Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Published: September 3rd, 2017     
Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War
Author: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

The American Civil War was a time of transition, both materially and tactically. On the material side of the equation, metallurgy and weaponry were seeing huge advances. The tactical side struggled to keep pace. When war first broke in 1861 commanders saw the battlefield as a linear environment. That is; long lines of men advancing toward each other to get close enough for the smoothbore weapons of the day to reach maximum efficiency. Technology moved forward with rifled weapons that were more accurate at longer ranges. And coupled with advances in sighting and powder, the ability to reach out and touch your foe at longer ranges meant linear battlefield tactics were becoming obsolete in a deadly way.

Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311
Author: Scott Martin & Bernard Harris; Illustrated by: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing's latest edition in their American Revolutionary War series concentrates on the British invasion of the southern states in 1778, the first move in their "southern strategy".

Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter The Original Proposal and Early Development of the XFV-1 Salmon Part 1

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter The Original Proposal and Early Development of the XFV-1 Salmon Part 1
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Retromechanix

Jared Zichek continues his in depth look at the US Navy Convoy Fighter competition of 1950 with this in depth look at the Lockheed Model L-200. As a bit of background, the US at the time was nervous about protecting convoys between the US and its allies after the rough go that convoys had early in WWII. The proposal was a request for a high-performance turboprop fighter to be based on those convoys and to protect them. Five companies participated including Convair, Goodyear, Martin, and Northrop as well as Lockheed. The most famous of this group was the Convair Pogo but thankfully Mr. Zichek has dug in to review the remaining one s and with that, this book focuses on Lockheed's efforts.

The book starts with the design features of the L-200 and one of the primary features is this is a VTOL aircraft meant to sit on the deck of a ship, take off vertically and fly like a normal plane and then return and land vertically. This was the early 1950's and this presented many challenges and many innovations also. There is a great discussion of what was expected as far as take off and landing, armament, and radar required and many other details.

Out of This World Modeling

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Out of This World Modeling
Author: Aaron Skinner
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kalmbach Publishing Company

Aaron Skinner started out early in publishing, founding his High School student newspaper in the early eighties. He has been an avid modeler since the age of six (supported by his grandfather). He graduated from The Universit