Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Real Colors of WWII book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors of WWII book
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

AK's Real Colors of WWII is a beautiful publication packed with historical information and photos documenting actual colors and camouflage patterns used on WWII military vehicles.

AK describes the book as a detailed study of documents and original vehicle material from each respective army, plus the synthesis of other publications which are recognized as benchmarks in vehicle color. The intention of the book is to share all this information and provide a guide to the colors that can be used to produce an accurate camouflaged vehicle in a specific theater of operations. The goal to provide a standard guide of colors is a noble one, and will surely generate lots of discussions.

Using the study of preserved military equipment, and scientific analysis, AK has developed the colors used in these paints. AK-Interactive also used the advice of four experts who have years of experience in the inception, development, production, and use of military colors:

Panavia Tornado ADV Warpaint Series No. 113

Published: November 27th, 2017     
Panavia Tornado ADV Warpaint Series No. 113
Author: Des Brennan
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

Des Brennan provides a thorough coverage of the development, deployment, service, and retirement of the Panavia Tornado ADV in this publication. Illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book is an excellent resource for the aviation historian as well as the modeler.

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with a thorough description of the role into which a new aircraft was to fit. The author describes, in detail, the requirements that the aircraft was to meet in order to accomplish its purpose in a theatre of operations with rather complex needs.

The text is supported by a large number of excellent color images and stunning 3-view drawings of the aircraft with varied markings. Richard Caruana, the illustrator, certainly captured the aircraft well in these illustrations.

The 'Broomhandle' Mauser

Published: November 26th, 2017     
The 'Broomhandle' Mauser
Author: Jonathan Ferguson
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has previously released books on two iconic side arms: The Colt 1911 Pistol and The Webley Service Revolver. What has been missing from the history of pistols, until now, was one weapon that was developed and deployed in the late 1890's, namely the Feederle Pistol from Mauser. Otherwise known as the 'Broomhandle' Mauser.

While this pistol was manufactured and sold by Mauser and is often attributed to them, the design and development was actually done by brothers Fidel, Friedrich, and Josef Feederle. The Feederle brothers worked for Paul Mauser and, in his defense, it was somewhat standard operating procedure for a company to take credit for any design/development work done by the namesakes employees. [Fun Fact: Paul Mauser once forbade Fidel Feederle from working on a pistol design.]

Aircraft of the Aces #136 - Allied Jet Killers of World War 2

Published: November 26th, 2017     
Aircraft of the Aces #136 - Allied Jet Killers of World War 2
Author: Stephen Chapis, Andrew Thomas
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing, out of Oxford, UK, is back again with another Aircraft of the Aces series entitled Allied Jet Killers of World War 2, by Stephen Chapis and Andrew Thomas. Jim Laurier was commissioned to illustrate the various allied aircraft via original color artwork. Anyone familiar with aircraft modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative series, and this latest release won't disappoint.

Allied Jet Killers follows the format of the previous Aircraft of the Aces volumes, containing beautiful (original) color plates and numerous black and white photos with detailed captions, although much of what is contained in the captions is also reflected in the main text.

The photos are credited, and while I've seen some of the images before, most are new to me.

British Destroyers 1939-1945 Wartime-built Classes

Published: November 26th, 2017