Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Winged Chariot

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Winged Chariot
Author: Peter Lush
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

From The Casement Publisher's website:

"In what has been described as ‘the greatest raid of them all', Operation Chariot saw heavy destruction of the enemy-occupied port of St Nazaire by British forces. Winged Chariot examines the role that the RAF played during this epic raid on 28th March 1942.

Rorke’s Drift - A New Persepective

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Rorke’s Drift - A New Persepective
Author: Neil Thornton
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

Neil Thornton’s book takes a fresh look at one of the most famous battles in British history, that being the battle that took place at Rorke’s Drift on January 22-23, 1879. Author Thornton indicates, in the book’s title, that it presents a new perspective to a very well-known and documented engagement.

Thornton puts forward a new narrative based upon a significant quantity of documentation, reasonable and logical conjecture upon some aspects of the defense of Rorke’s Drift, and in so doing, points to the conduct of John Chard VC, 5th Company Royal Engineers, as not only exemplary but one of the most important factors in the successful defense of the brief, but ferocious fighting between the Zulu army and the British Soldiers.

Thornton sets the scene by describing the decision made by Sir Bartle Frere that directly led to the engagement at Rorke’s Drift. In the following 180 pages Thornton uses eye-witness accounts to detail the decisions that led to the fortification of the buildings at the Drift, those decisions being made by the aforementioned Chard.

Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle books

The book explores the history of both the Kubelwagen and the Schwimmwagen in photos.

The visual history series of book mixes rare and visual stunning archival imagery with pictures of restored vehicles.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of both vehicles. A number of photos that I had never seen before made this a very fascinating book. I could spend hours looking at the pictures that are worth a million words! There are some wonderful pictures showing captured versions – idea for model inspiration.

The pictures depict many versions of the vehicles and there is some very detailed walk around photos included. The close up pictures are great at showing the details of the vehicles.

I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in these vehicles; it has great reference photos. It is a great book for modelers.

I look forward greatly to others in the series, especially if they are by David Doyle.

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review this book for them.

B-58 Hustler in Action

Published: January 15th, 2017     
B-58 Hustler in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The book is one of Squadron Signal series Aircraft in Action. It explores the history and development of the Convair B-58 Hustler. I have always loved this aircraft design and was very happy to have this book added to my reference library. The pictures of the B-58 in production and maintenance were something I really liked to see.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of the iconic B-58, there are over 200 photographs included. The photos show the classic lines and design of this wonderful symbol of the early cold war. The book drew me in to the point that I had to pull the B-58 model out of my stash ready to start building, using the book for valuable reference.

This book should be in every aircraft lover’s library and I recommend this book to everyone. The great reference photos are ideal for all modelers. The pictures and drawings of the aircraft during development, prototyping and production are very good and many I had never seen before

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Consolidated Vultee XB-46 Air Force Legends #221

Published: January 12th, 2017     
Consolidated Vultee XB-46 Air Force Legends #221
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Ginter Books

This book comes in the now familiar red cover with type photo and follows the series normal format. The XB-46 was one of four entries into the competition for a jet-powered medium bomber. They were along with the XB-46; the North American XB-45, Boeing XB-47 and Martin XB-48. Boeing was allowed to use swept-wing research captured from the Germans on their design.

Of the other three straight winged designs the XB-45 was the winner and received a production order. That being said Convair’s XB-46 was one of the most beautiful and elegant straight wing jet designs ever conceived. The long thin 113 foot Davis wing and 105 foot cylindrical fuselage combination was most aesthetically pleasing.

The book begins with the development of the design and construction. Paying strict attention to the details, including a full range of cockpit detail photographs, other crew position area as well as aircraft systems from pneumatic to fuel to weapons to engines.