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OKB Grigorov– RN R Class Submarines

Published: January 26th, 2020     
OKB Grigorov– RN R Class Submarines
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/700
Company: OKB Grigorov

OKB Grigorov has provided super little set of 4 submarines which represent all the various produced of this class of British Submarine ordered at the end of WW1. They were the forerunner of the modern Attack submarine.  They produced 12 of these small diesel electric submarines. All but 2 were scrapped by 1923. The remaining two until 1929 and 1934.

Included is:

  • Four resin parts
  • Four Photo Etch Sheets
  • Four different resin submarines
  • Instruction Sheet

The detail quality is great; The parts are very delicate parts that need careful removal from the resin bases.

The instruction sheet is very basic but enough to get them built. You just must ensure you use the correct Photo Etch sheet with the right resin submarine. Here is a quick list to help

Sturmgeschutz III on the Battlefield 5

Published: January 25th, 2020     
Sturmgeschutz III on the Battlefield 5
Author: Matyas Panczel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Peko Publishing

This book is volume 5 in a series of books containing pictures of the Sturmgeschutz in action and specifications for assault tank. Book has both English and Hungarian text.

I found the pictures in this book to be fascinating and show many of the variants of this very versatile AFV.

Many of these pictures have never been published before and I have seen a lot and yet I had no recollection of seeing any of these before.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the Stug and a must for modellers.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

B26B-50 Invader Korean War

Published: January 25th, 2020     
B26B-50 Invader Korean War
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt, IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:48
Company: ICM

Kit

The Douglas A-26 Invader was an American twin-engine light bomber / ground attack aircraft. From 1948 -1966 it was re-designated as the B-26 and served in the Korean War from 1950-1953.

B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set

Published: January 25th, 2020     
B26B/C (Korean War) Decal Set
Reviewed by: Will Kuhrt, IPMS# 46746
Scale: 1:48
Company: ICM

ICM has produced a fine decal set specifically to be used with ICM kit no. 48281, B-26-50 Invader. The decal set includes markings for four aircraft, the most notable of which is B-26B-61-DL "The 7th Chadwick" piloted by Lt. Col. R. Fourtney, CO of the 13th BC 3rd BG in Korea of Spring, 1953. Other markings are included for B-26C-30-DT "Marth Ann" of the 3rd BG, B-26B-55-DL of the 95th BS, 17th BW and B-26C-45-DT of the 3rd BG.

Reviewer's Comments

Each of the four options are intended for black-painted aircraft. A double-sided, full-color instruction guide is provided. Only side views of the aircraft are given. Placement markings are fairly understandable; however, cross-referencing is recommended.

The diagram for "The 7th Chadwick" could be improved. This aircraft has a bright red nose which covers the front landing gear door and part of the bombay doors. The given diagram is insufficient and does a poor job of showing the slope angle of the red color as it passes under the wing and does not show how much of the bombay doors are painted red. You will need to consult outside resources to obtain accuracy.

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