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World War III The World in Crisis (A.MIG-6116)

Ammo of Mig Jiménez

 

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I'd like to open by saying DON'T PANIC! You haven't missed anything on the news, and the world as we know it isn't going to come to an end…. Yet.  Set in an alternative reality and only a few leaps of faith into the future, this book is a modelling book, but depicting some of the hardware that would be likely to be used if diplomacy came up against a brick wall, a Lesser-known character from "In The Night Garden" managed to get their missile systems to work, or someone's really really big brain accidentally lent on the big red button.  That's as close to a political rant you'll get, and we'd really appreciate it if you'd keep politics out of the comments too.

 

This perfect-bound book extends to 200 pages between stout card covers which fold-over to give the impression of a dust-jacket, printed in full colour on good quality glossy paper.  It isn't a reference book, as the main thrust of the book is fabricate, with a focus on the techniques you can use to give modern "grey jets" a more weather-beaten in-service look as if they have been pressed into combat with no time for niceties such as a good wash and polish every time they return from a sortie.  It opens with a build-up to conflict, and then moves through the hypothetical phases of conflict, demonstrating aircraft from all the major participants from the UK, US and Russia to North Korea and China.

 

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Introduction

1. Warnings

2. Trade War

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark

3. Outbreak

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

4. Total War: Pacific Front

Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker E

Chengdu J-20 Fire Dragon

5. Europe, A Second Front?

Eurofighter Typhoon

6. Local Fronts: India

Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker C

General Atomics MQ-1 Predator

7. The Winds Are Changing

Sukhoi Su-57 Foxcat

Lockheed F-35C Lightning II

Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum

McDonnell Douglas F-15K Slam Eagle

Epilogue

 

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Each aircraft is shown during construction, adaptation and painting, with a heavy emphasis on wear-and-tear, plus some interesting colour schemes that can be seen in the accompanying page spreads, and each step is documented with photos and captions, with a preponderance of the products used being AMMO offerings, but it's their book, so why not?  You could well argue that the weathering is "overdone and unrealistic", but as I often say, they are showing you the techniques in a manner that is easy to see, and you can copy them slavishly to get the same results, or tone them down to what your perception of an active war machine would be.  There is also a higher than usual amount of text in between build articles, which is of course creative prose that will be of interest to many, but try not to get too wound up if you don't agree with the timeline – it's only make believe afterall.  My only complaint is the overuse of mugshots of the major political leaders, as politicians turn my stomach at the best of times!

 

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Conclusion

A harmless bit of escapism (hopefully!) that gives more than a nod to the What-If genre, whilst dishing out lots of tricks and tips to weather your models.  As well as English, the book is also available in Spanish.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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