Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1: 1939-1942

Published: January 17th, 2016     
The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1: 1939-1942
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Osprey Publishing

For any of us that frequent the many scale modeling shows and contests, follow the abundant online forums, blogs, and websites, as well as read any of the numerous modeling technique publications it is very evident that WWII German armor is a niche that alive and well…and kit manufacturers and aftermarket producers are keeping this hunger well fed. A perfect complement to this appetite is a book brought to us from Osprey, “History of the Panzerwaffe Volume I: 1939-1942.” This book is extremely helpful for students of this genre (myself included) to understand the story behind the most recognized armored force in history.

The book’s author, Thomas Anderson, a German national, is well known in armor modeling circles in Europe, has spent decades researching the Panzerwaffe. He had at his disposal captured German documents available from the national Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. as well as original documents kept at the Bundearchiv-Militarärhiv in Freiberg, Germany. He utilizes direct quotes from these documents frequently in this publication.

F-4 Phantom II In Action

Published: January 17th, 2016     
F-4 Phantom II In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This is another of the In Action series of books from Squadron Publications, serving as a follow-up and addition to the previous two versions in In Actions 5 and 65 by other authors. This version includes many pictures not previously included, along with lots of color photos.

Naturally, my eye was initially drawn to the book by the full cover shot of the VF-111 F-4B in their early markings. And, having developed a love/hate relationship with the aircraft after working on the F-4 for over 15 years in the Air Force, I had to give it a look.

The book is divided by users of the aircraft then version, rather than simply by version. Each section includes color pictures where available and frequently include color side profiles showing specific markings. Some of the parts in the section on foreign users are rather small, with only a couple of pictures. Other than that, the book is fairly comprehensive in its photo coverage of the airplane’s history, given the restriction of 88 pages to cover everything.

Civil Aircraft Markings 2015

Published: January 7th, 2016     
Civil Aircraft Markings 2015
Author: Allan S Wright
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

From the Outside Cover

First published in 1950, Civil Aircraft Markings quickly became the aviation equivalent of Wisden, an indispensable annual publication found on the bookshelves of generations of aviation enthusiast and historians.

At the heart of CAM is the most complete listing of all aircraft currently on the UK Register of Civil Aircraft, over 21,000 entries ranging from historic biplanes through to the latest airliners. CAM also covers light aircraft, micro lights, helicopters, balloons and gliders of every type. For each entry the registration marks, exact aircraft type and owner or operator is given. In addition to the British register the civil aircraft registers of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are listed as well as sections from overseas registers of aircraft commonly visiting the UK. CAM also lists the common Airline Flight Codes, radio frequencies for major UK airfields and the complete British Aircraft Preservation Council register.

Spotlight on the MiG-29 in PAF (Polish Air Force)

Published: January 3rd, 2016     
Spotlight on the MiG-29 in PAF (Polish Air Force)
Author: Marek Radomski
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 224085
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is a new publication from Mushroom Models Publications. The book includes a brief description of where and how the Polish Air Force acquired its MiG-29 fleet. I was surprised to learn that only the first twelve aircraft were purchased directly from Russia. The bulk of the PAF’s MiG-29’s were actually acquired from Czech Air Force and from the German Air Force (post reunification) when those services decided to cease operating the MiG-29. Interestingly, upon acquiring these used jets, initially the PAF continued to operate the aircraft in the paint schemes of the original operator, so a number of the PAF single-seat MiG-29s operated for a period of time in several shades of green and brown. In 1997, the PAF commenced the overhaul of its MiG-29s. Overhauled aircraft were repainted in a new three tone grey paint scheme that matched the original three greys used on the F-16, FS 36375 light grey on the undersides; FS 36270 medium grey and gunship grey FS 36118 on the upper surfaces. There is a nice summary of the various paint schemes immediately following the acquisition history section.

Images of War Special: T-34 The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank

Published: January 3rd, 2016     
Images of War Special: T-34 The Red Army’s Legendary Medium Tank
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Was the Soviet T-34 the most important tank of the Second World War? It certainly was produced in the largest numbers, 57,000 between 1941 and 1945, more even than the ubiquitous M4 Sherman series. And it was undoubtedly superior to the Sherman in many areas, including armor protection and main armament. And without doubt the most massive and arguably most important armored battles of WW2 took place on the Eastern Front, where the T-34 dominated Soviet tank strength numbers. Did in fact the T-34 “win the war” for the Allies, responsible as it was for inflicting massive damage to more Axis divisions than any other Allied military vehicle? Whatever your answer to this question it is undoubtedly true that the T-34 was an extremely important cog in the Soviet military machine that crushed the Germans and their allies on the Eastern Front.