Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Model Art 946, August 2016

Published: August 27th, 2016     
Model Art 946, August 2016
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is an excellent monthly from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue.  It doesn’t matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you’ll find something interesting that you didn’t know you would.

The magazine is published in Japanese, but even if you can’t read Japanese, the photography is really fantastic and the old saying “a picture says a 1,000 words” is very true.  Each issue includes enough “work in progress” photos for even a layman to be able to follow along.  The photos of the builds highlight many of the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders for each model built.  Although, I’m sure something is lost in translation, the photos go a long way in explaining the builds visually.  Honestly, sometimes I find myself spending as much time looking at the many advertisements as much as I do on the work in progress photos.

Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Ampersand’s latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format as this edition follows up on David Doyle’s “Dragon Wagon Part 1: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1941-1955”. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles

Published: August 22nd, 2016     
Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

Ampersand's latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format, as this edition follows up with David Doyle's "251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army's Sd.Kfz 251 Armored Half-Tracks". Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

True to the Visual History Series name, the focus of this book is on the visual, detailing the development and service history of the German Army's Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. This is slightly expanded from Ampersand's standard 120 page version of their Visual History format, and it runs 136 pages packed with large, clear photographs.

David Doyle starts with a one page introduction and then launches into the photographs, allowing the pictures (along with excellent captions) to tell the story. The "In Service" chapters are largely period photographs in black and white, followed by color photographs of restored vehicles.

Model Art Japan - German AFV Database #2

Published: August 21st, 2016     
Model Art Japan - German AFV Database #2
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Model Art

Model Art is a Japanese publication that specializes in different aspects of plastic modelling. They have a monthly publication that covers all different genres, but also they publish special issues focusing on a specific topic. In this case the issue is part of a series known as “German AFV Database”.

This issue in particular covers many (if not all) the different AFV that were based on the Panzer IV and the Panzer 38(t) chassis -that have ever been kitted in 1/35 scale.

Be aware that all the text in this special issue is in Japanese. Still the pictures are pretty self-explanatory, including pictures of the model box art plus the sprues of the kit. If you install Google Translate in your smartphone, you can get a machine-based translation for the images captions by simply taking a picture of them.

In addition to the pictures of the available kits, there are pictures of finished kits, some of them even in a diorama setting. These kits have been finished by expert modelers and they are certainly worth admiring and studying from.

Recommended to modelers of all levels.

Model Art – Tips to Improve Airmodels

Published: August 19th, 2016     
Model Art – Tips to Improve Airmodels
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Model Art
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