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Foxbat Tales - The MiG-25 in Combat

Published: May 16th, 2021     
Foxbat Tales - The MiG-25 in Combat
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Magnum Books

The MiG-25 conjures up, at least for me, huge engines and wicked speed. I remember when the Russian pilot defected to Japan in one. It was impressive looking. That was at a time when the Russian military was very secretive. I've always had a love of the bad guys, and in my early military days there was none badder than the MiG-25.

This paperbound book contains 122 pages of information that is easy to read. Once I sat down with the book, I did not want to put it down. There are close to 50 black and white photos, some show unique markings. This book is unique in its ability to follow the combat career of this fighter type. Starting in the first chapter we are taken through the development of the aircraft.

Colors & Markings of the F9F Cougar in U. S. Navy and Marine Corps Service

Published: May 15th, 2021     
Colors & Markings of the F9F Cougar in U. S. Navy and Marine Corps Service
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

When visiting the D&S website, note that when the page opens it will feature a series of publications labeled, "Detail & Scale Series". To find the publication being reviewed here, scroll down to find the "Colors & Markings Series" in which this publication is listed.

About the Authors

Bert Kinzey is well known as the creator/author of the Detail & Scale series of publications. These publications, as noted in Kinzey's bio on page 121 of the F9F Cougar publication focused on the details of aircraft featured in the D&S series. Those details included "the cockpit, weapon systems, radars and avionics systems, differences between variants, airframe design and much more." (D&S F9F Cougar, Page 121).

The "Detail & Scale Series" was a major success, and as Bert's bio states, he resigned his position from the Department of Defense and soon began to write and produce books full time. Shortly, publications featuring aircraft carriers were added to the D & S series, and a second series was added as well, the F9F publication included in the new series labeled, "Colors & Markings".

The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1801-1814 Volume 2: Cavalry and Artillery

Published: May 15th, 2021     
The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1801-1814 Volume 2: Cavalry and Artillery
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

As a figure modeler for roughly half a century, I'd like to think I know a wee bit about the Napoleonic Wars. And yet, up until recently I really had no idea that the Danes were much involved in that series of scuffles until I sat down with this little volume. Although the author David Wilson doesn't dwell a great deal on Denmark's direct involvement, apparently Denmark joined sides with Napoleon when the British attacked the Danish fleet in Copenhagen's harbor in 1801 and then the city itself in 1807. Napoleon's eventual defeat also led to the disintegration of the Denmark-Norwegian union and the end to almost a century of peace in the region.

Air Wars Between Ecuador and Peru Volume 3

Published: May 15th, 2021     
Air Wars Between Ecuador and Peru Volume 3
Reviewed by: David Horn - IPMS# 44962

"Air Wars between Ecuador and Peru" is volume 3, Operations over the Cenepa river valley 1995 is the final book in the three part air war series between these two countries. The author who is from Peru goes through great detail from both sides with a strong emphasis from the Peruvian perspective which is understandable. The book is 80 pages of print and eight pages dedicated of colorful aircraft art, photos and a map. There is a list of abbreviations included at the beginning of the book.

Being a last issue in the three part series, history covered in the previous volumes are discussed is some detail but tend to provide background to the last conflict in one concise volume. The beginning of the book discusses early conflicts and lessons learned with a need to modernize both countries air assets. A brief discussion on how the countries shared border has been disputed on where to draw the borders and how each country would encroach onto each territory. This dispute is the basis of the armed conflicts.

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