Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Wargaming on a Budget: Gaming Constrained by Money or Space

Published: January 8th, 2011     
Wargaming on a Budget: Gaming Constrained by Money or Space
Author: Iain Dickie
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

This new book from Casemate Publishing is on how to Wargame on a budget because of how expensive it can be or when you don't have a lot of space. Ian Dickie shows you how you can enjoy this hobby without the large expense and a smaller amount of space if need be.

The book is divided up into 10 chapters not including an introduction. They are:

  1. Resources
  2. Basic DIY      
  3. Making a Table
  4. The Playing Surface
  5. Figures
  6. Terrain
  7. Man-Made Features
  8. Ships and Planes
  9. Storage and Transportation
  10. The Game

This book is a great guide for someone who is thinking to start out with wargaming and isn't sure whether they would be able to do it because of money or space. The author starts out right from the beginning and seems to answer every question I could think of about what to do. He really knows the subject and also adds a little humor in the telling so that the subject matter doesn't get boring.

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence
Author: Braxton R Eisel and James A Schreiner
Reviewed by: Bill Seaman, IPMS# 41006
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

If you're a military aviation geek like me, you can't get enough of books like this. It chronicles the exploits of the authors as they deployed, fought, and returned home from Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

  • Chapter 1 covers the history of the Wild Weasel program, including the origin of the now infamous "YGBSM" unofficial motto. They also get into the specific threats faced and the basics of how they can bring down enemy aircraft.
  • Chapters 2, 3, and 4, detail the career paths of the authors and their training to become Wild Weasels.
  • In chapters 5-16 every imaginable detail of the their exploits during Desert Shield / Desert Storm are chronicled.

Occasionally, it does tend to get very technical but there's an excellent appendix that spells out the more complex Iraqi systems. The color plates are excellently done and the B & W are very well placed in the context of the mission descriptions.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 19

Published: December 30th, 2010     
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 19
Author: Editor/co-Publisher: Michael G. Reccia; Art Editor/co-Publisher: David Openshaw
Reviewed by: Scott T. Adams Sr., IPMS# 43843
Company: Sci-fi and Fantasy Modeller

I have three or four of these magazines and have also written a review on volume 15. The magazine is always a good read and this issue is no different, there are fourteen articles in this issue. They range from a 1:72nd scale Eagle Booster set (Space 1999) from Warp Models to 1:1 scale Galaxy Quest prop kits from Pegasus Hobbies.

This issue has the 3rd part of a 3 part story on the designing of the Moebius Jupiter 2 which offered a chance for all of us to see what goes into designing such a kit ( I can't wait to build mine). The article on how to repair a damaged Snow speeder has great information that should be of help to all who have had some mishaps happen to our models such as kids and the cat all come to mind.

Hawker Hurricane from 1935 to 1945

Published: December 30th, 2010     
Hawker Hurricane from 1935 to 1945
Author: Dominique Breffort
Reviewed by: Robert DeMaio, IPMS# 45186
Company: Histoire and Collections

Editor's note:This publication appears to be superseded by "Hawker Hurricane from 1937 to 1950" with same ISBN Number.

The Planes and Pilots book series published by Casemate on the British design and built Hawker Hurricane is number fourteen of the group. This eighty-three page book covers a decade of time, and Mr. Brefford's attempt to cover reference material to attract both the historian and modeler is well done. He tells how Sir Sydney Camm was appointed Chief Engineer at Hawker and how the Hurricane aircraft became the direct decedent of the Hawker Fury. In just a few beginning pages are details covering the aircraft from design, prototype and beginning operational service status.

Late Gotha Bombers, Windsock Datafile 143

Published: December 30th, 2010     
Late Gotha Bombers, Windsock Datafile 143
Author: Colin Owers
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Although most World War I enthusiasts are familiar with the Gotha bombers, and for a time, the name Gotha was the generic term for any large biplane bomber with black crosses on its wings, little information has been published about the airplanes that Gotha designed to replace its standard long range bombers. Although too late for service in the Great War, these planes represented a step forward in bomber design, featuring better streamlining and higher performance using smaller airframes. Several prototypes were ordered, including the G.VII, GL.VII, G.VIII. and G.IX. There were many variations of the basic design, and some were envisioned as reconnaissance aircraft with specialized camera installations, and even as armored ground attack types. Only a few early models appear to have been used on operations, mainly on photographic missions, although no documentation survives. About 200 late model Gotha bombers were turned over to the Allied Armistice Commission after the war.