Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

A-1 Skyraider In Action

Published: July 14th, 2017     
A-1 Skyraider In Action
Author: Author: David Doyle, Color Art: Don Greer, Line Illustrations: Vincenzo Auletta
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 60, a 50-pager on the Skyraider by Jim Sullivan that was published in 1983.

Cleveland Tank Plant

Published: July 12th, 2017     
Cleveland Tank Plant
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: G-104 Press

David Doyle's latest book is with a brand new publisher, G-104 Press. Founded by Scott and Kim Taylor of London, Ontario, this volume represents a new concept and approach by David Doyle. Rather than his customary monograph on a single (or series of) vehicle, ship, or aircraft, this volume focuses on the history of a facility: Cleveland Plant 2 that originally was built in 1942 to construct the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. This book is presented in landscape and includes 112 gloss pages. G-104 Press does not yet have a website, but they are planning on one. Presently, the book is sold through David Doyle's website. Scott and Kim Taylor are hopeful to bring additional books addressing military vehicles geared towards the enthusiast, historian, and modeler. Scott and Kim Taylor can be reached through their Thachweave Products webpage at thachweave.tripod.com where they sell some unique modeling products or you can often find them at IPMS and AMPS conventions.

U.S. Half-Track Vehicles

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
U.S. Half-Track Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Armor in Action 34, M3 Half-Track by Jim Mesko that was published in 1996 with 50 pages.

"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25

Published: June 28th, 2017     
"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25
Author: Stephen Bull; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book tells the story of the Canadian Corps during 1917 when it battled against the distinguished Royal Bavarian Army. These battles started at Vimy Ridge through to Passchendaele.

The book is very nicely illustrated with great photos and many illustrations commissioned for the book. The details of the combat action, preparations, and the outcomes are very well written and help you understand the period and hardships of these battles. The book contains many extracts from personal diaries and reports from the time by commanders and foot soldier's alike. I learned a lot from this book and look forward to more from this series from Osprey.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWI. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well for some dioramas.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrators: Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Mike Lamb, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's latest publication is this study of the types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union starting in late 1941 and continuing through the end of the war under the Lend-Lease Program. Due to their armor losses following the success of Germany's Operation Barbarossa, the Red Army desperately needed replacements and turned to their allies for help.

This book details the number and types of tanks provided to the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1945 by Britain and the United States. The author goes into detail about the number of vehicles sent during the various phases of the contract periods and the Russian reactions to the vehicles. There's not a lot of detail about the strategic use of the lend-lease tanks since the book focuses more on how many vehicles were being sent and when. The book does provide some interesting information about the various colors of the tanks provided to the Red Army, and where a tank may have been manufactured (e.g. Canada versus Britain) may have affected what color it would have been.