Thursday, January 31, 2013

Another new release coming from Bronco.

Bronco Models has sent in the artwork for another upcoming release:

Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. F (VK18.01), kit #CB35143.  No release date has been posted, so I guess that gives me time to finish the old Alan kit of this tank that I have sitting in my filing cabinet at work.

Test build pics of the Riich. Models Universal Carrier Mk. I

Below are some test shots of the soon to be released Riich.Models Universal Carrier Mk. I.

It is tentatively scheduled to be released sometime in February. 
Thanks to Rubin at Riich.Models for the update.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Preview: Mirror Models Ltd. 1/35 CMP Mk. I Otter Recce Car

Mirror Models Ltd. 1/35 CMP Mk. I Otter Recce Car
One of the latest kits out from Mirror Models Ltd. is kit #35103, 1/35 CMP Mk. I Otter Recce Car.  Prior to this release, a 1/35 scale kit of the Otter had only been available in resin.  This kit consists of 157 injection molded and 18 resin parts.  A PE set with 80+ parts and 3 small pieces of wire are also included.
Overall, the kit looks very good.  The quality of parts moulding is good with a bare minimum of pin marks.  I thought that some of the sprue attachment points are rather thick which may lead to some issues.  I didn't notice much in the way of mould release agent on my sample. 
One point about the kit that I don't care for, regardless of how minor it might be, is that it doesn't come with a Bren Gun, which was the usual armament found on this vehicle.  The instructions recommend obtaining one via LZ Models.  Additional photo etch parts for this kit are also available through LZ. 
I plan on building this as an "out of the box" kit during the next couple of weeks.  I will post progress photos every several days.
Visit the Mirror Models Ltd. Otter specific page for more details about this kit. Thanks to Mirror Models Ltd. and LZ Models for the sample kit.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New book on the Patton Tank series by Michael Green

Michael Green has been writing books on armored vehicles for many, many years.  His latest book on the Patton series of tanks has been recently released by Pen and Sword Books.
The Patton Tank Cold War Warrior
This 207 page book is loaded with b&w photos of the M46, M47 and M48 Patton tanks and their variants.  Wartime and museum photos along with tech manual excerpts are included. 
See the Pen and Sword Books website for more details. 
My sample copy was provided by Pen and Sword Books.
Since I am a friend of Michael Green and have provided some photos for this book, I will not be reviewing it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New books from David Doyle and Squadron-Signal Publications

David Doyle is a well known author in military vehicle circles and has been one of Squadron's leading authors for the past several years.  I just received two of his latest books published by Squadron-Signal Books:
M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Walk Around, SS67029
This 80 page book is loaded with color photographs of several different restored M18's. 
Diamond T 4-ton Truck Walk Around, SS67031
80 pages of color photos of open/hard top cargo variants and open/hard top wreckers.  This will make a good reference if Mirror Models comes out with a Diamond T truck like they announced a few weeks ago.
Please note that I contributed photos to quite a few of David's books during the past few years, including the above Diamond T title.  As such, I won't be reviewing either title.
Thanks to David Doyle for the books.


Monday, January 14, 2013

More updates from Bronco Models

Bronco Models has sent in the CAD posters of three upcoming kits along with the box art for a fourth.

In 1/35 scale is CB35161, M22 Locust (T9E1) Airborne Tank (British Version)

Next up, also in 1/35 scale is CB35113, Russian Heavy Self-Propelled Gun SU-152 (KV-14) April 1943 "Early Production".

The final CAD poster is for CB35104, German U-XXIII Coastal Submarine.

They're also coming out with a new, workable track set:  AB3560 Russian 650mm OMSH Track Link Set For KV-1/KV-2 (workable).

Thanks to Bronco Models for the update.

Riich.Models update for "East Meets West" figure set

Riich.Models has sent in a couple of pictures showing one of their upcoming figure sets: "East Meet West (Elbe River, 1945)", kit #RV35014.

No release date has been specified.  Thanks to Rubin at Riich.Models for the updated photos.

New M51 Sherman book from SabIngaMartin Publications

Dr. Robert Manasherob, one of the leading authorities on Israeli armored vehicles has announced the latest in his line of books on Israeli Shermans: 
Lioness & Lion of the Line: M51 Sherman Tanks of the Six Day War-Part I.

From the website: 
"This tenth volume in the Lioness and Lion of the Line series covers the IDF Sherman tanks in sevice with the Israeli Defense Forces.  Authored by Dr. Robert Manasherob, a world recognized expert in Israeli military vehicles, this volume contains detailed descriptions of the combat operations and history of M51 Sherman tanks during the Six Day War.
-80 pages in black and white and color
-More than 175 photos
-Dozens of unique and previously unpublished photos, in-action photos
-Walk-around photos
-1/35 scale line drawings
-Newly discovered, unique markings
-Detailed color profiles
-Never before seen tactical markings

The price is $40.00 plus shipping.  The book can be ordered directly from Dr. Manasherob via his website, SabIngaMartin Publications.