Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Arab MiGs Volume 6: October 1973 War, Part 2

Published: December 4th, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 6: October 1973 War, Part 2
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Albert Grandolini, Lon Nordeen, and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Volume four in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the Attrition War from 1967 through 1973 and was published October 19, 2013. Volume five in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the lead up and first days of the October 1973 war and was published November 19, 2014.

Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1

Published: December 2nd, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, Holger Müller , and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Volume four in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the Attrition War from 1967 through 1973 and was published October 19, 2013. There is a sixth volume that follows in this series that continues with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 114 black and white photographs, 106 color pictures, 55 color side profiles, and nine maps.

Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions

Published: November 30th, 2016     
Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions
Author: Paul F Crickmore
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Publisher

In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about.

I was given the opportunity by IPMS and Osprey Publishing recently to review this book on the Lockheed Blackbird. This book has excellent details from the beginning of the program to the final disposition of the aircraft. This book is well written with many details and tons of pictures that I have never seen before and I have been a fan of the Blackbird since I was a child. If you are a fan of the blackbird or aircraft in general you will be amazed by the level of detail from the planes, the pilots, and the missions. If there is one book to have this should be it and would make a great addition to anyone’s library. Below I have brief details of each chapter.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Published: November 26th, 2016     
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Author: Author: James D’Angina, Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Company: Osprey Publishing

There is no question that the Mitsubishi A6M Zero is one of the most famous and recognizable aircraft of the Second World War. From its early days of domination over the skies, to the end of the conflict where the once seemingly invincible aircraft was relegated to Kamikaze missions; the Reisen saw service throughout the war in Japanese Naval Air Force service.

Author James D’Angina tells the story of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero in Osprey Publishing’s Air Vanguard #19. Chapters are broken down as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Design and Development
  • Technical Specifications and Variants
  • Operational History
  • Conclusion
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

What you get here is a small book that really is packed with information for the Modeler, or the Historian. The book begins with a brief history leading to the Development of the Zero, including a short biography of Dr. Jiro Horikoshi – the ‘Father of the Zero’, as well as the prototype requirements and flight testing.

Arab MiGs Volume 4: Attrition War, 1967-1973

Published: November 24th, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 4: Attrition War, 1967-1973
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, Patricia Salti, and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen after the June 1967 Six Day War until 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Two additional volumes follow in this series, all with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 162 black and white photographs, 47 color pictures, 22 color side profiles, and eight maps.