This is the 2009 RPM issue Hotchkiss H35 light tank. This is a small tank and a small model. RPM have done a good job with this kit, it is crisply molded and without flash. It is well detailed and features a really good start on the interior if you’d like to model the hatches open. The tracks are one piece, but there are ample fiddly bits for those who might otherwise feel slighted. The decals are printed on a continuous sheet of carrier film, I would advise trimming the film back as far as possible as it was a little reluctant to settle in. The only real down side of this kit is the vague instructions which only add to the confusion of not having parts numbers on the sprues. Other than that, a straight forward model which builds up nicely.
The Arab Revolt 1916–18: Lawrence sets Arabia ablaze
By David Murphy, illustrated by Peter Dennis
Osprey Campaign Series Book 202
Paperback, 96 pages, heavily illustrated
Published by Osprey Publishing November 2008
Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
Most readers are familiar with the story of the Arab Revolt because of T. E. Lawrence’s book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” and its movie adaptation “Lawrence of Arabia”. This volume in the Osprey Campaign Series puts those works into context and provides a broad overview into the strategic background of the actions in the book and the film.
In 1916 the Ottoman Turks controlled Arabia by fortifying a series of towns and strong points. These positions were supplied by the Hejaz Railway that ran South terminating in Medina, which was heavily garrisoned. Keeping the railway open was vital to the Turkish presence in the Middle East and as such was heavily patrolled. The British and French realized that for a relatively small investment in advisers, material, and support the Arab clans could be incited to revolt against Ottoman occupation. Suppressing the revolt would tie up Turkish forces and divert resources away from other theaters.
For their part, the Arabs fought for independence and self-rule. Native to the desert, they were masters of the terrain and could traverse “impassable” regions, appearing without warning and melting back into the desert before they could be engaged. Guerrilla warfare suited them well, and they conducted numerous raids against isolated garrisons. The vital railway line was particularly vulnerable to this type of attack, being difficult for Ottoman forces to defend effectively and requiring immediate repair whenever the line was cut. As Arab strength grew, larger-scale assaults were directed against cities and towns and the Ottomans were driven back.
This book is a good primer on how the Arabian campaign was conducted and the post-war political maneuverings that followed. It is particularly relevant for those wishing to understand the progression from Arabia at the beginning of the last century into the chaos which is the Middle East today. Overall a good introduction into one of the lesser studied theaters of the First World War.
Photographs taken at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
Another build of the 1977 Hasegawa kit, this example has had the chord of the vertical tail reduced to represent a late-production Shiden-Kai. It is marked as the aircraft of Warrant Officer Kaneyoshi Mutoh of the Yokosuka Kokutai in February 1945 operating from Oppama. Mutoh was credited with twenty-eight victories total, including eight on the Shiden-Kai.