Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior: England 865-1066

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior: England 865-1066
Author: Gareth Williams
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Gareth Williams has been a curator at the British Museum since 1996, with responsibility for British and European coinage, about AD 500 to about 1180. Within this area he specializes in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage. Much of his work focuses on the use of coinage as evidence within broader historical and archaeological studies. Gareth has authored at least fifteen books and led several projects at the British Museum, with a "Viking Voyages" exhibition that recently finished a run from March 2015 through February 2017. He has been actively involved in historical re-enactments. Check him out at the British Museum.

Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s "The Collectors Guide"

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s "The Collectors Guide"
Author: Andrew Ralston
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

The book is a general collectors guide to classic Diecast toy cars. It covers cars from a classic era of toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries where they were made. The book shows the most known and collectables of the time period. The book has great pictures and lots of detailed information. This book brought lots of memories back to me as a kid getting many of the cars shown in the book as Birthday and or Christmas gifts from my family. The book may have a limited audience but I for one loved it!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in Diecast cars and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 60's or 50's.

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

The Vought A-7 Corsair

Published: August 19th, 2017     
The Vought A-7 Corsair
Author: Andy Evans, with Andy Renshaw
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: SAM Publications

SAM Publications series of Modelers Datafiles cover a lot of ground in a single book. This one is on the Vought A-7 Corsair II, and it gives plenty of information in a single book that most modelers need when researching and building a model.

The A-7 was the replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Even a casual observer can see that what Vought did was take their successful F-8 Crusader and shorten it. They also put a non-afterburning turbofan engine in there, improving range and fuel economy. And with the advances in electronics and weapons in the 1960s, the A-7 was a very accurate bomb-dropper, and it could carry a pretty good load of various weapons.

The book consists of the following sections

A-6 Intruder Units 1974-96

Published: August 17th, 2017     
A-6 Intruder Units 1974-96
Author: Rick Morgan
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Rick Morgan graduated from the University of Missouri in 1978 and joined the US Navy. His US Navy career included over 2,400 flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler and other naval aircraft with 41 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. His website claims he achieved 447 and 1/2 carrier landings. I'm afraid to ask about the 1/2 carrier landing.... Rick contributed articles to the "The Hook" prolifically, twice being awarded "Contributor of the Year". He has a deep interest in aviation and trains. Rick has been published by Schiffer and Osprey Publishing. He currently works in the aviation industry somewhere in the Midwest (I'm guessing Missouri). Check out his web page at rickmorganbooks.com

Illustrator Jim Laurier, a native of New England, provides the color profiles. Jim has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and has been featured in hundreds of aviation books.

Imperial Japanese Navy Antisubmarine Escorts 1941-45

Published: August 11th, 2017