Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia

Published: February 7th, 2018     
T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrator: Felipe Rodríguez
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

Background

The T-90 "Standard Tank" was an evolutionary development of the Soviet T-72 tank, the latter being a prime component of Soviet tank forces during the mid-1970's to the mid 1990's. The T-72 was also exported widely, including to the armed forces of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Iraqi T-72 tanks suffered very badly against such tanks as the U.S. M1 Abrams. Whether this was due to the T-72 being notably inferior to the West's main battle tanks or poor training and tactics on the part of the Iraqis is irrelevant: the perception in many nations following the 1991 war was that the Soviet tank was inferior. Thus, there was pressure within the Russian military-industrial complex to get rid of the "T-72" name. Hence naming the first tank out of the newly formed "Russia" the T-90.

RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels

Published: February 7th, 2018     
RAF WWII Fighter Instrument Panels
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: MMP Books

The book is a part of MMP books "Inside" series and is an illustrated guide to some of the RAF WWII most famous fighters.

The book contains so fantastic illustrations which give any modeler a great reference guide for completing cockpit instruments.

This book is a very good reference guide and idea for all modelers.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the aircraft and modeling them.

Thanks go to Mushroom Model Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units

Published: February 6th, 2018     
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units
Author: Marco Mattioli
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Marco Mattioli was born January 1, 1966 in Rome. Marco has been interested in military history since he was a teenager. In 1992 he joined the Italian National Journalist Order, after which he was employed as a writer for several leading Italian history publishers. A contributor to many important Italian history and defense magazines, as well as the author of a number of books on Italian military aviation, he wrote Osprey Aviation Elite Units 38: 53deg Stormo and Osprey Combat Aircraft 106: Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units.

Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has 14 books to his credit as author. Check him out at https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/.

Modeler’s Guide to Aftermarket Aircraft Decals

Published: February 6th, 2018     
Modeler’s Guide to Aftermarket Aircraft Decals
Author: Jay Sherlock
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Aero Research

Ever wonder if there was ever a decal made for a particular aircraft by a particular company? Then this CD is for you!  Totaling 861 pages of information, this CD lists aircraft decals from 1960 through late 2017. Did they miss any? Probably but they do promise updates as more information becomes available. The amount of research and work involved here is staggering.

The CD-book begins with a table of contents listing every decal maker they have found. These are listed alphabetically and cover 6 pages.

Next comes the explanation of the listings, giving you the name of the manufacturer, Home country,  is the manufacturer active, inactive or out of print, explanatory material, scale, stock number, sheet title and finally aircraft types if not contained in the title.

The next 838 pages contain the list of all the manufacturers and their decal sheets. Sample sheets are placed throughout these pages. Just to be clear there is not a picture of every single decal sheet as then this would have had thousands of pages. Only some representative examples are place on these pages.

Frog Penguin Model Kits, 1936-50

Published: February 6th, 2018     
Frog Penguin Model Kits, 1936-50
Author: Peter van Lune
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Peter van Lune

Frog was one of the first manufacturers of all plastic model kits in the world, pre-dating most U.S. companies by almost 20 years. Unlike other manufacturers, they did not start off building toys or other items, but rather their first product was the "Interceptor", a rubber band powered model aircraft. It was distinguished by two things. One is that when those gliders you knew as a kid were being made of balsa wood, the Interceptor was metal. The other is that you did not launch it or throw it, it took off from the ground. Mr. van Lune goes into an extensive discussion of this aspect as it led to the company's name, FROG, which in various legends came from Flies Right Off the Ground.

Mr. van Lune is obviously devoted to Frog model kits and in this case the Penguin line of Frog kits. He has done meticulous research and has an extensive personal collection of Frog kits as well, so he knows that of which he speaks.