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Model Art December 2013 No. 882

Published: December 20th, 2013     
Model Art December 2013 No. 882
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

The December issue of Model Art starts off with a short article covering some of the new releases at the 2013 All Japan Plamodel Hobby Show. I will try to give some of the highlights of the releases that will be hitting our stashes soon.

For the aircraft builders, here is a few examples of what you should see soon. Hobby Boss 1/48 P-38L-5-LO due spring 2014, Trumpeter 1/48 T-38 release date TBA, Fine Molds 1/48 Fine Molds Mitsubishi Ka-14  (A5M prototype) due Dec. 2013, Tomytec 1/700 Launch Complex 39 pad A due Dec. 2013, 1/48 Kittyhawk Mig-25 due Oct. 2013, 1/32 Wingnut Wings Salmson 2-A2 release TBA, 1/48 Avant Garde Aero L-29 Delfin release TBA and the  1/48 Avant Garde CM.170 Fouga Magister.

A couple new releases for the car guys. Aoshima 1/24 Lamboghini Murcielago LP-670-4 SV due out Dec. 2103, Moebius 1/25 1956 Chrysler 300B due out Nov. 2013, Fujimi 1/20 Mclaren MP4/2 1984 due Dec. 2013 and the Revell 1/24 Red Bull Racing RB8 (Sebastian Vettel) due Dec. 2013.

Aces of Jagdstaffel 17

Published: December 19th, 2013     
Aces of Jagdstaffel 17
Author: Greg VanWyngarden
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

Jagdstaffel 17, better known as Jasta 17, was one of the premier German fighter squadrons of World War I. It began as Kampfstaffel Metz, and later became known as Jasta 17.   Although not as famous some of the other units, it nevertheless produced its share of aces, and three of its members were knights of the Orden Pour le Merite, holders of the coveted Blue Max.  Julius Buckler, with 35 confirmed victories, was the highest scoring ace of Kampfstaffel Metz.  Other standouts included Oblt Bruno  Loerzer, Hermann Goring, Jacob Wolff (who was  48 years old when he scored his last victory, and was also Jewish), Vzfw Christian Donhauser, and a number of others who either transferred in and out of the unit, or served briefly until becoming casualties.

Although this book is a history or the unit, it reads like a novel and tells the story very well, illustrating the writing skills of the author. When I started it, I had difficulty putting it down, and in keeping with my practice of never going anywhere without something interesting to read, I carried the book around for quite a while until it was finished.

Aces of Jagdgeschwader 3 'Udet' (Aircraft of the Aces)

Published: December 19th, 2013     
Aces of Jagdgeschwader 3 'Udet' (Aircraft of the Aces)
Author: John Weal
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Review

Osprey Publishing keeps providing modelers and aviation aficionados with plenty of reading and reference material. The latest installment of their “Aircraft of the Aces” is devoted to those that flew with JG3. I have to say that I like a lot the most recent books of this series, in which they cover both the history and aces of a single unit.

JG 3 is a very relevant unit to both the modeler and historian, as it participated in all major Luftwaffe campaigns and some of the most significant battles of the war, including the Battle of Britain, Battle for Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, Ardennes and Berlin. Not only that, it also flew all the marks of the Bf-109 (from the early –Es to the late –Ks), plus the Fw-190, both radial and inline versions. In addition to that their aircraft wore all different camouflages, from Western Front to Eastern Front (snow camouflage) to Desert and Mediterranean camouflages.

The book is divided chronologically in the following chapters:

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

Published: December 15th, 2013     
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Author: Peter Davies, illustrated by Adam Tooby and Henry Morsehead
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Osprey Publishing

The F-111 was originally designed for use by the USAF and the USN, and was meant to be a money saving measure by then Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. This one platform for multi-service use was not well received. One of the biggest problems that both services had was weight. The Navy also wanted it for use with the Phoenix missile. The issues that the USN had with the "Vark" just became to numerous and another famous aircraft was created, the F-14.

Even though the F-111 started out on a rocky road, it would eventually turn a corner through the hard work of the developers & the crews and become one most important aircraft of the Vietnam War and several modern day operations. Australia was the only other country to use the F-111 and had originally intended them to stay in service to the year 2020. Due to increased maintenance issues and fiscal impact, Australia retired the F-111 in 2010.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Windsock Worldwide is the fifth issue of Volume 29 and it continues the publisher’s ongoing commitment to provide model builders with accurate and diverse information about WWI aviation.  The cover image of a highly detailed Wingnut Wings DH9a also continues the publication’s practice of focusing on that manufacturer’s line of impressive 1/32scale kits.  But, this issue presents a rich blend of modeling articles and reference material that extends far beyond the new kits offered by Wingnut Wings.

Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11
Author: Colin A. Owers
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

When Windsock Datafile No. 161 arrived in the mail, I was reminded of that classic Monty Python lead-in line:  “And, now for something completely different” because the subject of this Datafile is a somewhat little known WWI aviation escort fighter with a most unusual appearance.  Although serving with some distinction, the fact that it was introduced into the conflict in limited numbers in the closing months of the war precluded a definitive assessment of the value of the Caudron R.11, and no doubt contributed to its place somewhere in the shadows of aviation history. 

Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII

Published: December 10th, 2013     
Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Anyone who has peaked inside the box of a WingNut Wings 1/32nd WW1 aircraft kit knows the potential joys that await the builder of such a kit.  If you are at all familiar with WW1 aircraft modeling, you will undoubtedly have heard of Ray Rimell’s Albatros Productions Ltd., publishers of Windsock International modeling magazine and Windsock Datafiles etc.  So imagine my delight when IPMS USA gave me the opportunity to review a publication that combines the two: a Ray Rimell publication covering the building and detailing of WingNut Wings’ four 1/32nd Fokker D.VII kits!  Read on……….

The Pucará Story

Published: December 6th, 2013     
The Pucará Story
Author: Ricardo Caballero, Phil Cater
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo
Company: MMP Books

Mushroom Model Publications released a new book in their “White Series”, devoted to the Argentinean designed and manufactured “Pucará” (“Stone Fortress” in the Quichua native-american language).

The Pucara is an indigenous design of a twin ending light attack/COIN airplane. It has seen service in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sri Lanka and the UK (captured). The list of countries that explored –and even placed orders- for them is much larger, but for different reasons the export orders never materialized.

The book breakdown is, as you can expect, based on the chronology of the airframe: It begins with “Origin and Development”, then moves into “Further Development”, it has a very detailed chapter of the “South Atlantic Conflict” (which includes multiple color profiles and color photos); “Pucara in Uruguayan Service and Elsewhere”, “Post 1982 developments” and it wraps up with a full color “Walk-around” section and a chapter devoted to “Weapons and Stores”. Finally there is a section with digital art, covering all the “What if”, based on cancelled export orders.

Gama Goat Detail In Action

Published: December 5th, 2013     
Gama Goat Detail In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle has produced a fine reference on the M561 Gama Goat.  This is just in time for us to use to super detail the latest offering from Tamiya.  The front and back covers feature the excellent art of Don Greer.

The book begins with coverage of the Meili Metrac and the Clark Flex-Trac.  There are pictures of both these vehicles undergoing field testing.  The Gama Goat was designed by Roger Gamaunt and licensed to Chance Vought who proposed it to the military in 1961.   It was rejected.   By 1963 a contract was awarded.  The vehicle was tested in Thailand, but was never used in Vietnam.  It saw action in Grenada.

This volume is full of great action and detail photography.   There are plenty of color shots of the engine, transmission, hitch, and even of a vehicle turned on its side.  There are photos of early field tests, exercise deployment, and Grenada. You will find the M561 used as an ambulance, a shelter vehicle and a radar platform. There are Gama Goats mounting an M60 and another with an M40 recoilless rifle. All photos are crisp and clear.  

French Flying Boats of WWII

Published: November 29th, 2013     
French Flying Boats of WWII
Author: Gerard Bousquet; Illustrated by Teodor Libiu Morosanu
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

When one looks at French aircraft of the period immediately before and during World War Two, it is evident that there were two schools of thought when it came to aircraft design!  One school was to design elegant, graceful and beautiful aircraft.  The other was to see just how ugly they could make the airplane and it still fly and perform the duties it was designed for.  This book is filled with examples of aircraft from both schools.

The book begins with a discussion of the main categories of French flying boats and what these categories entail.  The “Croisiere” category is the very long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft with a range of 2100 to 2800 miles.  The “Exploration” category was the long range maritime reconnaissance with a range of 1200 to 1900 miles.  The last category, “Surveillance” had a range of up to 775 miles.  Floatplanes are not discussed in this volume.

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