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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Martin B-26 Marauder

Published: September 16th, 2013     
Martin B-26 Marauder
Author: Martyn Chorlton
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

“Martin’s Mistake”, “Martin’s Murderer”, “The Flying Prostitute”, “The Baltimore Whore”, and “One a day in Tampa Bay” are all some of the derogatory nicknames and phrases used to describe the Martin B-26 Marauder. This outstanding aircraft was never able to get out from under the bad reputation it got early on. The early versions with the short-span wings and other ticks that come with a new design contributed to the type’s undeserved reputation.  A really “hot ship”, it could be difficult for a newbie to handle, but once mastered it then demonstrated its full potential. And when the longer improved wing was installed on later variants, the crews felt that almost all of the ship’s vices disappeared.

Books on the Martin B-26 are not all that common, so it is good to see one that does its level best to dismiss the bad reputation this aircraft garnered in training. As the author state, crews loved the Marauder.

Saab 37 Viggen Walk Around

Published: September 14th, 2013     
Saab 37 Viggen Walk Around
Author: Mikhail Putnikov
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The Saab 37 Viggen was designed to a Swedish air force requirement for an integrated weapon system with high performance, great versatility, and STOL capability.  It was intended to replace the Saab 32 Lansen attack plane and the Saab 35 Draken fighter.  To meet the requirements of a multi-roll aircraft, Saab came up with a radical configuration for the day.  The design used a conventional low-set delta wing extending from mid-fuselage to tail pipe, with small clipped canard wings mounted forward of the main wings and above the intakes.  This single-seat aircraft was powered by a single license-built version of the Pratt & Whitney JT8D engine equipped with a thrust-reverser.  This innovative design package created a plane capable of Mach 2 at high altitude and Mach 1 at low altitude while maintaining short-field takeoff and landing capabilities.  A total of 329 Viggens were built, and from 1970 to 1990 they were the backbone of Sweden's air defense.

Tiger

Published: September 10th, 2013     
Tiger
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has a series known as “General Military” which has one-off books on different topics. This one is dedicated to the Tiger tank, although reading the book also provides a good insight on armored vehicle operations, as it includes descriptions of how the Tiger tanks worked together with Panzer III and half-track armored carrier personnel.

The book is divided into nine chapters. The first three chapters (Development, Organization, Mobility) basically evaluate the tank’s performance as a vehicle and how it was used in combination with other AFV. The following three chapters (Firepower, Armor, Combat), cover the combat experience of the tank, with specifics sections for combat in each front (Western, Eastern, and Africa), while the final three (Maintenance, Under Fire, Conclusions) cover different aspects from the recovery of those vehicles to how they performed in the last years of the war, facing upgraded allied armor vehicles.

He 111 Kampfgeschwader on the Russian Front

Published: September 10th, 2013     
He 111 Kampfgeschwader on the Russian Front
Author: John Weal
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Osprey Publishing

Although the He-111 was designed supposedly as a civil transport prototype capable of carrying 10 passengers and mail, its main purpose was of a military nature.  It first flew in 1935.  Several modifications were made to improve performance.  A major change was replacing the two 660-hp BMW engines with the 1,000 hp Daimler Benz DB 600A engines, which significantly improved performance.  The He-111 cut its fighting teeth in the Spanish Civil War, serving with the Condor Legion where it was very successful.  That success continued in the early days of World War II.  Germany overran several countries with its Blitzkrieg tactics, staring the Ju-87 and the He-111.  Its success faded with the onset of the Battle of Britain when the lightly armed He 111 encountered the fast Spitfires and Hurricanes.  By the time Hitler lost this battle, he was already planning Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.  The He 111 again found success on the Russian Front.  It is here that author John Weal picks up the story of the He 111 with his new book, He 111 Kanpfgeschwader on the Russian Front.

He 219 Uhu, Monographs 49 and 50, 3D editions

Published: September 10th, 2013     
He 219 Uhu, Monographs 49 and 50, 3D editions
Author: M. J. Murawaski and Marek Ryś
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Casemate Publishers and to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review these two very timely detailed volumes describing the He-219.  The Heinkel 219 Uhu was a highly effective but under-utilized Luftwaffe night fighter, with a variety of innovations including obliquely firing guns and the first operational ejection seats.  The two Kagero monographs described here provide an excellent resource for any modeler constructing and replicating this extraordinary aircraft.

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Variations in Action

Published: September 8th, 2013     
Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Variations in Action
Author: Charles Kliment
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The Panzer 38 was probably one of the best designs for light tanks at the outbreak of World War II. It was originally designed by a Czech team, and the Germans took over production after the occupation of Czechoslovakia and pressed the tank into German service. They also extensively modified the basic chassis into many other armored fighting vehicles.

The book is profusely illustrated with b&w photos, plus a few color profiles. It covers the light tank versions A to G, plus other variants like the PanzerJager series (tank-hunters – the Sd.Kfz 138/M, 139, Grille H/M, and Marder), the Flakpanzer Sd.Kfz.140, several reconnaissance versions, an ammunition carrier version, a recovery vehicle, and even late war tank hunters like the Hetzer. There are brief sections describing the camouflage and markings and combat service of the different variants.

Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945 Vol. 1

Published: September 6th, 2013     
Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945 Vol. 1
Author: Dénes Bernád & György Punka
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: MMP Books

This book takes a look at colors and markings of fighter aircraft of the Hungarian Air Force from 1930-1945. This is the first of two volumes. The following aircraft are covered in Volume One: Fokker D.XVI; Fiat CR. 20 and CR. 20B; Avis I-IV; Fiat CR.30, CR. 30B, and CR. 32bis; Fiat CR. 42 and CR. 42CN;, and Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1, E-3, E-4, E-7, F-2, and F-4. There are many black and white photos used to illustrate these planes, as well as beautifully drawn color profiles. Most of these are side views, but some also include top views. The authors also include quite a few wartime color photographs as well as color photos of aircraft parts and relics that have survived into modern times.

Chapter One covers the markings and codes used on Hungarian aircraft from 1919-1945, starting with post-WWI when their Air Force had to be organized and operated in secret due to the treaties signed, and continuing on to the end of WWII. In this chapter each photograph is numbered and referenced in the text. It gives a good understanding of the various markings used and reasons for the changes.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.3
Reviewed by: Jim Coatney, IPMS# 46815
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Albatros Productions publications, particularly their Winsdsock Worldwide and Datafiles, are indispensable reference materials for any serious modeler of World War One aircraft, and also for anyone with a deep interest in the history of aviation history.

The May/June 2013 (Vol.29, No.3) issue is their latest release of the Windsock Datafile line. The magazine consists of thirty-four pages (including covers) in medium thickness glossy paper. Other than the back cover and inside back cover, there is no advertising. The rest is all wonderful content. Production quality is excellent.

The cover shows pictures that hints towards the content inside; TVAL’s beautiful new Albatros D.II, a screen shot from the flight simulator Rise of Flight, an image of a 1/24 LVG C.VI, and a newly released resin figure.

Contents include:

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7

Published: August 26th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 7
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of SAM follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a series of Compact Build Reviews. In this issue, the first Feature Article is by Marco Preto, who builds and reviews Meng’s Me-410B-2/U4 in 1/48th scale. This article is a must-read for anyone who is going to tackle the Meng kit, a kit that Mr. Preto highly recommends. Along with an outstanding set of images showing Marco’s kit in progress (and completed), he also provides a list of paints and weathering supplies that he used to the outstanding results one sees in the article.

The second Feature Article, on the Supermarine Attacker, was written by Assistant Editor Karl Robinson. Karl’s article highlights the paint selections he made to produce this tail dragger. Karl also indicates that the incredible results he obtained on the panel lines and seams were accomplished with MIG Productions Neutral Wash.

The GMC CCKW Truck in US Service

Published: August 23rd, 2013     
The GMC CCKW Truck in US Service
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This is the second book to be released by Squadron Signal Publications under the "Historical Reference" series. As explained in the front of the book, this series is written by using in-depth research of primary documents, giving a very detailed look at the subject matter. It appears that there may other books in the works covering aircraft and vessels. As I have said before, in my opinion this book is like a Walk Around or In Action series book on steroids.

The book starts with the origins of the CCKW. This began in 1928 when the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps started developing its standard fleet. What came from this were two 2-1/2 ton 6x6 vehicles. One of the interesting names involved in its development is a major player – John D. Hertz. Yes, of the rental car company, but he first owned Yellow Cab, and then Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company, which ended up merging with GM.  They were instrumental in the development of the CCKW.

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