Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Osprey Duel 90 - USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42

Published: January 22nd, 2019     
Osprey Duel 90 - USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: Pacific 41-42
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is number 90 in Osprey's Duel series where they take two opposing forces and compare/contrast them. The two subjects are the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarines verses the US Navy's destroyers. The book explains the develop of both these forces before the attack on Pearl Harbor, then goes into greater detail of the next 13 months of fighting until the end of 1942.

The book starts with a four-page introduction detailing Japanese developing submarine tactics of using their force to attack US Navy capital ships in a war of attrition leading up to a decisive grand battle between the fleets. They developed large, fleet submarines that were over 300 feet long and had airplane hangers on them. Whereas, the US Navy's destroyer force was not training is anti-submarine warfare, but rather using their destroyers surface warfare fighters. These two beginning war strategies did not serve either side well the first year of combat.

Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7

Published: January 20th, 2019     
Detail & Scale F4F & FM Wildcat Digital Volume 7
Author: Bert Kinzey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, in a digital format with print-on-demand paperback format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the F4F & FM Wildcat and variants.


The publication is another extraordinary compilation of history, data, and images of a USN aircraft that was critically important throughout World War II. The content is organized into history, U. S. variants, French and British versions, aircraft details, paint schemes, and a very comprehensive and current modeler's section.

Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2018 Vol 49/4

Published: January 20th, 2019     
Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2018 Vol 49/4
Author: Mick Davis, Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can subscribe by visiting the C&CI website.

The "lead" article, "Who Shot Down Alan Jerrard?" by Dr. Jiri Rajlich, answers the title question immediately. The article follows the path of FLIK 51J Ace Eugen Bonsch, and the aerial engagement of March 30, 1918 in which Alan Jerrard was shot down. The story isn't focused on the actual exchange of gun fire as it is about Bonsch's war-time experience, and his life following WWI and the onset of WWII. Credit for the aerial victory was not assigned to Bonsch, but to a superior officer. The article contains a copy of Bonsch's notes from Bonsch's diary, in German, and then the English translation of those notes. It's a fascinating story about the experiences of an airman who whom many Westerners have no familiarity.

The Cruiser Moskva - Top Drawings

Published: January 19th, 2019     
The Cruiser Moskva - Top Drawings
Author: Witold Koszela
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing and IPMSUSA for the review copy!

The Moskvawas specifically designed to be a US Polaris submarine hunter/killer in the Arctic Ocean, along with her* sister ship Leningradin 1962, and operational in 1967. Their primary weapon was helicopter-launched torpedoes and depth charges assisted with sonobuoys, although the ships themselves carried missiles and torpedoes. Their reason for being evaporated when the US switched to longer range Poseidon ICBMs, meaning the boomers did not need to be in the Arctic Sea anymore. Since survival of the Moskvain open waters was problematic, as was finding boomers in time before launches, these two ships were transferred to the Black Sea fleet. Moskvaspent her remaining time shuttling to and from the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Seas until being withdrawn from service in 1996 and sent to India for scrapping in 1998.

Building the Wingnut Wings Dolphin & Pfalz D.IIIA

Published: January 16th, 2019     
Building the Wingnut Wings Dolphin & Pfalz D.IIIA
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the seventh, and latest, in Albatros' series of "Windsock Centenary WW1 Modeling Specials," each of which is dedicated to building a specific Wingnut Wings kit (or kits).

The booklet itself is done to very high publication standards, featuring 64 full-color, glossy pages within covers of slightly thicker stock.

In keeping with the format of the series, this book covers a very detailed, step by step build of WNW's Sopwith Dolphin, as well as a more condensed build of the WNW Pfalz D.IIIA. There are also many period photos, color profiles, rigging diagrams, a section covering aftermarket sets and a bibliography.

The contents are as follows: