Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding
Author: Andy Pearson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Happy Medium Press

Let's take a journey, a journey into the mind of a scratchbuilder. Not just any scratchbuilder, not one who takes an actual object that existed and builds a replica from scratch. But one who gives three dimensional shape and form to an idea in a novel or a picture in his head. Author Andy Pearson is just such a modeler. He is regularly featured in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller magazine.

In this book's eleven chapters; Andy will show you how to take an image in your mind or a book and give it form and substance. Each chapter is a walk through the building of project. From futuristic construction equipment, cybernetic whale, a cross sectional far away planet's seascape, space ships and much more, Andy takes you on the journey from idea to model.

This book is a must have for Sci-Fi and fantasy modelers and anyone who has been thinking about a first time scratch built project. The tips and techniques contained within will be of benefit to anyone who even thinks they might attempt such a project one day, be it fictional or real.

The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s

Published: October 14th, 2010     
The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Reid Air Publications

This book covers the F-16 in its use as a platform for weapon testing, flight training, and for adversary training. The book covers different wings and squadrons, including details of the syllabus that pilots undertake as part of their training, or the day-to-day operations of different weapon test units. Be aware that not every picture has a caption, but rather that a group of pictures depicting different aspects are described in an accompanying paragraph.

Among different squadrons and wings featured in the book are the weapons school at Nellis, Nevada; the Aggressor squadrons -including those beautiful Arctic camouflaged Vipers-, the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, Arizona and some training squadrons from different Air National Guards wings.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

Publisher: Model Art Co., Ltd, 1-12-30, 1Chome, Kudankita Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0073 Japan

Thanks to  Model Art and Dragon Models - USA  for the review copy.

Model Art No. 804, September 2010 issue features new armor model kits, which take up the first 52 pages of this issue.  The focus is on WW2 German armor on the Eastern front, and includes some Russian armor as well.  Oddly, the Table of Contents is on page 10 after the feature on a Russian BT-7 tank build.  After that, you get kit and diorama features on German Figures, Cyber-Hobby's Tiger I in snow camouflage, Cyber Hobby's Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel diorama, a Dragon Elefant with Zimmerit, Trumpeter's German 21cm Morser 18 artillery piece, and lastly, Tamiya's 3 ton 4X2 Cargo truck diorama.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Model Art

ModelArt special subject magazines are really softbound reference books on a particular subject.  ModelArt Autumn 2010 No. 37 is entirely devoted to ships.  No.

Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
Author: Bartlomiej Belcarz & Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Keith Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: MMP Books

This book is the most recent in MMPs Orange Series, chronicling the history and development of one of Germany's most unique fighter aircraft of World War II.  From the beginning, with Alexander Lippisch's "flying wing" glider designs, through the development of the Me-163B operational rocket fighter, on through the experimental Me-163C, Me-163D, and the Me-263/Junkers Ju 248, this book covers an incredible amount of history and detail.