Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide

Published: September 23rd, 2010     
Model Art, #799, Plastic Model Color Guide
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Model Art

This little paperback is intended to provide modelers with examples of the various colors that are normally used in plastic modeling.  It is organized according to nationality and service, beginning with primary colors, fluorescent colors, and a list of Mr. Color shades.  The nationality colors lists begin, naturally, with Japanese Army and Navy, followed by Luftwaffe,  RAF, US, US Contemporary, Israel , Japanese SDF, Car Model Colors, WWII German AFV's, NATO German AFV's, Allied AFV's, IJA AFV's, JGSDF AFV's, Ship Colors, and Rail Colors.  Some colors have FS numbers, and the Luftwaffe RLM numbers are provided.  Also included are several shades of silver, and at the extreme back, there are some colors listed that are probably commercially available model paints.

Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service
Author: Robert M. Stitt
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger, IPMS# 40196
Company: MMP Books

Update 21 July 2011

I have just been advised by the author, Robert M Stitt, that he has prepared a 34-page additions and amendments document for this book. It is available from the Mushroom Books website; here is the link to the product page which has a download link on it:

Lots of valuable information -- the author and Mushroom are to be congratulated for this all-too-rare effort.

John Ratzenberger


This is Mushroom's 100th book, and a grand one it is!!  It's 248 pages in their fairly new A-4 format and although still a soft-cover, it includes a dust jacket with ads for about 18 forth-coming books, including the much anticipated (by me) Gloster Gamecock and Grebe and another in the Gladiator series.

Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1
Author: Andrzej Glass & Tomasz J. Kopanski
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Stratus

This softbound book contains 264 pages of high quality photos taken by German occupiers printed on high quality paper.  What I did not know was that pre-war Polish security concerns prohibited photos from being taken from 1937 until the war.  That is why there are, according to the authors, only around 25 photos of pre-war Polish aircraft.  Then after the invasion anyone seen taking photos was suspected of spying and detained, plenty of reason that there are so few photos.  The German photos became the only source of knowledge and markings from the Polish Air Force.  The quality of photos is very high even though most of the aircraft are in states of disrepair.

Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II
Author: Jiri Hornat and Bob Migliardi
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a new company for us.  I would like to thank them for submitting this book for review.

Many modelers are familiar with the camouflage patterns of WW II U.S., British, German, and Japanese aircraft.  However, until the first publication of Colors of the Falcons in 2006, the camouflage patterns used by the Soviets were not as well known.  Because of this lack of knowledge and subsequent demand for the book, it is now in its second printing.

Colors of the Falcons is a paperback book measuring 8-1/2" X 11" and consisting of 56 pages.  The cover and pages are printed on high gloss paper.  The book contains approximately 82 black and white photographs with accompanying text.  There are four color plates depicting 20 different aircraft in various camouflage patterns.  These 20 aircraft are only shown in profile.  It certainly would be beneficial to see the patterns also displayed in a plan view.  The plates are beautifully done, neat and precise.  Accompanying each illustration is a description of the pattern shown.

AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010

Published: September 5th, 2010     
AFV Modeller, #52 May/June 2010
Author: AFV Modeller
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: AFV Modeller

Issue No. 52 of AFV Modeller has the usual mix of articles and special features that this magazine is known for. However, the emphasis of most the articles in this issue seems to be on weathering. I know that weathering is in the eye of the beholder and some may not be convinced that a heavily weathered vehicle is appropriate. Nevertheless, the articles provide illustrated instructions on how to get the job done.

The cover article, on the odd German vehicle known as the Minenraumer, uses the 1/35 scale RPM kit. Rather than concentrating on constructing the kit, the focus of Albert Lloret's article is on weathering this unusual vehicle. In a step-by-step process, Mr. Lloret provides a number of techniques using masking, diluted paint, and weathering powders to produce a well weathered vehicle.

Two other World War Two vehicles are highlighted in articles, the Dragon 1/35th JSU 122 and the Dragon's Panzer VI ausf. B. As with the previous article, Michelangelo Sicilia focuses on modeling and weathering the JSU 122. Using thinned paint, weathering powders, and dry-brushing, Mr. Sicilia provides an overview on weathering Russian vehicles.