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IPMS Journal behind?

New Forum Posts - 9 hours 58 min ago
Just wondering if anyone has received a Journal since the March/April issue or is the Journal running behind. Sorry if I missed something about it being behind if so. Rocky

Preview: “Unternehmen Frühlingserwachen” 3.SS Pz.Div. Soldiers, Hungary, Winter 1945 For Zündapp KS 750 Motorcycle from D-Day Miniature Studio...

The Modelling News - 16 hours 42 min ago
D-Day Miniatures have released an awesome new set and single figures centred around the cole climes of Hungary in 1945. The latest set of five figures, an accessory set for the Zundapp 750 and a set of new heads are all in our new preview from D-Day miniatures.Read on... »

MiniArt's combo boxing with German Tractor D8506 & Trailer W/crew coming soon...

The Modelling News - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 03:26
Miniart are combining more of their kits in a smart way to give modellers more choice and options. Take this, their latest kit just announced, the "German Tractor D8506 & Trailer W/crew". Eleven figures of WWII-era Germans, the D8506 tractor and the wheeled trailer kits to make this scene of early "mechanized infantry". See what is in the kit, colour choices and what it looks like built up in our preview...Read on... »

Top Drawings No. 113 Messerschmitt Me-210/Me-410

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 16:32
Product Image Review Author:  Jason Holt Kagero Publishing

The Messerschmitt Me-210/410 is one of a lesser aircraft in the Luftwaffe legacy. The aircraft was designed in the late 1930's with the hopes of it being a multi-use aircraft filling in as a Fighter, Bomber and Reconnaissance platform. The aircraft began as the Me-210, but due to various technical and design problems, it became the Me-410 due to the major modifications to remedy the shortcomings it had. In essence was an entirely new aircraft. There are two surviving examples, one is with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and awaiting restoration, and the other is on display at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

The Topdrawings book from Kagero is a 10 page book with a very brief history of the aircraft itself that is provided in both English and Polish. The drawings comprise of the various Me-210 and Me-410 3 view drawings and cross sections represented in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. They also include comparison line drawing between the two aircraft so the reader can actually see the external differences between them.

Most of the line drawings are of side profiles with expanded close up drawings of distinguishing aircraft features. In the center of the book there are period black and white reference photographs and color profiles of two Me-410's.

With Kagero books they typically include bonus items such as vinyl masks or decal sheets. With this publishing they included 2 large double sided 3 view line drawing posters. Special attention with these drawings includes armament/cockpit layout as well as a comparison between the Me-210 and the Me-410. These posters are super enlarged drawings that are included in the book itself.

I enjoyed this book and would like to thank Casemate Publishers for supplying IPMS Reviewer Corps for this copy.

Pictorial History of the Third Armored Division in World War Two

IPMS/USA Reviews - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 16:23
Product Image Review Author:  Blaine Singleton Pen & Sword The Author

Darren Neely is the author of several photo survey books on WW2 subjects including Panzer wrecks 21: German Armor and the forthcoming Operation Nordwind in the Images of War series.

Contents

The book is divided into four unnamed chapters covering the 3rd at the invasion of Normandy until the end of the war.

In the Book

The book is hardbound has 4 chapters and 306 pages. Most of the pages have at least two black and white photographs on each of them. Some of the subjects covered in the book include:

  • The menace of the panzerfaust teams and their toll on the 3rd's vehicles.
  • Participation in the Battle of the Bulge
  • The U.S. loosing all of their medium tanks in the battle of Cherain.
  • M-24 Chaffee gets name from Maj Gen Adna R Chaffee the first commander of the Armored Force.
  • The first M-24 tanks were sent to Army field units during the Battle of the Bulge.

The introduction and effectiveness of the M-26 Pershing, now the United States had a tank that could take on the Panzers and Tigers (introduced after the Battle of the Bulge).

Summary

This book is not much of a story book, instead it is filled with black and white pictures of the daily life, movement of the 3rd Armor division. There are two-page descriptions at the beginning of each chapter about the major phases and movement of the 3rd then the rest of the chapters are photographs activities. For anyone interested in the 3rd Armor division or wanting reference photos of vehicles (Allied and German) this is a great book.

I want to thank Casemate and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to read and review the book.

VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACESHIP TWO AND WHITEKNIGHT TWO FROM REVELL

Scale Model News - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 06:39

 

WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON beating his space entrepreneur rival, Jeff Bezos, into space by a week or so on July 11, 2021, it's time to take a detailed look at Revell’s 1:144 scale kit of the Virgin Galactic craft.

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Build review Pt III: 48th scale Avro Lancaster B Mk.1 from Hong Kong Models

The Modelling News - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:18
Adam O'Brien's build of Hong Kong Models 48th scale Avro Lancaster B Mk.1 continues here on TMN. See the kit painted, beaten up and weathered just enough to transform the plastic into something very much like a "Lanc" in Pt.III of his build guide...Read on... »

Top Drawings No. 113 Messerschmitt Me-210/Me-410

Landing Page Reviews - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:00

Reviewed by: Jason Holt
Company: Kagero Publishing

The Messerschmitt Me-210/410 is one of a lesser aircraft in the Luftwaffe legacy. The aircraft was designed in the late 1930's with the hopes of it being a multi-use aircraft filling in as a Fighter, Bomber and Reconnaissance platform. The aircraft began as the Me-210, but due to various technical...

Pictorial History of the Third Armored Division in World War Two

Landing Page Reviews - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:00

Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton
Company: Pen & Sword
The Author

Darren Neely is the author of several photo survey books on WW2 subjects including Panzer wrecks 21: German Armor and the forthcoming Operation Nordwind in the Images of War series.

Contents

The book is divided into four unnamed chapters covering the 3rd at...

1/72 Lockheed YF-94D Conversion, finished

New Forum Posts - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 17:31
As usual, I waited a long time for this model, hoping someone else would jump in, etc. etc. No one else did, so I did, and here is something you won't often see, the YF-94D, which was actually a converted YF-94C in an earlier life. This aircraft was going to be a ground-bashing version of the F-94 series, but that never really got off the ground. This plane and it's single sister ship were used to test the M-61 Gatling gun and 20mm cannon. When these tasks were completed, they were seconded by the Air Force to the Mass ANG for use as trainers. For those interested, the build thread and art work are HERE The pics of old "Pinocchi-nose": Hope that you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed adding this bird to the collection. As usual, while not perfect nor excruciatingly detailed, it's a lot better than the one I had before... Ed

The Scale Model Podcast – Ep 77 – Side 6 Part 2

Scale Model Podcast - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 13:17
Welcome to Episode 77 Sponsored by Goodman Models and Return To Kit Form Hosts Stuart Clark Terry Miesle  *************************************** LATEST NEWS Wonderfest 2022 Dates and hotel bookings are available. *************************************** MAILBAG Andrew White I recently became a member of IPMS Canada, I love the RT! I did get decals in my latest issue but, being […]
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Preview: Luftwaffe Im Focus 31 from Luftfahrtverlag-Start

The Modelling News - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 03:16
The latest issue of "Luftwaffe Im Focus" from Luftfahrtverlag-Start is ready to ship. Featuring previously unseen images, documents & stories of the men & machines of the Luftwaffe in WWII, these books are always great. See what's inside #31 in our preview...Read on... »

1 new photo (July 31)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 10:34
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (July 31)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 10:34
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (July 31)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 10:34
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (July 31)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 10:33
IPMS/USA Gallery

1 new photo (July 31)

New Gallery Images - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 10:33
IPMS/USA Gallery

Preview: Tamiya's new 1/48th scale F-14A Tomcat (Late Model) Carrier Launch Set

The Modelling News - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 04:04
Tamiya's Tomcat has been upgraded and ready for launch with a heap of new features in the new 48th scale "F-14A Tomcat (Late Model) Carrier Launch Set". We have the new information released about the set, the improvements to the kit and everything else we know in our preview...Read on... »

Preview: Shipborne Sci-fi Submarine Ship "Suisei" from Suyata...

The Modelling News - Sat, 07/31/2021 - 01:00
Suyata has gone further into sci-fi with this, their new 1/48th scale Shipborne Bomber "Suisei" "Space Submarine Vehicle". In the same universe as their starship range of space vehicles, this is a much smaller vehicle, but in a larger scale. We take a look in our preview...
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The Red Baron, A Photographic Album of The First World War's Greatest Ace

IPMS/USA Reviews - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 23:25
Product Image Review Author:  Michael Reeves Pen & Sword

There is probably no more well-known figure from the Great War, or more written about or discussed, than the infamous Red Baron- Manfred von Richthofen. The original ringmaster of the Flying Circus, his record stands for itself and no plane from that war stands out more from historians down to watchers of Snoopy and his antics in his Sopwith doghouse. This thin book at 157 pages is filled with excellent clear photographs of von Richthofen from his childhood up through his career to his bitter end over enemy lines. More on that later.

Going from the table of contents, it doesn't seem like there is much inside with only two chapters and then some appendices, but these two chapters take up the first 127 pages of the book. After a brief introduction, the author details the events leading up to the start of the war and Manfred's early life and time in military school, and then delves into his start in the cavalry and eventual transfer into the Air Service as an observer. After meeting the great Oswald Boelcke in October of 1915, his desire to become a pilot was spurred on, and despite some early mishaps and accidents, he successfully passed his final flying exam and became a pilot on Christmas Day of the same year.

Interspersed throughout the informative text are numerous photos taken of Manfred through the many stages of his military career as his fame rose. I never really realized how many photographs were actually taken of him, and nearly all are ones I have not seen before. Chapter two opens up with Manfred at about 40 victories and carries on up to the end at 80, as well as a major head injury in battle. The chapter concludes with a thorough overview of his being shot down and killed. There are many photos of the wreckage and those possibly involved. The chapter concludes with four possible scenarios for how he met his end: Captain Roy Brown, Australian gunner Robert Buie, Australian gunner Cedric Popkin, or an unknown rifleman. There is a following section detailing Richthofen's post mortem that I found fascinating. Finally there are two appendices-- one listing his 80 victories and another listing all of his decorations and awards. A glossary and index completes the book.

Conclusion

I found this small book to be immensely interesting and informative. There is no end to the wealth of lore and accounts of the Red Baron out there, but this book makes it easy for someone just learning of his exploits to get a pretty good overview of the man and the pilot in one place. As someone who has been interested in WWI aviation for as long as I can remember, this book was great for me as well and almost has me cracking open that Wingnut Wings kit I have been treasuring in my stash.

My thanks to Casemate Publishing and IPMS-USA for the review sample.