Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed

Published: October 18th, 2010     
The Modern Phantom Guide: The F-4 Phantom Exposed
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: THE F-4 PHANTOM EXPOSED
Company: Reid Air Publications

Everything you ever wanted to see on an F-4 Phantom II. When the author tells you "exposed", that's exactly what he means. This, no doubt, will be the definitive publication when it comes to detail shots of the F-4. Included are descriptions and details for the following: RF-4C, F-4C, F-4D, F-4E, F-4EJ, F-4F, RF-4E, F-4G and the QF-4. The Hellenic DIAS Phantom is also included.

If you're a Phantom buff, as am I, this book is truly the best collection of information (for super detailing purposes) I have seen to date. I thought his (the author's) "Viper Exposed" book was super, but I believe this one surpasses it.

Many thanks to Reid Air Publishing and Jake Melampy for the review sample. Visit them on their website at www.reidairpublishing.com.

Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: October 18th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega PV-1, Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well.

As with most Ginter books, the research touches on all serial numbers manufactured, and traces them to their assignments. This was a particular interesting read for yours truly, in that I hold a type rating in this venerable old bird. In the closing pages of this book, I was able to trace, by registration number, the two birds I had the pleasure to fly. I was surprised to see just how many of these post-war relics made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.

Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Osprey: Field of Glory - Renaissance
Author: Richard Bodley Scott
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

I'm not a war gamer, but I've been curious about it for a few years now so I jumped to the opportunity to review a war gaming book.

Fields of Glory is a series of war gaming books oriented to the ancient and medieval ages. This current book is the first of the series expanding into the renaissance era and as such is the rulebook.

The book has a historical introduction to the military doctrine of the renaissance era including pros and cons of different military formations of the time (tercios, keils, cavalry, etc).

Then the book moves into what is needed in order to be able to play, before diving into details of troops, battle groups and in general, the rules of the game, including movement rules and combat phases like impact, maneuvering, shooting and melee. Each rule is demonstrated with examples, which makes understanding and learning of the rule much simple.

Finally, there are nine appendixes in the reference section, covering among others, battlefield terrain visibility, army composition, set up rules, etc.

Battle of Britain Series Part 1 - Top Colors #8

Published: October 17th, 2010     
Battle of Britain Series Part 1 - Top Colors #8
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano, IPMS# 45853
Company: Kagero Publishing

Since the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is upon us, many companies of interest to the modeling community will be coming out with all sorts of items. The company that this review will encompass is the Kagero Publishing Company. Among their many products are books, magazines, calendars and paintings.

This review is of the new series, "Battle of Britain Part 1", which covers the Luftwaffe aircraft involved in the Battle. In the beginning of the book is a generalized three page article of the Battle of Britain and information on the Luftwaffe color schemes and how to translate what the color bars painted on the aircraft designate. This is in English text with captions next to each aircraft in English and Polish, explaining the details of each aircraft.

Grumman JF/J2F Duck, Naval Fighters Number 84

Published: October 17th, 2010