Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

Published: September 26th, 2016     
Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Ginter Books

Ginter Books has been producing books geared towards modelers for many years now, starting with various naval aircraft and later branching into Air Force aircraft (hence the Air Force Legends subtitle). There is always a short history on the development of the aircraft in mention followed by test and photos that highlight various aircraft systems that would be of interest to the modeler, ending with a short review of the plastic or resin kits of said aircraft.

This publication on the XF-84H follows the same format in the 40 pages allotted to it. One will find 17 drawings and 81 photos of varying sizes. Four of the photos are in color and they are located with one on the front and three on the rear cover. Twelve photos are of the cockpit, ejection seat and canopy, nine photos are of the nose and main landing gear, two photos are of the XT40-A-1 after-burning turboprop engine and three photos are of the Aeroproducts propellers. The remainder of the photos are of the two XF-84H aircraft built in flight or on the ground.

B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service with Focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF

Published: September 25th, 2016     
B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service with Focus on Aircraft of No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF
Author: Pavel Turk & Miloslav Pajer
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Company: Japo Publishing

This book arrived and I must say that I was impressed from the outset. The quality of the book and the material contained inside is typical JaPo. The title sounds like it is just about the Czechoslovak unit, No.311 Squadron, but this book is about a whole lot more than that.

The B-24 was the most produced American airplane in WWII. Its use by Coastal Command is better known in England but not so well known in the US. The use of the Liberator as a precision bomber in the US has overshadowed the vitally important mission of U-Boat patrol. This book fills that void.

JaPo is well known for packing their books with a plethora of information. This one is no different. There are 320 pages of text, photos and color profiles. There are 550 photos with a number of them in color. The 70 color profiles are really impressive and show the differences in turrets, radar, antennas and anti-shipping ordinance.

Scale Plans No. 33 Gloster Gladiator

Published: September 25th, 2016     
Scale Plans No. 33 Gloster Gladiator
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Mushroom Model Publications provided this book for review and we thank them for that.

The Gloster Gladiator holds the distinction of being a “first” and a “last”. It was the first RAF front line fighter with an enclosed cockpit and the RAF’s last biplane fighter. Flown for the first time in September 1934, just eight months before the Germans first flew the Bf109, it entered service with the RAF in February 1937, the same month the Bf109 entered service for Germany. The Gladiator did not last long in the air over Europe and England. However, it did see action around the world in the service of many countries during World War II.

Lawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power

Published: September 23rd, 2016     
Lawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power
Author: Peter J. Dye, Peter F.G. Wright, Roger Bragger, Trevor Henshaw, Mike O'Connor, Mike Napier
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

This book is a compilation of research by members of Cross & Cockade International. Although some of the information has been seen as individual articles in earlier editions of the Cross & Cockade journal, nearly fifty percent of the information presented is new. The front cover features a painting by Stuart Reid “The Arab Welcome the First Handley Page Machine to Arrive in Palestine, 22 September 1918”, featuring Handley Page O/400 C9681 landing at Un el Surab from the collection of the Imperial War Museum. The rear cover features a standing T.E. Lawrence in full regalia.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.