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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Modeling Quarterly – Winter 2014

Published: November 13th, 2014     
Scale Modeling Quarterly – Winter 2014
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Scale Modeling Quarterly

Scale Modeling Quarterly is an interesting new magazine that nice variety of subjects of interest to many modelers. This is the second edition of the relatively new modeling magazine by Hobbyscale Press. The magazine is described is a journal for and by scale modelers. The magazine is published quarterly and costs $7.99 per issue. 

The magazine is 8.5” x 11”, printed on a gloss paper and is 52 pages including covers. The typeface is large, easy to read, and colors are used to accentuate paragraph headings and titles. The photographs are sharp and are all printed in color.

The magazine includes a nice mix of editorial articles, modeler profiles, build articles, and modeling techniques.

Contents of this issue include:

Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron

Published: November 6th, 2014     
Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron
Author: Lechosław Musiałkowski
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46437
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron is a photographic history of the 305 Weilkopolski Polish bomber squadron. The book is dedicated to Gabriel Milosz, who served as a photographer for the 305 squadron from its formation until its disbandment. Milosz's photographs capture the aircraft used by the 305 Squadron as well as the crews before and after the, often tragic, missions. He also captured the mechanics, armorers, and daily life of the Polish squadron. The photographs are black-and-white, while the illustrated aircraft profiles are in full-color.

From the back of the book:

This is the illustrated history of the aircraft of the successful Polish bomber squadron flying for the RAF during WWII. No. 305 'Weilkopolski' squadron was a Polish bomber squadron, which originally served is a night bomber squadron, then in 1943 converted to daylight operations, and ended the war is a low-level specialist bomber squadron.

The book’s chapters are organized around the aircraft used by the 305 Squadron:

The RAF Be2E At War!

Published: November 6th, 2014     
The RAF Be2E At War!
Author: Paul R. Hare
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

To coincide with the display in the UK of two airworthy BE2E reproductions from New Zealand's TVAL earlier this year, Albatros Productions fortunately decided that Centenary Datafile 165 would continue telling the story of the first WWI British two-seater to see action in the Great War.  This Datafile picks up where the story left off in Centenary Datafile 163, giving a chronological account of the sequential development of the BE2/BE2A/BE2B versions into the up-powered E version. Paul Hare (who also authored Datafile 163, devoted to covering the BE2/BE2A/BE2B versions) authored this well-researched and heavily illustrated monograph.  Hare has made a special study of Royal Aircraft Factory designs in WWI and is recognized for his knowledge of the BE2 type.  In this Datafile, his comprehensive narrative is complimented by a variety of previously unpublished archival photos, technical drawings, color profiles and a virtual windfall of color photographs of the contemporary flying reproductions of this iconic kite-like airplane.

Topgun, US Airforce, Navy & Marine Corps Aggressors

Published: November 6th, 2014     
Topgun, US Airforce, Navy & Marine Corps Aggressors
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: SAM Publications

Do you have an interest in aircraft that are used in dissimilar air combat training? Not familiar with that term? I bet you are familiar with aggressor aircraft though and the squadrons. This book takes an in depth look at the aircraft flown by USAF, USN and USMC. The book is chocked full of color photographs and color plate drawings.

The book obviously starts with the beginnings of the aggressor squadrons. This occurred during the Vietnam War when the losses to US aircraft became unacceptable and the USAF and USN looked into how they could better prepare their aircrews for combat. Thus the creation of "Top Gun" for the USN and "Red Flag" for the USAF. For these two programs, the best of the best pilots were selected and they learned to fly the tactile doctrines of the Soviet Union.

Model Art No. 06 Air Model Special

Published: November 2nd, 2014     
Model Art No. 06 Air Model Special
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art has long set the standard for excellence when it comes to covering modeling subjects related to Japanese military history. The Model Art No. 06 publication is no exception, covering the Mitsubishi Zero variants.

The publication covers the A6M3, A6M5, A6M5 Night Fighter, A6M5C, A6M7, and A6M8. While coverage of the Zero variants dominates this issue, there are some other aircraft highlighted in some short “build” articles as well.  

Beginning on page 96, Model Art changes the era of coverage from WWII to modern times with a great article on a 1/32nd F-104J in JASDF markings. Eight pages filled with excellent images provides the reader with a visual “how to” for a natural metal paint scheme and some super detailing on the engine and in the cockpit.

The new Freedom Models 1/48th scale UCAS X-47B is featured in a four page “how to” article. Again, the photographs are excellent and very instructive, and especially helpful with the paint scheme and markings placement.

Prinz Eugen: The story of the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebrigs-Division 1942-1945

Published: October 31st, 2014     
Prinz Eugen: The story of the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebrigs-Division 1942-1945
Author: Bohumir Kudlicka and Radoslaw Szewczyk
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

“The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II. Formed in 1941 from Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia, NDH and Montenegro. It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro-Turkish War of 1716 1718. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen). This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of this unit and its operations. Many previously unpublished photos are included, and maps of the operational areas. Essential reading for armor enthusiasts, WW2 military enthusiasts and modelers.”

Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 - Vol.30, No.3

Published: October 30th, 2014     
Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 - Vol.30, No.3
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 is the third issue of Volume 30. Albatros Productions bills it as their “packed Autumn edition” because it provides readers with a great variety of top-notch modeling know-how and unique reference material. Packed is not a boast; this issue delivers a wealth of WWI aircraft modeling information along with historical and technical references.

A dramatic close-up photo on the cover of a Wingnut Wings Hannover CI.II built by David Hardie kicks things off by spotlighting one of this issue’s main articles and a presentation of numerous Hannover CI.II color profiles featured in a two-page spread. Inside the cover the regular sections, Front Line News, covering a variety of current topics, Our Readers' Gallery, featuring color photos of no less than seven exquisite models in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, and 1/28 scale (pictured below), and Logbook Entries, reviewing five new titles relevant to the WWI centenary, lead into the issue’s feature articles.

Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45

Published: October 30th, 2014     
Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45
Author: Andrew Thomas; Illustrator: Chris Thomas
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has produced so many different “Aces” titles at this point, that the remaining subjects are becoming very narrow indeed.  This new volume, as the title says, covers Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe during 1944-45, and even more specifically the Spitfires covered are limited to Marks V, VII, IX, and XVI (all Merlin-engined).

Despite the narrow subject, the book essentially follows the same format anyone familiar with this series will recognize.  The author plows right in with description of the first Spitfire combat of 1944 that resulted in the pilot becoming an ace.  The book continues chronologically, with six chapters ranging from “Early Encounters”, through “Normandy” and culminating in “Surrender.”  The author does a great job of narrating the ‘big picture’ history, and then brings it to life in the context of the chapter title via personal narratives taken from diaries, combat logs and interviews.  The text is supported throughout by a good deal of photographs, most having detailed captions describing the subject aircraft or pilot in some detail.

Kursk 1943

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Kursk 1943
Author: Robery Forczyk
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

In July 1943, Germany launched Operation Citadel to cut off the Kursk salient. Kursk 1943: The Northern Front deals with the Northern Front of this offensive; little attention is usually given to this front of the offensive. Most of the Kursk histories deal with the Southern German push with its huge tank battles, but in the north, the Russians had been preparing for this offensive for months and had constructed three strong lines of defenses. This resulted in a small German penetration and more mine and defensive warfare.

The book is laid out in the following sections:

Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive offers a wide variety of items for the modeler, from paint and weathering sets and books, to model kits. The website is easy to navigate and offers a button to provide an “English” translation. Another button offers a currency exchange calculator from Euros (the posted pricing) to US dollars.

AK is on Facebook and has a You-Tube presence. To quote the AK You-Tube link, “AK's Official Youtube Channel (will) show Advanced Techniques, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks and many more things. Currently working on it :-)”

AK provided a copy of “Ace High” Issue No.2 for review. This issue focuses on aircraft of World War I, being labeled a “Centenary” edition. Also included are three additional articles featuring a set of figures, a truck, and a piece of airfield equipment, a German Fuel Cart and a Mack AC Truck

Let it be clear that AK wants the reader to use the line of AK paints that are available, but far more than a self-promotional publication this issue of Aces High is a “How to” in achieving some spectacular painting effects and assembly using some of the outstanding WWI kits in today’s market.