Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

German Guided Missiles of World War II

Published: December 7th, 2019     
German Guided Missiles of World War II
Author: By Steve Zaloga Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

Here's another interesting and informative book by Steve Zaloga. He has done a few books for Osprey. By my count (from Wikipedia) this is his 27th Osprey title. He's doing it right.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Antiship Missiles
    • Fritz-X
    • Hs 293
  • Flak Missiles
    • Unguided Flak Rockets
    • Flak Missiles
      • Rheinmetall Borsig Rheintochter
      • Henschel Hs 117 Schmetterling
      • Messerschmitt Enzian
      • Wasserfall
  • Air-to-Air Missiles
  • Antitank Missiles
  • Further Reading

Since Mr. Zaloga has already done Osprey books on the V-1 and V-2, these missiles are not covered in this book. But what is covered are those projects which barely made it to operational status, or weren't quite ready when VE day occurred.

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Yellow Series #6143

Published: November 29th, 2019     
North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C  Yellow Series #6143
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: MMP Books

The book opens with the developmental history of the P-51 Mustang. In early 1940, as World War II was developing in Europe, the British approached North American Aviation in about building P-40s for the Royal Air Force under license from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. North American countered with an offer to design and build an improved fighter aircraft. The next phase of history is well known, as the NA-73 design was accepted by the British and eventually the US Army Air Forces took notice. The original design utilized the same twelve-cylinder Allison engine as the P-40, but the laminar-flow wing and other aerodynamic improvements allowed the new aircraft to fly faster and with great range. However, the Allison-engined P-51A version had weaknesses at higher altitudes so the airframe was modified to use the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine that had proven its value in the British Spitfire. This variant became the P-51B and P-51C models, differentiated only by the suffix based on whether they were built in factories in Inglewood, California or Dallas, Texas.

Flashpoint Russia – Russian Air Power: Capabilities and Structure

Published: November 28th, 2019     
Flashpoint Russia – Russian Air Power: Capabilities and Structure
Author: Piotr Butowski
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Harpia Publishing

This is Piotr Butowski's fourth book for Harpia Publishing on the Russian Air Force. The first two books focused on the aircraft and helicopters currently used by the Russian Air Force and the third book focused on Russia's air-launched weapons. The focus of this volume is on the structure of the Russia military aviation, with commentary on its possible future.

The book is divided into three chapters with several appendices. Chapter One discusses the evolution of the Russian Air Force's current structure. Chapter Two delves into the different layers of this structure starting with the upper levels and moving on down through to individual units and air bases. Chapter Three discusses the Air Force's acquisition strategy and the author's concerns for the future.

Albatros D.I – D.III

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Albatros D.I – D.III
Author: Dave Hooper
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Author Dave Hooper is the founder of the IPMS Great War Special Interest Group and a long-standing contributor to aviation modelling journals. His comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail is well known.

The McDonnell Douglas Hornet - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: November 27th, 2019     
The McDonnell Douglas Hornet - A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33652
Company: SAM Publications

Right off the bat, let me tell you that I am a fan of this SAM series of books. They provide everything a modeler needs for a knowledge of the plane covered and in tis case, it is the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet. The books is 192 pages of soft back goodness with excellent pictures and illustrations.

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