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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 3

Published: May 4th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 3
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews. The great news of or this issue is that there are three feature articles.

The feature articles for this issue covers a build of 1/72 Revell H.P. Heyford, a 1/72 Airfix FW190A-8 in a winter diorama setting and a 1/48 Trumpeter A-3D Skywarrior as a bonus. The Heyford build is by Neil Pinchbeck and covers the construction of this vintage kit first released by Matchbox in the 1980's. I love this article as it shows just what can be done with a vintage kit including sections on correcting flaws, scratch building cockpits and rigging. The results are awesome.

The second Feature article is from Marco Preto and features the new Airfix FW190A-8. The build is straight OOB but he adds a superb diorama base with a snow covered. Mr. Preto takes us step by step on making the base, adding vegetation and then weathering. by adding Precision Ice and Snow.

Model Art - Air Model Special No. 05: IJN Zero Carrier Fighters

Published: May 3rd, 2014     
Model Art - Air Model Special No. 05: IJN Zero Carrier Fighters
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art Special No. 5 is a “must have” for those who want to build a IJN Type Zero Carrier Fighter. This is number 5 in the Air Model Special series and focuses on what most modelers and historians consider the classic IJN fighter aircraft of WWII. In 136 pages this publication covers the A6M1, A6M2a, A6M2b, 21st Kokusho A6M2K and the Nakajima A6M2-N.

It should be noted that the text is in Japanese with virtually no English translation for those of us who are English-Only speakers and readers. But no matter, the quality of the images and the clever design of the photographs, tables, and charts is more than sufficient to get the message across successfully.

The book is rich in detail which is highly sought after by modelers. There are detail shots of built up interiors of the various kits on the market. Shots of kits in progress and completed models are not only outstanding in quality, but also very instructive when it comes to colors, paint schemes, and weathering. There are color charts, and that is always an important aspect of modeling when building WWII Japanese aircraft.

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15

Published: May 1st, 2014     
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The latest installment of the Yellow Series from Mushroom Model Publications is devoted to the iconic Mig-15. This book clearly is written with the modeler in mind, as well over 100 pages are devoted to pictures, drawings or color profiles of the airplane.

F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-9

Published: April 23rd, 2014     
F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-9
Author: Edward M. Young; Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

About This Book

A historical account of VF-9 and its pilots that became aces flying the Grumman F6F Hellcat. In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the US Navy quickly formed Carrier Air Group 9. CAG-9 had four squadrons, VF-9, VB-9, VS-9 and VT-9 they were activated in March 1942. Initially equipped with five Brewster F2A-3 Buffalos that were quickly replaced by Grumman F4F Wildcats. VF-9 first saw action during the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942. It was here the squadron successfully engaged Vichy French fighters in combat over Morocco. Upon returning to the United States, VF-9 became one of the first squadrons to receive the Grumman F6F Hellcat. Soon after they deployed on the USS Essex, namesake of its class of fleet carriers that formed the backbone of the US Navy’s Fast Carrier Task Force. VF-9, the Hellcat, and the Essex all entered combat in the fall of 1943, want more? Get this book.

The book itself is well printed with a hearty gum and cord binding. The print is easy to read and the photographs are very clear. The plate illustrations are accurate, colorful and honestly represented.

US Cold War Aircraft Carriers, New Vanguard 211

Published: April 22nd, 2014     
US Cold War Aircraft Carriers, New Vanguard 211
Author: Brad Elward, illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at Osprey Publishing for providing this new publication for review.  Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to explore a wonderful documentation and fascinating historical description of the earliest super carriers.

On opening the book you will find 48 glossy pages filled with text, 30 color photos, 11 black-and-white photos, 2 black-and-white drawings, and 7 color painting and diagrams.  The softcover binding is 9.75 x 7.25 inches and a little less than a quarter-inch thick, with a color photo of the U.S.S America off the starboard bow.  In 8 chapters, Mr. Elward provides a brief historical introduction explaining the roots of these early super carriers, and focuses on the Forrestal, Kitty Hawk and Enterprise classes.  I appreciate the thorough bibliography and index.    

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 2

Published: April 17th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue covers a build of 1/72 Revell Tornado IDS build in Tigermeet markings and a 1/32 Special Hobby Fiat G.50. The Tornado build is by Pierre Baldru and covers the construction and painting of this colorful kit. He modifies the kit with Aires Wheel Wells, Master pitot tube, Verlinden seats and Eduard RBF tags. The kit is then finished with a remarkable German Tigermeet scheme with the entire plane striped. It looks fantastic

The other Feature article from James Ashton and covers building the 1/32 Special Hobby Fiat G.50. No aftermarket is used and concentration is put on the mottled camouflage screen and perfect subtle weathering using oils.

The Aviation in Profile article covers one of my favorite planes, The F-15. There is a great history of Israeli use and purchase of the F-15 by Yoav Efrati and Jay Laverty.  The detail shots are from and F-15i Ra'am and the color schemes cover Israeli, JASDF and American Eagles.

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang Part 1 - Allison Powered

Published: April 16th, 2014     
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang Part 1 - Allison Powered
Author: Malcolm V. Lowe
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: SAM Publications

Modellers Datafile #21 might arguably be considered the most complete reference book available for anyone intending to build a model of an early version of one of the best-known fighters of World War II, the North American P-51 Mustang.  Later versions of the P-51, equipped with the Packard built Merlin 60 series engine, possessed excellent range and maneuverability that contributed to Mustangs being known primarily as a long-range escort fighters and ground attack fighter-bombers in nearly every combat zone during WWII (and later serving in that role in the Korean War).  However, the early version of the Mustang, as originally designed, was built around the Allison V-170 engine, which had limited high-altitude performance that resulted in a different primary role for this iconic fighter.  Originally known as the RAF’s Mustang Mk.1, it was initially flown operationally as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber. The USAAF found the A-36 version to be both effective in its intended roll and more than adequate as a fighter at lower altitudes.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #888, March 2014

Published: April 12th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #888, March 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty six years. 

Each issue of Model Art consists of a multitude of articles that reach out to all genres of modelers. From what I see, Model Art makes small changes to there format to keep each issue up to date and interesting to the reader.

This issue starts off with two short articles. The first being "MA New Item Special" and a diorama that takes place during the U.S. operation in Grenada featuring the new Tamiya Gamma Goat.

X-15: The World's Fastest Rocket Plane

Published: April 12th, 2014     
X-15: The World's Fastest Rocket Plane
Author: John Anderson and Richard Passman
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Zenith Press

Much has been written about the world's most successful rocket powered research aircraft, the X-15.  This airplane was designed to be a vehicle to provide aerodynamic, flight dynamic and structural data for use in the future development of hypersonic aircraft, all before anyone had even broken Mach 3.  In October, 1954, NACA decided on the need for a manned hypersonic research vehicle, one that would fly up to Mach 7 and over 126,000 feet in altitude.  By the end of the program the X-15 had reached a top speed of Mach 6.7 and an altitude of 347,800 feet during the course of 199 flights.

The authors; John Anderson, curator of aerodynamics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Richard Passman, chief aerodynamicist on the Bell X-2 have crafted an excellent introductory story for this aircraft.

Basically, they do this by explaining the X-15 and how it worked, then going into details of the twelve pilots who flew this machine.  The six chapters are:

Model Art - Air Model Special No. 04: Imperial Japanese Navy Interceptors

Published: April 6th, 2014     
Model Art - Air Model Special No. 04: Imperial Japanese Navy Interceptors
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is one of Model Art Modeling Magazine special editions. The text is mainly in Japanese with some English subtitles throughout.  One feature of these magazines is the high quality of the photographs and the models.

Model Art has done it again. Back in April 2013 they released "Air War Over Vietnam U.S. Navy Aircraft Part 1". This is the third followup and they have made some changes to the layout from the excellent first issue.

The magazine is laid out in several sections. The sections consist of mostly Japanese writing, but there is some English captions and wonderful color photographs.

The first couple pages consist of new releases that will soon hit the market and a New Kit Selection article. It features three of Airfix's new tool kits, the 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R, 1/72 Gloster J-8A /Gladiator Mk. II and 1/72 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1.

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