If you have ever been interested in 3D printing, then this printer will get you started. 3D printers take a plastic filament material and melt it into an extruding nozzle, then ejected on to a moving build plate forms an object, so as the material cools it hardens. 3D printers can use several materials to melt plastic and create objects of different plastic type materials.
I have no experience with 3D printing but have always been intrigued about the idea.
I have experienced times when a special tool or part would be good to have, but there is nothing available. Now if I think about the part I can design it and at the same time learn a new skill of 3D printing. I will be honest and say the kicker for designing a part was the last time I knocked over my Tamiya cement bottle and said to myself, I wish there was something I could put the bottle in to keep from tipping it over. Guess what my first design and project was with the 3D printer.
The second volume of Panther Project follows the Restoration process of the Engine and Turret process along with its connected systems, information on Zimmerit. Some very nice Hull walk around along with interior photos, there are 440 photographs that make up this book along with some nice technical drawings of components.Contents
Before they dive in on the restoration there are several pages on the History of the Panther tank along with the usual introduction. The rest of the book is broken up by each year on restoration 2007 2009 2013 2017 and 2018 and at the back are some references and technical drawings for the restoration process. Each chapter is broken up by what job is being done and gives the page numbers for easy reference. I'll be posting a picture of the index page as there is a lot of work going into each section.
Messerschmitt developed the Bf-109T, based on the Bf-109E series, for operations from the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin", when it was being developed and built in the late thirties. Although the ship was launched in 1938, the carrier, which was to have had a capacity of 40 aircraft, was never completed. A second carrier, the Peter Strasser, was started but never launched. It was scrapped in 1940. The Graf Zeppelin was retained, and work resumed briefly in 1942, but eventually, it was stopped in 1943. Specialized folding wing JU-87B's and Bf-109T's were developed for these ships.
The Bf-109T-0 prototype was followed by ten pre-production Bf-109T-1's, converted from E-3's. These had extended, manually folding wings and carrier tailhooks, catapult spools, and tailwheel locking devices. A unit, JG 186, was formed for their evaluation, but the project was shelved. Sixty Bf-109T-1's had been ordered from Fieseler, and after on-again-off-again development, Fieseler was eventually instructed to complete all of the T-1's as land-based aircraft without the carrier equipment, under the designation Bf-109T-2.
Preview: Canfora's "Soviet Army On Parade 1946-1991 Volume 2" on sale and on discount for a short time...
Longtime readers of IPMS/USA reviews will know that I tend to prefer the tiny stuff. So it shouldn't come as too big a surprise that when Brengun released some accessory items for those of us that build in a diminutive scale (1:144) that I put in my bid for this kit review. 'Kit Review' may be too strong a phrase as these small German Staff Cars 3D printed, in resin, and come as one piece. The only assembly of the actual car is to remove it from the casting block. It should be noted that these cars represent an Opel Admiral Cabriolet, circa 1938.
Tracks & Wheels is part of AK Interactive's Learning Series of books that are profusely illustrated how-to guides that include step-by-step instructions on how to assemble, paint, and weather kits. Other titles in the learning series include:
- Metallic Paints
- Flesh & Skin
- Realistic Wood Effects
- Panzer Crew Uniforms Painting Guide
- Modern Figures Camouflages
- Photoetched Parts
Tracks & Wheels includes in-progress photos and descriptive text explaining each of the steps in assembling, painting, and weathering kit track & wheel subassemblies. The techniques are demonstrated using photos and text by artists and expert modelers. The photos are very clear and explain each progressive step in painting & weathering techniques and includes tips on tools to use. The book includes photo examples of models and actual vehicles to illustrate weathering using the various techniques described in the book. Most of the products used in the book are from AK Interactive.
Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane , Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hard bound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek).
Als Kriegsberichter bei der I.(J)/LG 2 und dem JG 77
As usual, the book came from the publishers in Germany in a sturdy cardboard parcel and also wrapped in plastic.
The contents of the book are:
- Author: Axel Urbanke
- ISBN: 978-3-941437-40-1
- Pages: 240
- Photos: 54 colour– and 170 B/W-photos
- 13 coloured mashine profiles
- 14 coloured maps
- 25 x 28,5 cm large-format, Hard cover plus dust jacket
The specialist literature includes extensive and well-illustrated publications about many German Jagdgeschwader and Jagdgruppen; however, one Gruppe which in terms of photos has been in a deep sleep for a long time is I.(J)/LG 2. Despite the fact that fighter pilots who later became well known, men like Ihlefeld, Geißhardt, Marseille, Harder, Strakeljahn and Kemethmüller, flew their first operational sorties and scored their first victories with the unit, the photographic material available to those with an interest in the unit is limited.
Now, however, with Volume 3 in our Photographed by Soldiers series we can offer all fighter enthusiasts unique photo material. The foundation of this book is a collection of color slides in the estate of a former war reporter who accompanied I.(J)/LG 2 from the Channel in 1941, through the Balkans to Russia. He was with the unit in Russia in 1942 when it was renamed I./JG 77. With JG 77, in the summer of 1942 he took the last photos showing the commander of the Geschwader, Maj. Gollob, and his aircraft. The color images provide completely new and unexpected information about camouflage schemes, Staffel colors and emblems. To provide a complete picture of I.(J)/LG 2’s operational history, the color images are supplemented by impressive and never before seen black-and-white photos from the estates of various pilots and technicians who served with the Gruppe.
The book is published in German / English.
Table of contents for this issue:
- Formation, Poland campaign, missions in defence of Germany, November 1938 to May 9, 1940
- The western campaign, 10th of May to 23 June 1940
- Operations against England, 23rd of June 1942 30 March 1941
- Balkan campaign and operations in support of the invasion of Crete, 30th of March to 21 June 1941
- Russian campaign and defensive operations in Romania, 22nd of June 1941 to 6th of January 1942
- Maj Gordon Mac Gollob. In the Crimea from May to July 1942
This book is a unique photo journal of a Luftwaffe fighter unit using previously unpublished black-and-white and colour photographs. the colour photographs have never been seen in print before and allow some corrections to be made to the colours thought to be used on some aircraft. The captions for the photographs are excellent and give a good description of what we’re seeing in each image. There is also text that gives the background story as the unit moves around western Europe, down to the Balkans and finally up to southern Russia.
Highly recommended for both modellers and Luftwaffe enthusiasts.
If you’re going to buy a copy, do it soon as once they’re gone, they don’t get republished very often.
The book is available from the publisher for €64,00. (about USD$72.65 at today’s exchange rate)