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  1. The Henschel Hs.129 - Airframe Album 17 A Detailed Guide to The Luftwaffe’s Panzerjäger ISBN: 9781912932139 Valiant Wings Publishing The RLM set out a requirement for a ground attack aircraft in the late 30s, based upon their experiences in Spain as the Condor Legion. Only four companies were approached, and of those only Henschel and Focke Wulf’s designs were considered appropriate for continuation. The latter’s design was based upon the Fw.189 airframe, removing the crew gondola and replacing it with a simple single-seat cockpit with heavy armour to protect the pilot from the incoming rounds from his prey. Both designs were to use the same underpowered engine, but once they tried to fly the Henschel Hs.129 they realised that it was a very real problem, when one airframe basically flew into the ground despite the best efforts of the pilot. The Fw.189 derivative was side-lined but not cancelled yet, and the Hs.129 received a pair of more competent Gnome-Rhone radial engines that provided an extra couple of hundred horse power each, and were manufactured in France in clockwise and anti-clockwise pairs to remove the torque-induced issues that plagued other twin-engined aircraft. The pilot sat in a tough steel cab that was initially highly claustrophobic, but was enlarged a little with a new canopy that allowed more of the instrumentation to be inside the cockpit and within view of the pilot, which is pretty important, on balance. To protect the pilot from incoming rounds, the windscreen panel was a hefty 75mm thick and could deflect or absorb most rounds that they expected to be fired at them during an attack. It was initially fitted with a pair of 20mm MG151s, and a pair of 7.92mm MG17s or 13mm MG131s, to be joined by a 30mm Mk.101 cannon in a pod beneath the fuselage, but this soon became ineffective against the more modern, heavily armoured T-34s, so was replaced by a 7.5cm Pak40 after dabbling with a 5cm and a 37mm Bordkanone. The Book The seventeenth volume of the popular and interesting Airframe Album series by Richard A Franks details this angular ground attacker, its versions, dead-ends and some of the projected variants that didn’t reach service. It spans 130 pages and is perfect bound in an A4(ish) portrait format. If you are familiar with the series you will know what to expect, with the book broken down into sections, as follows: i. Introduction A brief narrative history of the development and operational use of the Hs.129 by the Luftwaffe, as well as those used by other Axis nations 1. Technical Description Detailed coverage of construction and equipment 2. Evolution – Prototype, Production and Projected Variants 3D isometrics illustrating differences between variants 3. Camouflage & Markings Colour side profiles, notes and photographs 4. Models Builds of the 1:48nd scale Hasegawa, 1:32 Zoukei Mura by Steve A Evans, and a 1:72 Revell kit by Libor Jekl Appendices I Hs.129 Kit List II Hs.129 Accessories, Decals & Masks List III Bibliography 1:72 scale plans As usual with Valiant's books, the pictures are both high quality and some are unusual, with lots of "behind the scenes" shots of production, testing and in-service airframes as well as the desolate captured aircraft that were over-run and clambered over by the Allies. I always find the 3D Isometrics very interesting to quickly discern the differences between variants, especially as I have the memory of a goldfish. My favourites are the Bordkanone equipped aircraft that were introduced when the 30mm shells started pinging ineffectively off their foes. The semi-automatic vertical rocket launcher variant was an ingenious design, which I’m guessing wasn’t very successful as it’s the first time I’m hearing of it. There are a host of drawings, official photos and diagrams to whet your appetite for detailing too, and the author has gone to great lengths to include many, many of them to help educate and entertain. There are a few colour photos of preserved engines on stands in museums, and even a contemporary colour shot of a captured airframe that was transported back to America, repainted (sadly for the colour aficionados) and given a HUGE tail code that even my mum could read without glasses. There are a few pictures of a British captive aircraft too, looking incongruous with roundels on the wings and fuselage. Conclusion Valiant Wings publish a good book about interesting subjects, and this is one that piqued mine right away, as I’m a big fan of the Hs.129, and I know that I say that quite a bit, but I mean it. I built the old Airfix kit as a kid, and thought that the big gun under the nose was awesome – until I snapped off the barrel of course. If you're a modeller, aviation buff or even just interested in engineering, this will make an interesting read, which you'll come back to again when you need it for references. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Here's my 1/48 HS-129 by Esci (not the newest or best, but it was a 'wear and weathering' experiment) Hope you like ... Build and weathering found here ... https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235055393-kursk-warrior-hs-129-panzerknacker-latest-photos-june-03-finished/ Thanks for looking, Colin
  3. Panzerjäger on the Battlefield Volume 15 – World War II Photobook Series (ISBN: 9786155583070) Peko Books The term Panzerjäger refers to the German description of tank hunters, which during WWII were separate from the Panzer crews, and tasked with the destruction of the enemy's armour. They used existing tank chassis with anti-tank guns attached in place of the turret, the chassis and barrel diameter increasing in size to combat the newer tanks that were constantly coming on stream. The initial Panzerjäger mounted a 47mm PaK on a Panzer I chassis, and was soon replaced by the Marder series of vehicles that ended with the Marder III with a 75mm PaK on a Panzer 38(t) chassis. The Dicker Max, Sturer Emil, Hornisse/Nashorn and eventually the Elefant completed the line, with the latter mounting a formidable 88mm PaK on a left-over Tiger (P) chassis, and a fully enclosed casemate. In addition, there were the infamous StuGs and Hetzers that benefitted from their low profile, and in the case of the latter, small size and heavily sloped armour, which gave them a distinct advantage over larger, more sluggish opponents. The Jagdpanzer later replaced the Panzerjäger, although the two often fought side-by-side on the battlefield until the end of the war. The Book This new volume from Peko's World War Two Photobook Series, and as the name suggests it is primarily a book of photos, which isn't too difficult to divine. It is hardback bound with 112 pages, finished in an overall white cover, which was quite difficult to scan, as you can see! The photos are almost without exception full page, with space left only for the captions, which are in Hungarian and English, each one adding valuable insight to the photo, which may not be immediately apparent without it. For the modeller there are plenty of diorama possibilities, as well as opportunities to see how the crews actually stowed their gear on their vehicles (or otherwise) in real-world circumstances. Seeing how they come apart when blown up is also useful for diorama purposes, but thankfully there are no grisly scenes accompanying the destroyed vehicles. Quite a few of the photos must be from private collections, as there are a substantial quantity of soldiers standing in front of damaged or abandoned vehicles after the fighting is over, plus a number of groups investigating the wreckage after a cataclysmic explosion of the tank's magazine, or demolition by the escaping crew. Of course the source photos are all black and white, and some are a little challenged by both the photographer's skill, equipment and the ravages of time, but the reprints are as high quality as is possible to obtain. It is nice to see such large prints too, as crowding several photos onto one page results in postage stamp sized pictures that are little use as a source of detail, even with magnification. Whether you are a history buff or a modeller, there's a lot to recommend this book, and with the solid binding, it should give you good service over the years. Review sample courtesy of
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