Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Consolidated PB4Y-1/1P Liberator

Published: June 14th, 2018     
Consolidated PB4Y-1/1P Liberator
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Ginter Books

This book covers the PB4Y-1/1P Liberator in US Naval service. Armed with the success of land based bombers used by the USAAC anti-submarine command in the Atlantic along with RAF Coastal Command on the other side of the Atlantic, the Navy went to the AAC to ask for a share of the B-24 production. This was granted in return for the Navy canceling orders for the Boeing PBB Sea Ranger thus freeing up that production capacity for B-29s.

Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book on the PB4Y-1 , number 105 in the Naval Fighters series, lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. It is a great companion volume to the one on the PB4Y-2!

Panther in Action

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Panther in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle books

The book is one of the Squadron Signal series "in Action". It explores the history and development of the Panther tank and its Variants. I have always loved the Panther design and was very happy to have this book to review. The pictures of the Panther in the book are fantastic.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of the iconic Panther, there are over 180 photographs included. The photos really show the classic lines and design of this wonderful symbol of the World War 2. The book made me want to build a couple of Panther models out of my stash and start building using the book for valuable reference. The last sections of the variants are an extremely interesting addition to the book.

This book should be in every tank lover's library and I recommend this book to everyone. The great reference photos are ideal for all modeler's.

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

Panzer IV On The Battlefield 2

Published: June 11th, 2018     
Panzer IV On The Battlefield 2
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishers

Around 1970, Monogram Models released a "Panzer IV" kit in 1/32nd scale. There was no mention on the box top as to what version (Ausfuhrung) it was, simply that it was a Panzer IV "with 75mm gun". As military vehicle historians dug deeper into the history of German military vehicles from the Second World War period, they learned that the Panzer IV, for example, was produced in a series of "Ausfuhrung", or versions: Ausf. A, Ausf. B etc. Eventually, model firms figured this out too so that by the early/ mid-1970's, Italeri was producing kits such as their "German Tank Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf (H)" while Tamiya had their "Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H".

Tenochtitlan 1519-21

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Tenochtitlan 1519-21
Author: Si Sheppard
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is available in Ebook format. (ePUB and ePDF)

American Knights – The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion

Published: June 7th, 2018     
American Knights – The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion
Author: Victor “Troy” Failmezger
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book goes into great detail about the history and combat experience of the first US tank destroyer battalion. It takes you from the unit's formation to the Kasserine pass to Anzio, Operation Dragoon to the final attacks on the Third Reich, this is the fascinating story of the men and machines fighting against Germany's best. This book tells the technical details and origins of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, it allows you to be at the front during the European war.

As the war developed it become very clear that the allies needed to have a way to defeat the German panzers on the battlefields. The answer was the formation of a new type of battalion, the Tank Destroyers.

The book goes on to tell the full and detailed story of the first Tank Destroyer Battalion, the 601st. The book contains lots of rare material, letters, diaries and unpublished photographs.