Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

MaxxPro MRAP - A Visual History of the Maxxpro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

Published: August 29th, 2016     
MaxxPro MRAP - A Visual History of the Maxxpro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles
Author: John Abrams-Graf with David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The International MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was developed in direct response to the unacceptable losses U.S. troops were experiencing in Iraq and Afghanistan from improvised explosive devices, and rocket propelled grenades. The MaxxPro (shorthand for Maximum Protection) was built with a V-shaped hull, and the option to add supplemental side armor for increased crew protection and vehicle survivability.

This book provides an excellent visual history of the MRAP from development to deployment in the field. In the first few pages, the authors provide a nice, concise history and informational introduction to the vehicle, including why the vehicles were needed, how the final design was selected, and a nice chart showing the various model designs for the MRAP.

Military Miniatures in Review #63

Published: August 29th, 2016     
Military Miniatures in Review #63
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Ampersand Publishing

If you’ve never read a copy of Military Miniatures in Review (MMiR), you need to. It’s an 80-page, full color magazine covering armor modeling so maybe if you build just planes, you don’t necessarily need to read it, but you’ll still be missing out.

MMiR is printed on heavy glossy paper, with excellent photography, and well-written articles, with just the right amount of humor mixed in to keep it light, while still covering each subject very well.

This issue has ten build articles, which cover each model build, not necessarily step-by-step, but in a way that the reader can follow the build as it’s going together. The authors are careful to point out any issues with the build, and they provide instruction and details of the builds from start to finish, all the way through weathering and how each base was built for the models displayed in a diorama, or vignette.

Model Art 946, August 2016

Published: August 27th, 2016     
Model Art 946, August 2016
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is an excellent monthly from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue.  It doesn’t matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you’ll find something interesting that you didn’t know you would.

The magazine is published in Japanese, but even if you can’t read Japanese, the photography is really fantastic and the old saying “a picture says a 1,000 words” is very true.  Each issue includes enough “work in progress” photos for even a layman to be able to follow along.  The photos of the builds highlight many of the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders for each model built.  Although, I’m sure something is lost in translation, the photos go a long way in explaining the builds visually.  Honestly, sometimes I find myself spending as much time looking at the many advertisements as much as I do on the work in progress photos.

Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975

Published: August 23rd, 2016     
Dragon Wagon Part 2: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1955-1975
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Ampersand’s latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format as this edition follows up on David Doyle’s “Dragon Wagon Part 1: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Heavy Tank Transporter 1941-1955”. 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.

Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles

Published: August 22nd, 2016     
Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen: A Visual History of the German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

Ampersand's latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format, as this edition follows up with David Doyle's "251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army's Sd.Kfz 251 Armored Half-Tracks". 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 is on the visual, detailing the development and service history of the German Army's Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. This is slightly expanded from Ampersand's standard 120 page version of their Visual History format, and it runs 136 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.