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New January Alpine Releases

Seven new January 2015 figures and heads releases from Alpine Miniatures:

  • 35187: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander #1
  • 35188: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander #2
  • 35189: 1/35 WSS Panzer Commander Set (2 Figures)
  • H015: 1/35 WW2 British Head Set #1
  • H016: 1/35 WW2 British Head Set #2
  • H017: 1/35 WW2 German Head Set #1
  • H018: 1/35 WW2 German Head Set #2



New Kits from ICM

Three new WWII-era plastic kits from ICM covering softskins, armor, and aircraft:
   • Kit No. 35505—1:35 Horch 108 Typ 40, WWII German Personnel Car
   • Kit No. 35365—1:35 T-34/76 (Early 1943 Production), WWII Soviet Medium Tank
   • Kit No. 48213—1:48 Hs 126A-1 with Bomb Rack, Condor Legion Reconnaissance Plane.

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New Diamond T Trucks from IBG

Four new 1/72nd-scale Diamond T trucks from IBG Models:

  • IBG 72021: 1/72 DIAMOND T 972 Dump Truck
  • IBG 72019: 1/72 DIAMOND T 968 Cargo Truck
  • IBG 72020: 1/72 DIAMOND T 969 Wrecker
  • IBG 72018: 1/72 DIAMOND T 968A with Asphalt Tank

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M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage

Diagram of the M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage, from Technical Manual TM 9-1729A, U.S. War Department, 1944.

M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage


New Soviet Artillery Crew from MiniArt

New WWII Russian artillery figures set has been announced by MiniArt: No. 35185: SOVIET HEAVY ARTILLERY CREW. The kit contains models of five figures with new heads, ammunition boxes, shells, and weapons.



New MiniArt Dozer

New 1/35th kit-in-process announcement from MiniArtNo. 35184: U.S. ARMY TRACTOR w/ ANGLED DOZER BLADE.



New Iliad Design Decal Sets

Two new WWII aircraft decal sets from Iliad Design have been announced: 1/32nd-Scale: 7./JG 53 Bf 109G-6 “Cartoon Aircraft” and 1/72nd-Scale: Early P-40s & Tomahawks.

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A-26 Invader Armor Diagram

A-26 Invader armor diagram, from: Pilot’s Handbook for Army Models A-26B and A-26C Airplanes, AN 01-40AJ-1, August 1945, revised January 1946.



P-47 Pilot Preflight Check

P-47N pilot’s preflight check, from: Pilot Training Manual for the Thunderbolt P-47N, Headquarters, AAF Manual 51-127-4, Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C., September 1945.


Pilot’s Preflight Check

The preflight check starts before you reach your airplane. Survey the proposed taxiing route for any possible future obstruction, such as a fuel truck about to move. Study the ramp area for stray equipment or rubbish and rags that might be blown into the airscoop or tail assembly by prop blast.

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Horned Toads

A report on net tenders from Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, August 1944.

Horned Toads
Net Tenders Shield Allied Ships From Enemy Submarines

Those odd-looking “horned” craft you may have seen operating around harbors or fleet anchorages are playing an important part in the constant campaign against enemy submarines and other torpedo carriers.

Horned Toads

Stern view of tender as she hauls the net, with its flotation buoys, along her wake.

They are the Navy’s ANs–sometimes called “Bulls” or “Horned Toads,” because of the twin permanent booms which form their prows–and their job is to lay and tend the steel nets which close off ports and shield anchored warships against underwater attack.

Net Tender Prow

Closeup of tender’s prow shows horns used as booms for lifting net.

Two types of nets are used–one designed to ensnare a sub or to warn of its presence, the other to stop a torpedo. Some nets are more than two miles long and extend from the surface of the water to the bottom. Net layer crews are called upon to repair breaks in sections after overly strong currents or storms have ripped holes in the heavy mesh.

MK II buoy

Gulls on MK II buoy watch as net tender prepares to move new section into position.

ANs come in two sizes–one, carrying a crew of 44, is 152 feet long; the other, with a complement of 52, is 195 feet overall. Both are Diesel-electric driven.

Torpedo Net

Completely mended, the torpedo net now maintains its protection of ships anchored in distance.

Most of the tenders operate at advance bases. Others protect U.S. ports. Despite their diminutive size and specialized duties, ANs can fight, too. One of them shot down a Zero at Pearl Harbor and another got two Japanese planes at Tulagi.

Official U.S. Navy Photographs.