Monday, March 26, 2012

New IDF Sherman book from SabIngaMartin!

Dr. Robert Manasherob is well known for his works on armor of the Arab-Israeli Wars, particularly Israeli tanks.  Thi is volume 2 in his series on Israeli Sherman tanks. 

From the author:
This book is volume 2 in the “Lioness and Lion of the Line” series on Israeli Sherman tanks in IDF service and covers the M50 and M51 tanks.

Authored by Dr. Robert Manasherob, a world recognized expert on Israeli military tanks and vehicles, this book contains dozens of new and never published photos, new and accurate info and facts, results of several years of research, 1/35 scale drawings of M50 and M51 tanks, color profiles, more than 180 photos including action photos, crew photos, walk around photos, unique markings and illustrations.

Amongst the contents are the following:

■80 pages – B&W and full color

■More than 180 B&W and color photos and illustrations

■Dozens of unique and previously unpublished photos

■In-action photos

■Walk-around photos

■Crew photos

■1/35 scale line drawings

■Unique markings

■Detailed color profiles

■Tactical markings

The book can be purchased via the author's site:  SabIngaMartin Publications.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

MVTF gets the SdKfz 222 Armoured Car ready!


The Military Vehicle Technology Foundation will be bringing its Sd.Kfz.222 to the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers "Kick Off Classic" scale model show on Saturday, 24MARCH2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.  Special thanks to Tamiya USA for providing raffle prizes and sponsoring us for this show as we would not have been able to afford to transport the 222.   

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

2 more updates from Bronco Models (updated 14MAR2012)

Late last night, I received a couple of new images from Bronco Models for two new update sets. 
AB3556 Canvas Cover Limber No.27 goes with their Bishop and 25pdr kits. 

The next item is of greater significance, at least in my eyes:
CB35069SP Revised Turret for CB35069 US Light Tank M24 Chaffee (Early Prod).  This one piece update features the revised and corrected turret shell for use on their first M24 release.  Please note that the newest version, CB35068 M24 Chaffee "British" includes the corrected shell.

Prices have not yet been announced for either item.
Update 14MAR2012:   Bronco has said that the turret replacement part will be made available thru distributors.  The cost will be based on recouping packaging and materials costs.  Do Not contact Bronco for the replacement parts.  Also, every M24 kit produced after 1FEBRUARY2012 has the corrected parts in them.  Please check your kit before ordering the parts.
Thanks to Rubin at Bronco Models for the images.

Note:  I have been supplying images and measurements to Bronco since December 2011 for several upcoming projects.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New kit news from Bronco Models!

Bronco Models has just announced its list of kit releases for March 2012.  Six kits have been listed which should make both armor and ship modellers happy.

Modellers of Axis armor kits will be very happy to see this one:
 CB35036 Hungarian 40/43M "Zrinyi" II 105mm Assault Gun.  AFAIK, this is the first time a kit of this vehicle has been made available in injection moulded plastic.

Axis modellers get some anti-aircraft artillery with this one:
CB35067 German 88mm L/71 Flak 41 Anti-Aircraft Gun with crew.  Crew figures are provided by Dragon Models Ltd.(DML).

Allied modellers get some love too.  Announced in late 2011, but available this month is:

CB35068 Light Tank M-24 "Chaffee" (British Army).  This kit is based on the earlier U.S. version (kit #CB35069) but has a few changes to model a vehicle as seen in British Army use.  Plus, the problem with the turret roof that was seen on CB35069 has been rectified.  
A surprise release is this one:
CB35109 Russian Heavy Self-Propelled Gun SU-152 (KV-14) "Late Production".  I guess it's time to ditch the old Eastern Express kits when this one comes out!

Following up on their previous 40mm Bofors Canadian version is a British one:
CB35111 OQF 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun Mk.I/III (British Version).  This kit will be very versatile for modellers.
All of the above are in 1/35 scale.

Last but not least, the ship modellers get a current U.S. vessel in 1/350 scale:

NB5026 LCS-4 U.S.S. Coronado.  I don't know much about ships or ship kits, but this one looks pretty cool.

For the record, I have submitted photos and measurements for future projects to Bronco Models for several projects during the past few months.
Thanks to Rubin at Bronco Models for the new release pics!