Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sturmgeschutz

Published: December 10th, 2017     
Sturmgeschutz
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

Initially deployed with German forces in 1940, Sturmgeschutz (Stug) assault guns were purpose-built fully tracked armored fighting vehicles designed to support the infantry during the initial assault on enemy positions, especially useful for knocking out strong points such as bunkers. When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941 in Operation Barbarossa, they got a nasty surprise with the appearance on the battle field of heavily armed and armored Soviet tanks such as the T-34/76 and KV-1. The Stug assault guns were discovered to be excellent tank destroyers. They were quicker and cheaper to produce than tanks, making them a good "bargain" on the battlefield. As the war progressed, the Stug was up-gunned to deal with ever more lethal Soviet tanks, and spread across the battle fields as German industry struggled to keep up with tank losses.

For anyone interested in modeling World War 2 German armored vehicles, the name Thomas Anderson should be well known. He has spent years researching these vehicles and is himself a modeler, having published numerous articles in various modeling publications, as well as authoring a number of German AFV books.

Legends of Warfare Aviation: Grumman F4F Wildcat

Published: December 10th, 2017     
Legends of Warfare Aviation: Grumman F4F Wildcat
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: David Doyle Books

This is a new series for me at least. This is a nice hardback book that covers the Grumman F4F Wildcat and the FM series of Wildcats built by Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors during WWII. The Wildcat continued in production and to fight throughout the war even as newer and better aircraft became available.

The book has 12 chapters each covering the different variants. The layout is the first chapter on the XF4F-2, followed by chapters each on the following: XF4f-3 and F4F-3, the F4F-3 in detail, XF4F-5, XF4F-6/F4F-3A, F4F-3S, XF4F-4, F4F-4, F4F-7, XF4F-8, FM-1, FM-2 and Wildcat in combat.

The book uses many wartime photos mixed in with color photos of museum and restored warbirds to tell the story. The book has wonderful detail shots of each variant, quite a few I have not seen before. The number and breadth of photographs alone make this a worth addition to any modeler or aviation buff's library! The writing is informative and like Joe Friday of Dragnet fame is full of "Just the facts"! The Wildcat fought from beginning to end in WWII and was the mount of several aces, this book is a worthy teller of the airplane's story. Enjoy!

Bell X-2

Published: December 9th, 2017     
Bell X-2
Author: Peter E. Davies
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the third book in this new Osprey series authored by Peter E. Davies. The previous tomes include the Bell X-1 (1), North American X-15 (3), and the future book on the North American XB-170 Valkyrie (7). Peter lives in Bristol, U.K. and as authored or co-authored at least nineteen book on modern American combat aircraft, many with Osprey Publishing. He was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1997 with his hardcover book, The Harrier Story, co-authored with Anthony M. Thornborough. His Schiffer Military History hard cover on the Gray Ghosts, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms published in 2000 is considered a must have. Peter published a hardcover book with Crowood Press, North American F-100 Suber Sabre, in 2003. He has also covered many aircraft in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series, Osprey's Air Vanguard series, and Osprey's Duel series.

The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph

Published: December 7th, 2017     
The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph
Author: Alister McCluskey (Illustrated by Peter Dennis)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Campaign" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Alister McCluskey writes about the late war offensive on what the Allies referred to as "the Hindenburg Line" on the Western Front. The story along with photos (both historical and of the landscape today), artwork, and maps helps to tell the story of the battles that raged from late September into early October 1918.

This offering by Osprey is written in eight chapters, which are titled "The Strategic Situation", "Chronology", "Opposing Commanders", "Opposing Forces", "Opposing Plans", "The Campaign", "Aftermath", and "The Battlefield Today". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 59 black and white photographs contained within this publication as well as nine color maps and three paintings, each covering two pages, all of which are followed by a smaller black and white image of the painting and a description of the action taking place.

M60 Main Battle Tank in Action

Published: December 6th, 2017