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Product Announcements: July 28, 2021

2 new decals and 2 new scale modeling books 
SdKfz. 138 Marder III Ausf. M

No. 20-A300-05

Scale: 1/200
MSRP: $8

Pan Am was the second US carrier to operate an Airbus aircraft. Pan Am’s first A300s were delivered in 1984, and thirteen of the type were operated prior to Pan Am’s eventual demise.  Our decal includes all Clipper names for the 12 ships that were named. Also available in 1/144 No. 44-A300-05 $14.
Arkansas ANG Big Bird C-130-H
No. 72-C130-17
Scale: 1/72
MSRP: $14

In preparation for the 2018 Little Rock AFB air show, the 189th Air Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard painted its “Boss Bird” C-130H 81-0629 in a heritage tail scheme. The markings are a tribute to the O-38s and PT-1s of the unit’s early years and feature the distinctive 1920s/30s yellow tail with flag rudder. This decal is designed to supplement and correct the decal included with the Zvezda kit. Also available in 1/48 No. 48-C130-17 $25; 1/200 No. 20-C130-17 $8; and 1/144 No. 44-C130-17 $12.
German Tank Destroyers

Pierre Tiquet
ISBN: 9781612009063 (from Casemate Publishers)
MSRP: $39.95

Hard cover, 192 pages, over 250 color and B/W photos and illustrations. Casemate Illustrated Special.

Includes coverage of all the tank destroyers used by the German army including the Hornisse, the Jagdpanzer 38, the Jagdpanzer IV, and the Elefant.

From the early days of World War II, it was clear that the Wehrmacht’s antitank units would need to be motorized as existing horse- or automobile-drawn units were too slow to be effective. Initially, antitank guns were mounted onto available, usually obsolete, tank chassis, such as the Panzerjäger I and II. However German engineers would soon turn to the heavy chasses of the Panzer IV, the Panther, and the Tiger for their tank hunters. It became apparent during the invasion of France that enemy antitank guns were both more powerful and better armored, and improvement became a priority during Barbarossa as German units faced off against the new Soviet tanks. The appearance of the Soviet T-34 in July 1941 meant that the Germans had to quickly come up with something equally powerful. The result was the motorized panzerjäger, faster and more mobile than older towed versions. This was followed in 1942 by the introduction of the 7.5cm gun. Further designs and modifications were informed by reports from the front line. 

Some of these conversions were very successful and resulted in fearsome tank destroyers deployed to great effect by the Wehrmacht. The lightweight Hetzer, for example, was based on a modified Panzer 38(t) and entered service in 1944. This small tank became Germany’s main tank destroyer during the final stages of the war, and would continue in use around the world even after 1945. Though they may not have looked that intimidating, the Landser were soon won over, and were comforted to have something reliable to stand between them and the Soviet tanks.

This account, illustrated by hundreds of period photos, examines the development and deployment of various models of tank destroyers during World War II.

Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Dave Grummitt
ISBN: 9781399009409 (from Pen and Sword)
MSRP: $24.95

Soft cover, 8 pages of full color illustrations depicting 14 different vehicles, 64 pages, 200 color and B/W photos.

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle was developed in the 1970s to counter the new Infantry Fighting Vehicles of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. Designed to survive the imagined high-intensity, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) battlefield of the Cold War, it became, alongside the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, the mainstay of US armored forces during the 1980s. As the Cold War ended, however, it would go on to prove its worth on other battlefields. During the First Gulf War the Bradley would destroy more Iraqi AFVs than the Abrams, while during the 1990s it would prove itself an effective weapons system in the missions to Bosnia and Kosovo. During the 2003 invasion of the Iraq and the fighting that followed it confirmed its reputation as a versatile and deadly AFV.

This volume examines the development and service history of both the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle. The various modifications and improvements over its long service history are described, as is the experience of the soldiers who have fought alongside and in it during the past three decades. The book also gives a full account of the wide range of kits and accessories available in all the popular scales and includes a modelling gallery covering the most important Bradley variants. Detailed color profiles provide both reference and inspiration for modelers and military enthusiasts alike.

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