Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units

Published: June 25th, 2017     
Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Imperial Japanese Navy entered the Pacific War with the most advanced ship-based attack bomber in the world, flown by the most experienced aircrews of any service. First flown in 1937, and introduced into squadron service during the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1938, the Nakajima B5N was faster, flew farther and carried a heavier payload than either of its British or American contemporaries (principally, the Fairey Swordfish and Douglas TBD Devastator, respectively). When used as either a level bomber against stationary targets, or as a torpedo bomber against ships, the "Kate" (as it came to be known to the Allies) would wreak havoc against Japan's enemies for the first year of the war.

Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters

Published: June 24th, 2017     
Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane, Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hardbound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek).

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Published: June 20th, 2017     
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Author: Andy Renshaw and Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: SAM Publications

My first introduction to the Spad was a film strip (yes, I am that old) about an air rescue operation in Vietnam. Besides the Jolly Green Giants and the support Hercules there were these large, single engine prop planes loaded with munitions buzzing in to keep the enemy's heads down. They used the call sign Sandy and from that point on I was hooked.

Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport Units 1936-41

Published: June 18th, 2017     
Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport Units 1936-41
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book traces the early history of Ju-52 combat units and operations. The book is broken up into six chapters.

Chapter one covers the development of Junkers Ju-52 from the lifting of the ban imposed by the Treaty of Versailles on the production of commercial aircraft in 1922. Beginning with the all metal F-13 and moving through the A-20 and on to the G-24 leading up to project "EF 30". This was essentially a single engine Ju-52 and eventually progressing to the now familiar three engine design. There is a brief discussion of their use by Bolivia in the war with Paraguay that was very interesting. Discussion is also present on the civilian use of the Ju-52 noting that by March 31,1936 839 Ju-52s had been built and orders came from all over Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa for this sturdy airliner.

Chapter two covers the use of the Ju-52 in the Spanish Civil war both as bomber and transport. There is on page 51 a fabulous photo of a float equipped Condor Legion Ju-52/3m. The Ju-52s and Spanish built example would serve the Spanish Air Force into the 1970s.