This is another Mikoyan MiG-15bis, this time in a nightfighter scheme. These decals are from H-Model decals, no problems with them. Pilot was I. P. Galyshevsky of the 351 IAP, who claimed one B-29 during the Korean War.
Diorama bait! For those modelers who want to bring something different to the show, few things fit the bill quite like an Me 323 Gigant loading or unloading cargo. Big and unusual, this subject combines aircraft and vehicles into a display worth remembering. Here are a few combinations to consider.
This is the German Horch light truck, one of several versions released by MAC Distribution. This kit came with a 20 mm flak gun mounted in the bed and the transport trailer for the gun as well. I wanted the flak gun for another project, so I completed this model with side boards and filled the bed with cargo. I really like the gun truck version too so I may have to build another at some point. Nice little kit though, it went together without any drama.
Hardcover in dustjacket, 196 pages with appendix, glossary, and index; illustrated
Publisher: Presidio Press November 1986
Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Tank Sergeant is Ralph Zumbro’s personal account of tank warfare in Vietnam. Specifically, Zumbro was a tank crewman and tank commander on M48A3 Pattons during 1967 and 1968, which includes the Tet offensive. While not specifically optimized or intended for operations in a jungle environment, the tanks were nevertheless in high demand and the vehicles in Company A, 1st Battalion, 69th Armored were disbursed in small detachments across a wide area. Surprisingly for an organization with the vast resources of the U.S. Army, there were never enough tanks in-country to go around and never enough time to maintain the tanks that were there.
The tanks were utilized for infantry support, convoy escort, and guarding fixed points such as bridges. The main obstacles were the jungle and the terrain, the main threats were mines, RPGs, and getting boarded by infantry. Combat was constant. Keeping the tanks maintained was a struggle and they often operated with partial crews. At one point in the narrative Zumbro’s M48 (which was fitted with a bulldozer blade) received a much-needed depot level overhaul. The vehicle was barely operational and had accumulated almost three times the running hours recommended between servicings.
This is very much a personal story, and Zumbro goes into details of the day to day operations and challenges of keeping the tanks running. The horse-trading and bureaucratic red tape required to procure parts will be familiar to former service members, Zumbro relates resorting to unauthorized nighttime requisitions to secure the needed items. He also describes a platoon of tanks catching an NVA battalion in the open waiting to ambush a convoy. The results were predicable, but the complete destruction of a large NVA formation in the weeks after Tet did not fit the desired Press narrative and therefore went unreported.
Overall a very interesting and informative read, especially given the unique perspective of a tanker in Vietnam. Highly recommended!
This is the recently completed Airfix B-17G, which represents a late production Fortress with the Cheyenne tail turret and staggered waist gun positions. This is a nice kit right out of the box, I added a few aftermarket bits but you would still get a nice build without them. I substituted resin wheels and Eduard turbochargers. Master brass gun barrels are really little jewels, I was very impressed with these. Decals are from Kits World and represent “Anxious Angel” of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group.
This is the old ESCI Sd. Kfz. 250/10 Halftrack kit first released in 1975. It came out in three versions, the 250/3 command vehicle, the 250/9 reconnaissance vehicle with the 20 mm turret, or the 250/10 infantry support vehicle with the 37 mm gun as modeled here. The molding shows its age a bit but can still be built up into a nice model. As a bonus it comes with some figures which are well molded and quite usable. Still a decent kit which can still be found at model shows.