Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Axis Aircraft in Latin America

Published: February 22nd, 2017     
Axis Aircraft in Latin America
Author: Amaru Tincopa and Santiago Rivas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Specialty Press

During the 1920 and 1930’s most Latin American countries started developing air routes and air services; at the same time that their own armed forces started developing their air arms.That fledgling market brought intense competition from industrial countries, including Germany and Italy, which landed significant contracts for both military and civilian aircraft.

This book is organized into 16 chapters, basically one chapter per country, plus a handful of special chapters like “Visitors” (i.e aircraft not operated by Latin American countries but that made special visits to Latin America), Axis Airline Services, Survivors, etc. In this section is where the only Japanese aircraft in Latin America is found.

Most of the airframes in service were either German or Italian, with a strong presence of Focke-Wulf 44J, Junkers 52, plus a very large collection of Fiats, Capronis and Bredas. While the book covers both military and civilian service, there is limited coverage of combat actions as there were -somewhat- limited air combat activities during the 1930’s in Latin America.

Lake Trasimene 217 BC Ambush and Annihilation of a Roman Army

Published: February 20th, 2017     
Lake Trasimene 217 BC Ambush and Annihilation of a Roman Army
Author: Nic Fields; Illustrator: Donato Spedaliere
Reviewed by: Rebecca Hettmansperger, IPMS# 41855
Company: Osprey Publishing

Following Hannibal's crushing victory at the battle of the Trebbia, the reeling Roman Republic sent a new army under the over-confident consul Caius Flaminius to destroy the Carthaginian invaders. Hannibal, however, was ready and waiting for Flaminius, having set a masterful ambush in the early morning mist. The tumultuous clash at Lake Trasimene firmly established Hannibal as one of the Ancient World's greatest commanders thanks to his use of innovative tactics, including the first recorded use of a turning movement. The Romans would not send another major army to confront him until the battle of Cannae in 216 BC. This new study, based on recent archaeological work on the battlefield itself, tells the full story of one of Hannibal's greatest victories with the help of maps, illustrations, and stunning colour artwork.

Lake Trasimene 217 BC documents the battle from the time Hannibal came down out of the Alps, touches on the battles of the Ticinus and the Trebbia Nov-Dec 218 BC. Then to the time period between the Trebbia and Lake Trasimene Dec 218 BC- June 217 BC and finally to the battle itself June 217 BC and it's aftermath.

Combat 22 Panzergrenadier versus US Armored Infantryman

Published: February 19th, 2017     
Combat 22 Panzergrenadier versus US Armored Infantryman
Author: Steve J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has released number 22 in their Combat series. This series deal with two adversaries, mainly infantry, from throughout history by comparing and contrasting them. Battles these two fought against each other are examined from both perspectives with split-screen artwork. This book deals with the German and American armored infantry that fought with armor units between July and Dec 1944.

Here is the summary from the back of the book:

“During World War II, the two pre-eminent mechanized infantry forces of the conflict, the German Panzergrenadier arm and the US Army's armored infantrymen, clashed in France and Belgium after the Normandy landings. These engagements went on to profoundly influence the use of mechanized infantry in the post-war world. Drawing upon a variety of sources, this book focuses on three key encounters between July and December 1944 including during Operation Cobra and the Battle of the Bulge, and examines the origins, equipment, doctrine and combat record of both forces. With specially commissioned full-color artwork and maps, this study sheds light on the evolving nature of mechanized warfare at the height of World War II.”

Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book, Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment by Osprey Publishing, goes into details of the combat equipment used by both the US and Allied forces. The very-well written and the illustrations really make this a great reference and history book for any library. The book will come in handy when modelling any US or Allied soldiers in the Vietnam War and can assist in painting and adding additional details.

The pictures and drawings of the equipment are very good and some I had never seen before.

I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in US and Allied soldiers in the Vietnam conflict. It is very well written and very informative.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in the Americas

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in the Americas
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years. A professional photographer, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 books on Soviet and Russian aviation.

Dmitriy Komissarov was born in 1968 in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Linguistics University in 1992. He has worked as a translator ever since, with the most of his work associated with his interest in aviation. Dmitriy Komissarov has authored two books and translated or co-authored more than 50 others. He has also written numerous magazine features in two languages on Soviet and Russian aviation.