Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The De Havilland Mosquito: A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller

Published: January 19th, 2014     
The De Havilland Mosquito: A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery,, IPMS# 14003
Company: SAM Publications

This offering is a revised and re-printed version of the previously released Modellers Datafile #1.  The initial Modellers Datafile #1 contained excellent historical and scale modelling content, and that content is included in this new edition.  The new release has been expanded to 176 pages and “included the additional model builds and in-box previews covering the significant new toolings that have appeared in the fifteen years since to series began, along with an updated list of currently available kits, accessories and decals”.

“When the first Datafile was published back in 1998 it was quite rightly regarded as the definitive book on modelling one of the most enduring and iconic aircraft of WWII.”  This publication is the perfect companion and reference for a modeller wishing to build a Mosquito kit, regardless of scale.

Warrior Series #169 - Italian Soldier in North Africa 1941-43

Published: January 17th, 2014     
Warrior Series #169 - Italian Soldier in North Africa 1941-43
Author: Piero Crociani & Pier Paolo Battistelli
Reviewed by: Bart Cusamano, IPMS# 31882
Company: Osprey Publishing

The history  of the Italian Army in World War 2 is an often misunderstood one, colored by many unflattering rumors, generalizations and misconceptions.  This latest issue in Osprey’s Warrior Series, “Italian Soldier in North Africa 1941-43”, tries to set the record straight and in doing so, paints a harrowing and desperate account of the hell experienced by the Italian soldier during the North African campaign.  Not only did they battle opposing forces, but also their own incompetent command staff. Severe  shortages of food, water, equipment and adequate medical care would plague the Italians for the entire campaign.  

Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter

Published: January 17th, 2014     
Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art is known for high quality magazines, with excellent photographs that guide the modeler through some impressive builds. This publication continues that tradition.

This publication focuses on one of Japan’s best known aircraft from World War II, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. It is important to note that the publication is presented in Japanese. English-speakers will have no trouble relying upon the excellent maps and images in order to enjoy the book.

And, enjoy you will! The book begins with an outstanding illustration of a Zero, banking into a turn, by artist Y. Sakaida. He successfully captures the beauty and power of the Zero in this effort, and this illustration sets the tone for the publication.

In the following 30 pages, the images show various Zero ‘artifacts”, bits of aircraft after crashes, and where those fragments were found. There are few relics that evoke the majesty of flight and at the same time the tragedy of the air war than do images of artifacts such as are shown in these pages.

V1 Flying Bomb Aces

Published: January 14th, 2014     
V1 Flying Bomb Aces
Author: Andrew Thomas
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

One of Osprey’s latest in the “Aircraft of the Aces” series is number 113, covering Allied pilots that shot down 5 or more V1 Flying Bombs.

This book opens with the words of the first pilot to shoot down a V1 (Flt Lt John Musgrove, in a night-fighter Mosquito) on June 16, 1944.  Within minutes, 3 more V1s would be shot down that evening by other members of the same Mosquito squadron.  After this exciting opening page, the reader is then guided chronologically through the story of the V1 campaign, starting with the development of the “Buzz Bomb” itself and culminating with the last V1 shot down on 28 March 1945.

Various chapters cover the ever-evolving tactics used by the RAF to counter the V1, and of course the pilots that became aces using these tactics.  This was a completely different type of foe, and countering the “robot planes”, as they were initially known, required a different set of techniques.  Despite the V1 being unmanned, attacking them could be quite dangerous.  Over 70 pilots and navigators were killed on anti-V1 operations.

Messerschmitt Bf-109E, The Blitzkrieg Fighter

Published: January 14th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Bf-109E, The Blitzkrieg Fighter
Author: Marek J. Murawski and Jakub Plewka
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Kagero Publishing

Bf-109E is the most recent addition in Kagero’s Monographs Special series. The Casemate information sheet that accompanied the book states that, “This new book gives not only a thorough insight in the development, variants, technical features and camouflage of the “Emil”, but also an excellent overview of the aircraft’s service with the Luftwaffe.” True words!

Modelers vary in their focus for information regarding a subject being modeled, and this publication addresses most, if not all, of those areas of interest.

The text begins with comprehensive coverage of the Bf-109E variants. Detailed black and white images show the characteristics and design differences which separate one “Emil” variant from the next. In these 34 pages, the modeler will find much useful and detailed information that will significantly impact the authenticity of the “E” variant being modeled.

Pages 35-46 cover the design specification of the “E” variants presented on previous pages. The descriptions of these specifications are accompanied by an excellent set of images, taken during the war when the subject matter was “current”.

General Dynamics F-111 - A Comprehensive Guide

Published: January 13th, 2014     
General Dynamics F-111 - A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Anthony Thornborough
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: SAM Publications

For those of you who haven't seen them, SAM Publications has a series of books they call Datafile which are devoted to a particular aircraft and also have a modeling section. The newest one is No. 19 and deals with the  General Dynamics F-111 series. There are 12 chapters dealing with all things Aardvark. The chapters are listed below:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #884, January 2014

Published: January 11th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #884, January 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.

The January issue starts off with a couple of small features. The first is the "New Item Special". The first is Fine Molds new release of a 25mm gun in a single, double and triple configuration, next is the Tomy Tec 1/144th F-15 S/MTD and YF-15A and last is the Trumpeter 1/35th Russian Tank Destroyer object 704. Look for these products to be released soon. Next is Mr. Hobby is releasing a new water based acrylic based paint and last is a 1/32 scale metal desktop Bf109F cutaway by Imcth http://www.hlj.com/product/imcz-003 .

F4U Corsair In Action

Published: January 11th, 2014     
F4U Corsair In Action
Author: Jim Sullivan
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

As quoted from Squadron/Signal Publications: "In Action books, despite the title of the genre, are books that trace the development of a single type of aircraft, armored vehicle, or ship from the prototype to the final production variant. Experimental or "one-off" variants can also be included. Our first In Action book was printed in 1971."

In the mid to late thirty's the U.S. Navy was looking for a new high speed, high altitude fighter. Chance Vought brought their design to the competition, the XF4U-1. The Navy was impressed with the design and Vought started on the prototype. During one of the flight tests the XF4U-1 reached a speed of 405 mph and this impressed the Navy enough to order it into production and thus was the beginning for one of the most famous fighter aircraft to come out of WWII.

The Modern Hornet Guide - The Boeing F/A-18 A/B/C/D Exposed

Published: January 11th, 2014     
The Modern Hornet Guide - The Boeing F/A-18 A/B/C/D Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Reid Air Publications

Reid Air Publications has issued a new book and the winners are anyone interested in the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Jake Melampy has written his series of books detailing specific airframes. F-16's and F-16's and others have been detailed before as well as others but the newest covers the entire series of the F-18's. The format of the books starts with the cockpits and works its way back to the wings, vertical stabilizers, horizontal stabilizers, fuselage and landing gear and finishes with all the ordinance used by the Hornets.

The first thing you will note about the book is the quality of the pictures. Whether they are operational shots or detail shots, the pictures are superb- in focus, clear and well lit. Even the "in-action" shots are beautiful. The detail shots are fantastic with color and lighting letting each area shine and shot all the needed detail any modeler could want. While progressing through the pictures, Mr. Melampy notes the differences and details and point out all the small details and variations. This covers the A-D versions.

British Battlecruiser vs. German Battlecruiser 1914-16

Published: January 10th, 2014     
British Battlecruiser vs. German Battlecruiser 1914-16
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

Beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, this book offers a creditable account detailing the key rival battles between the Battlecruisers of the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine at the height of World War I. This book covers these opposing Battlecruisers and where they first met in January 1915 at Dogger Bank in the North Sea. The author explains why the battle was a tactical victory for British although neither side lost any of its Battlecruisers. He details the main differences in the designs in the British and German ships and how these two sides responded quite differently to this first engagement. In the book you’ll find out how these differences came into play during the battle of Jutland in May 1916, where of the nine of the British Battlecruisers committed, three were destroyed, all by their German counterparts. Five German Battlecruisers were present and only one of these was sunk.

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