Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 18

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 18
Author: Sci fi & fantasy modeller
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Happy Medium Press

Description

This is my second review of Sci-fi & fantasy modeller and I am a bit disappointed. I like to challenge myself to present a balanced review of the Good, Bad and Ugly and at the same time keep it very objective. However, as in my first review, I can not find any Bad or Ugly to report on. Once again, the fine editorial staff and writers have produced a magazine filled with a variety of high quality articles produced on high quality materials and definitely worth the purchase price.

The publication consists of 100 pages, about 7 X 10 inches on heavy stock semi-glossy paper. The isssue is very article dense with only a few advertisements with over 98% of the page space being given over to relevant content.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #798, June 2010

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #798, June 2010
Author: N/A
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Model Art

Model Art is a well known Japanese model magazine. It is famous for high quality builds and photographs that fully live up to the publication's name. This issue covers Japanese WWII navy ships but also covers subjects as varied as aircraft, armor and trucks.

The first 48 pages give extensive photographic coverage to 1/700 scale ships of the Japanese navy circa WWII. Coverage includes 1st class transport vessel, heavy cruiser Aoba, battleship Yamato, carrier Soryu, battleship Nagato, heavy cruiser Tone, destroyer Hatsu-Kazuyoshi and two navy auxiliary vessels. Each is well documented photographically.

From Props To Jets, Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age 1952 – 1962

Published: October 11th, 2010     
From Props To Jets, Commercial Aviation's Transition to the Jet Age 1952 – 1962
Author: Jon Proctor, Mike Machat, Craig Kodera
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: Specialty Press

Aptly titled, this decade in the history of commercial aviation was initially dominated by "luxury airliners" like the Douglas DC-7C, Boeing Stratocruiser, and Lockheed Constellation. That was until the arrival of jets - the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8.  The authors, Proctor, Machat, and Kodera who have long been associated with the U.S. airline industry take us back to this transitional period through their personal experiences, photographs and paintings.

Sturmgeschutz III: Variants, Modifications, Technical Drawings, Volume 2

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Sturmgeschutz III: Variants, Modifications, Technical Drawings, Volume 2
Author: Peter Muller and Wolfgang Zimmermann
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishing

As the title states, this is Volume 2 of History Facts' two part history of the Sturmgestchutz III. Volume One, according to the publisher's web site, covers the history of the vehicle in both written text and photographs/drawings, the bulk of the pages devoted though to written text. This volume has already been reviewed here on the IPMS/USA web site. Volume Two, the subject of this review, "provides the means with which to precisely identify specific vehicles", and is almost exclusively photographs and line drawings.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #800, July 2010, Special Issue

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #800, July 2010, Special Issue
Author: Model Art
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Model Art

The July publication of Model Art Modeling Magazine celebrates the eight hundredth issue of this periodical, and commemorates this landmark with a special focus on the Formula one cars of Ayrton Senna from 1984 to 1994.  The magazine also includes new kit reviews, modeling tips, and new kit and item releases.  As is typical for Model Art, the magazine measures 182mm by 258mm (about 71/8 by 101/8 inches), and is printed on thick, glossy paper.  The production quality is high with these magazines, and just over half of it is printed in color with black and white pages interspersed throughout of the issue.  Just in case this is the first review of a Model Art magazine that you are reading, understand that the entire magazine is printed in Japanese with only an occasional English subtitle for those of us who are monolingual.