Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #39, U.S. Light / Escort Aircraft Carriers of WWII

Published: April 6th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #39, U.S. Light / Escort Aircraft Carriers of WWII
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

ModelArt Spring 2011 No. 39 is entirely devoted to US Light and Escort Carriers in WW2.  Armor, aircraft and car buffs will only have a few small ads to peruse, with one exception.  Aircraft modelers will love the section on aircraft markings for individual carriers.  No. 39 turns out to be an excellent reference work on US Navy WW2 smaller carriers, but as usual the text is entirely in Japanese.  However, the historical data section is still useful, and the usual scrutiny of recently available kit builds are very helpful for modelers.  This format is larger than regular monthly ModelArt magazines, and the printing quality is of high standards.  The book measures 210 X 296 mm (that's 8-1/4 by 11-3/4 inches).  The majority of the article photos are in color.  My chief complaint with their layout is that many larger photographs of ship models cross pages, resulting in a dead zone where the spine is - it really breaks up otherwise spectacular photos.

FW-190 in Foreign Service: Captured Butcherbirds Vol. 2

Published: April 6th, 2011     
FW-190 in Foreign Service: Captured Butcherbirds Vol. 2
Author: Jacek Jackiewicz, Seweryn Fleischer, and Robert Bock
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Kecay


Just when  you thought  that everything had already  been published on the subject of the  Focke Wulf FW-190, along comes another book that destroys that theory. This is Volume 2 of a set of books on the FW-190's that were captured by various Allied countries during and after World War II, and concentrates on the colors and markings rather than their ultimate histories, although some individual aircraft histories are provided. Volume 1 included aircraft captured by the British and Americans, as they obtained most of the FW-190's in the West. Volume 2  covers those FW-190's collected and/or used by the Soviet Union, South Africa, Yugoslavia, Japan, Romania, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, France, Sweden, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Photos illustrate the aircraft not only in their Luftwaffe markings, but often in the markings of the air forces testing or operating them. Photos are almost always accompanied by excellent color profiles, and not less than 15 aircraft are illustrated by three or four view color drawings. This book contains a wealth of information on this little known subject, making it possible to accurately portray many different versions of the FW-190 in some unique markings, Luftwaffe and foreign.

The Vought F4U Corsair: A Comprehensive Guide (Revised)

Published: April 6th, 2011     
The Vought F4U Corsair:  A Comprehensive Guide (Revised)
Author: Rafe Morrissey and Joe Hegedus
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: SAM Publications

Editor's note: photos at end of review were removed as not contained in the reviewed publication.



There have been many books published on the Vought F4U Corsair over the years, so why, you might ask, has another one appeared? The reason is that this is not only a comprehensive history of the development and combat career of the Corsair, but it is also a very complete modelers' guide to all Corsair kits in 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 scale. I don't know why they left out 1/144, as  there has been at least one  kit issued in this scale. In any event, this is a really complete history of the type, and it explains the developmental problems and how they were solved, with the Corsair evolving into not only an outstanding fighter but also a highly effective close support aircraft, with a production life beginning in 1941, and continuing until  1952, when the last Corsair, an F4U-7, was rolled out of the Dallas plant. The Corsair was very effective against the Japanese during World War II, and although it was slow to be accepted as a carrier fighter, the carrier landing problems were quickly solved, oddly by the Royal Navy, and Corsairs were commonly operated from British and American carriers towards the end of the war, and many years thereafter. Numerous Corsairs were exported to foreign countries, and there are a few privately owned Corsair warbirds are still flying today, and these can be seen at fly-ins throughout the country.

Air Modeller #34, February/March 2011

Published: April 6th, 2011     
Air Modeller #34, February/March 2011
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Air Modeller


  • Protecting the Motherland's Airspace - modeling a 1/48 Chinese MiG-19s
  • Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.1 - building and detailing a 1/48 Classic Airframes kit
  • Vickers Wellington Mk.X Coastal Command - building and detailing the Trumpeter 1/48 kit
  • Scale Modelworld 2010 - photo feature
  • Fw 189A-2  - building the new Great Wall Hobby 1/48 kit
  • Air Born - New Product/Publication Releases
  • B-17G  - building Revell of Germany's 1/72 kit

This publication has become a premier showplace for some wonderful model aircraft. The publication's cover banner "SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST IN SCALE AIRCRAFT MODELLING" is an accurate promise. Everything David Goudie said in his review of Issue Number 32 can be said of Issue Number 34. It is Quality...I'd go so far to declare it as High Quality.

Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars 1941-45

Published: April 4th, 2011     
Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars 1941-45
Author: Author: Richard Doherty, Illustrator: Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Gary Telecsan, IPMS# 34779
Company: Osprey Publishing

"This is #177 in the New Vanguard Series which explores the design, development, operation and history of the machinery of warfare through the ages."

So says the tag line of Osprey's advertising copy, and it is a fair description of the contents of this volume. The author, Richard Doherty, has a number of books to his credit, the most notable of which are about the reconnaissance corps which used the Humber car during the Second World War.