Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Samurai

Published: November 13th, 2016     
The Samurai
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Inside Cover

With their deadly curved katanas, colorful lacquered armor and massive bows, the samurai were the ultimate warriors. Bound by their famous code: bushido, the way of the warrior, they were renowned for their martial prowess and suicidal bravery. In this beautiful new book featuring stunning prints, artwork and photographs, Stephen Turnbull explores their history from its earliest origins, through the Gempei War, Mongol invasions and the Period of Warring States to their tragic demise in the modern period with the Satsuma rebellion of 1877. Examining all aspects of samurai life, their homes and strongholds, beliefs and codes as well as their martial upbringing and equipment, Turnbull clears away the myths surrounding these legendary fighters to tell the complete story of history’s most iconic warrior culture.

Review

This book has everything you ever wanted to know the Samurai. This book covers their history, lifestyle, and their arms and armor. Throughout the book there are numerous color photos of really cool armor and battles.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

German Panzer II - A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank

Published: November 13th, 2016     
German Panzer II - A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: David Doyle books

DavidDoyleBooks.com (Ampersand Publishing) out of Memphis TN, is back again with another Military Vehicle book entitled German Panzer II – A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank, by popular author David Doyle. Anyone familiar with armor modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative combination, and this latest release won’t disappoint.

Looking across my personal bookshelf of maybe 200 titles, I can spot several of Mr. Doyle’s books, including 251 Halftrack Visual History and Tiger I In Action, and, of course, my beaten-to-death copy of German Military Vehicles, among others. If you’ve been building armor models for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with his work as well.

German Panzer II comes as a hardcover, landscape-orientated book and follows the format of Mr. Doyle’s previous Visual History volumes, containing high-resolution images printed on heavy, high quality stock paper.

Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces
Author: Author: John Weal Illustrator: Chris Davey
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the publisher: Once Nazi Germany had conquered Norway in 1940, just a handful of Luftwaffe Gruppen flying Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters were able to dominate the air in the Arctic Circle. Yet as the dual threats of the Royal Air Force and Soviet air force grew, the Luftwaffe was forced to increase its fighter presence to full Geschwader strength with the formation of Jg 5 Eismeer (ice-sea) in early 1942. The struggle produced some of Germany’s leading aces, with pilots such as Theodor Weissenberger, Heinrich Ehrler, Walter Schuck, Franz Dörr, and Jakob Norz all achieving more than 100 victories.

John Weal has authored a great representation of the Aircraft and Aces that made up JG5. In the beginning of 1942 JG 77 was redesignated and formed JG5 to operate in the region around the Arctic Circle. This books gives detailed first-hand accounts of the aircraft and aces that where given the task by Hitler to take control of the area along the Finnish-Russian border and to keep control of the assests that had already been taken.

MiG-17 / 19 Aces of the Vietnam War

Published: November 12th, 2016     
MiG-17 / 19 Aces of the Vietnam War
Author: István Toperczer
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s Aircraft of the Aces series is authored by István Toperczer, A Hungarian Air Force flight surgeon. Toperczer, has focused on the Vietnam War, specifically the North Vietnamese side, and has interviewed many of the North Vietnamese leading air aces over the last twenty years in his numerous visits to North Vietnam. He authored Squadron Signal’s “Air War Over North Vietnam: The People’s Air Force” in 1998, followed by Osprey’s Combat Aircraft 25 “MiG-17 and MiG-19 Units of the Vietnam War” and Osprey’s Combat Aircraft 29 “MiG-21 Units of the Vietnam War” in 2001. Schiffer’s hard bound “MiG Aces of the Vietnam War” was published in 2015. Illustrator Jim Laurier, a native of New England, provides the color profiles. Jim has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and has been featured in hundreds of aviation books.

Sturmartillerie Spearhead of the Infantry

Published: November 8th, 2016     
Sturmartillerie Spearhead of the Infantry
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book arrived and I was very impressed with its quality and content! It was a joy just to have and flick thro as the pictures are worth getting this book for alone.

The book is a definitive guide to the history of the Sturmartillerie from its conception in 19335 up until the end of World War 2. The book also explains the development of the equipment used by them. All the major actions and battles are covered in great detail and written in a way that draws you in to the chapters.

The pictures many vehicle’s and units of the Sturmartillerie are fantastic and most I had never seen published before.

I highly recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the World War 2 and Armored units.