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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Luftwaffe Fighter-bombers Over Britain The Tip and Run Campaign 1942-1943

Published: February 25th, 2014     
Luftwaffe Fighter-bombers Over Britain The Tip and Run Campaign 1942-1943
Author: Chris Goss
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

The Following Text is a Historical Perspective from the Publisher.

As the Battle of Britain came to a close, the Luftwaffe began arming its single-engine fighters with bombs, using them in preference to twin-engine bombers against many daylight targets. Two units were designated for these Jagdbomber (literally fighter-bomber) attacks – 10/JG 26. Their targets included shipping and coastal installations, railways, gas holders and selected military and civilian objectives. The detrimental effect on British morale caused by these ‘Tip and Run’ attacks was devastating.

How could the British military combat the raids effectively? How could the local populations cope? Questions were asked in Parliament but no effective answer was supplied. The locals lived in fear of where and when the next attack would occur.

Hungarian Fighter Colors Vol 2

Published: February 24th, 2014     
Hungarian Fighter Colors Vol 2
Author: Denes Bernad and Gyorgy Punka
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Review

Mushroom Model Publication has released the second volume of the Hungarian Fighter Color series. You can find a review of volume 1 at http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hungarian-fighter-colours-1930-1945-vol-1

The second volume continues the saga of authors Denes Bernad and Gyorgy Punka for what might become the definite reference books on the Hungarian Fighter Force during World War II.

This volume covers the Re.2000, Bf-109G, Fw-190F in extensive detail (each one of their chapters is over 40 pages long). Plus it has other shorter, but still well detailed chapters on the Me-110, Me-210, He-112, captured examples of PZL.11c, Avia B.534 IV and an indigenous design, the WM-23, which did not see combat but had exceptional performance for their time.

Most of the pictures (over 200 of them) are in Black and White and there are handfuls of color ones. There are over two dozens of full color profiles and for each one of them there is an accompanying picture showing the actual aircraft that the profiles is based upon. 

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.6

Published: February 23rd, 2014     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.6
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Windsock Worldwide (now branded ‘WINDSOCK World War Centenary’) is the last issue of Volume 29 and it’s pages continue the publication’s tradition of delivering some of the most interesting, accurate and unique information about WWI aviation to be found anywhere. 

As an example, this issue initiates a new mini-series titled 100 Great Warplanes, that promises to profile some of the lesser known and/or poorly chronicled WWI types.  The first to be featured in an eleven-page article in this issue is the 1916 German two-seat Rumpler C.III. Eleven pages are devoted to this reconnaissance aircraft with a historical description, 27 period photographs (many previously unpublished), full 1/48 scale plans of all versions and an exclusive color profile of the prototype C.III by Ronny Bar.

In the pages preceding the first mini-series however, this issue presents a most unique WWI subject, under the heading ‘GREAT WAR’ FIRE POWER…German Aircraft-mounted Flamethrowers.  This relatively little known subject is covered in nearly four full pages of text, period photographs and technical drawings.

Windsock Datafile 162, MACCHI M.7

Published: February 23rd, 2014     
Windsock Datafile 162, MACCHI M.7
Author: Gregory Alegi
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The name Macchi is often associated with flying boats and one of the reasons for that is the subject of Windsock Datafile No.162.  The Macchi M.7 was one of the most successful biplane flying boat designs to come out of WWI and it enjoyed a phenomenally lengthy and active career from its introduction in 1918 well into the mid-1930s. Serving with other nations in the post-WWI years, examples of this speedy flying boat were also entered into Schneider Trophy races. Noted Italian aero historian and researcher Gregory Alegi presents the full story of this classic Italian Flying boat in this final Datafile for 2013.

French Wings No. 3: Breguet 27, Potez 39, and Mureaux 115/117

Published: February 19th, 2014     
French Wings No. 3: Breguet 27, Potez 39, and Mureaux 115/117
Author: José Fernandez
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Stratus

This is the third book in the French Wings series and it continues to provide an interesting and informative look at some of the less famous French aircraft of the pre-WWII and WWII period. All three aircraft in this book were used in the observation and reconnaissance role by the French military. The book gives you information about both the process by which they were acquired and their actual operational use. In addition to the aircraft used by France, their use by China, Peru and Venezuela are also discussed.

The book starts off with the Breguet 27, which is covered in the first 24 pages. I have always wondered why this aircraft was designed and looked the way it did. The authors clarify this early on! The reason for the rear fuselage’s unique look was that the specification it was designed to meet called for exceptional rearward view for the observer. Thus the design team made the rear fuselage as small as possible. To accomplish this goal, the aircraft was made of all-metal construction with steel used in place of aluminum for strength and as a cost savings!

Jagdpanther 3D

Published: February 16th, 2014     
Jagdpanther 3D
Author: Lukasz Gladysiak, Adam Rejmak and Krzysztof Mucha
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Casemate Publishing

History

As quoted from the introduction in the book "Self-propelled tank destroyers constituted an essential component of the Third Reich’s armored arm. Vehicles, which were especially useful in defensive warfare, in which the German army found itself after losing strategic initiative on the Eastern Front in the summer 1943 and following the Allied landing in Italy and France, with time began to effectively compete in armored sub-units with classic tanks. One of the largest vehicles of that type was Jagdpanther Sd.Kfz. 173, based on the chassis of the famous Panther tank".

The Book

The book starts off with the origins of design, production, technical description, combat use and where the survivors are currently located. There are period black and white photographs, 1/72 scale line drawings and tables that cover modifications, basic specifications, production overview for 1944 and 1945, unit assignments in 1944 and 1945 including eastern and western fronts, and an overview of the existing vehicles.

Panzer Divisions in Battle 1939-45, Volume 2

Published: February 16th, 2014     
Panzer Divisions in Battle 1939-45, Volume 2
Author: Tom Cockle with illustrations by Laurent Lecocq
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Concord Publications Company

Concord Publishing, out of Hong Kong, is back again with another Armor At War series entitled Panzer Divisions In Battle 1936-45 by popular author Tom Cockle.  Anyone familiar with the armor modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative combination, and this latest release won’t disappoint.

Looking across my personal bookshelf of maybe 200 titles, I can spot several of Mr. Cockle’s books and I’ve familiar with many of his articles in some of the better armor magazines such as ‘Military Modeler’, ‘Military in Scale’, ‘Military Modelcraft International’, ‘FineScale Modeler’ and ‘AFV Modeller’.  If you’ve been building armor models for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with his work as well.

Panzer Divisions In Battle 1936-45 follows the format of the previous Armor at War volumes, containing 16 color plates by artist Laurent Lecocq, and 166 black and white photos with detailed captions.  The photo’s lack any form of credit, so my guess is that many of these have not been published before; perhaps uncovered as estates are sold off and hidden treasures revealed.

PBY Catalina In Action

Published: February 9th, 2014     
PBY Catalina In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

As quoted from Squadron/Signal Publications, "In Action books, despite the title of the genre, are books that trace the development of a single type of aircraft, armored vehicle, or ship from the prototype to the final production variant. Experimental or "one-off" variants can also be included. Our first In Action book was printed in 1971.”

Author David Doyle has come through with another wonderfully written book. This time he takes on the Consolidated PBY "Catalina." This aircraft was not always known as the "Catalina," in fact it started off as Consolidated Model 28 in 1932. It wasn't until 1940 when the British received the PBY-5 that the name “Catalina” came about.

The book starts off with an introduction that covers the history, variations and manufacturers of the “Catalina.” It then proceeds into the different variations. Each variation is covered over several pages. They start with the XPBY-1 and go all the way through the PBY-6A / OA-10B.  Within the pages are vintage photographs that can be of just the aircraft, or of specific details to that version. Along with each photograph is a well written descriptive caption. 

North American P-51D Mustang

Published: February 7th, 2014     
North American P-51D Mustang
Author: Pobert Peczkowski, illustrations by Teodor Liviu Morosanu
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: MMP Books

Written by Pobert Peczkowski, with color illustrations by Teodor Liviu Morosanu, this book focuses on the “D” model of the ubiquitous P-51 Mustang. For such a small book, 6 ½ by 9 inches, it packs a powerful punch in its 152 pages of intense coverage of the Mustang.

There are 32 pages of black and white images which cover the development of the “D” and “K” models of the Mustang. A full-color section of 120 pages provides a great deal of “detail” for the modeler who wishes to “up their game” on a Mustang project. Drawings and illustrations are included, and add that extra value that modelers seek when selecting research material.

Bound within the publication are 3-view plans of the “D” in 1/72nd scale, with 1/48th and 1/32nd plans, on folded paper inserted in the book.

A set of excellent full-color profiles are included on the final 28 pages of the book.

This book has it all…. Cockpit illustrations and photos from every angle, full color detail images of the landing gear and wheel wells, excellent technical images of the engine showing all the “plumbing”….and full color profiles and color images….. a true modeler’s delight.

Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate

Published: February 3rd, 2014     
Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate
Author: Leszek A. Wieliczko
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Kagero Publishing

History

As quoted from the introduction in the book "The Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, known as "Frank" in allied jargon, was one of the best IJAAF (Imperial Japanese Army Air Force) fighters during the final year of the Pacific war. Featuring an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear, this all-metal cantilever low-wing monoplane of an elegant body was the successor of the previous Nakajima fighters - Ki-43 Hayabusa and Ki-44 Soki. The Ki-84 proved it's value fighting in China and the Philippines, although the highest number of these machines were lost there, too. When in the hands of an experienced pilot, it was a good match for the best of Allied fighter aircraft. After the war a small number of Ki-84s served with the Chinese air forces, taking part in the civil war of 1945-1949". 

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