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There appear to be two books out right now on the Spitfire dive-bombing offensive against V-2 rockets. I'm trying to figure out which one is right for me (as the kids say) and I was hoping that anyone who's read either or both of them would be willing to weigh in on what they thought of 'em. Spitfire Dive Bombers versus the V-2, by Bill Simpson, which is 258 pages or Operation Big Ben, by Craig Cabell, which is rather shorter at 176 pages. If anyone has any input, I'd be ever so grateful. Thanks!
A-Stoffanhängar Liquid Oxygen Tank for V2 Rocket 1:72 Special Armour Special Armour, the small scale AFV imprint from CMK of the Czech Republic, have a number of V-2 and related kits in their impressive and growing range. This kit, depicting the Liquid Oxygen (A-Stoff or LOX) supply tank for fuelling the V2 rocket, is the latest to join the range alongside the Gigant transporter, various trailers and the V2 rockets themselves. Inside the end-opening box are two sprues of caramel-coloured plastic and a glossy, full-colour instruction booklet. As we've seen with other kits in the range, the mouldings are pin sharp and there is a wealth of fine detail. The overall effect is reminiscent of a modern Eduard kit, which is quite a compliment. The kit is made up of fifty five parts, which is pretty impressive for a kit of this type. Each of the road wheels is made up of three parts, and as they are doubled up on each axle there are eight in total plus one spare. The tyres have treads moulded around the edges but are otherwise smooth. The chassis of the trailer itself is nicely detailed and includes parts for the leaf spring suspension and various tanks and toolboxes. The large tank for the liquid oxygen oxidiser is split vertically and includes a number of extra details such as valve taps and hoses, as well as the prominent framework which holds it in place. Four painting options are provided, with a colour reference diagram on the back of the box. The options are not identified by date or location, but include an overall grey scheme, a dark yellow scheme with a grey tank and two camouflaged versions. No markings were applied so there is no decal sheet. Conclusion I have been really impressed by the other kits in the Special Armour range, and this new addition doesn't disappoint. All the detail you could want is present and correct, and the quality of moulding is top-notch. If you fancy a V-2 diorama, or even if you are a completist and just want a full range of vehicles in your collection, then this kit can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of