Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Spotlight On F4U Corsair in World War 2

Published: October 30th, 2016     
Spotlight On F4U Corsair in World War 2
Author: Zibigniew Kolacha
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Available in the U.S. from "Casemate", in Australia from "Platypus Publications" and in the UK from "Mushroom Models Publications", this book is one of several excellent books in the "Spotlight On" series. All books in this series feature approximately 50 color profiles of the aircraft in question, showing the markings and camouflage patterns seen on the aircraft and in varied national markings.

In this particular publication, illustrator Zbigniew Kolacha provides 50 color profiles of 44 F4U Corsairs. The introduction to the book, 2 pages, provides a short "biography" of this classic W.W.II aircraft. The remainder of the pages are given over to those 50 superior illustrations mentioned previously. Each profile is labeled with the BuNo, if known, the airframe numbers, Squadron affiliation, and area of service.

As a modeler of W.W.II aircraft I find that the illustrations contain excellent reference material. The markings have been researched and one can use the illustration as a placement guide when building a Corsair. Some illustrations show exhaust stains, subtle weathering, fluid leakage, and very subtle "paneling".

Lockheed F-94 Starfire

Published: October 27th, 2016     
Lockheed F-94 Starfire
Author: Alan C. Carey
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ginter Books

Steve Ginter’s Lockheed F-94 Starfire is one of three of the latest in his Air Force Legends series. This edition is in their standard 8.5” x 11” format softbound publication that is 160 pages (excluding covers). I counted 406 photographs (15 in color) along with 82 drawings and 63 insignias.

Author Alan C. Carey is a noted military historian who was born in Orange County, California in a career military family. Carey got to Texas as soon as he could and achieved his Baccalaureate and Masters degree at Southwest Texas State. His interest in military aviation is primarily due to his father’s service from 1942-1966. Carey’s research on his father resulted in his father (and two members of his crew) receiving Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals for their WWII service with VB-109. He ended up serving in the Marines as a machine gunner and in the Army Reserve ass a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Specialist.

German Motorcycles of WWII: A Visual History in Vintage Photos and Restored Examples, Part 1

Published: October 25th, 2016     
German Motorcycles of WWII: A Visual History in Vintage Photos and Restored Examples, Part 1
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

Ampersand’s latest book by David Doyle continues to expand on their Visual History format as this edition follows up on Doyle’s “Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles”. 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 in on the visual, detailing the development and service history of the German Army’s Motorcycles of WWII. This is slightly expanded from Ampersand’s standard 120 page version of their Visual History format and it runs 128 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.

Curtiss Ascender XP-55

Published: October 24th, 2016     
Curtiss Ascender XP-55
Author: Gerry Balzer
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Ginter Books

Ginter Books’ latest book covering the Curtiss XP-55 “Ascender” is an in-depth look at one of the more oddball aircraft designed for the USAAF during the Second World War.

The book consists of 72 pages printed on glossy, good-quality stock, bound in a soft cover made of heavier stock. Front and back covers have beautiful color pictures, and almost every page inside has either multiple black and white photos or drawings.

The author has previously published a book on the 1940 fighter competition that took place in the US, and some of that research comprises the early section of this book. The XP-55 was a direct result of that competition, and several pages describe the process and innovations it generated.

The Mosquito Pocket Manual

Published: October 24th, 2016     
The Mosquito Pocket Manual
Author: Martin Robson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Pocket Manual is a compilation of various Air Ministry pamphlets, publications and manuals on the De Havilland Mosquito.

The book starts with the design specifications and related documents. This is followed by the pilot notes in chapter 2 and the operations and tactical publications. This last section details aspects of operating the night bomber version, strategic bomber version, pathfinding and even the Sea Mosquito. The book concludes with 105SQ operations record books.

This is an interesting look at various period publications to aid in operating and maintaining the Mosquito. There is good information for the historian, pilot and some nice detailed period cockpit photos with instrumentation callouts. If the Mosquito interests you, you will find this book to your liking

Our thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity