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He 219 Uhu, Monographs 49 and 50, 3D editions

Published: September 10th, 2013     
He 219 Uhu, Monographs 49 and 50, 3D editions
Author: M. J. Murawaski and Marek Ryś
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Casemate Publishers and to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review these two very timely detailed volumes describing the He-219.  The Heinkel 219 Uhu was a highly effective but under-utilized Luftwaffe night fighter, with a variety of innovations including obliquely firing guns and the first operational ejection seats.  The two Kagero monographs described here provide an excellent resource for any modeler constructing and replicating this extraordinary aircraft.

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Variations in Action

Published: September 8th, 2013     
Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Variations in Action
Author: Charles Kliment
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The Panzer 38 was probably one of the best designs for light tanks at the outbreak of World War II. It was originally designed by a Czech team, and the Germans took over production after the occupation of Czechoslovakia and pressed the tank into German service. They also extensively modified the basic chassis into many other armored fighting vehicles.

The book is profusely illustrated with b&w photos, plus a few color profiles. It covers the light tank versions A to G, plus other variants like the PanzerJager series (tank-hunters – the Sd.Kfz 138/M, 139, Grille H/M, and Marder), the Flakpanzer Sd.Kfz.140, several reconnaissance versions, an ammunition carrier version, a recovery vehicle, and even late war tank hunters like the Hetzer. There are brief sections describing the camouflage and markings and combat service of the different variants.

The pictures are likely to be of good use as references during your builds; however, this is not a walk-around book, but a book that covers the service history of a family of vehicles. Most shots are general views of each variant, with a good selection of interior images among those with open fighting compartments.

Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945 Vol. 1

Published: September 6th, 2013     
Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945 Vol. 1
Author: Dénes Bernád & György Punka
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: MMP Books

This book takes a look at colors and markings of fighter aircraft of the Hungarian Air Force from 1930-1945. This is the first of two volumes. The following aircraft are covered in Volume One: Fokker D.XVI; Fiat CR. 20 and CR. 20B; Avis I-IV; Fiat CR.30, CR. 30B, and CR. 32bis; Fiat CR. 42 and CR. 42CN;, and Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1, E-3, E-4, E-7, F-2, and F-4. There are many black and white photos used to illustrate these planes, as well as beautifully drawn color profiles. Most of these are side views, but some also include top views. The authors also include quite a few wartime color photographs as well as color photos of aircraft parts and relics that have survived into modern times.

Chapter One covers the markings and codes used on Hungarian aircraft from 1919-1945, starting with post-WWI when their Air Force had to be organized and operated in secret due to the treaties signed, and continuing on to the end of WWII. In this chapter each photograph is numbered and referenced in the text. It gives a good understanding of the various markings used and reasons for the changes.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Albatros Productions publications, particularly their Winsdsock Worldwide and Datafiles, are indispensable reference materials for any serious modeler of World War One aircraft, and also for anyone with a deep interest in the history of aviation history.

The May/June 2013 (Vol.29, No.3) issue is their latest release of the Windsock Datafile line. The magazine consists of thirty-four pages (including covers) in medium thickness glossy paper. Other than the back cover and inside back cover, there is no advertising. The rest is all wonderful content. Production quality is excellent.

The cover shows pictures that hints towards the content inside; TVAL’s beautiful new Albatros D.II, a screen shot from the flight simulator Rise of Flight, an image of a 1/24 LVG C.VI, and a newly released resin figure.

Contents include:

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of SAM follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a series of Compact Build Reviews. In this issue, the first Feature Article is by Marco Preto, who builds and reviews Meng’s Me-410B-2/U4 in 1/48th scale. This article is a must-read for anyone who is going to tackle the Meng kit, a kit that Mr. Preto highly recommends. Along with an outstanding set of images showing Marco’s kit in progress (and completed), he also provides a list of paints and weathering supplies that he used to the outstanding results one sees in the article.

The second Feature Article, on the Supermarine Attacker, was written by Assistant Editor Karl Robinson. Karl’s article highlights the paint selections he made to produce this tail dragger. Karl also indicates that the incredible results he obtained on the panel lines and seams were accomplished with MIG Productions Neutral Wash.

The GMC CCKW Truck in US Service

Published: August 23rd, 2013     
The GMC CCKW Truck in US Service
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This is the second book to be released by Squadron Signal Publications under the "Historical Reference" series. As explained in the front of the book, this series is written by using in-depth research of primary documents, giving a very detailed look at the subject matter. It appears that there may other books in the works covering aircraft and vessels. As I have said before, in my opinion this book is like a Walk Around or In Action series book on steroids.

The book starts with the origins of the CCKW. This began in 1928 when the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps started developing its standard fleet. What came from this were two 2-1/2 ton 6x6 vehicles. One of the interesting names involved in its development is a major player – John D. Hertz. Yes, of the rental car company, but he first owned Yellow Cab, and then Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company, which ended up merging with GM.  They were instrumental in the development of the CCKW.

A-10 Thunderbolt II – Units of Operation, Enduring Freedom 2002-07

Published: August 5th, 2013     
A-10 Thunderbolt II – Units of Operation, Enduring Freedom 2002-07
Author: Gary Wetzel
Reviewed by: Kenneth McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Osprey Publishing

Review

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is so ugly, it’s beautiful. It is clearly an example of function over form. The A-10 is designed to maximize the pilot protection with a titanium bathtub cockpit and heavily armored cockpit glass. The airframe design has redundant control systems and high mounted engines to provide maximum survivability when damaged, and also to reduce the risk of engine damage. The book starts with the fly-offs between manufacturers and the selection of Fairchild Republic as the design winner. In response to pilots’ feedback for a big gun, the General Electric GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm cannon was selected, with a rate of fire at 3900 rpm.

Windsock Datafile 159, AD Flying Boats

Published: August 2nd, 2013     
Windsock Datafile 159, AD Flying Boats
Author: Colin A. Owens
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock Datafiles from Albatros Productions are considered by many to be the most comprehensive reference/historical publications available for those who build WW I scale aircraft models.  Each volume focuses on a specific aircraft and can be counted on to provide a thorough study of the subject.  The most recent volume, Windsock Datafile No. 159, details the history of the AD Flying Boats.

German Air Projects 1935-1945, Vol. 4

Published: July 29th, 2013     
German Air Projects 1935-1945, Vol. 4
Author: Marek Ryś
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: MMP Books

This is the fourth and final volume in MMP’s German Air Projects series that covers Luft46 “might have beens.”  This particular volume covers attack, multi-purpose, and “other” subjects.  The “other” is essentially an addendum to the other 3 volumes, and covers subjects that were previously omitted, or subjects about which new information has been uncovered.  Without the “other” section, this would be a very slim volume!  Illustrations throughout the book consist of line drawings and artist renderings – there are no photos in this book as everything is conjecture.

The first 38 pages of the book cover attack and multi-purpose aircraft, arranged by manufacturer.  Line drawings accompany many of the sections.

Pages 39 through 64 cover other types of aircraft not previously written about in previous volumes (or those with newly discovered information).  Again, many line drawings accompany the text.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 6

Published: July 27th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 6
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

The August issue contains two Fature articles that will certainly attract the attention of “Jet” fans.  In Feature 1, World Class modeler Yoav Efrati builds and reviews the Kinetic Kfir C2/C7 in 1/48th scale. The images attest to Yoav’s high level of skill as a painter and modeler, but the article itself is a goldmine for some weathering techniques. Yoav used Van Gogh Oils to weather the Kfir, and the effect is stunning.

The article is followed by a two-page spread of color images of the real deal – Kfirs in flight, on the ground, and with the usual detail shots of landing gear, pods, intakes, and some weathering provided by Mother Nature. Topping it off are two pages of profile drawings showing camo patterns, and with the colors involved being identified with FS numbers.

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