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The Brengun Yak-1 has some nice surface detail and builds up into a good-looking model. The decals are great and lay down well. However, this is not an easy kit to build. There are several unusual engineering decisions which make assembly unnecessarily difficult, and many of the pieces are quite small. There are flash and mold seams to deal with, but no sink marks on my example. You will have to work to get this one together and it is a frustrating build. If you want a high-backed Yak this is your kit, but be prepared for a fight.
This is Josef Zwernemann’s Bf 109F-4 assigned to 7. / JG52 at Beryslaw, Russia, 14SEP41. Zimmermann claimed his first victory, a Spitfire, over France in July 1940, but he was to achieve the majority of his victories against the Soviets. He was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross when his score passed 100 in October 1942. He was transferred to the West in Defense of the Reich in early 1944 where he flew the Focke Wulf Fw 190A-7 against American bomber streams. On 08APR44 Zwernemann claimed a B-24 and a P-51, but was jumped by two more Mustangs and had to bail out. He was shot and killed in his parachute as he descended. In total he claimed 123 victories.
In November 1941 Adolf Galland was appointed to lead the Luftwaffe’s fighter force as General der Jagdflieger. As the war progressed Germany’s situation worsened, which put Galland at odds with Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring who used the pilots as scapegoats. This came to a head in January 1945 when a number of ranking Luftwaffe pilots confronted Göring in what became known as the “Fighter Pilots’ Revolt”. Göring blamed Galland, and relieved him of his command. But now what to do with Galland, who was a hero in Germany? Galland was directed to lead a small unit with the Messerschmitt Me 262, Jagdverband 44 (JV 44). He used his connections to recruit several of the highest-scoring pilots in the Luftwaffe, and JV 44 quickly became known as the “squadron of experts”.
This Me 262 bears the double chevron of a Geschwaderkommodore. It is believed Galland was flying this aircraft when he achieved his final victories, a pair of Martin B-26 Marauders on 26APR45. Galland was wounded during the engagement but survived the war with 104 victories.
The Battleship USS Iowa Anatomy of The Ship
By Stefan Draminski
Hardcover, 352 pages, line drawings and 3-D renderings throughout
Published by Osprey Publishing, January 2020
Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Most modelers and military history buffs are familiar with the Anatomy of the Ship series. The majority of these books were published during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and are mainly devoted to detailed line drawings of the subject vessel and her fittings. The publishing history is convoluted – they were published by Conway Maritime Press in Great Britain, along with both Phoenix and the U.S. Naval Institute in the United States. After a long hiatus the series is again being produced with updated volumes on previous subjects along with new titles.
The current iterations have featured red covers up to this point. Conway published an updated volume on the Yamato and Musashi, the next volume is published by Osprey and the subject is the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61). The new series retains the line drawing format of the original, but adds a striking new element in the form of full-color computer rendered perspective views. These are consistent with the style of Kagero’s Super Drawings in 3D series. Most page spreads contain a mix of the standard line drawings and color perspective views, this proves quite effective in conveying the appearance of the specific detail. The result is a book with two to three times the content of the original. One thing I feel is under appreciated about books such as this is that much of the equipment was standardized and was common to ships of other classes, so the drawings will be of interest even if researching an entirely different ship which utilizes the same items of equipment.
In the case of Iowa, the author has constructed nine individual computer models to present the ship during different periods. The Iowa was frequently refitted, and her appearance changed after each shipyard availability, sometimes drastically. The reader can follow these modifications chronologically with the turn of a page. The renderings show many of the interior spaces of the ship, some as cut-aways, others as expanded layers. I did my service aboard the Iowa’s sistership Missouri (BB-63) from 1985-89, so it was interesting for me to find many very familiar details. Others were different, either due to era or the inevitable differences in construction between sisters. There were a few strange omissions. The main battery turrets and their interiors are covered well, but only the exteriors of the 5”/38 mounts are shown. The interior of the bridge is absent, and only the basic layouts of Engineering spaces are represented. Having said that, what is there is spectacular, and I’m sure I’ll be studying this book for hours. I was a fan of the series before the addition of the color perspective renderings, given the amount and quality of the content these new books are bargains. Highly recommended.
Photographs taken at the Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Michigan.
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This is the Bf 109 von Kageneck flew with 9. / JG 27 at Chudova, USSR, August 1941. His first victories were achieved against RAF Blenheims during the Battle of France. He fought on the Channel Front where he was shot down and wounded by RAF Hurricanes. After his recovery he flew over Malta and later against the Soviets. In December 1941 III./JG 27 was transferred to North Africa. On Christmas Eve he was shot down by RAF Hurricanes and later died of his wounds. He was credited with a total of 67 victories.