goto via Wikimedia).

JGSDF Type10 production model of the 1st Armored Training Unit, Eastern Army Combined Brigade. In Camp Takeyama, Japan (photo: Los688 via Wikimedia).

Be careful not to cut the small hinges off the bottom of the rear stowage bins. I did I thought they were sprue remnants! The flexible tracks may be glued together using plastic cement. The ends of the tracks were clamped while the glue set.

The wheels and sprockets are simply pressed into place thanks to the use of polythene caps. However, I intentionally glued the idler wheels and drive sprockets in place so the tracks would not move. The rear vents look very effective.

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Tamiya 1:35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank Kit No. 35329

The fit of the tracks was a bit loose straight from the box. To solve this problem, the idler arm may be adjusted before it is glued in place, or two links can be cut from the track lengths before gluing them.

The headlights are also recessed into the front of the hull, making them even harder to see.

The headlights have solid lenses, but youll never be able to tell behind the mesh guards.

There is some room for error with the fitting the cover at the top of the mantlet (seen at the bottom of this photo). Note the location here.

The smoke dischargers are buried inside the turret so I did not bother to remove the raised mould seams. They are seen here before they are forever hidden behind the turret sides.

The main elements of the upper hull come together quickly. Tamiya 10mm tape was used to hold the hull sides in place while the glue dried.

The various sight housings and rear environmental sensor.

The top and bottom halves of the turret are joined, awaiting installation of the sides and rear panels.

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B have any plans to build the kit

The vinyl mesh was cut to size for each of the turret basket panels, using the templates in the instructions as a guide.

until I opened the box! After the very pleasant experiences of building Tamiyas 1:35 scale Tiran and T-55 Enigma kits recently, I was suddenly overtaken by the urge to start snipping parts off the sprues. Based on those two earlier models, I assumed it would only take a couple of days to put this together. As it turns out, I was wrong. It took less than a day to complete basic construction!

GO!
Some trimming and adjustment was required before the parts were assembled. Youll need to stay focused to ensure that the panels are aligned correctly it is quite easy to fit parts the wrong way around.

Racing out of the blocks, I first assembled the wheels and drive sprockets. The road wheels have a very faint raised moulding seam around the circumference. This was removed with a coarse sanding stick, which also added a suitably worn texture to the tyres. The wheels are all fitted via polythene caps. These were nice and tight. Alignment of all the wheels with the ground was perfect. The only minor issue that I encountered was that the tracks were a bit loose when the idler wheels were installed per the kit instructions. In the end, I wound up cutting the tracks apart and removing two links before gluing them back together again. The rejoined area of the track is not pretty, but I positioned this scarred vinyl on the top run, which is completely hidden from the attention of penlights and curious

competition judges by the track guards and skirts. If you want to avoid the problem in the first place, it will be worth test-fitting the tracks against the idler wheel set in various positions before you glue the idler arms (Parts 16) in place. Alternatively, you could just shorten the tracks before you glue them together. By the way, the tracks can be glued using regular plastic cement. Thats what I used on mine, and it worked perfectly. The tracks were fitted to the completed lower hull less than four hours after I started and that includes a break for lunch!

MOVING RIGHT ALONG


The upper hull went together astonishingly quickly. Within an hour, I had all the upper hull fittings, the track guards, side skirts and mudguards in place. This is partly thanks to Tamiyas sublime engineering handles, hooks, tie-downs and vents are all moulded in place - but also due to the sleek design of the Japanese Type 10 Tank. There just arent that many protuberances on the hull. Even the headlights are recessed deep into the nose. Assembling the turret required a little more focus. Double-check the position of the fairing on the top rear of the mantlet. The exact location is a little vague. I have provided a photo of this area so you can see how it is supposed to fit. A

The turret basket in place. The time spent is well worthwhile.

The entire build was completed in less than a single day.

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Tamiya 1:35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank Kit No. 35329

The drape of the heavy skirts looks very realistic. They should look even better after careful painting.

B The lenses for the gunners

and Commanders sights are provided as clear die-cut acetate plastic, and they may be seen behind small open doors. To make painting easier (mainly to avoid some tricky masking), I glued these doors shut, so I did not fit the clear acetate lenses. The breakdown of the turret is unusual, with the top and bottom sections being assembled first, followed by the sides and the rear, but fit is as good as you would expect. The gunners and the Commanders hatches both have some faint ejector pin circles. These will best be filled and sanded before the hatches are attached to the turret. The vinyl mesh sections for the big turret basket must be cut to size and glued in place before the basket parts are assembled. Take your time test fitting and make sure you are gluing the mesh to the insides of the plastic parts it is not blindingly obvious in every case. I had to disassemble one of the turret basket sides when I realised I had glued the vinyl mesh to the wrong side. Less haste and more speed should have listened to my parents all those years ago I corrected my error and added the final fittings to the turret roof. I started the model around 10:30 am, and finished at 8:00 pm the same day. Remarkable!

10, and has further refined their design philosophy of high levels of detail, superb surface features and modeller-friendly parts breakdown. I was determined to build this kit quickly as it was not in my Master Plan, but you may wish to linger a little over the beautiful surface textures and detail parts. Without doubt, we will also see aftermarket detail sets turned metal and resin gun barrels, photo-etched mesh for the baskets, individual link tracks and more so you can turn this into a super detailing project if that is what you prefer. On the other hand, if all you need is a refreshing sorbet between heavy model courses, you can build the kit straight from the box and marvel at the experience. I

Modelspec
Tamiya 1:35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 Tank Kit No. 35329 Materials and Accessories: Olfa hobby knife Revell Contacta Cement Tamiya Extra Thin Liquid Cement Tamiya Surface Primer Tamiya Tape (various sizes) Paints & Finishing Products: None yet.  Straightforward build; unique subject; superb surface textures; high level of detail; excellent fit; includes two crew figures.  A few ejector pin circles on the insides of the turret hatches. Available from Thanks to Tamiya for the sample www.tamiya.com Tamiya kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited www.hobbyco.net

INTERMISSION
I had no particular interest in modern Japanese tanks until I opened the lid of Tamiyas 1:35 scale Type 10, then I literally could not resist building it. Tamiya has delivered another state-of-the-art kit with its Type

Rating

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The tracks were cut and two links removed before they were re-glued, resulting in a tighter fit.

The Commanders hatch and the rear of the loaders hatch feature workable hinges. They may be moved after assembly.

Next time Brett paints Tamiyas 1:35 scale JGSDF Type 10 Tank and its crew figures.
Tamiya has delivered another state-of-the-art kit with its Type 10, and has further refined their design philosophy of high levels of detail, superb surface features and modeller-friendly parts breakdown...

NEXT TIME:

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September 7 The Cornwall Scale Modellers Show St Johns Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance, Cornwall. TR18 2QR Traders, Club Stands, Competition, Refreshments. Time 10:00 to 16:30. Entry 1.50. Children under 15 free with adult. E-mail info@cornishscalemodellers.co.uk October 5 North Surrey Military Modellers Group Annual Show Thomas Wall Centre, 52 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4DP October 19 LONDON MAFVA ANNUAL SHOW On October 19th, London Branch MAFVA will be holding their Annual Show and open competitions at St Marys Church Hall, Edith Road West Kensington London W14 9BA 10.30 - 17.00 More info. from Peter Bailey 01304 614184

September 14-15 JERSEYFEST MODEL KIT AND STATUE FAIR USA The "Jersyefest Model Kit & Statue Fair" is the premier show of its kind on the U.S. East Coast and attracts many hobbyists and collectors from all over the nation and abroad. The vendor show is Saturday, Sept. 14th and Sunday the 15th, 2013 at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Fairfield Hotel in New Jersey, which is not far from Newark Airport and Manhattan. It features resin and plastic model kits, statues, replicas, collectibles, art, supplies, seminars and demos, a big model contest, special exhibits, etc. It will include figure and vehicle kits and collectibles of all kinds including monsters, spaceships, females superheros/villains, etc. celebrating movies, TV, comic books, and fiction in general. The show has many top vendors, producers and artists as well as various educational programs on kit painting and building. Movie special effects artists will be there to share secrets about how they created models and effects for films. Over 14,000 square feet of beautiful hotel event space in several rooms with over 100 vendor tables. See the latest list of vendors and artists here http://jerseyfestfair.com/?page_id=343, which is continually expanding.

November 16 IPMS MIDDLE TENNESSEE MODEL SHOW November 16, 2013/ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Rutherford County Agricultural Center 315 John Rice Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Theme: Animal Attraction, models named after animals Vendor information: Novus Henry 615-478-2305 nhenryjr@bellsouth.net Walter Bowen 615-429-5191 bowen723@juno.com www.ipmsmiddletennessee.com

October 26 Bognor Regis Military Modelling and Wargaming Society Open Day Our club Open Day this year will be held on 26th October 2013. There will be scale models on display, wargames, model trains, real military vehicles (parked outside) and much more. Saturday 26th October 2013 10am-4pm. West Meads Community Centre, West Meads, Bognor Regis, PO21 5SB. November 24 BUGLE CALL 2013 Bugle Call 2013 will be held on Sunday 24th November 2013 at the Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU. Trade Stands, Club Displays, Demonstrations, Open Competitions, Refreshments. For further information, please contact Paul on e-mail lawday@yahoo.co.uk

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Incoming Book Reviews


TIGER

BY THOMAS ANDERSON ISBN 978 1 78096 201 6 OSPREY PUBLISHING

Oh no, not another book on the Tiger I hear you cry. That was my first thought when I saw this book, but please read on. I hope that you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was. Thomas Anderson is an authority on German Armoured Fighting Vehicles and can sometimes be seen on online forums and magazine articles. For this book he has used his own archive materiel, as well as teaming up with Karlheinz Munch, Henry Hoppe and the late Tom Jentz. The result is a book that brings us many new and unpublished photographs, as well as the authors examination of the Tigers development, deployment, mechanical operation as well as a study of its armour, armament and ammunition. I believe that the authors conclusions as to the widely held view that the Tiger was overengineered, difficult to manufacture and unreliable in service will raise your eyebrows as much as mine.

Content Comprising of 256 pages, this hardbound book contains nine chapters that look at the Tigers Development, Organisation, Mobility, Firepower, Armour, Combat, Maintenance, Performance Under Fire and the authors conclusions wrap it up. We have everything here to cover the Tiger from its evolution from competing Porsche & Henschel test vehicles up to the Jagdtiger. The author looks at the organisation of a typical Tiger company, along with the supporting vehicles, to cover all theatres of deployment. We have a section on rail transport that provides reports of just how difficult the Tiger was to move around. I must admit that I skipped a few chapters and went straight to content on combat in North Africa, a particular interest of mine. I cannot rate this section highly enough as the author provides a breakdown of the early actions and experiences of the Tiger. It includes excerpts from the Tiger Fibel (authors own collection) showing the Tigers crews where to aim for when up against Shermans and Lees. Interestingly, there is also a combat report on how the Tiger crews viewed the 3.7cm gun of the M3 Stuart, which was apparently very accurate. Fire was especially heavily directed at the drivers visor, commanders cupola and the gap between the hull and turret. We then move on to an analysis of combat in the East, which also provides an excerpt from the Tiger Fibel on where to aim for on a KV1 and T34. We get detailed combat reports of the Tiger in service, both Tiger 1 and King Tiger, as well as reports from Soviet sources on the effectiveness of this vehicle. Chapter 7 is devoted to the maintenance and recovery headaches that went with keeping a Tiger in action. Everything from replacing a broken torsion bar (requiring half of the road wheels to be removed) to recovery under fire is touched up with comment and experience of the recovery crews recorded. A few pages on the BergePanther round off this section. An examination of the Tiger under fire rounds off the examination of the vehicle. Here, we find out that it wasnt only the Tiger crews receiving instruction on where to hit their enemy but the Russians also provided guides for both tank and anti-tank crews. Perhaps the most interesting section though is the authors conclusions. To start with, we have an analysis of combat losses from sPzAbt 503 covering 78 days combat around the Kursk salient. With a daily average of 10 operational Tigers, 501 soviet vehicles were destroyed for the loss of 24 Tigers. You will have to buy the book for the rest of it as I cannot ruin your curiosity here! Conclusion I have a lot of reference on the Tiger, the bulk of which are limited to its technical abilities. This book gives the reader a comprehensive overall snapshot of this revolutionary machine. The after-action reports, combat deployment analysis and previously unpublished photographs make this a worthwhile addition to any Tiger library. For me personally I found the sections on combat in North Africa and maintenance/recovery worth the asking price alone. As a result, the book comes highly recommended from me. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the sample www.ospreypublishing.com Graham Tetley

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Figures
DRAGON

- A round-up of the latest figure sets on release...

1:35 SCALE GERMAN BRANDENBURG TROOPS, LEROS 1943 KIT NO. 6743 JAPANESE ARMY INFANTRY, PELEIU 1944 KIT NO. 6555 Two new sets of Dragon figure sets landed on my doorstep recently. The first of these depict German Paras from the elite Brandenburg unit during the battle for the Greek island of Leros during 1943. Situated in the South Eastern Aegean Sea and part of the Dodecanese group of islands it had been under Italian occupation since 1912. After Luftwaffe air attacks from the 26th September 1943, some 500 troops from the Brandenburg Division landed on the island during the 12th of November and in only four days the battle was over after British and Italian forces based surrendered. In the rather packed box, we find eight sprues moulded in grey styrene, one of which has four very nicely sculpted figures and the rest are made up of weapons and personal equipment. Also included is a container that German Paratroops used to airdrop weapons and equipment during operations and a MG34 lafette although this is moulded in the folded position only. Moulding quality is good apart from mould seams on the figures as well as some die lines on the backs of the torsos. This is an issue that Dragon really should have addressed by now as they can be tricky to fill without obliterating surface detail. Two of the figures are in full jump order with the exception of the parachute packs (these would have been disposed of very quickly after landing). As well as having jump smocks they also feature the rubberised kneepads. The other two appear to be wearing regular army tropical uniform but with boots and webbing gaiters more akin to those supplied to mountain troops. The weapons and equipment included are generic ones found in all recent Dragon figure sets so items such as the MG42, Gewehr 43 and MP44 can be put in the spares box as these wouldnt have been around for the time period depicted. In comparison to the packed box of German troops the set of Japanese infantry is much leaner and the figures an their equipment is contained on a single sprue only. The comments about moulding and detail above can also be applied to this set, even down to the die lines. Weapons are confined to just two bolt-action rifles with bayonets fitted, a Model 99 7.7mm machine gun and a small pistol which I believe is a late war Type 94. The officers sword is a bit on the chunky side (which is of course a limitation of the injection moulding process) and could do with thinning down. For some extra detail you could add some fine thread as the swords and scabbards were often fitted with cords and tassels. Apart from the nitpicks with the moulding these figures are on the whole nicely done and although they depict specific places and time periods they can be used in other areas too. Recommended! Thanks to The Hobby Company for the samples www.hobbyco.net Andy King

MODELKASTEN

1:32 SCALE WWI PILOT OFFICER ITEM NO. MKF-5 With the introduction of the superb 1:32 scale Wingnut Wings aircraft a few years ago, there was the promise of a complete range of figures to go with the line. These figures have not yet materialised, which is a pity. Modelkasten is not a firm many would associate figures but this has changed in recent times with their introduction of a range of figures in various scales that have every indication of being in a class of their own. It helps to have a master sculptor on board and in this case, it is none other than figure master Ichiro Take. Mr Take has a wonderful style and an uncanny sense of anatomy that translates well into his figures. The figure presented for review is a five piece resin casting and represents a WWI German pilot in dress uniform. The casting quality is outstanding. The figure is part of a larger range of eight figures and of all things a dog, each, is available separately. The series includes mechanics, a seated pilot two other standing pilots and two very well done women in period costume. I am very impressed with this figure. In my opinion it is one of the best resin figures I have ever seen. The figure is expensive at first glance but is of very high quality. With a little work and in combination with the others in this series would produce a quite outstanding vignette. Modelkasten is notorious for very short runs so if you like these, my advice is purchase them now, because you may not be able to source them when you need them. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Creative Models Australia for the review sample www.creativemodels.com.au Luke Pitt

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MASTER BOX

GERMAN INFANTRY DEFENSE EASTERN FRONT BATTLE SERIES, KIT N.1. ITEM NO. MB35102. 1:35 SCALE GERMAN INFANTRY OFF TO THE FRONT, VEHICLE RIDERS, WWII ERA. ITEM NO. MB35137. 1:35 SCALE PILOTS OF LUFTWAFFE, WWII ERA. ITEM NO. MB3202. 1:32 SCALE Master Box is already a stalwart in the modelling scene and as far as I am concerned every one of their releases is always more than welcome. As usual, the set is sculpted by A. Gagarin and the final look is just lovely. On the back of the boxes we find the assembly instructions and fully assembled and painted figures for reference. In the set, German Infantry Defense Eastern Front Battle Series, Kit n.1 there are four figures and as the title suggests they are in a very stressful defensive situation. The poses and action are absolutely great and the detail top quality. Inside the box, besides the four figures, we are presented with a sprue full of accessories, weapons (MG34, MG42, Mauser, MP40, PPSH, Luger, StG44, Beretta 38a), helmets, grenades, ammunition boxes. In fact this sprue provides more stuff than is really necessary for the four figures so we will end up with a huge number of items for future projects. Nice touch from Master Box. Besides the top quality poses, every figure features a different facial expression. The box mentions kit n.1, so we can expect more great sets for the Eastern Front Battle Series. The set German Infantry Off to the Front, Vehicle Riders, WWII Era presents six figures, one of them being the driver. The poses are really nice and relaxed. Like in previous set, inside the box we will find a sprue full of accessories, weapons (MG34, MG42, Mauser, MP40, PPSH, Luger, StG44, Beretta 38a), helmets, grenades, ammunitions boxes This set also provides additional parts so if you buy two sets, you will be able to make a larger and diverse group of soldiers. This is a nice touch from Master Box. The set Pilots of Luftwaffe, WWII era provides two pilots and a ground crew figure. Please note that this set is in 1:32 scale. A common aviation modelling scale. The detail is top quality and the poses very natural. They will look stunning in a diorama with a Stuka, Bf 109, Fw190 In fact, this set can also be a great complement for the already available set Famous Pilots of WWII. As usual, all the beautiful box art is signed by A. Karaschuk (except the box art from set MB3202) and are just awesome. Master Box keeps pushing the limits also when it comes to the box art. In conclusion, these new sets from Master Box are absolutely awesome. The relation quality /quantity / price is just great! They should be real best-sellers and I recommend them without any reservation. Highly Recommended. Master Box products are available from Creative Models Limited www. creativemodels.co.uk More details at: www.mbltd.info Jos Brito

BRONCO MODELS

1:35 SCALE WWII BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH WAR CORRESPONDENT SET ITEM NO. CB35140 I have often wondered why there was an absence of photographic equipment in 1:35 scale. Sure, there has been a few aftermarket sets, but none in injected plastic. Bronco Models tend to think outside the square in terms of delivering different subjects with a high degree of style and presentation; this new release hits the mark on both counts. The figures presented for review are moulded on just three plastic sprues. All of the figures are basically moulded as upper and lower torsos, with the heads and arms as separate items. The facial detail, which can make or break any figure, are very well done and are a credit to the sculptor involved. The only weak point is the moulding of the ears, which are difficult in this medium. The uniform details are crisp as are the fabric folds. The figures themselves measure out at around 5 9 or 10 in the old imperial scale and are acceptable in height and bulk. The box top is of particular note, as the cover top illustration is first rate and may be used as a reference point for painting. The all important camera equipment and typewriter (remember those) are handled very well. To round the set off a set of well printed rank insignia are included. In summary, this is an outstanding figure set and well worth the asking price. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Bronco Model for the sample www.bronco-model.com Luke Pitt
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Incoming
BRONCO
1:35 SCALE US M22 LOCUST AIRBORNE TANK (T9E1) KIT NO. CB35162

KINETIC MODEL KITS

1:35 SCALE RG-31 MK.3 CANADIAN ARMY MINE PROTECTED ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER WITH RWS KIT NO. K61010

The RG-31 design is based on the South African Mamba Armoured Personnel Carrier, and is built around a V-shaped, blast resistant armoured monocoque hull and high suspension. The US Department of Defence rates the RG-31 as a Category 1 MRAP , and it is designed to survive the blast from two TM-57 anti-tank mines exploding simultaneously. The RG-31 Mk.3 is the US Army Armoured Personnel Carrier version fitted with a Detroit Diesel engine. Other versions of the RG-31 include the extended chassis Mk.5E, the US Mk.5 with a Cummins engine and the RG-31 Sabre cargo vehicle. In addition to the US Army and South Africa, the RG-31 is operated by a growing number of organisations including London's Metropolitan Police, the Canadian Army, Spain (including vehicles deployed to Lebanon and Afghanistan) and more. Kinetic released their debut 1:35 scale RG-31, the U.S. Army Mk.3, at the end of 2012. I confess when I received this model, I assumed that it would be substantially the same as the original release but with the Remote Weapons Station (RWS) parts and Canadian decals. I was wrong. Andrew Judson compared this new kit with the U.S. version that he built in this issue of MMI, and advised that the following changes and additions have been made: The interior has a different configuration, with one row of three seats on the left hand side, one inwards facing seat on the right hand side, and one forward facing seat for RWS operator. There is a radio rack with radios to go into rear of vehicle, also RWS screen and controls. All new window frames Improved detail on the rear door Different roof top hatch layout Extra antenna equipment Roof top shields for rearward facing operators All markings for Canadian ISAF in Afghanistan These are the definite changes, but there actually may be more minor ones as well. Also, if you prefer, the kit may be built with the original window frames (still supplied in this version) with only the addition of the RWS. Kinetics 1:35 scale RG-31 Mk.3 Canadian Army Mine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier with RWS is another really interesting kit from Kinetic. With its growing usage, there will be some interesting colour and marking possibilities; and further variants in the future too. Andrew has advised that the kit builds up easily and fits well too, so this newest version should hold no surprises in construction. Kinetic is to be congratulated for their ongoing exploration of current MRAPs. Long may it continue! Highly Recommended. Thanks to Lucky Model for the sample www.luckymodel.com Brett Green with additional information by Andrew Judson

We are indeed living in the golden age of modelling. Surely only a few brief years ago the very thought of a plastic model of a US M22 light tank would have been considered unthinkable. This new release from Bronco is a follow on from their British version (CB-362161) of the same tank. The US M22 was designed by US firm Marmon-Harrington, of which 830 were built from 1943 onward. The M22 was never used operationally by the US, instead being consigned to training duties in the USA. I have always liked the lines of this little tank and welcomed the news of its release. The kit is basically the same as the British version (kit CB-35161) that Brett Green reviewed and built in issue 85 of MMI, May 2013. This kits additions include the US style headlight bush guards and sand screens. Briefly, the kit consists of 285 parts in green plastic, nine in clear, 49 photo-etched parts and one decal sheet with five olive drab painting options. The quality of the moulding is outstanding with no pins mark or flash that would be visible after assembly. As with most Bronco kits there are a large number of small parts that need careful removal and clean up but thankfully all of them are very well detailed. Surface detail is very well done with subtle weld lines on the hull being the stand out here. The tracks are length and link with subtle sag moulded in. In fact, the kit is just so well done it is both a pleasure to look at and indeed build. You have to hand it to Bronco this is a very well done kit. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Bronco Model for the sample www.bronco-model.com Luke Pitt

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MIG PRODUCTIONS

P500 EUROPE DRY MUD FINE TEXTURE P501 EUROPE DRY MUD ROUGH TEXTURE P502 EUROPE WET MUD FINE TEXTURE P503 EUROPE WET MUD ROUGH TEXTURE P506 SUB SAHARA WET MUD FINE TEXTURE P507 SUB SAHARA WET MUD ROUGH TEXTURE

MIG PRODUCTIONS
P251 - DECAL SET P252 - DECAL SOFTENER
MIG Productions presents the second of two brand new product lines with their Decal Setting and Decal Softening solutions. The Decal Set is a clear liquid that will assist decal adhesion. A puddle of Decal Set may be brushed onto the painted (and ideally gloss coated) surface of your model, the decal applied and then another application of the Decal Set may be brushed over the top. Decal Softener will help you with those jobs where the decals are silvering or refuse to settle into panel lines or around raised details. Once the decal has been applied and is dry, apply the Decal Softener over the top. If there are particular problem areas you can prick or slice the decal prior to applying the softener. The final step is the most important of all once the softener has been brushed onto the decal, go away and leave it alone! The decal may crinkle alarmingly, but it will settle down and flatten out when the solution has completely dried. This is another welcome product from the MIG Productions stable, and I will be trying it out myself very soon. Recommended. Available online from Creative Models Limited www.creativemodels.co.uk Brett Green

MIG Productions has a brand new product line in their ever expanding range mud! The new range has been launched with three colors and two different textures: Europe Dry Mud, Europe Wet Mud and Sub Sahara Wet Mud with fine and rough texture. According to MIG Productions website, their muds are a coloured, slightly gritty paste made up from acrylic resin, pigment and micro particles. Applied with a brush or spatula, the product may be shaped to render a mud terrain in all kinds of conditions, sandy beach, desert dunes. It may be also used for rust and weathered metal textures. I think even more importantly, MIGs new Mud product may also be applied to the running gear, lower hull and tracks of tanks and other vehicles to depict accumulated dirt, mud and gunk. For more effects and variations, MIG Productions Mud can be mixed with paints, pigments, filters, washes and Acrylic Resin. This really is a very interesting new range with lots of potential. Ill certainly be using some of these on my next muddy project, and will let you know the results! Recommended. Available online from Creative Models Limited www.creativemodels.co.uk Brett Green

LIFECOLOR

DIORAMA AND WEATHERING SETS

MIG PRODUCTIONS

OLD BRICK RED PIGMENT. ITEM NO. P053 CREAM RUST PIGMENT. ITEM NO. P055 SIN INDUSTRIES THE FILTER: DARK GREEN GREY. P423 SIN INDUSTRIES THE FILTER: JAPAN NAVY BLUE. P424 SIN INDUSTRIES THE FILTER: GREEN FOR ALLIED TANKS. P425

Mig Productions has expanded their Pigments range with three new shades Old Brick Red and Cream Rust. Armour modellers will welcome these three versatile shades. Mig Pigments may be mixed with water, enamel thinners or applied with a soft brush straight from the jar for a dusty effect. Sin Industries is another arm of the Mig Productions empire. The Filter range provides a very thin tint over base colours and multishade camouflage finishes. This delivers a subtler impact than the usual enamel wash, and is usually applied over an entire vehicle. The three new Filters are Dark Green Grey, Japan Navy Blue and Green for Allied Tanks. All five of these new weathering products will be useful additions to the modellers finishing armoury. All Recommended. Available online from Creative Models Limited www.creativemodels.co.uk Brett Green

Lifecolor has three new sets in their Easy 3 diorama and weathering range. Please note that these are not enamel washes or pigments, but acrylic paints designed to be applied conventionally by brush or airbrush. The paints may be thinned for use as a glaze or a wash using either water or Lifecolors proprietary thinner. The first set is Scenic Detail Colours War on the Road. It supplies the following colours, all in flat finish: UA 743 Dirt Road UA 744 Middle east Asphalt UA 745 European Asphalt The next set is Grime Effect Leaking and Stains. It supplies the following colours, all in semi-gloss finish: UA 746 Lime Green UA 747 Dirty Green UA 748 Brown Green Finally we have Damp Effect - Leaking and Stains, also in semi-gloss: UA 749 Vegetable Origin Damp Green UA 750 Vegetable Origin Damp Yellow UA 751 Dark Mold In addition to these Easy 3 acrylic sets, Lifecolor has also recently released a new Uniforms Colours set for IDF Army. This provides three bottles of acrylic paints: UA 437 Dark IDF Green UA 438 Medium IDF Green UA 439 Light IDF Green All the bottles are plastic with a wide screw cap. These are interesting new options, either for modellers who prefer to stick with acrylic paints for weathering effects, or for those who might like to provide a sympathetic coloured background for pigments and enamel washes. All Recommended. Thanks to The Airbrush Company for the samples www.airbrushes.com Brett Green
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1:48 Scale A round-up of the latest news and releases

BEING NICE TO ONE ANOTHER


I am sure that a great number of people who read this column are also active members of the various forums and websites currently available. One of the things I have noticed recently is a disturbing trend of otherwise nice people who are defending actions that are, to say the least, morally questionable. This leads to the question of whether the complicated issues regarding ownership, theft, torrenting, stalking, lurking, trolling, anonymity and access to information demands a new code of ethics in this brave new digital age. Many of the ethical dilemmas raised by the Internet are not new, just virtual manifestations of very old conundrums. What I find more significant is questionable behaviour that once might have been considered relatively rare, now seems common. The proliferation of this behaviour is, in part, due to the anonymity of the online environments we all now seem to visit. In the real world our interactions are for the most part personal, but the online world brings us into close contact with relative strangers. Not personally knowing those with whom one engages, it may be tempting to conclude that it is acceptable to apply a lower ethical standard. This anonymity also strips online interactions of the sense of shame that might otherwise keep bad behaviour in check. Basically, I urge all those who partake online to consider how they would act if their conduct was to be undertaken in the full light of day. Im sure that 99% of us would do and act the same way. Its just that 1% that may be sporting broken noses after an equivalent real-life encounter. I am not by any means suggesting that I am morally superior to any of the readership in any way shape or form. In fact, I have said some things online that may be perceived as bad form in some quarters. All I am suggesting is that we just try and be a little nice to one another in our online encounters, just as in real life. Okay, Ill climb down from the soapbox and get on with the rest of the column.

Unit next time Luke Pitt

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1:48 SCALE SS PANZER CREWMAN, US TANK CREWMAN ITEM NOS. 48001 AND 48002

Krisztian Bodis The Bodi line has just expanded with two new 1:48 scale figures to add to their range of lovely 1:35 scale products already on offer. These two figures represent an SS Panzer Crew member, and a US Tanker. Both figures are standing in a relaxed pose, and could be used either in the hatch of a model, separately as a part of a vignette or diorama, or as a standalone figure. Both figures are wearing winter uniforms. Sculpting is beautifully done, with excellent facial features and convincing drape to the uniform fabric. It is great to see such high quality figures in 1:48 scale. I do hope The Bodi continues with more releases in this line. Highly Recommended. Thanks to The Bodi for the samples http://www.thebodi.hu Brett Green

TORO MODELS

1:48 SCALE DONKEY AND DOG ITEM NO. 48F58

This new addition to from Toro Models is quite a nice little set. Both of these castings have been released with the addition of figures in the past, but it is nice to have them as individual items. The Donkey is cast in two pieces and seems to be rearing backward, the dog on the other had has been cast as one piece, and is wonderfully detailed and basically would not be out of place in any setting and in any time frame. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Toro Model for the sample www.toro-model.com.pl Luke Pitt

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Luke Pitt hosts MMIs examination of the growing world of 1:48 scale military models, figures and accessories.
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As mentioned in the last couple of columns, we have been reviewing some of the earlier photoetched updates released by Royal Models, as we have never reviewed them before. The last two sets presented for review are:

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1:48 SCALE PHOTO-ETCHED UPDATES FOR THE TAMIYA SD. KFZ.232 ITEM NOS. HLX48336, HLX48338

AMMUNITION BELTS UPDATE ITEM NO. 578

This is a small photo etch fret that includes six ammunition belts in various lengths. From the dimensions they look to be five US 50 Cal belts and one 30 Cal belt. Im not a huge fan of photo etch for ammunition belts as the media is essentially flat where ammunition belts are a combination of both flat and round elements. Some insist that a coat of paint will amend this but I have had little success with this approach.

I was greatly impressed with the choice of subject when Tamiya recently released their 1:48 scale Sd. Kfz.232. The kit is sound dimensionally but lacks some of the finer details present on the real vehicle. Hauler has addressed these perceived shortcomings with the Tamiya kit with not one but two sets for this important vehicle. The first set covers all of the finer and smaller items on the outside of the vehicle like tool clasps and the distinctive triangular water cans on the mud guards. The real bonus however, on this set, is a clever mesh screen for the mufflers. I have my doubts about the pattern of the mesh itself as the real vehicle has a circular mesh pattern, but it is a noticeable improvement compared to the solid kit suppled item. Added to this, two small resin mufflers are included. The second set concerns itself with the front standoff armour often applied to this vehicle. The use of photo-etch on this area of the vehicle will greatly enhance the finesse of the completed vehicle as all of the panels are in scale. Ill go out on a limb here and say these two sets are an absolute must for the new Tamiya kit and well worth the asking price. Highly Recommended. Thanks to Hauler for the samples www.hauler.cz Luke Pitt

TANK WORKSHOP

1:48 SCALE SD.KFZ. 166 STUMPANZER EARLY ITEM NO. TWS 48 106

TIGER I (PART 2) ITEM NO. 447

The next set is far more appropriate in my opinion. It consists of the side skirts and rear mud flaps for the Tiger I. The set is better in most regards than others available today, as the side skits include the small lip at the end of the skirt itself. This is a timely release as it is well suited to the new Tamiya release of the late model Tiger I. Recommended. Thanks to Royal Model for the samples www.royalmodel.com Luke Pitt

Following on from last months review of the Tank Workshops Mid Brummbar, this month we take a quick look at the early version. Much of what I said last month pertains to this version as well but to briefly recap all of the angles are sharp and the details crisp. This version includes all the early features on the casemate as well as the addition of the early drive sprockets associated with this version. The only downside is that the crew hatches are moulded shut. This conversion is intended for the Tamiya kit and I can confirm that it fits like a glove to the lower hull assembly of either the metal or plastic hull versions. Given this conversion costs only $20 I would hazard to guess it would be both easier and cheaper to purchase this conversion than to scratch build it yourself. Highly Recommended. Thanks to The Tank Workshop for the sample www.tankworkshp.com Luke Pitt

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1:48 SCALE HERMES A1 ROCKET ITEM NO. BRS48002

The Hermes A1 anti-aircraft rocket was the American version of the German Wasserfall missile. The missile was gyroscopically controlled via remote radio link from a ground station. The direction of the missile was achieved by the four graphite rudders placed in the rocket exhaust at launch speeds, and later by the four air rudders mounted on the tail once higher speeds were achieved. The US tests were conducted in 1947 and 1948, but problems with the rocket engine delayed the launch until 1950. This new kit from Brengun Models, which is an off shoot of Hauler, consists of 15 resin pieces, 9 photo-etched pieces and a small decal sheet with various numbers. The casting of the resin pieces is first class with the missile in particular showing some very fine engraved detail on the body. Looking over my references on the subject I am in somewhat of a quandary. The kit as released has a slimmish main body and I have noted that some wartime photos of the Wasserfall missile confirm this shape. I am however finding it difficult to find photographs of this slim body on the US Hermes version being launched in the marking provided. Most reference photos show a fatter body and shallow air rudders at the rear. The slimmer body however has been seen in different markings in a museum in the United States. I am therefore not entirely certain on the accuracy or the marking choices on this kit. Recommended. Thanks to Brengun Models for the sample www.brengun.cz Luke Pitt

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TANK WORKSHOP FOR SALE

Tank Workshop has contacted this column in relation to the possible sale of the business. The owner has accepted a promotion (yes, most of the aftermarket guys do it as a sideline) and now finds little time to run the business. Anyone who may be interested in the purchase of the entire line of aftermarket conversions moulds and apparatus to produce them should contact Jay Galbierz at www.tankworkshp.com

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A round-up of the latest news and releases in 1:72 and 1:76

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1:72 SCALE ERSATZ M10 KIT NO. 7491
The kit comes in the standard lid-and-tray Dragon box with a superb Volstad illustration on the front. This, however, is the best part of the kit as the box contains few plastic parts and no photo-etched brass at all. There are two large sprues, one small sprue, a lower hull and DS tracks. Sprue A contains the running gear and a number of parts not for use, such as the various exhaust pipe variants (more on these later). Sprue C has all the new parts for the M10 conversion, the upper hull, turret, mantlet etc. These are a major disappointment, however, as they seem to be derived from the ready made range of models. All the hatches are closed, the lift rings are solid, the hull periscopes are solid and the turret add-on armour is moulded in situ. The rear hull plate is also poor as it has the exhaust pipes moulded on with solid ends, whereas the examples not for use on sprue A have hollow ends! Another major omission is the flap in the add-on glacis plate for the hull machine-gun, although this would not be too difficult to scratch-build The tracks are the standard DS type and show good detailing inside and out. The instruction sheet has the old photographic style of assembly diagrams, which are adequate apart from the fact that many of the numbers shown bear no relationship to the numbers on the sprues! Two painting and marking schemes are shown, both in olive drab, using the small decal sheet of allied stars supplied. These are for the 150 Pz. Brig., Ardennes 1944. Overall it is hard to recommend this as it appears to be a hastily produced kit version of a ready-made model, hardly fit for the Armor Pro series. Thanks to The Hobby Company for the sample www.hobbyco.net Steve Shrimpton

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1:72 SCALE VK.45.02(P)H KIT NO. 7493
This kit represents another Panzer 46 vehicle that never got off the drawing board, utilising modified Elefant hulls and Porsche King Tiger turrets. This version has the turret fitted at the rear of the hull. The illustration on the standard Dragon box lid shows great potential, but again the kit is a disappointment, marketed as an Armor Pro kit, but having no etched brass and many moulding shortcuts reminiscent of ready-made models. There are two large sprues, two small sprues, upper and lower hulls and DS tracks. The moulding is of a good standard with no flash, sink holes etc., and the detail is good on the older sprues. The instructions are of the photographic type, with a small addendum for the turret assembly, and two fictional paint schemes in late war colours. The upper and lower hulls are new mouldings, but have frustrating features such as closed hatches, moulded on tools and worst of all, moulded on Bosch headlights. These would all have to be replaced to make a reasonable display model. The main large sprue carries all the turret components and is the same sprue as in the Porsche Tiger II kit with its inherent faults, but at least the hatches are open. The running gear on the remaining sprues is the standard Elefant set-up and is well detailed as are the DS tracks. Finally, there is a small, well printed decal sheet of large and small German crosses, as no other marking are shown. Again, a disappointing kit which can only be recommended to What-If fans, willing to spend some effort to create a good display model. Thanks to The Hobby Company for the sample www.hobbyco.net Steve Shrimpton

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KIT PREVIEW

Bronco 1:35 Dak Topolino (German-Italian) Light Staff Car Kit No. CG 35156

Broncos 1:35 scale Fiat Topolino is the fourth representation of this small car in 1:35 scale. Luke Pitt explores the features of this new kit.

Impressive packaging!

MECHANICAL MOUSE
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revolution shook the small car world in April 1936 and Fiat was responsible. Nothing about the Torinese cars specification initially suggested that it would become a motoring legend. While it embodied many clever and advanced features, none of them were new. It was their realisation and the package they came in that was so remarkable. The car was the Fiat 500A Topolino and it was to become the yardstick for almost all other small cars of its day. Of course, the car had its faults. It disliked cold starts, was hard to maintain and the battery box was so positioned that metallic objects invariably fell into it and caused short circuits. This new kit from Bronco is the fourth rendition of a Fiat 500 in 1:35 scale. The first was the old Des Kit example and the second was from Model Victoria - both in resin. The first injection moulded plastic kit was released by Tamiya in late 2012, in the guise of a Simca 5 staff car. I therefore found it a little perplexing as to why Bronco would produce this kit. The kit is presented in a large box with attractive artwork. In typical Bronco fashion. A very well illustrated and precise instruction booklet is included, with two marking choices (one captured Olive Drab and one Afrika Korps version). 176 parts are included with 9 in clear, 16 in grey for the figures and 151 in sand coloured plastic for the vehicle itself. A separate upper body moulding is also included, encased in a clear plastic bubble to protect it from damage. The standard of moulding is superb. For instance, the sidewalls and mudguards are so thin that they are almost in scale. The kits details include a complete engine, fuel tank and radiator, two separate doors and an engine bonnet. The front half of the radiator grill/bodywork may be positioned open if you wish, exposing the engine. A lot of thought has gone into this assembly as there is detail on both sides of the radiator grille, both interior and exterior. On reflection, I would have liked the grille to be see through, but maybe Im asking too much as I dont think this would be possible with conventional moulding. A separate chassis is included but this piece misses out on the lightening holes on the outside rails of the chassis frame. To be fair though, these were hardly seen unless the vehicle was overturned or on a hoist. The wheels and tyre assemblies are a bit of a disappointment. I like the current trend of having the tyre split down their horizontal axes with the tread pattern as flat disks. This approach offers great fidelity of detail. For this kit Bronco has taken a backward step and produced a one piece wheel and tyre combination that has the tread moulded onto the tyre itself. The tread detail is good, but just a little faint. The real problem is; even with minor sanding to remove the seam some of the pattern is lost. The hub caps on all the wheels are moulded separately, which will allows the modeller to have these off; but the hub nuts will have to be added if you choose to do this. These are included on the sprue but are not called out in the instructions. 42 photo-etched parts are included that add to an already outstanding model. Bronco has seen fit to include the German IF8 infantry cart with this release. This is almost a kit in itself and is very well done. The tarp on the rear is finely rendered, as are the two optional wheels sets, one solid and one open. To round up this new release, two figures are included and they are some of Broncos best. The facial detail is very good, as are the fabric folds on the uniforms. Comparisons between all the kits of this little Fiat now available are inevitable. The old Des Kit can be now relegated to the dust bin. The Model Victoria kit has some minor accuracy issues (namely the grill work on top of the bonnet) but has a superior chassis and wheels. The Tamiya kit is a fine kit and simple to build, but to my eye looks a little basic in places. In my opinion, this new kit from Bronco is the best of the four. The list of accessories included is large and the overall execution of this kit is outstanding. The moulding on the bodywork is a case study on how fine plastic injection moulding can be. Its just that good. Highly Recommended. I

The one-piece body is even more impressive out of its clear container.

Nice textures on the tyres and seats.

The grille is solid but is nevertheless finely rendered.

The doors may be posed open or closed.

Parts from the included infantry cart.

Thanks to Bronco Models for the sample www.bronco-model.com


The photo-etched parts. The decal sheet is crisply printed and includes some interesting options.

Clear parts include optional closed and open windows.

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KIT PREVIEW

Dragon 1:35 3.7cm Flak 37 Kit No. 6483

The beautifully detailed muzzle brake is almost as nice as a turned metal part.

Nice thin separate armour plates.

STANDALONE FLAK
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Dragons excellent 3.7cm Flak 37 gun is now available as a standalone kit. Andy King takes a look...
minimal flash and mould pin marks are only present on the inside of the gun mount and underneath the platform. The level of detail is also very good although the gun shields are maybe a bit on the thick side and probably better replaced with etched ones. The barrel is a one piece moulding and for the purists could no doubt be replaced with a metal item but of particular note is the flash suppressor. This is the first time I have seen a injectionmoulded item that is almost comparable with an aftermarket metal one as the horizontal slots at the barrel-end of the suppressor are hollow, usually they are just moulded indents. Also, the small round indents could be drilled out to complete the look. Altogether a very impressive bit of moulding indeed. The gun may be modelled either in combat or travel mode, however there is no transport trailer included which sort of defeats the purpose of modelling it in travel mode really. Oh well, no doubt one is in the works somewhere and failing that you could always put it on the back of some vehicle! The only ammo box supplied is a cardboard one that you cut out and glue together but with weapons such as this with a high rate of fire there would be a LOT more kicking around so it would have been nice of Dragon to include a sprue or two of these. Instead you again have to look to the aftermarket people for extra ammo boxes or make your own from styrene or wood strip. Model boat shops are a good source for this. You have a choice of four colour schemes which are all from unidentified units, three from the Western Front and one from the Eastern Front with colour references from the Testor Model Master and Mr Hobby paint ranges. The rather excellent box art by Ron Volstad depicts a crew in typical Luftwaffe ground troop uniform and it would have been a nice addition to the kit, I can only hope that Dragon see fit to release a set of figures to complement it as they did with the 2cm Flak. Apart from the lack of trailer and ammo boxes, this looks to be a lovely little model and should build up into a nice replica. Although Dragon kit instructions have been getting better recently I would read through them carefully as no doubt there are some traps to catch you out but then again thats all part of the fun of modelling, or so Im told. Recommended. I riginally developed in 1935 by Rheinmetall, production of the 3.7cm Flak 18 (FLug Abwehr Kanone) was discontinued as early as 1936, however development continued with the Flak 36 that culminated in the Flak 37 and a new sighting system. It was used on all fronts and also mounted on various vehicles as mobile antiaircraft artillery, more so later models such as the Flak 43 which was mounted on a Panzer IV chassis as the Ostwind and sWS halftracks. This kit has been around for a couple of years, usually on the back of some vehicle or other, but this is the first time it has been released as a standalone weapon. In the box we find three sprues moulded in a light grey styrene, one tiny decal sheet and a cardboard cut-out ammo box. As usual, the standard of moulding is very good with

Ammunition and handles.

The base.

The main body and breech of the gun.

One side of the well detailed mount.

Thanks to The Hobby Company for the sample www.hobbyco.net


Markings for four guns are provided on the kits decal sheet.

One paper cut-out ammunition box is included.

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Tel; 01892 533036 www.modelwholesaleuk.com

(Swash, Tasca, Gap, Yosci, Royal Model)

No.7 Gordons Way, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0LN UK Tel; 01883 734746 smartmodelling@smart7.fsworld.co.uk

MONROE PERDU

ARCHER

HISTOREX AGENTS

Monroe Perdu Designs, 3168 Renee Court, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA. www.monroeperdu.com

SQUADRON

1115 Crowley Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006-1312 U.S.A

SWANN-MORTON

(Historex in UK)

PO Box 1277 Youngsville, NC 27596-1277, USA www.archertransfers.co

BADGER AIR-BRUSH COMPANY


9128W Belmont Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131 Tel; 847/678-3104 www.badgerairbrush.com email info@badgerairbrush.com (In the UK from www.shesto.co.uk)

Wellington House, 157 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ, UK Tel; 01304 206720 Fax; 01304 204528. www.historex-agents.co.uk sales@historex-agents.co.uk

ORDNANCE MODELS
Via; www.steelmodels.com Tel; 001 707 538 4850 info@pacmodels.com www.pacmodels.com

PACIFIC COAST MODELS

Owlerton Green, Sheffield, S6 2BJ Tel; +44 (0)114 234 4231 Fax; +44 (0)114 231 4966 General: info@swann-morton.com www.craftknives.com

TAMIYA JAPAN

HOBBYLINK JAPAN

Sano-shi, Kurohakama-cho 162-1, Tochigi 327-0813, Japan www.hlj.com

PANZERWRECKS PLUS MODEL

PO Box 164, Heathfield, Sussex TN21 8WA, UK www.panzerwrecks.com


(Creative Models in UK)

Tamiya, Inc., 3-7 Ondawara Suruga-ku, Shizuoka 422-8610 JAPAN www.tamiya.com

BISON DECALS

TAMIYA UK;

Available from www.hannants.co.uk and www.pdi-model-supplies.com

HUSSAR PRODUCTIONS, CANADA


www.airconnection.on.ca

BLAST MODELS

IAN ALLAN ICM

Via AFV Modeller or www.blast-models.com

www.ianallanpublishing.com Mail Order Dept 01455 254450 Kiev 02099, Ukraine, Borispolskaya 9 building 64. Tel/fax; (+38044) 369-54-12 export@icm.com.ua www.icm.com.ua

Jizni 56, 370 10 C. Budejovice, Czech Republic. plusmodel@plusmodel.cz www.plusmodel.cz

THE HOBBY COMPANY LIMITED Garforth Place, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG, UK Tel; 01908 605686 Fax; 01908 605666 enquiries@hobbyco.net www.hobbyco.net

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(Trumpeter & AFV Club in UK)

CALIBRE 35 CAMMETT

ITALERI

PO Box 80, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England, AL6 0ND Tel; 01707 391509 Fax; 01707 327 466 info@pocketbond.co.uk

www.trumpeter-china.com Pocketbond in the UK

VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS
(Historex in UK)

811 Lone Star Drive, OFallon, Missouri 63366, USA www.verlinden-productions.com

Via Hannants in UK
(Lifecolour, Scale Caliber)

(The Hobby Company in UK)

Unit 5 Greenfield Industrial Estate, Forest Road, Hay on Wye, Powys, HR3 5FA Tel; 01497 822757 Email; cammettco@btinternet.com www.cammett.co.uk

Via Pradazzo, 6, I-40012 Calderara Di Reno, Bologna, Italy, Tel; 051 726037 www.italeri.com

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VALLEJO

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21 Graham Road, Paignton TQ3 1BB Tel; 01803 558520 www.just-bases.co.uk

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VLS CORPORATION
(LSA in UK)

CLASSIC PUBLICATIONS

Midland Counties Publications, 4 Watling Drive, Sketchley Lane Industrial Estate, Hinckley, Leics UK. LE10 1YF Tel; 01455 233 747, Fax; 01455 233 737 midlandbooks@compuserve.com www.classic-publications.com

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4 High Street, Botley, Southampton, SO30 2EA Tel; 01489 781177 www.justkitsandmodels.co.uk

(TRAKZ, WINGZ, CUSTOM DIORAMICS, WARRIORS); Lincoln County Industrial Park, 1011 Industrial Court, Moscow Mills, Missouri 63362, USA www.modelmecca.com

LSA MODELS

WHITE ENSIGN

CREATIVE MODELS LTD

(Mig Productions, Vallejo, Accurate Miniatures)

Unit 6-10, Honeysome Industrial Estate, Honeysome Road, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. PE16 6TG Tel; 01354 760022 www.creativemodels.co.uk info@creativemodels.co.uk

(TASCA, MASTER BOX) Retail; 151 Sackville Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3HD, England. Tel/Fax; 01273 705420 orders@lsamodels.co.uk www.lsamodels.co.uk

SB MODELS

UK distributor for Model Victoria and Royal Model

P.O. Box 114, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0WY. Tel/Fax; 01229 430 749 sales@sbmodels.fsnet.co.uk www.sbmodels.net

Unit 5, Cobnash Industrial Estate, HR6 9RW Tel; 0844 415 0914 wem@onetel.com www.whiteensignmodels.com

WWII PRODUCTIONS, AUSTRALIA


12 Prince Street, Waratah, 2298, NSW, Australia Tel; +61 (0)2 4967 3205 Fax; +61 (0)2 4967 3207 ww2prod@optusnet.com.au

MDC

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Model Design Construction, Victoria Place, Victoria Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3FW Fax; 01773 513344 orders@modeldesignconstruction.com www.modeldesignconstruction.com

SBLC

PO Box 794, Cheltenham GL52 3ZW, UK RICHARDSBLC@aol.com

SBX MODEL SHOP

ZVEZDA

Norwich Road, Ipswich. IP1 5DN Tel; 01473 464311 www.sbxmodelshop.co.uk

(The Hobby Company in UK)

Promishlennaia Str.,2, Lobnya, Moscow Region, 141730 Russia office@zvezda.org.ru www.zvezda.org.ru

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Next Issue On sale 3rd October 2013


BATTLE OF THE BULGE
1:35 scale diorama by Patrick Dorn.

ISSUE No.90 October 2013, Published September 5th 2013


Editor; Group Editor; Publisher; Graphic Design; Advertising Manager; Advertising Sales; Advertising Assistant; Office Manager; Administration Manager; MMI Website; Brett Green Marcus Nicholls Alan Harman Alex Hall Colin Spinner Mark Peacock Joe Brown Paula Gray Hannah McLaurie ADH Web Team

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MERKAVA GENESIS
Tamiyas venerable 1:35 scale Merkava I by Sam Dwyer.

THE CHOSIN FEW


Matt Wellhouser takes us step-by-step through the painting of Young Miniatures large scale Korean War Marine bust.

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The paper used in this magazine is manufactured at the Leipa Georg Mill and is 100% recycled using de-inked pulp. The mill conforms fully with the requirements of both FSC and PEFC and carries the full accreditations for their environmental policies.

A small-scale diorama featuring Dragons 1:72 scale Churchill Mk.IV by Kamil Feliks Sztarbala.

FOR YOUR SAFETY


Dont forget, when using solvents such as glues, paints, thinners and cleaning agents, always ventilate your work area thoroughly and wear a face mask. When using power tools, side cutters or any tool that can suddenly break or create high-speed airborne particles, wear approved eye protectors with hard, clear lenses. Please always model in safety!

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Due to many influencing factors, we cannot guarantee the appearance of the above projects, but well try our best!
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The Last Post..


Jason Woollett examines a brand new 1:48 scale kit from Skunkmodels Workshop that will be an interesting crossover subject for both aircraft and military modellers.

The one-piece cab.

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SKUNKMODELS WORKSHOP 1:48 R-11 US/NATO FUEL TRUCK. KIT NO. SW-62001
he R-11 is the primary mobile refuelling vehicle for The United States Air Force. It replaced the R-9 Refueller . There are currently three models of the R-11. The first generation was delivered in 1989 to the Air Force by the Oshkosh Truck Corporation and is commonly referred to as the Oshkosh R-11. The Air Force purchased 1,250 Oshkosh R-11s between 1987 and 1991. Deliveries of the second generation R-11 began in 1994. The contract for the second generation model was awarded to the Kovatch Corporation, and the pumping and dispensing systems are mounted on a Volvo chassis. These models are commonly referred to as the Volvo R-11. Deliveries of the 3rd generation R-11 began in 2004. The contract for this model was also awarded to the Kovatch Corporation, and the pumping and dispensing systems are mounted on an International chassis. The fuel tanks hold a maximum capacity of 6,000 US gallons (23,000 L) and are able to deliver fuel at a rate of 600 US gallons (2,300 L) per minute. This third generation model is commonly referred to as the International R-11 and this is what this Skunk Models kit represents. Kinetics new 1:48 scale R-11 kit comprises approximately 159 parts in green and clear plastic and provides a detailed cab, chassis and a detailed fuel tank with access ladder and grated walkway.

This is a substantially sized kit, even in 1/48 scale.

The kit provides one option, which is the access door to fuel pump control panel that can be opened or closed. The wheels are supplied as all-plastic parts - no vinyl tyres here. Clear parts include windscreen, separate quarter windows and side windows, and various light lenses. The instruction sheet is well laid out with large easy to read instructions, though references will be need for detailed painting as there is no reference for the cab interior. Three different US Air Force paint scheme markings are provided.The decal sheet offers markings for two gloss dark green vehicles and one desert sand example. This will be a great addition to your 1:48 scale aircraft diorama or as a standalone model. Highly Recommended. I

Tyres are provided in solid plastic hooray!

Skunkmodel Workshop kits and accessories are available online from www.luckymodel.com
Clear parts for the windows and lights.

Any colour as long as it is gloss green? Not quite desert yellow is an option too. The decal sheet includes plenty of stencil markings.

MMI reader Dave Rigby offers his views on the value of local hobby shops
here in Manchester. Before it was a Modelzone store it was the Manchester Model shop, which has been in the same location since 1958. I started visiting it way back in 1971 as an 11 year old boy who like many modellers of my age cut my teeth on Airfix and Frog kits purchased from local newspaper shops and the like. The model shop was an Aladdins cave of new wonders and it was my first introduction to 1:35 scale models and of course Tamiya kits. Since 1971 I have become a regular and so 43 years on I have to say goodbye to friends made along the way. Reading Lukes editorial just brought home that, yes, you can buy any make of kit on the Internet but it can never replace the experience of going into a model shop, poring over their stock and buying your next project. Sorry to go on but this just shows how important it is to support your local model shop because one day it might not be there. Keep up the great mag! Regards Dave Rigby

READERS VIEW THE NEW SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

just received my September issue of Model Military International - another great issue. I especially enjoyed Pawel Rzymski's M32 B1 awesome. Anything Sherman based suits me ! I read Luke Pitts 1:48 commentary on the 1:48 scale pages. I am e-mailing because it struck such a big chord with me. Over the last few weeks, Modelzone has announced that they have gone into administration and therefore the branch I use is closing

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Dragon Kits are distributed in the UK by The Hobby Company Limited, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, MK5 8PG See the full Dragon range at www.hobbyco.net Find us on facebook Dragon models are available from all good model shops search Plastic Kits UK

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Heinkel He 112 in Action (SC) Bernad. Saw only limited action with the Luftwaffe. Used by the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. Went on to see service with the Spanish, Rumanian, Hungarian and Japanese AFs. Includes A and B series variants, as well Gunslingers in Action (SC) Drendel. The story of the modern day gunghter - Helicopter as sections on service with the Luftwaffe, Japan, Spain, gunships in Vietnam. Covers the origins of the gunship, gunship Hungary, and Rumania. Also covers the rocket propulsion tactics, and the various helicopters employed as gunships and experiments with the He-112. Over 100 photos, 13 color drawings, numerous line drawings; 50 pages. scouts. 99 photos, 10 detail drawings, 9 color photos and SS1159 paintings; 50 pages. SS1014

B-1 Lancer in Action (SC) Drendel. The BONE - B-1 Lancer - is the USAF's latest swing-wing heavy bomber and has seen action over Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Includes the B-1A and B-1B variants. 100 b/w photos, black & white line art, full-color centerspread and 3 full color cover drawings; 50 pages. SS1179

Junkers Ju 52 in Action (SC) Stapfer, Mau and Punka. Includes the Single-Engine Ju 52, Ju 52/3m Pre Series, Ju 52/3m fe, Ju 52/3m ge, Ju 52/3m reo, Ju 52/3m ho, C-79, Ju 52/3m g3e, Ju 52/3m g4e, Ju Reggiane Fighters in Action (SC) Bristol Blenheim in Action (SC) 52/3m g5e/g6e, Ju 52/3m g7e to g12e, Ju 52/3m g14e, Punka. Covers the WWII Italian ghter Re.2000/2001/2002 Mackay. The Bristol Blenheim opened WWII for RAF, ying Ju 52/3m See, Ju 52/3m MS, CASA 352, and AAAC-1 Toucan the rst operational sortie of a British bomber in WWII. Used in and 2005. Includes Re.2000 in Italian, Hungarian, and variants. Also covers operations in the Spanish Civil War, every theater where the British fought, the Blenheim would see Swedish service, Re.2001, Re.2002, and Re.2005 in Italian Sino-Japanese War, as well as Ju 52/3ms in foreign service action over Europe, the North African deserts and the jungles service. Also covers Re.2000 service on the Eastern Front. and postwar civil service. Over 90 b/w photos, numerous line Extensively illustrated with 100 b/w photos, line drawings, of Asia. Blenheim's were adapted to many roles notenvisioned drawings, 10 full color proles, 3 cover paintings; 50 pages. by its designers, photo reconnaissance, oat plane, and night 10 full-color proles and 3 cover paintings; 50 pages. SS1186 fghter. Over 101 photos, 40 detail drawings, 2 pages ofscale SS1177 drawings, 13 full color paintings; 50 pages. SS1088

B-2 Spirit in Action (SC) Goodall. America's 1st operational bomber to employ a BE2 in Action (SC) ying wing design and stealth characteristics has seen Cooksley Used as ghters, reconnaissance aircraft, artillery combat over Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Includes the B-2 spotters and bombers. Includes the BE2a, BE2b, BE2c, BE2d, upgrades, Air Refueling, and B-2 weapons. Also covers BE2e, BE2f, BE2g, and BE12 variants. Over 100 photos, Operation Allied Force and Operation Enduring Freedom. 100 40 detail drawings, 2 pages scale drawings, 13 full-color b/w photos, numerous line drawings, 2 pages full color art/ drawings; 50 pages. photos; 50 pages. SS1123 SS1178

Gloster Gladiator in Action (SC) Harrison. Covers operations in France, Norway, the Middle East, Malta, and Aden, as well as Gladiators in service with Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, China, Ireland, Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Portugal, Finland, Soviet Union, Australia, Free French, and South Africa. Illustrated with 100 b/w photos, line art, 10 full-color proles, 3 cover drawings; 50 pages. SS1187

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Tupolev SB in Action (SC) Stapfer. It saw service in Spain and China and was the backbone of the Soviet bomber force when the Nazi's invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. Includes the ANT-40-1, SB-2-M-100, SB-2-M-100-A, Avia B-71, Avia B-71A, Avia C-46 Commando In Action (SC) B-71B, SB-2-M-100, SB-2-M-100-A (Modied), SB-2-M-103, Love. Includes the CW-20/C-55, C-46A, R5C-1, XC-46B, XC-46C, C-46D, C-46E, C-46F, and C-46G/XC-113 variants. SB-bis-3, PS-40, PS-41, PS-41 bis, SB-MMN, USB variants. Also covers operations in the Far East as well as Post War civil Operations in Poland, Finland, Russo-German War, aircraft in and military service. 100 b/w photos, line art, 10 full-color foreign service. Over 100 photos, 38 line drawings, 10 color proles, 3 cover drawings; 50 pages. proles; 50 pgs. SS1188 SS1194

Sepecat Jaguar in Action (SC) Ashley. The Sepecat Jaguar is an Anglo-French strike aircraft, having served with the British, French airforces, and several export customers. Includes Jaguar A/GR.1, trainer variants, British and French service, Naval trials, as well as service with Oman, Ecuador, India, and Nigeria. Also covers combat operations in Iraq, Senegal, Chad, South America, and the Balkans. 97 photos, 26 line drawings, 10 color proles; 50 pages. SS1197

F4F Wildcat in Action (SC) Dann. History of the F4F's development and operational service. Includes the XF4F-2, XF4F-3, F4F-3, Xf$F-6, F4F-3A, F4F-3P, F4F-7, F4F-3S, XF4F-5, F4F-4, Xf4F-4, XF4F-8, FM-1, FM-2, G-36A, Martlet Mk I, Martlet Mk II/G-36B, Martlet Mk III, Wildcat Mk IV (F4F-4B), Wildcat Mk V, and Wildcat Mk VI variants. Also covers Wildcat exports to Finland, Belgium, and Iran. 100 photos, 10 color proles; 50 pages. SS1191

F-102A Delta Dagger in Action (SC) Davis. Supersonic interceptor aircraft that entered USAF service in 1956. Includes the YF-102, F-102A, XF-92A, YFUS Liaison Aircraft in Action (SC) 102A, F-102A, TF-102A, F-102B, F-102C, JF-102A, QF-102A, Adcock. Covers L-1 thru L-5 during WW II. Includes and PQM-102A/B variants. Also includes operational and the Stinson L-1 (O-49) Vigilant, Taylorcraft L-2 (O-57) Air Guard service. 100 photos, 35 line drawings, 10 color Grasshopper, Aeronca L-3 (O-58) Grasshopper, Piper L-4 (O- proles; 50 pages. 59) Grasshopper, and the Stinson L-5 (O-62) Sentinel. Over SS1199 90 b/w photos. 10 full-color proles; 50 pages. SS1195

Fairey Firey in Action (SC) Harrison. British WWII Naval Fighter that superceded the Fairey Fulmar in the Fleet Air Arm, and remained in British Ilyushin IL-4 in Action (SC) F-16 Falcon in Action (SC) Stapfer. Includes the DB-3S, DB-3B, DB-3T, DB-3TP, DB-3T Drendel. Over 4000 F-16s have been produced since the mid Service into the mid 1950s. Includes the F.1, F.1A, FR.1, NF.1, T.1, TT.1, NF.2, T.2, F.3, T.3, FR.4, TT.4, NF.4, FR.5, NF.5, AS.5, (Experimental), Capsule DB-3, TsKB-30, DB-3M, TsKB-30 N-1, 1970s. Includes the YF-16, F-16A/B, and F-16C/D variants. T.5, TT.5, AS.6, TT.6, AS/T.7, T.7D, U.7, T.8, U.8, and U.9 DB-3F, DB-3F, IL-4, IL-4TK, and IL-6 variants. Also covers the DB-3F in German and IL-4 in Finnish service, Approximately Also covers weapons, and other mission attachments, as well variants. Also covers Firey operations in the Pacic, Malaya, 90 photos, b/w line drawings, 10 color proles; 50 pages. as experimental F-16s, and the listing of foreign operators. and Korea, as well as Fireies in foreign service. 90 photos, 100 photos, 27 line drawings, 7 color proles; 50 pages. 17 line drawings, 10 color proles; 50 pages. SS1192 SS1196 SS1200

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C-5 Galaxy In Action (SC) Lippincott. This reprint includes 6 all-new pages packed with color photos and additional information about the Galaxy. Illustrated with 158 photos, 8 color proles and b/w line drawings; 64 pages. SS1201

F-14 Tomcat in Action (SC) Drendel. The Tomcat attained speeds greater than Mach 2 with its twin afterburning turbofan engines. The versatile aircraft performed the role of eet air defense, ghter escort, tactical air reconnaissance and air-to-surface strike ghter. This all-color In Action book is the perfect complement to the author's other book, "Tomcat!" This reissue features four new pages with color photographs and On Display locations. The book features more than 100 color photos, line drawings, color paintings and seven color proles; 56 all-color pages. SS1206

Messerschmitt Me 262 in Action (SC) Stapfer. The Me 262 not only enjoyed superior speed, but it also had deadly repower: a total of (4) Mk.108 30 mm cannon were mounted in the nose of the ghter variant. Its operational service, however, was hampered by its temperamental engines and under-strength undercarriage. A total of 1,433 Me 262s were built during World War II. Covers the production and development of the Me 262 with more than 100 photographs, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 52 pages. SS1212

Early MiG Fighters in Action (SC) Stapfer. Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the MiG Design Bureau had a near monopoly on the supply of ghter aircraft to the Soviet Air Force and the nations within Moscow's sphere of inuence. Updated with 7 pages of new material and illustrated with more than 100 photographs, plus 10 color proles, detailed line drawings, and color covers; 56 pages. SS1204

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action (SC) The P-47. The P-47 was the biggest, most heavily armed, and one of the fastest single engine ghters developed during World War II. Indeed, several P-47 experimental aircraft topped 507 mph, and several pilots claim to have own the big ghter into transonic speed ranges. More than 100 photographs, line drawings and color proles. 60 pages. SS1208

F/A-18 Hornet Color in Action (SC) Drendel. While the Super Hornet is a distant relation of the A-D Hornets, they all trace their roots to the loser of the lightweight ghter competition of the early 1970s, the Northrop YF-17. The twin-engine YF-17 had a denite advantage in this competition; on 2 May 1975, the Navy announced the MDD/Northrop design as the winner. More than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line drawings; 52 pages. SS1214

P-40 Warhawk in Action (SC) Dann. British Commonwealth air forces gave the name Tomahawk to models equivalent to the P-40B/C and Kittyhawk to models equivalent to the P-40E and all later variants. The reissue features four new pages with color photographs and locations of Still Airworthy and On Display modern examples of the P-40. Illustrated with more than 100 photographs, 10 color proles, line drawings; 64 pgs. SS1205

P-51 Mustang in Action (SC) Davis. The P-51 Mustang was one of the most outstanding aircraft developed by the Allies during World War II. Dozens of period photographs from around the world illustrate the production, development, and evolution of the legendary Mustang. Illustrated with more than 130 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages. SS1211

C-141 Starlifter in Action (SC) Burford. The rst C-141 rolled out of the Lockheed Plant in Georgia on 22 August 1963 to much fanfare. From there, in war and peace, the C-141's story has been lifted to the stars of aviation history. Illustrated with over 150 color and 8 b/w photographs, 3-view drawing, 3-scheme color camouage art, and color proles; 58 pages. SS1215

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F4U Corsair In Action (SC) Sullivan. The Corsair was rst conceived as a high-speed, high-altitude ghter for the Navy in 1938 when Chance Vought's design team drew up plans for a ghter with a 1,800 hp engine and a huge 13-foot propeller - the F4U's F6F Hellcat in Action (SC) famous inverted gull wing was introduced to allow prop Sullivan. The heavily-armed ghters could pack armament clearance. Illustrated with 169 photographs (53 in color) plus including six wing-mounted .50 caliber machine guns, 20mm color proles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages. cannons, wing-mounted rockets and a bomb rack. This book SS1220 takes detailed look at F6F Hellcat with 100 photographs, color proles, detailed line drawings; 60 pages. SS1216

F-22 Raptor in Action (SC) Drendel. This volume traces the history of the Raptor and describes in detail why it is likely to be the world's best ghter for years to come. With the onset of the Obama Administration, Raptor production was capped at 187 units. As challenges to US global leadership mount, however, the Raptor's capabilities will face increasing demand. Illustrated with 169 photographs plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 56 pages. SS1223

US Navy UAVs in Action (SC) Neubeck. UAV evolved extensively and saw extensive action during Operation Desert Storm - the war against Iraq in 1991. UAVs can stay aloft 2 or 3 days and ground operators can be rotated on a regular schedule; they also use less fuel thus reducing operating costs. Newer roles, such as bombing, are also being considered for UAVs, some of which will be equipped to carry a weapon pod or bomb rack. SS1217

B-25 Mitchell in Action (SC) Doyle. The US supplied B-25s to the British Royal Air Force and to the Soviet Union, which ew them against the Nazis on the Eastern Front. Through period photographs and detailed information, the career of the Mitchell is covered from the experimental NA-40 prototype to the nal production B-25J model. US Marine Corps PBJ versions are also chronicled. Illustrated with nearly 200 photographs, more than 80 of them rare period photos in original color, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages. SS1221

F-84 Thunderjet In Action (SC) Davis. Thunderjets ew 86,408 missions during the conict and took out 60 percent of the ground targets eliminated by American forces. In addition, 8 Soviet-built MiG ghters met their end thanks to F-84 pilots. After the Korean War, the F-84 took part in the Suez Crisis and the Berlin Crisis and stood alert during the rst 2 decades of the Cold War. Illustrated with 164 photographs plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages. SS1224

A-10 Warthog in Action (SC) Drendel. Introduced in the mid-1970s, the A-10 has seen service in the Gulf War of 1990-1991; in the Balkans, later in the 1990s; in Afghanistan after 2001; and in the occupation of Iraq, beginning in the spring of 2003. Illustrated with more than 106 photographs, 11 full color paintings, 43 detail drawings and 2 pages of 3-view drawings; 56 pages. SS1218

P-38 Lightning in Action (SC) Doyle. The Lightning saw service in Europe, and it was after ying a P-38 to assess the progress of the Normandy Invasion in 1944, US Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle referred to the Lightning as "the sweetest-ying plane in the sky." Illustrated with nearly 150 period photographs, a third of them rare original color photos, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages. SS1222

B-52G/H Stratofortress in Action (SC) Katz. This volume is packed with historical, and recent photographs of the B-52. As part of his research, the author ew on a B-52 training mission, and the ight report in this volume is the most detailed description of a B-52 mission ever published. Illustrated with color proles, detailed line drawings and over 190 photographs; 88 pages. SS10207

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F-117A Nighthawk Walk Around (SC) Goodall. Losses of aircraft to radar directed missiles and antiaircraft guns during the Vietnam War led the USAF to develop a strike aircraft less visible to radar. Also used in the Persian Gulf War and more recently in Yugoslavia. Details cockpits, engines, landing gear and weapons. 12 color proles, 40 pages color; 80 pages. SS5526

Bf 109E Walk Around (SC) Stapfer. The Messerschmitt Bf 109E was the backbone of the Luftwaffes ghter force from the Invasion of Poland, the Battle for France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain, and the Invasion of Russia. This title gives a comprehensive inside and out coverage of the Bf 109E and includes details of engines, cockpits, landing gear, airframe and more. Illustrated with over 100 b/w and over 100 color photos, 16 color drawings, 20 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5534

MiG-21 Fishbed Walk Around Part 1 (SC) Stapfer. The MiG-21 began production in 1959 and would continue in production until 1985. Also the longest production run of any combat aircraft. This title includes inside and out coverage of the MiG-21F-13 (Fishbed C), PF (Fishbed D), PFM Fishbed F), U (Mongol A), and UM (Mongol B) variants. Illustrated with over 114 b/w and 100 color photos, 12 color drawings, 11 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5537

F-15 Eagle Walk Around (SC) Drendel. The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 rst entered service in 1974 and became the USAF's premier ghter of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. Inside and out coverage of all variants with emphasis on F-15C and F-15E. Cockpits, radar, weapons, landing gear/wheel wells, and engines, etc.. Illustrated with 92 b/w and 109 color photos, 14 color drawings, 9 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5528

EA-6B Prowler Walk Around (SC) Michaels. The need for Electronic Warfare aircraft developed after WWII with the rapid development and proliferation of sophisticated guided weapons. This title gives inside and out coverage of fuselage, wings, tail, cockpits, engines, landing gear, and more. Illustrated with over 83 b/w and 118 color photos, 12 color drawings, 5 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5535

F-8 Crusader Walk Around (SC) Barthelmes. The F-8 entered service in 1957 and was to remain in US service until 1987, and in French service until 2000. In Vietnam the F-8s had the highest kill ratio of any USN aircraft, which earned it the title of "MiG Master". This title includes interior/exterior photo coverage of cockpits, engines, landing gear, airframes and weapons. Illustrated with over 137 b/w and 124 color photos, 12 color drawings, 8 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5538

AH-1 Cobra Walk Around (SC) Mutza. In this title the AH-1 is presented in meticulous detail. Includes cockpits, engines, weapons, airframe and more. Also covers US Marine Corps version. Illustrated with 112 b/w and 96 color photos, 12 color drawings, and 9 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5529

UH-1 Huey Gunships Walk Around (SC) Mutza. Not long after the UH-1s ew their rst support roles (medevac, etc.) in Vietnam in 1962, armed version began to appear. This title gives inside and out coverage of the US Army's workhorse combat helicopter during the Vietnam War. Includes the UH-1s engines, rotors, airframe, and cockpit and cabin plus a wide variety of weapons. Illustrated with over 106 b/w and 97 color photos, 14 color drawings, 7 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5536

MiG-21 Fishbed Walk Around Part 2 (SC) Stapfer. The MiG-21 began production in 1959 and would continue in production until 1985, making it not only the most produced supersonic jet aircraft ever, but also the longest production run of any combat aircraft. With details on the airframes, cockpits, landing gear, engines and weapons. Illustrated with over 123 b/w and 97 color photos, 12 color drawings, 11 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5539

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Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Walk Around (SC) A supersonic all-weather counter-air ghter, the Su-27 is equipped with a look-down/shoot-down weapons system and beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles. Its range, thrust-to-weight ratio and maneuverability are all signicant MiG-15 Walk Around (SC) improvements over earlier Soviet ghters; one of the world's Stapfer. This title includes inside and out coverage of the foremost combat aircraft and a potent adversary. Over 200 MiG-15 Fagot-A, MiG-15 Fagot-A (modied), Mig-15 Fagot-B color and b/w photos, line drawings and 10 color proles; (Early), MiG-15bis and Fagot-B (late) variants: with details on 80 pages. the airframes, cockpits, landing gear, engines and weapons. Illustrated with over 100 b/w and 124 color photos, 12 color SS5547 drawings, and 27 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5540

Douglas A-26 Walk Around (SC) Mesko. Only American combat aircraft to see combat service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Pilot and bombardier/ navigator were positioned side-by-side, while a single gunner sat in the rear behind the bomb bay where he operated two remote controlled twin .50-cal machine gun turrets. Over 200 photographs, color proles, line drawings; 80 pages. SS5551

OV-1 Mohawk All Walk Around (SC) The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was the rst turboprop aircraft to enter into US Army service to ll the role of visual, photo Me 262 Walk Around (SC) and electronic reconnaissance. The Mohawk was retired from Concise history of Messerschmitt's Schwalbe, the world's U.S. Army service in 1996. More than 150 photographs, line rst operational turbojet ghter aircraft. An extensive visual drawings, and 12 color proles; 80 pages. description of the airframe - inside and out from every perspective; detail photos are of Me 262A-1 WNr 500071 as SS5549 restored at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Illustrated with more than 100 b/w photos, over 100 color photos, 12 full color proles plus line drawings and scrap art; 80 pages. SS5542

AH-64 Apache Walk Around (SC) Bernstein. The AH-64 Apache, considered by many to be the worlds premiere armed helicopter, has been in service with the US Army for more than 2 decades. Designed principally as an antitank helicopter to combat large Soviet armored formations invading Western Europe, the Apache has had a major renaissance in recent years. A detailed look illustrated with more than 200 color photographs, color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5552

MiG-17 Walk Around (SC) The MiG-17 'Fresco' followed the MiG-15 'Fagot' into Soviet AF service and evolved into a highly maneuverable, reliable and easy-to-maintain air combat ghter. Every detail of this Cold War ghter aircraft is illustrated with over 200 color and b/w photos, line drawings and 12 color proles; 80 pgs. SS5546

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Walk Around (SC) Werner. The OH-58D was Bells answer to the U.S. Armys request for a digital platform to aid new artillery. Originally unarmed as part of the Army Helicopter Improvement Program, the OH-58D was based on the OH-58C. The helicopters success led to the decision to arm it with two hard points capable of holding either .50-caliber machine guns, seven-shot rocket pods, Air-to-Air Stingers, or Hellre missiles. This book takes a detailed look at the Kiowa Warrior with more then 200 color photos, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5550

E-2 Hawkeye Walk Around (SC) Neubeck. The E-2 Hawkeye is the rst U.S. Navy carrierbased aircraft designed specically to ll the all-weather airborne early warning mission. In addition to war service, the versatile aircraft has been used by the US Coast Guard for patrolling the coastal areas as well as by law enforcement agencies for drug trafc interdiction. Takes a detailed look at the E-2 Hawkeye with more than 200 photographs, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5553

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Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The US Navy began taking deliveries of the PBY-5A in October 1941 and then placed orders for over 600 more following Pearl Harbor. During WWII, PBYs conducted anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, F-111 Aardvark Walk Around (SC) convoy escort, search-and-rescue operations, and cargo Neubeck. This aircrafts original design met 2 different transport. Some PBY-5As went to the US Army and others to US mission roles for the US military. It served in Vietnam, Libya, Allies - Australia, Britain, Canada and the Free French forces. and Operation Desert Storm. Currently, the Royal Australian This book presents a comprehensive view of Catalina with 170 Air Force continues to y the C-model plane, and the aircraft photographs, color proles, detailed line drawings; 72 pags. has one of the best safety records in the Air Force inventory. SS5560 Features 12 color proles, 3-view illustration, line drawings, and over 200 color and 21 b/w photos. 80 pages. SS5557

Lancaster Bomber Walk Around (SC) Mackay. Known for its greenhouse cockpit, turret nose, twin tail, and 33-foot long bomb bay the Lancaster took part in Air Marshall Harriss 'Operation Gomorrah' in July 1943, in which Germanys industrial center of Hamburg was devastated by round-the-clock bombing raids. In the thick of the air war, the Lancasters also paid a high price - 3,249 were lost in action. Illustrated with 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5563

F-89 Scorpion Walk Around (SC) Savage. Equipped with advanced radar for its time, the Scorpion guarded the Cold War skies over the northern Macchi C.205 Veltro Walk Around (SC) frontiers of the United States, ready to confront Soviet Di Terlizzi. After the war, modied C.205s went on to serve circumpolar nuclear bomber attack, while earning the the Royal Egyptian Air Force during its 1948 war with Israel. distinction of being the 1st combat aircraft armed with nuclear air-to-air weapons (Genie rockets). Illustrated with Close-up look at one of WWIIs most aesthetically pleasing 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line and innovative single-seat ghters! Illustrated with 225 photographs, color proles, detailed line drawings; 80 pags. drawings; 60 pages. SS5561 SS5558

F-102A Delta Dagger Walk Around (SC) Neubeck. The Convair F-102A Delta Dagger was developed for the US Air Force as a supersonic interceptor at the onset of the Cold War. It featured a 60 degree swept delta wing to lessen drag coefcient and yield stability at very high altitudes. After retirement in the US, 152 of the planes were converted to high-speed, unmanned drones for use as test targets for newer ghters. More than 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5564

Saab 35 Draken Walk Around (SC) Putnikov. Sweden's most famous ghter, hailed by some as a F-84F Thunderstreak Walk Around (SC) 'ghter pilots dream,' was developed and built by the Saab Neubeck. The F-84F remained in service with several company between 1955 and 1974. Designed with the Cold European air forces for decades, with Greece only retiring its War situation in mind, the Draken was specially tailored to last Thunderstreak in 1984. Illustrated with more than 250 Sweden's particular needs. Illustrated with 260 photographs, photographs, color art, and proles; 80 pages. plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5559 SS5562

F4U Corsair Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The F4U Corsair was arguably the best piston-engine carrier-borne ghter ever produced. Designed in 1938 and rst own in 1940, the Corsair remained in production until 1953, long after many of its contemporaries had been rendered obsolete. In addition to detailed line drawings and color prole illustrations, this volume is packed with over 200 photographs, 80 pages. SS5565

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B-29 Superfortress Walk Around (SC) Savage. Equipped with pressurized cabins for high-altitude effectiveness, with an electronic re-control system, and remote-controlled machine gun turrets, the B-29 Superfortress was the most advanced aircraft of WWII. A B-17G Flying Fortress Walk Around (SC) unique look at the plane that ushered in the nuclear age. Doyle. The B-17 Flying Fortress is arguably the most famous Illustrated with over 210 photographs; 80 pages. US bomber of World War II, and perhaps all time. The vast SS25054 majority of these aircraft were the G-model, accounting for 8,680 of the 12,730 Flying Fortresses built. Not surprisingly, with more than eight thousand examples being produced by three manufacturers, a number of changes were introduced in the course of the production run. This new addition to Squadrons Walk Around series takes the reader over, under, and through the B-17G, illustrating the subtle - and not so subtle - changes in gun mounts, turrets, crew positions, and other details. Ten aircraft were photographed in order to create this comprehensive look at the famed Flying Fortress through more than 300 photos with detailed captions; 88 pages. SS5567 KC-135 Stratotanker Walk Around (SC) Katz. Many air forces can conduct missions such as air superiority and ground attack, but only the US Air Force has truly global reach. This book contains the most detailed photographic documentation of the KC-135 inside and out that has ever been published, as well as color proles of the KC-135R in the markings of every major USAF command that has operated that variant. Illustrated with 240 photographs, detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages. SS25066

B-26 Marauder Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner workings and outer features of the B-26G, with additional coverage of the B-26, B-26B, and B-26C. The B-26 Marauder saw service in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacic, including use by the United States, the Free French, the Royal Air Force and the South African Air Force. More than 220 photographs, plus numerous detailed line drawings and color proles. SS25069

Heinkel He 111 Walk Around (SC) Mackay. This iconic warplane had its origins as a cutting-edge civil airliner in the mid-1930s. Although produced in large numbers and exported to many countries before and during the war, few examples survive today. This volume features detailed photographic images of the He 111P-1 restored and preserved in Norway, and the He 111H-20 on display in the RAF museum. Illustrated with 228 photos, detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages. SS25070

A-4 Skyhawk Walk Around (SC) Drendel. The carrier-capable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is one of the most successful modern combat aircraft. During the 25 years in which the A-4 was on the production line, 2,960 Skyhawks were built. A relatively light aircraft, with a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds and with a top speed exceeding 600 mph, the Skyhawk was operated not only by the US Navy and Marines but also by the air forces of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and Kuwait. Introduced in 1956, Skyhawks played major roles in the Vietnam War, the 1973 Arab-Israeli October War, and the Falklands/ Malvinas Conict in 1982. With a reputation for toughness and agility, Skyhawks remained a part of the American arsenal for nearly half a century - the U.S. Navy retired the A-4 as recently as 2003. Meanwhile, the battle-tested warrior continues to serve today other militaries around the world. Illustrated with 205 photographs, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS25041

F9F Cougar Walk Around (SC) Neubeck. Photographs in this volume illustrate in detail the differences between the various Cougar models, making use of over a dozen display aircraft located in museums across the United States as well as one Cougar on display in Argentina. Grounded in solid historical research, features historical images from the photo archives of both the U.S. Navy and Grumman, includes rare photos of F9F Cougar in its nal days, serving as a target drone for later generations. SS25068

B-25 Mitchell Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Profusely illustrated, enhancing color photographs, taken both on the ground and in the air, four vintage blackand-white images and 14 line drawings further illustrate details, while ve color renderings of aircraft and markings provide a glimpse at the nature of the crews. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs; 80 pages. SS25071

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Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow (SC) Thompson. In this volume we hear from the crews who rode the Black Widow into battle all over the world. The outbreak of war in Europe left no room for doubt that the United States needed quickly to come up with a specialized night ghter to confront the totally new face of air combat. Illustrated with 152 photographs; 112 pages. SS6701 B-29 Superfortress Combat Chronicles (SC) Hilton. In early 1945, the 40th BG moved to newly-liberated Tinian from which they took part in the nal chapter of WWII - the aerial assault on the Japanese home islands. Introduces you to fellow veterans of the 40th who relate their no-less extraordinary experiences - ditching in the Bay of Bengal, lost in the Siberian Taiga, downed behind enemy lines in China, taken prisoner after bailing out over Tokyo. Personal accounts from the men who served on the front lines of the air war in the Pacic, a unique primary historical source and a truly exciting read. Illustrated with over 100 photographs; 120 pages. SS36002 Aeroscouts in Vietnam Combat Chronicles (SC) Mutza. The Army developed new tactical doctrine using helicopters - the airmobile concept - which was based largely on air cavalry units. Such units were descendants of the US Cavalry, which had operated as light, horse-mounted infantry. Packed with more than 30 action packed, often hair raising rst-hand accounts of helicopter scout combat in Vietnam, this latest addition takes you into the thick of the action. Besides being exciting reading, these personal recollections by dozens of the ghters themselves provide invaluable, primary source historical coverage of one of America's epic conicts as experienced by frontline helicopter scouts. Illustrated with 160 photographs; 136 pgs SS36003

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Douglas DC-9/MD-80 at the Gate (SC) Peeler. The most successful of all the twin-jet transports, the DC-9 brought jet travel to the general public. The DC-9 and its descendants have transported countless people to big cities and tiny towns, serving communities that had never before known jet travel. Military versions have served in the aeromedical evacuation, logistics and VIP transport roles. Traces the development and many users of this important aircraft in 200 color and b/w photos, line drawings and color proles; 80 pages. SS5801

MiG Alley - Air to Air Combat Over Korea (SC) Davis. A pictorial record of the American pilots and their aircraft who ran up a 10 to 1 victory ratio over the MiG-15.In all, 976 "North Korean" aircraft were shot down in the three years of the Korean War. This title gives a history of the Air War in Korea, as well as the pilots own words of what it was like to y the F-86 Sabre (also F-82, F-51D, F9F-3, B-29, & F3D-2) against North Korean and Soviet pilots. Illustrated with 145 photos, 7 maps, 28 drawings, 40 full color drawings; 80 pgs. SS6020 Planes, Names & Dames Volume 2: Korea (SC) Davis. The art of decorating the front section of military aircraft goes back to the First World War. It was a way of personalizing a piece of machinery that one depended on every day. The theme went from patriotism to the latest trend in music to sex (girls), and this sort of art appeared on every type of aircraft. This title covers military aircraft nose art of the post war period including the Korean War and the late 50s. Extensively covers the wide variety of personal and mission markings carried by the F-80, F-84, F-86, B-29, F- 51s and other planes in Korea. Illustrated with 239 b/w and 47 color photos, 64 pages. SS6058 Red Ladies in Waiting (SC) Stapfer. This title is considered by the author as a retrospective of the early 1990s, the ex-Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. The former Soviet Union had a number of facilities to store and display aircraft, including complexes at Khodinka, Ramenskoye and Tushino. Includes coverage of facilities in Hungary and former East Germany, as well as US aircraft that found their way into Soviet/Eastern Bloc service. Illustrated with 213 b/w and 56 color photos; 64 pages. SS6065

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Boeing 737 At The Gate (SC) Tidwell. Few commercial aircraft have enjoyed a production run that spans more than four decades and service in nearly every nation on Earth. The Boeing 737 has such a track record. Takes the reader on a journey through the continuing story of the 737 from the rst aircraft to roll of the production line in the 1960s, to the very latest airframes being delivered to major airlines today. The book also offers the reader a look at some of the most interesting 737 liveries as well as parts of the aircraft that few people get to see. Also covered are business jets, cargo carriers, and military versions of the 737 that are less familiar even to the thousands of air travelers who have own aboard this legendary Boeing liner. Illustrated with over 220 photographs; 96 pages. SS28002

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Pride of Seattle (SC) The story of the rst 300 Boeing B-17Fs. A fascinating book revealing the varied fates of the machines and their crews, diverse, often tragic, sometimes inspiring but always interesting. Illustrated with 120 b/w period photos, 32 full color proles; 64 pages. SS6074 Aces (SC) Arab Air Forces Post WWII (SC) Tullis. Traces the history of the air forces of the Arab nations through the turbulent years after WWII and their many conicts with Israel as well as many clashes amongst themselves. Includes Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Arab Republic, and the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen. Illustrated with 204 b/w, 28 color photos, 12 color drawings, 2 maps; 64 pgs. SS6066 Planes, Names & Dames Volume 3 (SC) Davis. The art of decorating the front section of military aircraft goes back to the First World War. It was a way of personalizing a piece of machinery that one depended on every day. The theme went from patriotism to the latest trend in music to sex (girls), and this sort of art appeared on every type of aircraft. This third volume of military aircraft nose art covers the Vietnam period (1955-1975). Includes aircraft types such as F-86, F-104, A-26K, UH-1, OV-1C, A-1J Skyraider, F-4E, F-105D, F-8E, and many more. Includes some art from foreign airforces. Illustrated with 259 b/w and 91 color photos; 80 pages. SS6068 And Kill MiGs (SC) Drendel. Revised edition. USN, USAF, and USMC aerial combat over North Vietnam, 1981 Sixth Fleet shoot down of Libyan ghters, and Operation Desert Storm. Includes pilots own descriptions of engagements, with lists of USAF and USN MiG killers in Vietnam, as well as section on the North Vietnamese Enemy with listing of the MiGs' Kills. Illustrated with 168 b/w and 19 color photos, 46 color drawings, 1 map, 1 b/w drawing; 104 pages. SS6072 Aces 3 (SC) Patton. This title gives the exploits of the aces, their aircraft and tactics, from WWI to the War in Vietnam. The stories of 59 air aces since WWI, plus one tank ace of WWII. Includes such notables as Joseph M. McConnell, Richard "Dick" Bong, Randy Cunningham, and Ernst Udet. Illustrated with 139 color drawings, and 62 b/w drawings; 64 pages. SS6088

Tomcat! (SC) The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twinengine, variable sweep wing, two-place ghter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions. The F-14 can track up to 24 targets USN Aircraft Camouage & Markings 1940-45 (SC) simultaneously with Doll. A highly detailed its advanced weapons and informative look control system and at the variations of attack six with Phoenix camouage schemes AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace. and insignias used by Armament also includes a mix of other air intercept missiles, the US Navy during rockets, and bombs. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat has retired WWII. Includes both after over 30 years of service. It was the nal member of a carrier and land based family of Grumman cats which began almost seventy years aircraft. Illustrated ago. This book presents a personal narrative of the testing with 150 b/w and 6 and operational use of the Tomcat. More than 150 color color photos, 40 color photographs, color paintings, and color proles; 64 pages. drawings; 64 pages. SS6092 SS6087

Patton. The exploits of the aces , their aircraft and tactics, from WWI to the Korean Conict. Includes such notables as Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron), Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, Francis S. Gabreski, Herman Graf, and the novel inclusion of Michael Wittmann as the "Tiger Ace", and many more. Illustrated with 20 b/w photos, 116 color drawings, and 48 b/w drawings; 64 pages. SS6077 Aces 2 (SC) Patton. The exploits of air aces - pilots who shot down ve or more enemy aircraft - have fascinated the world since WWI. Successful aces combined the killer instinct, mastery of their aircraft andof air combat tactics, and the ability trapidly adjust to changes in their situation. Chronicles 29 aces from WWI, WWII and the '67 Arab-Israeli war. 40 b/w drawings, 30 pages color proles, 64 pages SS6084

Worldwide F-16 Markings (SC) The F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the 'Viper', evolved from a 1972 USAF lightweight ghter prototype program to create a small, low-cost, air superiority day ghter designed for high performance and ease of maintenance and achieved combatready status in October 1980. Since then, 21 foreign nations including Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Egypt and Israel have the F-16, making it the most popular ghter in the world. The varied national insignia, squadron markings and camouage of these international F-16s are depicted in full color. Over 200 color photos; 64 pags. SS6091

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Air War Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom (SC) Drendel. All new book covering Allied airpower in the war to topple Aircraft Specials Saddam Hussein. Full The Aviation Art of Lou Drendel (SC) color and b/w photos Drendel. Lou Drendel of ghters, bombers, has been drawing and transports, helicopters, painting airplanes since and the people who he can remember. y and maintain Inspired by the model them. Also includes US airplanes his father built CENTCOM - Air Forces for him, he took pencil and Navies Air Order of and paper and began Battles. Illustrated with drawing. He hasnt 100 b/w and 117 color stopped yet, more than photos; 64 pages. 60 years later. Lous art SS6124 has been featured in dozens of books P-61 Black Widow Special (SC) published by Squadron/ Thompson. During Signal. Now, they are gathered together in one volume. This World War II, nightly book displays more than 200 of the extraordinary works of raids by Luftwaffe the famed aviation artist; 64 pages. bombers over Britain forced the United States SS6093 to develop nightVietnam Scrapbook An Army Pilot's Combat Tour (SC) ghting abilities. The Steinbrunn. In January P61 Black Widow 1966, Robert was created as a new Steinbrunn entered the prototype with airborne US Army for 4 intercept radar. It also memorable years. featured four .50 At Fort Rucker, caliber machine guns in Alabama, he received a top-mounted turret training in Bell and four 20mm helicopters, including the Huey and Iroquois cannons underneath to handle any threats in the darkness. The crew consisted of a pilot, a gunner and a radar observer. (UH-1A, B and D models). Afterward, he This book takes a detailed look at the development and was sent to Fort Knox, implementation of the P-61 Black Widow night ghters with Kentucky, where he about 200 photographs and detailed line drawings; 64 pages. was assigned to A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry, the SS6126 'Ruthless Riders', ying the short-cabin Bell UH-1C gunship. After honing their reconnaissance skills in training, the 3rd Army Aviation in Vietnam Special (SC) Mutza. During and 7th Squadrons became the 'eyes and ears' of the 4th Infantry Division, which was based at Camp Enari, Pleiku, in Vietnam, the US Army employed a variety of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Steinbrunn documented his time ying helicopters in Vietnam and has compiled his aircraft to accomplish memories into a memorable book. Illustrated with more than combat missions. Following turf and 200 photographs; 80 pages. budget debates with SS6098 the Air Force, the Army Operation Enduring Freedom (SC) settled on the use of Drendel. Noted military various helicopters and author Lou Drendel some xed-wing outlines the initial Allied observation planes. military response against Using airmobility and the al-Queda terrorist air assault strategies, network and the Taliban the Army was able to government in demonstrate the ability to rapidly move signicant amounts Afghanistan that of men and equipment on the battleeld. Army aircraft provided them safe were further used as gunships, medevacs, air controllers haven and training as well as surveillance and transportation. This book takes facilities. Extensively a detailed look at the development and implementation of illustrated with over 200 Army Aviation in Vietnam with nearly 200 photographs, color photos - half in full-color, proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. 1 map; 64 pages. SS6127 SS6123 Air Force Colors Volume 1 (SC) Bell. Covers the development and application of US Army Air Corps camouage markings from the post WWI timeframe to early WWII. Includes Standard Insignia, markings and colors, unit markings, VIP aircraft, GHQAF and the Designator System, Training Colors, and Camouage. Also covers Combat Groups and Squadron Insignia. Illustrated with 198 b/w and 3 color photos, 67 color aircraft proles; 96 pages. SS6150 Air Force Colors Vol 3 (SC) This volume traces the history of WWII Army Air Force colors and marking in both the Pacic Theater and the Zone of the Interior (ZI). 96 pages, 16 in color, over 200 photos. SS6152 56th Fighter Group (SC) Flying P-47s, the 56th FG was one of the highest scoring USAAF Fighter Groups in Europe. Traces the Group from WWI I through action in Korea and Vietna m until today. Over 200 photos, 8 pages of color, 64 pages. SS6172 Fighter Squadron 14 - Tophatters (SC) The oldest serving squadron in the history of the USN. VF-14 can trace its history back to September of 1919 and serve d in WWII, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Over 175 photos, 8 pages of color, 80 pgs SS6173 357th Fighter Group (SC) Formed in California in Dec of '42 and equipped with P-39s. More than one year later, the Group was thrown into combat ying P-51 Mustangs against th e Luftwaffe. The history and combat opera tions from its formation to the end of the war in Europe. Over 140 photos, 8 pages color proles, 64 pages. SS6178

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EA-6B Prowler in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. This title gives Aircraft Specials 31st Fighter Group USAAF WWII (SC) a comprehensive look, inside and out, of the US The USAAF's 31st Fighter Navy's primary Electronic Group had an outstanding Countermeasures Aircraft. record, ying Spitres and Illustrated with 171 b/w Mustangs in the 8th, 12th and 35 color photos, 24 b/w and 15th Air Forces. Entering the war as the rst American drawings; 72 pages. Fighter Group to participate SS8246 in the European Theater P-51 Mustang in Detail of Operations, the 31st FG & Scale Part 1 (SC) ended the war as the top Kinzey. Complete development scoring Allied ghter group of Allison-powered RAF in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations and the fth Mustang Mk I, USAAF highest overall for the USAAF with 570 1/2 conrmed aerial P-51, A-36, and P-51A and victories. Approximately 200 b/w photos, line drawings and Merlin-powered P-51B and 40 color proles; 80 pages. P-51C. Illustrated with 163 b/w and 30 color photos, and SS6180 37 b/w drawings; 72 pages. 4th Fighter Group in WWII (SC) SS8250 The 4th initial operated F-84 Thunderjet in with Spitres but changed Detail & Scale (SC) to P-47s and nally to Kinzey. Includes complete P-51s. The rst 8th AF ghter group to penetrate inside and out tour of the different variants and a German air space and 2-page modeling summary. rst to engage enemy Illustrated with 156 b/w aircraft over Paris and and 48 color photos, 8 Berlin, the 4th claimed 1000 kills , the highest of color drawings, 41 b/w line any USAAF ghter group in drawings; 80 pages. WWII. Over 250b/w SS8259 photos, line drawings, 10 color proles; 80 pages. P-40 Warhawk in Detail & Scale Part 1 (SC) SS6181 Kinzey. Extensive interior Hawker Hunter in Color (SC) and exterior photo coverage Robinson. The Hawker of the different variants. Hunter was designed in Includes a 2-page modeling 1948 as a RAF replacement summary. Illustrated with 166 for the Gloster Meteor. The b/w and 51 color photos, 10 Hunter served with the RAF color drawings, 29 b/w line in the 1950s and 1960s, drawings; 80 pages. and has served with nearly twenty foreign air forces. SS8261 This title covers every RAF P-40 Warhawk in Detail Squadron to y the Hawker & Scale Part 2 (SC) Hunter. Illustrated with 54 Kinzey. Includes a 2-page b/w and 6 color photos, 200 modeling summary. Illustrated color drawings; 32 pages. with 152 b/w and 62 color SS6506 photos, 10 color drawings, 26 USAF Europe Volume 2 in Color (SC) b/w line drawings; 80 pages. SS8262 Robinson. Covers the bombers of SAC, the ghters of TAC, transports, the Military Air Lift Command and the P-39 Airacobra in trainer and liaison aircraft. Detail & Scale (SC) Illustrated with 43 photos, Kinzey. Illustrated with 185 over 85 full-color drawings; b/w and 58 color photos, 10 32 pages. color drawings, 28 b/w line SS6563 drawings; 83 pages. SS8263

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B-24 Liberator in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. Includes a 2-page modeling summary. Illustrated with 177 b/w and 55 color photos, 10 color drawings, 23 b/w line drawings; 83 pages. SS8264

F4F Wildcat in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. Includes a 2 page modeling summary. Illustrated with 141 b/w and 57 color photos, 12 color drawings, 38 b/w line drawings; 80 pages. SS8265 F-106 Delta Dart in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. Includes a 7-page modeling summary. Illustrated with 146 b/w and 30 color photos, 25 b/w line drawings; 72 pages. SS8269 F-100 Super Sabre in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. Includes a 8-page modeling summary. Comprehensive photo-archive showing the F-100 inside and out. Illustrated with 154 b/w and 40 color photos, 28 b/w line drawings; 72 pages. SS8270 FJ Fury in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. This title has extensive photo coverage of the airframes, cockpits, landing gear, engines, and weapons. Includes a 2-page modeling summary.Illustrated with 170 b/w and 36 color photos, 10 color drawings, 22 b/w line drawings; 78 pages. SS8272 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in Detail & Scale (SC) Kinzey. Also covers Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as well as a 4-page modeling summary. Illustrated with 206 b/w and 51 color photos, 5 color drawings, 4 b/w line drawings; 80 pages. SS8274

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Armor In Action

M551 Sheridan in Action (SC) Doyle. Beginning in 1966, the Allison Division of General Motors built 1,562 M551s with primary armament being a 152-millimeter gun/launcher capable of ring conventional ammunition or the Ford-built Shillelagh anti-tank missile. Whatever the conception, this vehicle proved an asset to the Army in Vietnam, Panama, and Operation Desert Storm. Illustrated with 91 color photos, 8 b/w photos, 7 color proles, 3-view drawing, vehicle development illustrations, and 2 colorized camouage patterns; 60 pages. SS2041

Tiger I in Action (SC) Italian Truck-Mounted Artillery in Action (SC) Doyle. Illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, plus Riccio. Italian military planners saw the need for highly color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages. mobile artillery early in the 20th Century. Accordingly, Italy SS2047 began mounting anti-aircraft weapons on truck chassis prior to WWI, giving birth to the autocannone, a weapon concept which would soldier through both World Wars. A unique and lavishly-illustrated survey of the various weapon combinations devised by the Italian military from the inception of the autocannone until the end of WWII. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 56 pages. SS2044

WWII US Sherman Tank in Action (SC) Ervin and Doyle. Nearly 200 period photos, in rare original color, line drawings, turret, weapons used, Includes color proles; 80 pages. SS2048

World War II Jeep In Action (SC) Doyle. Jeeps were congured for radio gear, armed with weapons, and bore stretchers. Large numbers of Jeeps were also delivered to allied nations. This book takes a detailed look at these vehicles' service during World War II with more than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line drawings; 52 pages. SS2042

M113 APC in Vietnam in Action (SC) Doyle. Although the M113 has largely been replaced by the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and is now only in limited use by the US armed forces, the vehicle remains in use today in the armed forces of other allies around the world. Illustrated with 130 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 64 pages. SS2045

German Armored Cars in Action (SC) Doyle. Packed with more than 220 period photographs, chronicles development, deployment of Germany's six and eight-wheeled armored cars before and during WWII; 80 pgs. SS12050

M48A3 in Vietnam in Action (SC) Doyle. Just as the Sherman tank was the quintessential HMMWV In Action (SC) 'American tank' in WWII, the M48A3 Patton tank was the Doyle. TThis book takes a detailed look at HMMWV with most prominent US battle tank during the Vietnam War years more than 100 photographs, color proles and detailed line of the 1960s and 1970s. Illustrated with 109 photos, plus M151 MUTT in Action (SC) drawings; 52 pages. color proles and detailed line drawings; 48 pages. Doyle. 220 photographs; 80 pages. SS2043 SS2046 SS12051

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Armor Walk Around

M42 Duster Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The lack of radar tracking system meant the M42 was a 'fair weather' shooter against low, slow targets; it just could not keep pace with the new generation of Soviet jet aircraft. As American involvement in Vietnam increased, 3 Sturmgeschutz III Walk Around (SC) battalions of Dusters were sent to South Vietnam - initially Cockle. Extensive coverage of the StuG III Ausf G variants for anti-aircraft duties, but with clear skies over the South, armed with the 75mm 40 L/48 gun. Inside and out details the M42 was usefully employed as convoy escort, perimeter of running gear, hull, ghting compartment, engine deck, and base security, and direct re support. A detailed look engine, and ttings. Illustrated with 118 b/w and 107 color at the M42 Duster with more than 200 photographs, color photos, 18 color drawings, 12 b/w drawings; 80 pages. proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5702 SS5705

Cadillac Gage V-100 Commando Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The best-known American armored car of the post-WWII era, the Cadillac Gage Commando - a versatile, amphibious, 4x4 vehicle - still looks modern even though it made its debut in 1962. The V-100 Commando went through numerous changes in light of its extensive and varied experience in reconnaissance, convoy escort, riot control, security, and as a personnel carrier. Illustrated over 200 color photographs plus detailed line drawings; 80 pgs. SS5708

Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf.D Walk Around (SC) Stapfer. Considered the German Armys most important armored half-track in WWII, the Sd.Kfz.251 allowed the US Tank Destroyers Walk Around (SC) M26 Pershing Walk Around (SC) infantry to keep up with the Heer's fast armored elements. Mesko. This title follows the development of the M10, M36, Doyle. The basic design of the M26 - the designation the The vehicle came in 4 models and 23 variants, but the Ausf.D and M18 tank destroyers, with inside and out details of T26E3 had been given when it was classied 'standard' in running gear, hull, ghting compartment, engine deck, March 1945 - was to form the basis of a long line of excellent was the most produced model. Illustrated with over 150 color engine, and ttings. Illustrated with 145 b/w and 147 color tanks (M46, M47, M48 and M60) that would serve US armed photographs, detailed line drawings, and 8 colored proles. photos, 12 color drawings, 8 b/w drawings; 80 pages. forces for 40 years. Illustrated with 250 photographs, color A must have book for the armor, modeling, history, and military enthusiast; 80 pages. SS5703 proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5709 SS5706

M2/M3 Half-Track Walk Around (SC) Mesko. These halftracks saw service on every front during WWII, and served in many countries for decades after the end of the war. This title includes inside and out coverage of the US Army personnel halftracks during WW II. Also covers the M4 Mortar Carrier, M16 MGMC, and Israeli variants. Illustrated with 130 b/w and 114 color photos, 12 color drawings, 8 b/w drawings; 80 pages. SS5704

US Military Motorcycles of WWII Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The advent of the Jeep took over the motorcycle's role in military service, and the bikes were relegated to veteran vehicles of the past. Illustrated with over 200 color photographs, 11 black-andwhite photographs and color art by Don Greer; 80 pages. SS5707

GPA and DUKW Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Production of the GPA, essentially an amphibious Jeep, ended in 1943, just as the career of the DUKW, a virtual aquatic truck, was on its way to becoming the 'gold standard' by which other amphibians are measured to this day. Illustrated with 263 high quality photographs, color art, and proles; 80 pages. SS5710

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M24 Chaffee Walk Around (SC) Doyle. As American-built armor came into contact with Axis forces in WWII - rst of all in North Africa - it quickly became clear that the 37mm cannon favored on US armor Pre-Standardized Jeep Walk Around (SC) was simply inadequate against the tough armor of their Doyle. Three distinct versions of a reconnaissance car were adversaries. Packed with over 200 photos, plus color art and produced before they were standardized into the World War proles; 80 pages. SS5714 II-era Jeep. This book takes a detailed look at Jeeps early evolution with more than 250 photographs, color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5711

M7 Priest Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Nicknamed the Priest because of its pulpit-like antiaircraft ring, the vehicle was intended to provide armored units with organic, highly-mobile artillery support. Production began in April 1942 and it rst went into combat with British at the Second Battle of El-Alamein in the autumn of that year, with US forces rst taking the American-built vehicle into engagements in Tunisia somewhat later. Packed with more than 230 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5717

M113 APC Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The M113 family of vehicles is arguably the most successful series of armored personnel carriers of all time. M3 Medium Tank Walk Around (SC) The driver was provided with four M17 periscopes, and his hatch had provision for an M19 infrared periscope as well. Doyle. The M3 Medium Tank was designed as an interim The commander's station, just aft of the driver, had a cupola answer to European battleeld conditions at the start of equipped with ve M17 periscopes and an M2 HB machine World War II. This book takes a detailed look at the M3 Medium Tank with more than 200 photographs, color proles gun. Illustrated with 170 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 72 pages. and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5715 SS5712

GMC CCKW Truck Walk Around (SC) Doyle. This volume is packed with detailed photographs and highlights modications through the years of its service - a wooden truck bed to save on precious steel, an open cab to allow for more cargo room in ship holds, 2 designs for axles, negative electrical system and a winch that was installed on a third of the trucks. Illustrated with more than 190 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5718

Pz.Kpfw Panzer 38(t) Walk Around (SC) Stapfer. The Panzerkampfwagen 38 (tschechisch) - Armored Combat Vehicle 38 (Czech) was one of the most important tanks in the Wehrmacht arsenal in the rst half of WWII. Illustrated with over 300 photographs, color art, and proles; 80 pages. SS5713

M88 Armored Recovery Vehicle Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The M88 Armored Recovery Vehicle was designed and developed in the late 1950s. The M88 had been so successful that it was taken as the basis for the new upgraded recovery vehicle, which is still in use today - the M88A2. Illustrated with 175 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5716

M5/M5A1 Stuart Walk Around (SC) Mesko. Illustrated with more than 190 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5719

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M3A1 White Scout Car Walk Around (SC) Doyle. The White Motor Company began serial production of the four-wheel-drive M3A1 Scout Car in 1940. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS5720

FT-17 / M1917 WWI Tanks Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Introduced in 1917, the Renault FT-17 and its American-built copy, the M1917, revolutionized tank design. The vehicle's rotating turret, rear-engine, driverforward design are characteristics of the most advanced tanks even today. This volume presents a careful study of the details and variations of this innovative vehicle, inside and out. Two-hundred thirty-seven photographs reveal the intimacies of no fewer than 14 of the nest surviving examples of these machines, preserved on three different continents. Nine detailed line drawings supplement the photos and comprehensive captions; 80 pages. SS27023

M551 Sheridan Walk Around (SC) Hughes. Illustrated by more than 240 photographs plus eight detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS27026

Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer Walk Around (SC) Stapfer. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus detailed line drawings, and color proles; 80 pages. SS27027 M108/109 Self-Propelled Howitzer Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Introduced in the early 1960s, the M108/109 marked the transition from open-topped to fully enclosed self-propelled artillery. Illustrated with more than 315 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 88 pages. SS572

M41 Walker Bulldog Walk Around (SC) Hughes. The standard US light tank during the early years of the Cold War, the M41 Bulldog was developed as a more powerful successor to the M24 Chaffee. Illustrated with 250 photographs plus color proles and numerous detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS27024 M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Walk Around (SC) SS27029

Valentine Tank Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Though not the 1st tank to go into battle against the Axis in WWII, Valentine has distinction of having highest production numbers of any wartime British tank, arguably the most variations. After the war, Valentines continued to serve several British Commonwealth armies late as 1950s. Illustrated with 250 photos, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 88 pages. SS5722

M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around (SC) Doyle. Examines the armored and soft-skin versions of this massive vehicle, and its trailers, through hundreds of color photos and some of the nest restored examples in existence. Illustrated with over 230 photographs; 80 pages. Diamond T 4-ton Truck Walk Around (SC) SS27031 SS27025

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Detail In Action Detail In Action Armor Specials
US Armor Camo & Markings of WWII (SC) Mesko. This book attempts to give a broad overview of the various schemes and identications used on U.S. military vehicles from 1941-1945. Illustrated with 177 b/w photos, 27 color drawings; 64 pages. SS6090 Tank Warfare on Iwo Jima (SC) Harper. A small section devoted to Japanese tanks is also included.133 photos (many never before published), 14 vehicle color plates, 12 color movie stills and excerpts from ofcial documents; 96 pages. SS6096

K5(E) Railgun Detail in Action (SC) Doyle. The German K5(E) 280mm railgun is arguably the most effective weapon of its type ever developed. M50A1 Ontos Detail in Action (SC) Boasting an 11-mile range, the 24 massive guns of this Doyle. 'The Thing' - the meaning of the Greek word 'Ontos' type were deployed from Italy to the Russian Front, and is an apt name for this ungainly vehicle. Originally developed even along the English Channel Coast. Today, only two of for the Army, which then discarded it, the Ontos was instead these fearsome artillery pieces remain. Through a collection adopted by the Marine Corps. Conceived as a potent, of 55 vintage black and white photos - many of them lightweight, mobile 6-barrel tank killer to counter a feared previously unpublished - and more than 170 photos of the mass Soviet armored attack in Europe, the Ontos instead two preserved examples in the US and France, the intricacies rose to fame in the jungles of Vietnam where its six 106mm of these massive weapons are explored in detail. In addition, recoilless ries proved deadly against massed infantry the book is augmented by nine illustrations; 80 pages. attacks, as well as being well-suited for urban assault work. SS5902 This volume incorporates over 60 period photos chronicling the development and use of the Ontos, plus a further 150 detailed walk-around photos providing an in-depth Modeling series exploration of this unique ghting machine; 72 pages. SS5901

Soldiers In Action

Ferdinand / Elefant Detail in Action (SC) Doyle. In an effort to turn the proverbial lemon, in the form of an unsuccessful Tiger design, into lemonade, Porsche engineers at the behest of the German army, converted the failed chassis into one of the largest and most potent tank destroyer designs of World War II. Initially elded as the Ferdinand, the vehicles were further modied, and ultimately given a new - and apt - name: 'Elefant.' This new volume explores not only the combat history of both the Ferdinand and Elefant, but also chronicles the development of the ill-fated Porsche Tiger design through 88 period black-andwhite photos. Further enhancing its utility to the enthusiast, 110 full-color photos of the only surviving examples of each type illustrate the nuances of the construction and subsequent wartime modication of these giant tank killers. Also features 16 detailed line drawings as well as 15 masterful color proles; 80 pages. SS39001

Converting and Detailing Plastic Figures (SC) Chilstrom. Renowned miniaturist Bill Chilstrom shares his tips and techniques for bringing injection molded plastic gures to life. His award winning diorama 'In the Footsteps of the Grand Arme' is the focus of this book. Bill detailed and converted 28 gures, three horses, two wagons and a mule in the building of this diorama. Many step-by-step and in-progress photos accompany the informative text clearly illustrating what to do to really enhance stock plastic gures. All color; 64 pages. SS6097

US Infantry-Vietnam (SC) Mesko. Includes an overview of operations in Vietnam from the rst US involvment to US withdrawal. Also covers weapons and equipment. 108 photos, 51 detail drawings, 4 maps, 14 full color drawings; 50 pages. SS3006 US Airborne in Action ( SC) Thompson. Over 100 photos, 40 detail drawings, 16 color drawings; 50 pages. SS3010 LRRP's in Action Vol.1 (SC) Burford. These small units penetrated deep behind enemy lines to gather information on enemy base camp locations. SS3011

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Warships In Action Warships In Action
USS Tennessee in World War II (SC) Simmons. Commissioned in June of 1920, the US battleship Tennessee saw service in some of the most crucial and dramatic battles in the Pacic Theater of WWII. Docked on Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row on 7 December 1941, her crew manned anti-aircraft guns and fought back as bombs ripped through her deck. The year 1944 saw the Tennessee take part in battle after battle (including Surigao Strait, the last battleship vs battleship action in naval history) as US forces worked their way towards the Japanese Home Islands. In 1945 she took part in the attack on Iwo Jima. Enriched with exclusive, eye-witness accounts from members of her crew, chronicles the dramatic career of one of Americas most battle-tested warships with over 200 photographs, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS6094 US Navy Flying Boats and Amphibians in WWII (SC) Adcock. Soon after the early aviation pioneers learned to y, their attention turned to water. It was more abundant than land and presented a vast landing area. With nearly 200 photographs, color proles and detailed line drawings, this special Squadron/ Signal book looks at the various ying boats and amphibians and the contribution they made; 80 pages. SS6095

Ship Specials

US Subchasers In Action (SC) Connelly. During WWI, German U-boats took a heavy toll on merchant and military ships. This book takes a detailed look US Destroyers in Action Part 2 (SC) at US Sub Chasers with more than 100 photographs, color Adcock. This title covers the development and operational proles and detailed line drawings; 52 pgs. service of the Farragut, Porter, Mahan, Fanning, and Craven SS4033 class destroyers. Illustrated with approximately 100 photos, b/w line drawings, and 6 color proles; 50 pages. SS4020

PT Boats in Action (SC) Doyle. American Patrol Torpedo - or PT - boat crews served valiantly in every theater during WWII. From the Aleutians Gato-Class Submarines in Action (SC) to the Mediterranean, these men harassed enemy shipping, Stern. More than 100 b/w photos, 6 color proles, line launched attacks against much more formidable warships, drawings and color covers; 20 color photos, up-to-date rescued downed air crews, and spirited General Douglas information, where the surviving vessels can be viewed. MacArthur to safety from Corregidor Island in March of 1942. SS4028 PT boats also laid mines and smokescreens, coordinated air-sea rescue actions, and conducted intelligence and raiding operations. This volume chronicles the evaluation, use, and eventual destruction of the US PT boat eet through 180 photographs, many of them color. Coverage includes ELCO, Higgins, and Huckins boats; 64 pages. SS4034

Ship Specials
U-Boat War (SC) The story of Hitler's UBoat eet operations from 1939 to 1945. Provides an extensive collection of photographs and color paintings of the men, submarines and insignia of the Uboat eet. Includes appendices, 8 pages in color. 64 pages. SS6078

Japanese Light Cruisers of WWII in Action (SC) Patton. These fast ships, carrying seaplanes and heavy torpedo armament, generally were used as agships for destroyer otillas and submarine squadrons. Of these, 9 were sunk by Allied submarines, 11 were sunk by US aircraft, 2 were sunk by US torpedo boats or destroyers, and 3 were still aoat at the end of the war. Includes never before published photos, 90 b/w photos, 6 color proles, line drawings, color covers; 58 pages. SS4025

US Navy Ships Camouage WWII, Part I Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts (SC) Adcock. When WWII ended in 1945, the eet was restored to Standard Navy Gray to await the next revolution in deceptive paintwork. Illustrated with 116 b/w photos, 2 color photos, and over 30 color renderings/proles; 68 pages. SS6099

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On Deck Series

USS Alabama on Deck (SC) Adcock. Now a museum ship berthed at Mobile's Battleship Memorial Park in her namesake state, she is a unique oating memorial and tribute to the men who crewed her. Additional illustrations include 73 b/w and 85 color photos, detailed line art and color cover paintings; 80 pages. SS5601

Iowa-Class Battleships on Deck (SC) USS Pampanito On Deck (SC) Stern. The USS Pampanito, a Balao-class eet submarine, was Doyle. More than 270 color photos, 88 pages. commissioned in late 1943 and went into action in the Pacic SS5607 at the height of WWII. Illustrated with 265 highly detailed photographs, color proles, and intricate line drawings; 80 pages. SS5604

Higgins PT Boat On Deck (SC) Doyle. Illustrated with over 120 photographs; 80 pages. SS26008 ELCO 80 PT Boat On Deck (SC) Doyle. Say "PT Boat" and the image that comes to mind is that of the 80-foot patrol torpedo boat built by the Electric Launch Company (ELCO) in Bayonne, New Jersey. USS Lexington (CV-16) On Deck (SC) Packed with over 200 photographs, plus color art and Adcock. The USS Lexington joined the eet in 1943 and saw proles; 80 pages. extensive action throughout WW2. Post war modernization SS5605 allowed her to continue in service until 1991! Extensive color and b/w photography, full color aircraft and ship paintings, 40 pages of color; 80 pages. SS5602 USS Kidd On Deck (SC) Doyle. Illustrated with 234 photographs; 80 pages. SS26010

Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers On Deck (SC) Goodall. The largest naval vessels in the world are the Nimitz-class super aircraft carriers. USS Carl Vinson was the rst to launch air attacks as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In the mid-1990s USS Theodore Ohio-Class SSBN on Deck (SC) Goodall. Since its inception in 1960, strategic deterrence has Roosevelt supported NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serbs been the sole mission of the eet ballistic missile submarine during ghting in former Yugoslavia. USS Abraham Lincoln backed up Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (SSBN), which provides the nation's most survivable and in Afghanistan in the early 2000s. Illustrated with more enduring nuclear strike capability. Unprecedented bow-tothan 300 photographs, plus color proles and detailed line stern look, this critical US weapon system more than 200 color, b/w photos, line drawings and 8 color proles; 80 pgs. drawings; 80 pages. SS5606 SS5603

USS Massachusetts On Deck (SC) Doyle. Illustrated with 286 photographs, and color proles; 96 pages. SS26011

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Squadron At Sea Non-Military Vehicle

USS Arizona Squadron at Sea Series (SC) Doyle. Packed with rare photographs unearthed from sources throughout the country, this volume follows the history of one of America's most iconic naval vessels. Glimpse the life of the crews that manned her and follow her through the maintenance and rets that dramatically changed her appearance. Describes the horric explosion that ripped through her hull on the dark morning of 7 December 1941, and a series of unique photos document the years of wartime salvage work aboard the sunken battleship. Chronicled too is Arizonas ongoing service as a tomb and memorial to the 1,177 men who perished with her. A testament to the Arizona and her men brought to you as you've never seen them before. Illustrated with 288 photographs, 5 detailed line drawings, 7 color illustrations; 120 pages. SS34001

USS Texas Squadron At Sea (SC) Doyle. The USS Texas proudly saw combat in both World Wars I and II, and since 1948 has been preserved in her namesake state as memorial to American servicemen. Armed with 10 14-inch guns and displacing 32,000 tons, the battleship is still a formidable sight as she enters into her second century. This expansive volume tells the tale of the Texas and her crew. Loaded with black-and-white and color photos not only showcase the construction, numerous voyages, modications, combat action, and ultimate preservation of the ship, but also show the vessel as a home, ofce, and workshop for the men who served as her crew. These historic images are augmented with ve line drawings illustrating her key congurations, as well as nine color proles depicting her aircraft, as well as the many camouage schemes she wore. Illustrated with over 350 photographs; 152 pages. SS34003

American Fire Apparatus Volume 1: Pumpers (SC) Mutza. Organized companies of reghters rst appeared in Colonial America and were mobilized, like local militias, on a volunteer basis. Like military equipment, reghting apparatus evolved in tandem with technological advances. This volume traces the development of the chief and best-known re-ghting apparatus 'the pumper or re engine' from hand-drawn pumps, through horse-drawn vehicles in the 19th Century to the advanced re trucks of the 21st Century. Chapters introduce the early years of the pumper, follow its motorization, and then, decade-by-decade, meticulously review the evolution of the re truck from the 1930s until today. The books dedication to the reghters who gave their lives on 9-11 serves as a reminder that the nation's First Responders stand guard together with the armed forces on the front lines of our defense. Illustrated with over 300 photographs; 96 pages. SS6401

USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea (SC) Doyle. Laid down in 1937 and launched on 9 April 1941, the USS North Carolina was the rst new construction battleship to enter service during WWII and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacic Theater, becoming the most decorated US battleship of WWII. After a brief stint post war as a training ship, the North Carolina - dubbed in the press as the 'Showboat' - was laid up in reserve, before her eventual movement to Wilmington, in her namesake state, and her preservation as a war memorial. This volume traces the history of the North Carolina, photographically documenting the evolution of armament and electronics that elevated her pre-Pearl Harbor design to its peak - bristling with guns to counter the threat of kamikaze attack. Generously illustrated with more than 330 photographs - many of them color, detailed line drawings and 11 color proles that document the various camouage schemes worn by both the ship and her scouting aircraft.; 136 pages. SS34002

USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea (SC) Doyle. Faced with the restrictions of the Washington Navy Treaty, the US Navy had a choice: either scrap their partially complete, battlecruiser Saratoga, which along with her sister ship Lexington were intended to be the most powerful in the world; or convert them into an aircraft carriers. Having survived two torpedo hits by Japanese subs, as well as repeated bomb and Kamikaze strikes, at war's end she took part in the huge Magic Carpet operation that transported thousands of US servicemen back to the mainland. Deemed too old for the victorious Navy's postwar needs, her nal duty was to test the survivability of an atomic blast. Still aoat after the rst nuclear explosion, she was sent to the bottom of Bikini Atoll by the second of the blasts, and still rests there today, where she welcomes the occasional scuba diver. All these exploits, as well as others, including Saratoga's numerous rets, are presented and profusely illustrated with 383 color and b/w photos capturing the ship, her crew and aircraft supplemented by 11 line drawings and 25 color renderings; 160 pages. SS34004

American Fire Apparatus: Volume 2 Aerial Equipment (SC) Mutza. As the urban skyline rose and horse power gave way to motorization, the need increased for better ladders and other aerial equipment to ght res in tall buildings. Ladders grew longer and the trucks that carried them evolved. Improved aerial ladders were xed to truck beds and new methods were devised to get water and reghters to building heights. The hundreds of unique and dramatic photos that pack this volume feature re trucks equipped with a wide spectrum of devices evolved over more than a century, including aerial ladders, elevating platforms, aerial ladder platforms, and water towers. The book illustrates the evolution of the styles and function of the vital 'hook-and-ladder trucks' that are an integral part of re departments throughout the United States. Containing more than 320 photographs, including rare, historic photos and dramatic color shots; 96 pages. SS6402

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The Battle of Salamis 480 BC: The 'Wooden Walls' that Saved Greece (SC) Includes the historical elements of the battle, Great battles a brief biography of the father of the great Thermopylae victory, Themistocles, and 480 BC: The Most chapters from the Persian Unequal Battle in point of view as well. Also History (SC) addresses the lesserBelezos and Kotoulas. known details of the The denitive history of battle to assist in the fabled battle at the understanding the pass of Thermopylae. For overwhelmingly difcult 2 and 1/2 days Spartan conditions under which King Leonidas lead his 300 the Greek eet prevailed. along with a contingent Enriched with color and b/w photos, maps and tactical of Thespians against the movements and color uniform plates; 96 pages. English Text. massive Persian army of SS7004 Xerxes I. Amply illustrated with photos, maps and color The Battle of Berlin: The Collapse of plates to create a panorama of the men, equipment and the 'Thousand-Year' Reich 1945 (SC) the world they fought in. Written in Greece and expertly Stavropoulos, Vourliotis, translated into English, includes glossary; 100 pages. Terniotis, Kotoulas, Valmas, SS7001 and Zouridis. By the dawn Marathon 490 BC: Athens Crushes Persian of 1945, the Western Allies Might (SC) had driven back Hitlers Belezos, Giannopoulos, last, desperate effort in the Kotoulas and Ardennes. However, the Grigoropoulos. The Allies' insistence on Battle of Marathon is Germany's unconditional a landmark in world surrender deterred the history. Through their Germans from making any victory, the Athenian concession over ending the and Plataean hoplites war - Hitler and the Nazi did not merely saved their faithful saw their only option to be a fanatical Wagnerian cities from destruction, but stand leaving only Germany's ruins to commemorate the they also destroyed the tragedy. Further, it was already clear that another kind of war myth of the 'invincibility' was right around the corner. Illustrated with color and b/w of the Persians and photographs, color maps, 8 aircraft and 9 armor proles, and proved the superiority of their armor, weaponry and tactics. 14 color uniform plates; 128 pages. English text. Reveals the causes of the Persian invasion, follows the SS7005 unknown Marathon runner in his run to announce the victory Kursk 1943: The Greatest Tank and relates the captivating myths created by the historical battle that still remain a part of the oral tradition of this epic. Battle in History (SC) Great Battles of the Enriched with photographs, maps of the area and tactical World; Kampouris, battle movements and color illustrations of uniforms. Written Zouridis, Theodoratos, in Greece and expertly translated into English. 104 pages. Stavropoulos, Varsamis, SS7002 Vourliotis, Gedeon, El Alamein 1942: The Axis Major Valmas. In the summer Defeat in Africa (SC) of 1943, after two years After a bloody 12-day of total war on the Eastern battle, the Africakorps Front, the Germans were was forced to retreat. The ready to meet the Soviets soon-to-be-legendary on the decisive battleeld. 8th Army had smashed The greatest tank battle of German dreams of all time proved to be the dominating North Africa. beginning of the end for Enriched with color the Third Reich. The elite panzer formations were decimated and b/w photographs, and would never again regain their former strength. Nothing color maps, aircraft and could turn the fortunes of the war for the Axis and their Soviet tank proles and color ood was not to be stopped until the ruins of Berlin. Illustrated illustrations of uniforms; with color and b/w photographs, color maps, 12 aircraft and 120 pages. English text. 18 armor proles, and 12 color uniform plates; 136 pages. SS7003 SS7006 Britain 1940: The RAF Fights a Desperate Battle Against the Luftwaffe (SC) Stavropoulos, Terniotis, Valmas, Varsamis, and Vourliotis. The confrontation between Britain's Royal Air Force and Germany's Luftwaffe was the rst large scale success against Hitler's aggression, and it is one of the dening episodes in the long history of the British nation. Enriched with color and b/w photographs (including 10 page Photographic Tribute to the Battle of Britain), color maps, 50 aircraft proles and 9 color uniform illustrations. A tting tribute and record of "their nest hour"; 160 pages. SS7007 D-Day 1944: The Allied Invasion of Normandy (SC) Stavropoulos, Vourliotis, Papadopoulos, Valmas, Kampouris and Terniotis. The Allies launched their invasion of German-occupied Europe after 18 months of preparation - three and one half million troops, more than ten thousand warplanes and an armada of nearly ve thousand sea-going vessels stormed 'Fortress Europe' and opened the long awaited second front against Hitler's Reich. Includes the Allied bid for air superiority, the landings, a photo le, opposing commanders and forces, portable weapons and many lesser known details of the making of the new Western Front. Amply illustrated with more than 60 b/w and 30 color photos, 6 maps, 21 equipment proles, 13 uniform plates and additional specially commissioned art; 136 pages. SS7008 Byzantine Armies 325 AD-1453 AD (SC) Military Essays; Belezos. Reveals the checkered historical course of the empire and its military organization, which was compelled to defend its territories and culture against a horde of belligerent enemies from without and from the state's own bureaucracy within. Illustrated with 75 photos, maps and additional graphics plus 13 full color plates. Also includes a glossary of Greek and Latin terms; 136 pages. English text. SS8001

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TBF/TBM Avenger In Action (HB) Doyle. Designed by Grumman as a replacement for the Douglas TBD Devastator, Avenger production began prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and it remained in US Navy service until October 1954. This all-new edition is B-52G/H Stratofortress in Action (HB) lled with 212 vintage photos, 29 of them in color, these Katz. More than any other weapon system, the legendary are augmented by ve color proles and a like number of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is the embodiment of American detailed line drawings; 80 pgs. military power in the popular imagination. Boeing delivered SS50225 the last B-52 in 1962. Five decades later, the B-52 remains in front-line service, most recently taking part in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq. Even more amazingly, current plans are for the B-52 to remain in service until 2040. This volume is packed with historical and recent photographs of the B-52, including some that were released by the US Air Force and its contractors just for use in the book. As part of his research, the author ew on a B-52 training mission, and the ight report in this volume is the most detailed description of a B-52 mission ever published. Illustrated with color proles, detailed line drawings and over 190 photographs; 88 pages. SS50207 B-29 Superfortress In Action (HB) Doyle. While most often remembered as the type of aircraft that dropped the rst atomic bomb, and for its extensive use in bombing Japan during the latter stages of WWII, the B-29 also saw plenty of combat during the Korean War. Individual sections of the book explore the interior and armament of these bombers, as well as their production by Boeing, Martin, and Bell. Illustrated with 248 photographs, 90 of them in full color; 88 pages. SS50227

F3D Skyknight in Action (HB) Carey. The US Navy's rst all-weather jet ghter, the Douglas F3D Skyknight, traces its origins to 1945, when the Navy began studies for a jet-powered, carrier-based night ghter. This book chronicles the development and operational history of the Navy ghter from conception to duty in the Korean War, to service as a night interceptor in Vietnam, where it was an ECM/ELINT platform, jamming North Vietnamese missile and anti-aircraft sites. Illustrated with more than 196 photos and 10 line drawings; 80 pages. SS50229

B-17 Flying Fortress in Action (HB) Doyle. The B-17 Flying Fortress dropped more bombs than any other US aircraft in WWII and is arguably the iconic bomber of that epic conict. First own in 1935, the aircraft was repeatedly modied, upgraded, and perfected in response to combat experience. Also highlights the roles played by individual aircraft and their crews, such as the 'Memphis Belle', which completed 25 missions over enemy territory; 'Stage Door Canteen', christened by Winston Churchill's daughter; and 'All American', which demonstrated the incredible toughness of the Flying Fortress by returning safely to base despite having its tail nearly sheared off by a Messerschmitt. An unmatched, lavishly illustrated account of one of the greatest warplanes of all time, a must have! Perfect binding. Illustrated with 200 vintage photographs, plus color proles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS50219

S-3 Viking In Action (HB) Elward. The Lockheed S-3 Viking was developed in the late 1960s to serve as a dedicated carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft. . It also provides an overview of some of the more signicant variants that were studied, but never fully pursued, such as the Carrier On-Board Delivery (COD) and dedicated (KS) refueling variants. It also discusses the aircrafts role in Operation Desert Storm and how the lessons learned from that conict impacted the Vikings' mission during the latter part of the 1990s and early 2000s. Illustrated with 186 photographs, line drawings, and numerous color proles; 80 pages. SS50230

Aces & Wingmen II Volume 1 (HB) Morris. Includes chapters covering thirteen different Fighter Squadrons, and histories of the 353rd and 354th Fighter Groups. Also lists Aces with the B-24 Liberator in Action (HB) Doyle. Lavishly illustrated with almost 250 authentic wartime 355th Fighter Group. photos, including over 80 in vintage color, with supplemental Over 600 b/w and 31 color drawings and color proles. Experimental versions, classic photos, with 56 color bombers, freighters, tankers, reconnaissance birds - even the drawings; 256 pages. rare gunship version - are shown; 88 pages. SS0001 SS50228

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Aircraft Walk Around

KC-135 Stratotanker Walk Around (HB) Katz. Many air forces can conduct missions such as air superiority and ground attack, but only the US Air Force has truly global reach. For more than ve decades, the essential enabler of this global reach has been the KC-135 A-4 Skyhawk Walk Around (HB) Stratotanker. Unarmed and unglamorous, the KC-135 has Drendel. The carrier-capable Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is one been one of the most successful and enduring aircraft in US of the most successful modern combat aircraft. During Air Force history. Primarily based on the author's extensive the 25 years in which the A-4 was on the production line, access to operational KC-135 aircraft on the ground and in 2,960 Skyhawks were built. A relatively light aircraft, with ight, this book contains the most detailed photographic a maximum takeoff weight of 24,500 pounds and with a documentation of the KC-135 inside and out that has ever top speed exceeding 600 mph, the Skyhawk was operated been published, as well as color proles of the KC-135R not only by the US Navy and Marines but also by the air in the markings of every major USAF command that has forces of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina, operated that variant. Illustrated with 240 photographs, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and Kuwait. Introduced in 1956, Skyhawks played major roles in the Vietnam War, the 1973 detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages. Arab-Israeli October War, and the Falklands/Malvinas Conict SS65066 in 1982. Navy retired the A-4 as recently as 2003. Meanwhile, the battle-tested warrior continues to serve today other militaries around the world. Illustrated with 205 photographs, color proles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS65041

B-26 Marauder Walk Around (HB) Doyle. Exclusive photos illustrate the rarely seen inner workings and outer features of the B-26G, with additional coverage of the B-26, B-26B, and B-26C. Initially dubbed "the Widowmaker" due to its high wing loading and high landing speeds. More than 220 photographs, plus numerous detailed line drawings and color proles. SS65069

B-29 Superfortress Walk Around (HB) Savage. Equipped with pressurized cabins for high-altitude effectiveness, with an electronic re-control system, and remote-controlled machine gun turrets, the B-29 Superfortress was the most advanced aircraft of WWII. Two of those planes, the Superfortresses Enola Gay and Bockscar, dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Yet over all, the B-29 received less notoriety than its storied elder siblings, the B-17 and B-24, perhaps because its service areas - the China, Burma, and India Theater and the Western Pacic - were less publicized than was the war in Europe. Designed by Boeing, nearly 4,000 B-29s had been turned out by the time production ended in 1946. A unique look at the plane that ushered in the nuclear age. Illustrated with over 210 photographs; 80 pages. SS65054

F9F Cougar Walk Around (HB) Neubeck. The rst swept-wing carrier-based ghter aircraft built for the USN, the F9F Cougar marked a major leap forward in the area of naval aircraft design from its predecessor, the straight-wing Grumman F9F Panther. The prototype of the rst version of the Cougar, the F9F-6, rst took to the air in September of 1951, six months after contract award. There were several different models of the Cougar. The F9F-6 was followed by the F9F-7 and F9F-8. addition there were also two reconnaissance models - the F9F-6P and the F9F-8P - as well as a two-seater trainer version, the F9F-8T. The contemporary photographs in this volume illustrate in detail the differences between the various Cougar models, making use of over a dozen display aircraft located in museums across the United States as well as one Cougar on display in Argentina. Grounded in solid historical research, the book also features historical images from the photo archives of both the U.S. Navy and Grumman, and also includes rare photos of F9F Cougar in its nal days, serving as a target drone for later generations of ghters. Illustrated with over 230 photographs; 80 pages. SS65068

Heinkel He 111 Walk Around (HB) Mackay. Although produced in large numbers and exported to many countries before and during the war, few examples survive today. This volume features detailed photographic images of the He 111P-1 restored and preserved in Norway, and the He 111H-20 on display in the RAF museum. Illustrated with 228 photos, detailed line drawings and color proles; 88 pages. SS65070

B-25 Mitchell Walk Around (HB) Doyle. Soaring into the pages of history with Jimmy Doolittle's famed Tokyo Raiders, the North American B-25 Mitchell was the most-produced American medium bomber of World War II. Profusely illustrated, this volume examines the nuances of the external features and explores the inner workings. Enhancing color photographs, taken on the ground and air, 4 vintage blk/wht images, 14 line drawings. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs; 80 pages. SS65071

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B-29 Superfortress Combat Chronicles (HB) At The Gate Series Hilton. With its pressurized cabins for high-altitude operation, its long range, large bomb capacity, and turbosupercharged engines, the B-29 Superfortress was the epitome of cutting edge American air power during WWII. The author, a photographer with the 40th Bomb Group and a veteran of 83 Superfortress missions, offers a rst-hand, eye-witness account and shares Boeing 737 At The Gate (HB) his experiences on reconnaissance and bombing missions, Tidwell. Few commercial aircraft have enjoyed a production ying the 'Hump' and taking off from an advanced base run that spans more than four decades and service in in Sichuan, China, to pummel Japanese occupation forces nearly every nation on Earth. The Boeing 737 has such a throughout Asia. Then in early 1945, the 40th BG moved to track record. Takes the reader on a journey through the newly-liberated Tinian from which they took part in the nal continuing story of the 737 from the rst aircraft to roll of chapter of WWII - the aerial assault on the Japanese home the production line in the 1960s, to the very latest airframes islands. Introduces you to fellow veterans of the 40th who being delivered to major airlines today. The book also relate their no-less extraordinary experiences - ditching in offers the reader a look at some of the most interesting the Bay of Bengal, lost in the Siberian Taiga, downed behind 737 liveries as well as parts of the aircraft that few people enemy lines in China, taken prisoner after bailing out over get to see. Also covered are business jets, cargo carriers, Tokyo. Personal accounts from the men who served on the and military versions of the 737 that are less familiar even front lines of the air war in the Pacic, a unique primary to the thousands of air travelers who have own aboard historical source and a truly exciting read. Illustrated with this legendary Boeing liner. Illustrated with over 220 over 100 photographs; 120 pages. photographs; 96 pages. SS76002 SS68002 Combat Chronicles of the Black Widow (HB) Thompson. Dramatic rsthand accounts by the pilots, radar observers, and gunners who saw combat aboard the rst dedicated US night ghter in WWII ll this unique volume, the rst in Squadron/Signal's new Combat Chronicles series that brings you actionpacked, eye-witness war stories, interviews, and rsthand reminiscences from the front lines. In this volume we hear from the crews who rode the Black Widow into battle all over the world. The outbreak of war in Europe left no room for doubt that the United States needed quickly to come up with a specialized night ghter to confront the totally new face of air combat. Northrop was able to come up with designs for a new, specially designated night ghter and a contract for what was to become the P-61 Black Widow was signed on 11 January 1941. After the rst production aircraft rolled off the assembly line in October 1943, the P-61 went on to operate in the European, Pacic, China-Burma-India, and Mediterranean Theaters of the war. Experience WWII as it was seen by the men in the cockpit of this history-making radar-equipped night interceptor. Illustrated with 152 photographs; 112 pages. SS7701

German Armored Cars in Action (HB) Doyle. Germany began developing its heavy armored cars well before the outbreak of World War II. Germany's early six-wheel armored cars were based on 6x4 truck chassis, and their off-road mobility was limited. These vehicles soon gave way to an expanding series of eight-wheel drive/eight-wheel steer vehicles tted with a variety of armament. In time these too were supplanted by even larger armored cars incorporating renements based on lessons learned from the vehicles' eld experience, such as heavier armor, armament, and an air-cooled engine. Packed with more than 220 period photographs, this book chronicles the development and deployment of Germany's six and eight-wheeled armored cars before and during WWII; 80 pages. SS52050

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Aeroscouts in Vietnam Combat Chronicles (HB) Mutza. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, U.S. Army planners sought to increase the Army?s helicopter force. The Army developed new tactical doctrine using helicopters - the airmobile concept which was based largely on air cavalry units. Such units were descendants of the US Cavalry, which had operated as light, horse-mounted infantry. Air cavalry troopers were, in essence, horse soldiers, and helicopters were their steed. True to their proud and colorful heritage, the Air Cavalry not only employed tactics used by their forefathers of the Indian wars, they embraced their culture as they deployed in the grueling conict in Indochina. Packed with more than 30 action packed, often hair raising rst-hand accounts of helicopter scout combat in Vietnam, this latest addition takes you into the thick of the action. Besides being exciting reading, these personal recollections by dozens of the ghters themselves provide invaluable, primary source historical coverage of one of America's epic conicts as experienced by frontline helicopter scouts. Illustrated with over 160 photographs; 136 pages. SS76003

M151 MUTT in Action (HB) Doyle. The M151 was intended to be a lightweight, highmobility replacement for the M38A1, itself a successor to the famed World War II jeep. Dubbed the Military Utility Tactical Truck or "MUTT" by the military - GIs almost universally referred to the vehicle as a "jeep." The series' service life spanned more than 40 years and four manufacturers, and the vehicles saw service everywhere the US GI was deployed. This volume chronicles the development and eld use of the M151 series in Europe, the Middle East and, of course, there is extensive coverage of the vehicles' service in Vietnam. The photos, many previously unpublished, are augmented by seven line drawings. Illustrated with 220 photographs; 80 pages. SS52051

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M551 Sheridan Walk Around (HB) Hughes. First deployed in combat in Vietnam, the M551 Sheridan is the rst US tank to be fully amphibious and also airborne capable. Photos of the sub-variants of the M551 Sheridan, such as the 'Product Improvement Program,' A1, FT-17 / M1917 WWI Tanks Walk and VISMODs round out this prole of the versatile historic Around (HB) Doyle. This volume presents a careful tank. Illustrated by more than 240 photographs plus eight study of the details and variations of this innovative vehicle, inside and out. Two-hundred thirty-seven photographs reveal detailed line drawings; 80 pages. SS67026 the intimacies of no fewer than 14 of the nest surviving examples of these machines, preserved on three different continents. Nine detailed line drawings supplement the photos and comprehensive captions; 80 pages. SS67023

Diamond T 4-ton Truck Walk Around (HB) Doyle. As it became increasingly apparent that the United States could not avoid getting involved in World War II, the US Army stepped up its efforts at modernization and industrial mobilization. Toward this end, the Quartermaster Corps ordered a series of 4-ton 6x6 trucks from Chicagobased Diamond T Motor Car Company. The chassis of the artillery prime mover was adapted for use a dump truck, a long-wheelbase truck to transport bridging equipment, and what would become the US Army's standard medium wrecker during WWII. The design of the Diamond T was so successful that it is widely recognized as the forerunner of the Army's post-WWII M-series trucks, which were utilized for 50 years. For this book, the nest preserved examples of the classic Diamond T were sought out and extensively photographed, resulting in a volume packed with color photographs augmented by ve period black-and-white photos. Illustrated with 232 photographs; 80 pages. SS67031

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Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer Walk Around (HB) Stapfer. Pictures of Jagdpanzer 38 vehicles in Bulgarian and Swiss service appear here for the rst time, and the SK-23 steam-powered recovery vehicle based on the Hetzer is also M41 Walker Bulldog Walk Around (HB) documented along with extensive coverage of the G 13, Hughes. The standard US light tank during the early years including the rst-ever color photographs of that variant's of the Cold War, the M41 Bulldog was developed as a more interior. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus detailed powerful successor to the M24 Chaffee. Illustrated with 250 line drawings, and color proles; 80 pages. photographs plus color proles and numerous detailed line SS67027 drawings; 80 pages. SS67024 Ferdinand / Elefant Detail in Action (HB) Doyle. In an effort to turn the proverbial lemon, in the form of an unsuccessful Tiger design, into lemonade, Porsche engineers at the behest of the German army, converted the failed chassis into one of the largest and most potent tank destroyer designs of World War II. Initially elded as the Ferdinand, the vehicles were further modied, and ultimately given a new - and apt - name: 'Elefant.' This new volume explores not only the combat history of both the Ferdinand and Elefant, but also chronicles the development of the illfated Porsche Tiger design through 88 period black-and-white photos. Further enhancing its utility to the enthusiast, 110 M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Walk M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around (HB) Around (HB) Doyle. Engine and drive train, driver's full-color photos of the only surviving examples of each type Doyle. This volume examines armored and soft-skin versions compartment, weapons and sighting systems, and stowage illustrate the nuances of the construction and subsequent wartime modication of these giant tank killers. Also features - both interior and exterior - are all carefully presented. of this massive vehicle, and its trailers, through hundreds 16 detailed line drawings as well as 15 masterful color of color photos and some of the nest restored examples in Illustrated with 230 color photographs, 5 black and white proles; 80 pages. existence. Illustrated with over 230 photographs; 80 pages. photographs, 5 line drawings, and 4 proles; 80 pages. SS79001 SS67029 SS67025

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USS Texas Squadron At Sea (HB) Doyle. Armed with 10 14-inch guns and displacing 32,000 tons, the battleship is still a formidable sight as she enters USS Arizona Squadron at Sea Series (HB) into her second century. This expansive volume tells the tale Doyle. Packed with rare photographs unearthed from sources of the Texas and her crew. Loaded with black-and-white and color photos not only showcase the construction, throughout the country, this volume follows the history of numerous voyages, modications, combat action, and one of America's most iconic naval vessels. Glimpse the ultimate preservation of the ship, but also show the vessel life of the crews that manned her and follow her through as a home, ofce, and workshop for the men who served the maintenance and rets that dramatically changed her as her crew. These historic images are augmented with ve appearance. Describes the horric explosion that ripped through her hull on the dark morning of 7 December 1941, line drawings illustrating her key congurations, as well as and a series of unique photos document the years of wartime nine color proles depicting her aircraft, as well as the many salvage work aboard the sunken battleship. Chronicled too camouage schemes she wore. Illustrated with over 350 photographs; 152 pages. is Arizonas ongoing service as a tomb and memorial to SS74003 the 1,177 men who perished with her. A testament to the Arizona and her men brought to you as you've never seen them before. Illustrated with 288 photographs, 5 detailed line drawings, 7 color illustrations; 120 pages. SS74001

Higgins PT Boat On Deck (HB) Doyle. This illustrated volume showcases details of Higgins PTs preserved in Massachusetts, Texas, even an operational example in Oregon - the sole operational WWII PT . More than 80 color photographs, these preserved vessels are augmented by nearly 40 vintage photos illustrating rarely seen ne details of the wooden shipbuilders' craft. Illustrated with over 120 photographs; 80 pages. SS66008

USS North Carolina Squadron at Sea (HB) Doyle. Laid down in 1937 and launched on 9 April 1941, the USS North Carolina was the rst new construction battleship to enter service during WWII and took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacic Theater, becoming the most decorated US battleship of WWII. This volume traces the history of the North Carolina, photographically documenting the evolution of armament and electronics that elevated her pre-Pearl Harbor design to its peak - bristling with guns to counter the threat of kamikaze attack. Records not only the ship's wartime operations that earned her 12 battlestars, but also her crew and their work and recreation. Generously illustrated with more than 330 photographs - many of them color, detailed line drawings and 11 color proles that document the various camouage schemes worn by both the ship and her scouting aircraft.; 136 pages. SS74002

USS Kidd On Deck (HB) Doyle. Documented in color close-up photos are the details of the exterior of the ship, as well as her interior spaces, where destroyer sailors lived, fought, and some died, painstakingly restored and preserved today in Baton Rouge by the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission. Illustrated with USS Saratoga Squadron at Sea (HB) 234 photographs; 80 pages. SS66010 Doyle. When commissioned in 1927, Saratoga's decks teamed with fabric-covered biplanes, and the ship and her crew projected US military power far beyond the nation's shores. So impressive was Saratoga that she and her crew served as a backdrop for two major Hollywood motion pictures. In 1941 she was called to do what she was built for, and for the next four years plied the Pacic, her biplanes replaced by the famed Wildcats, Hellcats, Dauntlesses and Avengers that prosecuted the war against Japan. Having survived two torpedo hits by Japanese subs, as well as repeated bomb and Kamikaze strikes, at war's end she took part in the huge Magic Carpet operation that transported thousands of US servicemen back to the mainland. Still aoat after the rst nuclear explosion, she was sent to the bottom USS Massachusetts On Deck (HB) of Bikini Atoll by the second of the blasts, and still rests there today, where she welcomes the occasional scuba diver. Doyle. This book documents the warship through an Profusely illustrated with 383 color and b/w photos capturing impressive collection of images and data tables revealing the ship the ship and how it functioned as a ghting machine as the ship, her crew and aircraft supplemented by 11 line well as a home to her almost 1,800-man crew. Illustrated with drawings and 25 color renderings; 160 pages. 286 photographs, and color proles; 96 pages. SS74004 SS66011

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Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland Our rst title, Viking Summer: 5.SS-PanzerDivision in Poland, 1944, includes: A general history of the period and detailed accounts of the Kovel and Warsaw battles. 13 pages of colour artwork by Dennis Oliver depicting over 40 different vehicles including Sdkfz 251 half-tracks, Pzkw IV and Pzkw V Panther tanks and others. Many never before published black and white photographs. Detailed tables showing vehicle types and allocations. Comprehensive explanation of vehicle markings and numbering systems. ADH027 STUG: Assault Gun Units In The East The second title in this series, STUG: Assault Gun Units In The East, Bagration To Berlin, is the rst volume in a two part set and includes: Histories of the German Armys assault gun units, volume two will contain Waffen SS, Luftwaffe and obscure units. Colour artwork by Dennis Oliver depicting over 40 different vehicles with details of unit markings and insignia. Explanation of vehicle characteristics and production and eld modications. Campaign maps and diagrams ADH028 Fortress: German Armour In The Defence Of Sicily A detailed history of the units involved and their actions in Sicily by well known author and researcher Claude Gillono 13 pages of colour artwork by Dennis Oliver depicting over 30 different vehicles and guns including half-tracks, assault guns, Pzkw III, Pzkw IV, Pzkw VI Tiger tanks and the deadly 88mm Flak gun. Black and white archive photographs, many never before reproduced Campaign map. Detailed tables showing vehicle types and allocations. Illustrations of unit insignia and vehicle markings. ADH029 Project LTVs Amtanks: LVTA1, LVT(A)4, LVT(A)5 (SC) Information from factory blueprints, tech manuals and bulletins, photos, personal narratives and exhisting vehicles. Tips on building, detailing and weathering are provided throughout. Figure sculpting and painting pointers provided by Bill Chilstrom. LPP008

Model Tech Manual LVT2 and LVT(A)2 (SC) LPP010

Model Tech Manual LVT(A)1, LVT(A)4, LVT(A)5 (SC) LPP011

Project LTVs Amtracks: LVT2 and LVT(A)2 (SC) Models, photos and layout with tips on building, detailing, painting and weathering. LPP009 LVT Line Drawings: LVTA1, LVT2, LVTA2, LVTA4 (SC) LPP012

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Airframe & Miniature No 2: The Hawker Typhoon inc. The Hawker Tornado by Richard A. Franks. 128 pages packed with vital information that no active aviation modeller should be without. 40+ pages of technical information 20+ pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams 5+ pages of camouflage and markings 25+ pages of model builds and modelling information 200+ photographs including wartime images Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana 3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans ADH015 Airframe & Miniature No.3 The Focke-Wulf Fw 190D and Ta 152 by Richard A. Franks. 160 pages packed with vital information that no active aviation modeller should be without. 60+ pages of technical information 20+ pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams 5+ pages of camouflage and markings 20+ pages of model builds and modelling information 200+ photographs including wartime images Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana 3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans ADH017 Airframe & Miniature No 4: The Hawker Tempest This fourth book in our much acclaimed series contains a massive 128 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller and Tempest enthusiast should be without. Over 40 pages of technical information Over 20 pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams Over 5 pages of camouflage and markings Over 25 pages of model builds and modelling information Over 200 photographs including wartime images Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana 3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz 1/72 and 1/48 scale full kit builds by Libor Jekl and Steve Evans A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans is included ADH026 Captured Butcherbirds Vol.1 J.Jackiewicz & R.Bock English text, soft cover, 128 pages, 329 photos, 28 multiviews painting schemes and 127 side proles. Entire book is published in colour ADH021 Hacks Utility Planes of the Mighty Eighth J. Jackiewicz Continuation and sequel for the 'Assembly Ships'. English text, soft cover, 132 pages, 267 photos, 195 colour proles. Entire book is published in colour. ADH022 FW-190 In Foreign Service (Captured Butcherbirds Vol. 2) J.Jackiewicz, S.Fleischer, R.Bock English text, soft cover, 100 pages, 215 photos, 112 side proles. Entire book is published in colour. ADH023 Japanese Aircraft in Foreign Service J.Jackiewicz & S.Fleischer English text, soft cover, 128 pages, over 300 photos, 187 side proles and colour plates. Entire book is published in colour. ADH024 The Messerschmitt Me 262 Airframe & Miniature Series: Under the expert guidance of series editor Richard Franks, this exhaustively researched book covering the popular Messerschmitt Me 262 for the avid enthusiast. 116 pages of technical information, full colour proles, walkaround images, diagrams, camouage and marking details, a wealth of photographic resource plus comprehensive model builds and information on kits both past and present. Every active aviation modeller should have this series by their workbench. This is the rst in the series, The Messerschmitt Me 262 by Richard Franks, available now. By Richard A. Franks 116 pages packed with vital information that no active modeller of aviation subjects should be without Over 40 pages of technical information Over 10 pages of full colour profiles Over 20 pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams Over 5 pages of camouflage and markings Over 25 pages of model builds and modelling information Over 200 photographs including wartime images Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana 3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jakiewicz 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale full kit builds by Steve Evans and Richard Franks ADH013

Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks By Don Barnes, John Crump & Roy Sutherland Ninth Air Force P-47 units have been long overlooked, despite their signicant contribution to victory in WWII. Their war was close to the ground, dive-bombing and strang in support of the US Army at the Normandy landings, and in the race across France, Belgium and Germany. "Thunderbolts of the Hell Hawks" is a new book offering a personal view of one of the most decorated and effective P-47 units in the Ninth Air Force. This rich visual account of the 365th Fighter-Bomber Group, the "Hell Hawks", is presented in 320 pages with over 500 photos, most published for the rst time. The book also features 98 thoroughly researched and detailed colour proles of their Thunderbolts, illustrated by Don Barnes. All but three of the aircraft proled have languished in obscurity for the past 65 years, brought to light for the rst time here. Published with full cooperation of the 365th FG Association, and with the kind help of the men and families who shared memories and personal photo albums, this book is a testament to their strength, courage and sacrice helping bring an end to the war in Europe. Don Barnes, John Crump and Roy Sutherland interviewed and befriended over 20 surviving pilots from the 365th FG. Maps, charts and photos of surviving artifacts illustrate the very detailed, almost day-to-day record of the Hell Hawks missions. Additionally, more than 100 sidebars, many written by the men of the 365th, themselves, give life and humanity to the story. This unique book offers an extraordinarily personal and illustrative portrait of the lives of P-47 pilots. Inspired by the excellent book "Hell Hawks" by Bob Dorr and Tom Jones, this book is a companion piece, providing much additional information and a rich visual picture of the 365th during the last year of the war in Europe. ADH025

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Airframe Album No 1: The Heinkel He 219 Uhu This new series of books will offer everything that modern modellers want when they are tackling a specic subject and will include: Attack on Pearl Harbor Covering all of the major aspects of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this book is written so that it will appeal to both the layman, seeking an understanding of what happened on the Day of Infamy, and to the enthusiast who wishes to learn much more information than is usually found in a book of this size. Photos with detailed captions, extensive artwork, charts, tables, maps, and text combine to make this a comprehensive yet very affordable reference on one of the most important dates in world history. By Bert Kinzey. More than 145 Photographs 46 Art Illustrations 6 Maps 8 Tables Illustrations showing all types of Japanese aircraft used in the attack with markings applied to the aircraft own by many of the group commanders and other pilots Illustrations of American Army and Navy aircraft that were in the air over Oahu during the attack including those own by pilots who shot down Japanese aircraft Information and data on each of the six aircraft carriers used by the Japanese as well as illustrations of the markings carried by their aircraft Complete information on the composition of both attack waves including numbers and types of aircraft own, armament carried, carrier assignments, unit assignments, targets assigned, and the names of group leaders Maps showing the routes of the attack waves and how the torpedo, dive bombing, and horizontal bombing attacks were carried out in the Pearl Harbor area List and map of American ships present in or near Pearl Harbor during the attack Table of ships of the Pacific Fleet not at Pearl Harbor during the attack and indicating their locations Official U. S. Navy damage report and information as to when all but three of the sunk and damaged ships were returned to action with the eet Photographs showing the ships listed on the Navy damage report before, during, and after the attack Japanese mistakes and the eventual fates of each of the Japanese ships that took part in the attack A look at the Special Attack Unit of five midget submarines and the U. S. Navy ships that engaged them ADH014 Period diagrams Data from flight manuals Data from spare parts catalogues Walkaround images of preserved examples Fully detailed 3D isometric views of prototype and production machines Full colour profiles and concise camouflage and marking notes A wealth of pictures of the recently restored NASM example Pictures before, during and after restoration Isometric views by Jacek Jackiewicz Colour profiles and camouflage detail by Richard J. Caruana 100 pages in total Publication well in advance of the Revell and Zoukei-Mura 1/32 scale kit releases. by Richard A. Franks ADH030 Airframe Album No.2: The Hawker Sea Fury A Detailed Guide to The Fleet Air Arms Last Pistonengine Fighter by Richard A. Franks Our second title in the Airframe Album series will cover the Hawker Sea Fury, and follows on neatly from our Airframe and Miniature titles on The Hawker Typhoon and recently published Hawker Tempest. Period diagrams Data from flight manuals and spare parts catalogue Walkaround images of preserved examples Pictures before and during restoration of the restored TFC and airworthy FAA examples Fully detailed 3D isometric views of prototype and production machines by Jacek Jackiewicz Colour profiles and concise camouflage detail by Richard Caruana 100 pages An overview of all Hawker Sea Fury kits available in 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 scales ADH031 How to build the Tamiya Steel Wheeled Tiger I The Tiger I is one of the most popular modelling subjects in 1:35 scale. In this book, world-renowned modeller Angus Creighton concentrates on the Steel Wheeled version of the famous German WW2 Tank. With ve versions of the Tiger portrayed in great detail, particular attention is paid to subtle production differences, as well as focusing on the rare command version and Borgward BIV control vehicle. With step-by-step guides covering and painting, applying zimmerit and adding markings. ADH001 How to build the Tamiya Fairey Swordsh A full colour, high quality guide describing in great detail the building, detailing and painting of Tamiyas stunning 1:48 Fairey Swordsh. Inside youll nd over fty pages of clear, easy to follow photographs of the model being constructed plus shots of the real thing. TMMIs Geoff Coughlin has built two complete models, one in grey with wings extended and a camouaged machine with wings folded back for carrier stowage. ADH002 How to build the Tamiya Bristol Beaughter The 60 page book includes information on: Building the basic model; The six detailed versions of the Beaughter; Details of production variations; Weathering; and many other handy hints and tips! ADH003 How to build the Tamiya Spitre Mk.IXc and Mk.VIII Revised edition with extra pages covering the Spitre Mk.VIII. The complete guide to bulding Tamiya's amazing 1:32 Spitre Mk.IXc written by Brett Green. The book now features 4 models, by Brett and Marcus Nicholls, Roy Sutherland and now Chris Wauchop. Hundreds of images, reference photos and how to get the very best from the model. Also features lists of after market parts... ADH011 How to build the Tamiya P-51D Mustang The complete guide to bulding Tamiya's amazing 1:32 P-51D written by Brett Green. Exhaustive step-by-step guide to construction plus models, by Brett, Mark Glidden and Roy Sutherland. Hundreds of images, reference photos and how to get the very best from your model. Also features lists of after market parts and decals. ADH016

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