Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless

Published: January 18th, 2020     
Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Casemate Publishing

The Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless publication was released on Nov 15, 2019, so it's a new addition to the "Single" series published by MMP. This publication, by Dariusz Karnas and Artur Juszczak contains a series of excellent profile illustrations in both 1/72nd and 1/48th scales. Panel lines, access hatches, and other surface detail are clearly visible. For those who wish to add some internal detail to a model, or just wonder what might be inside the aircraft frame, pages 7 and 8 have some "cut-away" illustrations that reveal a considerable amount of detail.

The black & white photographs, pp 10-15, will be very helpful to those who are interested in markings placement, and the appearance of surface detail such as navigation lights, alerion actuators, and the like.

Pages 16 through 19 feature photographs of some cockpit detail and engine detail. Some fantastic profile illustrations complete the book.

Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943-Eighth Air Force’s Costly Early Daylight Bombing

Published: January 18th, 2020     
Schweinfurt-Regensburg 1943-Eighth Air Force’s Costly Early Daylight Bombing
Author: Marshall L. Michel III
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is another book in the Osprey collection, this one covering the Eight Air Force's campaign against Germany in 1943.

The story of the Eight's campaign also covers accounts and the counter measures the Germans took to thwart the Eight's aircraft and tactics. Comparisons are made between the Eight's aircraft vs German counter parts and specific alterations to aircraft made by both sides to stop their enemy.

One aircraft developed by the Eight's engineers was the YB-40. Essentially being a B-17 upgraded with more machine guns and more ammo to act as a gunship escort for the bomber formations prior to long range fighter escorts.

Another section of the book follows the development of the droppable external fuel tanks to extend the range of a P-47 for bomber escort, and how they were initially banned from use by Eight's command.

The Glorious First of June 1794

Published: January 16th, 2020     
The Glorious First of June 1794
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

By 1765 Britain had achieved hegemony in Europe, North America, India, Africa and the West Indies over archrival France with its decisive victory in the Seven Years War (1756-1763) fought on 5 continents and the sea (Quiberon Bay). However, the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1791, and the emergence of revolutionary France was an entirely new phenomenon, and by 1793 virtually all of the major European nations, all headed by monarchs, had declared war on the new French Republic. As a result, France in 1794 was threatened by famine and risked all by organizing a massive North America to France food convoy against the Royal Navy and harsh North Atlantic seas.

"Illustrated throughout with stunning full-colour artwork, this is the full story of the only fleet action during the Age of Fighting Sail fought in the open ocean, hundreds of miles from shore. Taking place over the course of a month, the inevitable battle was to be a close-run affair, with both sides claiming victory. To the French, it was le Bataille du 13 prairial, a notable day in their new, scientific Revolutionary calendar. For the British, it was the Glorious First of June."

Tank Wrecks of the Western Front 1940-1945

Published: January 15th, 2020     
Tank Wrecks of the Western Front 1940-1945
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Pen & Sword Books

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Blitzkrieg and Beyond
  • Photograph Sources
  • Chapter One: Hotchkiss
  • Chapter Two: Renault 38/40
  • Chapter Three: French Heavies
  • Chapter Four: Vickers Mk VI and Matilda
  • Chapter Five: Churchill
  • Chapter Six: Sherman
  • Chapter Seven: Panzer I, II and III
  • Chapter Eight: Panzer IV
  • Chapter Nine: Panther
  • Chapter Ten: Tiger I and II

Other related titles in the Images of War series by Anthon Tucker-Jones

This fine book is yet another in Pen and Sword Military Images of War series of publications. In this book, Mr. Tucker-Jones traces the use and deployment of both Allied and Axis armor through the wrecks left on the battlefields of Europe. The author has previously published over thirty books covering a variety of issues.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2019 Volume 50/3
Author: Mick Davis, ed.
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2019, features a front cover painting by W.E. Johns of a RNAS Bristol Scout D. W.E. Johns also contributes the back cover painting of a Bristol M1C flying high over the checkered landscape.

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.

Norman L.R. Franks kicks off this issue with a nice 4-page highlight of Captain Arthur Treloar Whealy. Included are eleven family photographs of this well-known fighter pilot. Bernard de Broglio follows with an investigation into an eBay photograph of a Bristol Scout D crash surrounded by Ottoman soldiers in "Air Fighting at the Dardanelles". This eleven-page feature includes fifteen photographs, a detailed map, and a page and a half of sources and notes.