Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The RAF: 1918 - 2018

Published: February 4th, 2018     
The RAF: 1918 - 2018
Author: Julian Hale
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Shire Books (Bloomsbury Publishing)

This small volume is a primer in every sense of the word. Nevertheless, author Julian Hale has managed to admirably condense the 100 year history of the Royal Air Force down to sixty-four short pages. The value of this volume lies in introducing the reader, who may be familiar enough with the RAF's participation in the Second World War or the RFC's struggles through WWI, with some of the lesser known highlights of the "World's Oldest Air Force".

The books main chapters include:

Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter

Published: February 3rd, 2018     
Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Retro Mechanix Publications

Jared A. Zichek is a freelance writer and illustrator specializing in aviation and automotive history. He lives in La Jolla, California. You can find him at his blog and website: http://retromechanix.com/; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/retromechanix, and on Twitter @retromechanix. RetroMechanix.com is devoted to innovative and unusual flying machines from earlier decades, with special emphasis on U.S. prototype and project aircraft from the 1930's through the 1950's. Featuring hundreds of previously unpublished high resolution photographs, drawings and artist's impressions, along with original primary documents scanned directly from the U.S. National Archives, RetroMechanix.com is the definitive resource for yesterday's wings of tomorrow.

155mm Long Tom Gun In Action

Published: January 26th, 2018     
155mm Long Tom Gun In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

After many years of being published in enthusiast publications focused on military vehicle restorations, David Doyle 'graduated' to full-fledged books in 2003. His first book was a hefty 512 page history of US military vehicles. He has now had more than 100 books published in military vehicles, aviation and naval topics. David and his wife Denise have amassed a collection of ten Vietnam era military vehicles that still displays at shows. In June 2015, was honored with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association's Bart Vanderveen Award, given in recognition of "...the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide." Be sure to check out David's website at www.DavidDoyleBooks.com where you can see and buy at a discounted price off of MSRP all his books that are still available.

Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress

Published: January 26th, 2018     
Rabaul 1943-44 Reducing Japan’s Great Island Fortress
Author: Mark Lardas Illustrator: Mark Postlethwaite
Reviewed by: Hub Plott
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is the second in a new series covering major air campaigns in history. This book covers the fight against the Japanese held island stronghold of Rabaul. This island fortress was blocking the allied advance to Tokyo, Home to around 100,000 troops and numerous airfields it was felt that even an all-out assault would not lead to the taking of the island. Thus the Allies began a campaign of aerial assault adding in the use of naval and land forces to reduce the ability of Rabaul to play an important part in the war. This campaign became the blueprint for further combat in the Pacific, showing that it was not necessary to occupy the island to control it.

The book is broken down into 9 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the strategic importance of Rabaul and all the reasons it was such a natural and important base for the Japanese in WWII>

Next a chronology of events from the January 23rd 1942 Japanese capture of Rabaul to the September 6, 1945 surrender of Japanese forces on Rabaul to the Americans.

Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192

Published: January 23rd, 2018     
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC – AD 192
Author: Raffaele D’Amato
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works in Istanbul at the Fatih University as visiting Professor for the TUBITAK (Turkish Government Research Institution) on a project linked to the arms and armour of Rome and Byzantium. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books for Osprey.

Born in 1950, Peter Dennis is an accomplished illustrator having contributed hundreds of books, including many Osprey Publishing titles. Peter studied at the Liverpool Art College and has been working as a professional artist and illustrator since 1991. Peter Dennis is also afflicted with the modeling bug and is a keen war-gamer terrorizing other war-gaming aficionados near Snowdonia Nation Park in North Wales. Check out his website at http://peterdennisart.com.