Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sherman Tanks (U.S. Army, North-Western Europe, 1944-1945)

Published: February 22nd, 2019     
Sherman Tanks (U.S. Army, North-Western Europe, 1944-1945)
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Casemate Publishing

Introduction

The aim of this innovative new series is to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size tanks and their scale models. Each book will contain detailed technical information imparted through drawings and photographs while the meticulously researched full-color profiles will provide a complete reference for paint schemes and markings, in addition every volume of TankCraft series will feature summaries of design histories and operational careers, and reviews of available kits. Each book is devoted to an iconic tank type - chosen for its popularity as a modelling subject - and the series will provide coverage across a range of different criteria, showcasing the best of the world's tank types and providing invaluable insight and guidance for modelmakers.

The Author

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on the Second World War armoured vehicles including Codename Swallow: British Sherman Tanks to Alamein, To the Last Bullet: Germanys War on 3 Fronts, Westwall: German Armour in the West1945, Viking Summer and A Sound Like Thunder.

Division Leclerc Column & Free French 2nd Armored Div, 1940-46

Published: February 18th, 2019     
Division Leclerc Column & Free French 2nd Armored Div, 1940-46
Author: Merlin Robinson, Thomas Seignon
Reviewed by: Michael Novasad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Osprey Publishing

Introduction

'General Leclerc' was the nom de guerreadopted by the Gaullist officer Philippe de Hautcloque, to protect his family in occupied France. He became France's foremost fighting commander, and his armored division (the '2e DB') its most famous formation. Starting as a small scratch force of mostly African troops organised and led by Leclerc in French Equatorial Africa, it achieved early success raiding Italian and German positions in co-operation with Britain's Long Range Desert Group. Following the Allied victory in North Africa it was expanded and reorganised as a US Army-style armoured division, with American tanks and other armoured vehicles. Shipped to the UK, in spring 1944, it was assigned to Patton's US Third Army, landing in time for the Normandy breakout and being given the honour of liberating Paris in August 1944. Combining a thorough analysis of their combat and organisation with detailed colour plates of their uniforms and equipment, this is the fascinating story of Free France's most effective fighting force.

Corsair: Vought's F4U in World War II and Korea - LEGENDS OF WARFARE

Published: February 18th, 2019     
Corsair: Vought's F4U in World War II and Korea - LEGENDS OF WARFARE
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

I really like the LEGENDS OF WARFARE series of books. These 9" by 9" hardback books cover aircraft, armored vehicles and ships in 112 pages filled mainly with good sized pictures.

This one is on the F4U Corsair from prototype through WWII, Korea and afterwards.

There is a quick introduction followed by chapters on each of the production versions, in this case, the prototype XF4U-1, the F4U-1 "Birdcage", the -2 nightfighter, -1A with the raised canopy, the 20mm armed -1C, the -1D which was the most common version used during WWII, -4, -5, AU-1 ground attack version, -7 used by the French Navy, and the F2G.

Each of these chapters has a quick one page of info and the rest of the chapter is filled with pictures showing variations, production lines, detail pictures, and overall shots with good descriptions of each photo. While most of the 183 images in this book are in black & white there are a few period color shots and several color pictures of restored warbirds.

F-15 in Action

Published: February 18th, 2019     
F-15 in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: David Doyle Books

I have been buying Squadron/Signal In Action books since they first hit the market back in 1971. They have always been an affordable way to get info regarding the subject that is helpful for the model builder and historian.

This is the third issue devoted to the F-15 Eagle. I did get the first version which was number 24 but it is buried in the library someplace so this review will not be a comparison. Aren't you all lucky.

David Doyle had done almost 100 books for Squadron continues the success of the series with a very informative and covers the full history of the Eagle from development through the Strike Eagle. The book follows the tried and true style of the In Action series with a small bit of written info followed by tons of pictures with great descriptions. Interspersed among the pages are some line drawings showing either side views of the versions or details such as the ejection seat.

P-38 Lightning, Vol.1 - Legends of Warfare

Published: February 17th, 2019     
P-38 Lightning, Vol.1 - Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Schiffer Publishing Ltd

If you know me, you know that one of my all-time favorite aircraft is the P-38 Lightning. Flown by America's top two scoring aces and used in the famous mission to get Yamamoto (also a good book) the Fork-tailed Devil has always been high on my list and I have built numerous kits over the years.

This Legends of Warfare book continues the formula of a 9" by 9" hardback book with 112 pages with photos big enough to show details.

The Legends format is used with an introductory chapter followed by a chapter on each version. These cover the XP-38, YP-38, P-38, P-322 an export version, D, E, the F-4 photo reconnaissance version, F, G, F-5A and H. The later models will be covered in Volume 2.