Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Spotlight On: Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Spotlight On: Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II
Author: Alexandre Guedes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Alexandre Guedes was born in 1975 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre has always had a love for drawing, painting, and building scale models where military and civil aviation has been his primary focus. He created a design company, Communication and Design Tentacle where he directs graphic design projects, signage projects, and advertising campaigns. His Facebook page, Alexandre.Guedes.Design Facebook, was initiated in January 2016. Be sure to check it out!

Alexandre Guedes begins with a one-page introduction to the Northrop Tiger II and then dives into the color illustrations. There are forty-two color side profiles depicting both sides of twenty-one Northrop Tiger II aircraft. Where appropriate, enlarged scrap views focus on unique markings. Where possible, camouflage colors are provided with FS numbers. The aircraft include examples from around the world as noted in the Table of Contents below.

The Table of Contents includes the following sections:

The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21

Published: October 13th, 2017     
The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21
Author: Brit Buttar
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: Osprey Publishing

That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical written and directed by Tom Hanks in his directorial debut; he also co-stars in it. Set in the summer of 1964, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of a one-hit wonder pop band. The film also resulted in a musical hit with the song "That Thing You Do". (Wikipedia)

One of the more memorable lines from the film involves one member (Steve Zahn) of the band, reflecting upon their collective fate, asking another member (Tom Everett Scott), "How did we get here?" His response is "I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus."

It is often mentioned that the execution of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists was the catalyst for the beginning of the First World War. While that event did have an effect, forces were already in motion prior to that circumstance that really laid the foundation for that war.

The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol. 3, Camouflage and Markings, Red Stars

Published: October 8th, 2017     
The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol. 3, Camouflage and Markings, Red Stars
Author: Marat Khairulin
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Following up the first two in this series, The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Volume 1 Early Years and Volume 2 "Great War", comes MMP's latest tome. This book, focused on the 'Red Stars' is planned to be followed by at least one additional volume on 'White Armies' (Volume 4). The authors leaned heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums.

The book is a nice hardbound unit, with a nice glossy cover, and 167 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish. Mainly clear black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, colour side and top views, and colour unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable. I counted 311 black and white photographs to go with an additional six color pictures. There were 99 color side profiles and another 132 color drawings highlighting markings details.

Spotlight On Yakovlev Yak-3

Published: September 26th, 2017     
Author: Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The latest title in the "Spot On" series published by Mushroom Model Publications focuses on Russia's Yak-3 during World War II. The Yak-3 began development in the summer of 1942, with its first test flight conducted in early 1942. The plane was based on the Yak-1, with the Yak-1M eventually being replaced in production by the Yak-3 in March 1944. By 1946, approximately 4,800 of the aircraft had been built and the fighter distinguished itself as a fast and easy plane to fly, that was well suited for Russian operations in the late war.

The book features 40 full color profiles of planes flown by some of Russia's top aces. Each profile includes details about the colors used on the plane, up close color images of any special emblems are also included with each plane. Slogans are translated into English, and each plane's description shows the pilot who flew the plane, as well as the pilot's unit. In addition to Russian pilots, the book also has color profiles for planes flown by the Polish Airforce, the Yugoslavian Airforce, the Soviet Airforce acrobatic team, as well as the French Normandie-Niemen Regiment.

British WWI Fighter Aircraft in Poland: Bristol F.2B Fighter, RAF S.E.5a, Sopwith 1F.1 Camel, Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, Martisyde F.4 Buzzard

Published: September 20th, 2017     
British WWI Fighter Aircraft in Poland: Bristol F.2B Fighter, RAF S.E.5a, Sopwith 1F.1 Camel, Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, Martisyde F.4 Buzzard
Author: Author: Tomasz J. Kopański, Illustrator: Janusz Światłoń
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Tomasz J. Kopanski authors the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force. Tomasz has done several volumes in the Polish Wings series, including Volumes 3, 7, and 17 in addition to several other Mushroom Model Publication books. This includes MMP's Barbarossa Victims: Luftwaffe Kills in the East (2001), Kosciuszko Squadron 1919-1921: American Volunteers against the Bolsheviks (2003), PZL P23 Karas (2004), PZL P.11c (2013). He has also worked with Kagero, writing the Legends of Aviation 3D on Fokker D.VII: The Lethal Weapon (2012).

Janusz Swiatlon, a native of Krakow Poland, is an aviation history enthusiast and military modeler. He has retired for the Polish military after serving with the 6th Airborne Brigade. He has a long history of being published as an illustrator and as an author for many magazines and books from publishing houses as Osprey, Kagero, AF Editores, Chevron, and Mushroom Model Publications.