Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Vought SB2U Vindicator

Published: June 7th, 2018     
Vought SB2U Vindicator
Author: Steve Ginter and Joe Weathers, Jr.
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ginter Books

Author Steve Ginter is a noted military historian who publishes the Naval Fighter series that was founded in 1980. After graduating from California State University-Northridge, Ginter became a US Navy pilot, serving from 1966 to 1972. Upon leaving the US Navy, Ginter held a series of management positions within the Thrifty Drug chain for the next twenty-one years. In 1996 he became the CEO of Sentai Distributors where he directed company operations until 2011. The Air Force Legends series was initiated in 1998 with the publication of 'The Martin XB-51'.

Atlas of the European Campaign 1944-45

Published: June 4th, 2018     
Atlas of the European Campaign 1944-45
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing


This impressive volume is a beautifully bound book over an inch and a half thick, with 127 beautiful map illustrations and descriptive narratives. The maps are based on Osprey's Campaign Series of books and describe the Allied European Campaign in 1944 and 1945. The maps focus almost entirely on land campaigns rather than air or naval campaigns. Osprey has also produced a separate volume, the Atlas of Eastern Front, 1941 to 1945, that covers the war between Germany and the Soviet Union.


Prolific author Steven J. Zaloga has written 138 books for Osprey. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II, as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Swedish Jet Fighter Colours

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
Swedish Jet Fighter Colours
Author: Mikael Forslund, Thierry Vallet
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Not exactly sure where my interest in Swedish aircraft comes from. Could be because my Dad is from Minnesota and his relatives go back to Scandinavia including Sweden. But more than likely it is that cool splinter camouflage on the Viggen. No matter the reason this book is an excellent publication to wet that interest.

This 200-page hardback book covers exactly what the title says it does, every jet fighter operated by the Swedish Air Force up to today.

These are:

  • Saab J 21R
  • J 28A, B, C - DH.100 Vampire
  • Saab J 29 Flygande Tunnan
  • Saab J 32B Lansen
  • J 33 DH.112 Venom
  • J 34 Hawker Hunter
  • Saab J 35 Draken
  • Saab 37 Viggen
  • Saab JAS 39 Gripen

There are two chapters for each type, the first covers the history of each plane including squadron use and first hand experience. The next chapter looks at the camouflage and markings each type wore.

Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1
Author: Rimell, Ray
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the sixth, and latest, in Albatros' series of "Windsock Centenary WW1 Modeling Specials," each dedicated to building specific Wingnut Wings Kits

The booklet itself is done to very high publication standards, featuring 44 full-color, glossy pages within covers of slightly thicker stock.

In keeping with the format of the series, this book covers a step by step build of WNW's latest release, the Junkers D.1. There are also scale plans, a collection of photos from a special archive, and a nice appendix.

Focke Wulf Jet Fighters

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Focke Wulf Jet Fighters
Author: Justo Miranda
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Fonthill Media

Justo Miranda is well known for his books on Luftwaffe paper projects and designs, having published many soft cover and hard cover books on these subjects. His background as a tech drawer and advisor to the Spanish Air Force Museum have aided in the quality of his books.

This book covers the jet fighter designs of Kurt Tank and Focke-Wulf. It is divided into 29 chapters covering the jet designs that were proposed in WWII and beyond by the company and Mr. Tank.

Focke Wulf, producers of the superb Fw-190 and its derivatives were probably "saved" by their decision to go with a radial engine design thus not being in direct competition with the favored Messerschmitt Company for inline engines since by winning the 1936 fighter competition meant it had first priority for advanced inline engines.

The introduction is filled with drawings of many of the Fw-190s with different piston engines and other piston engine designs. The BMW 801 had performance difficulty at high altitude especially over 19600 feet and many ways were explored to change this from different piston engines to augmentation by ramjets to a full turbojet design.