Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Shadow Over the Atlantic: Fernaufklärungsgruppe 5 'Atlantik'

Published: August 11th, 2017     
Shadow Over the Atlantic: Fernaufklärungsgruppe 5 'Atlantik'
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

When I first inquired about reviewing "Shadow Over the Atlantic", I assumed it would be of a similar format many of Osprey's "Combat Aircraft" or "Aircraft of the Aces" softcover series of books. It turned out this is a hardback book, and is a much more in-depth volume than those from the standard Osprey series. I am a huge fan of those softcover books, but they always leave me wanting more!

"Shadow Over the Atlantic" is a detailed history of Fernaufklarungsgruppe (FAGr) 5, which operated Ju290 aircraft on long-range reconnaissance missions over the Atlantic

To fully appreciate the lengths to which the author went in researching this book, I highly suggest one reads the introduction and author's notes sections in the first several pages. Forsyth obtained an account of FAGr5 written by the former chief of the "staff company" of the Group, based on his records and memories. Starting with this unique and somewhat arcane source, the author spent several years conducting further research, the result of which is this title.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - The Famous Flying Tigers Fighter

Published: August 9th, 2017     
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk - The Famous Flying Tigers Fighter
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book is on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). The first and second in the series (Wayne Mutza's Bell 47/H-13 Sioux Helicopter is #1 and David Doyle's Grumman F4F Wildcat at #2) are scheduled to release later this year.

M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea

Published: August 9th, 2017     
M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

DavidDoyleBooks.com (Schiffer Publishing) out of Memphis TN, has just announced a new offering in the widely held 'Legends of Ground Warfare' series, called 'M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea', by popular author David Doyle.  Anyone familiar with Mr. Doyle's previous work will recognize this authoritative combination, and this latest release won't disappoint.

M40 Gun Motor Carriage comes as a hardcover, 9.5inch square book, following the format of Mr. Doyle's previous 'Legends' volumes, containing high-resolution images printed on heavy, high quality stock paper.  Like most of his other works, Mr. Doyle's M40 is comparatively priced, and a great value.

The book opens with a table of contents and a brief, two-page introduction to the various vehicles covered in the book, as well as a comparison chart of the two main types; the M40 155mm Self- Propelled Gun (SPG), and the M43 8-in. Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH). 

Douglas TBD Devastator

Published: August 9th, 2017     
Douglas TBD Devastator
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book is on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). The first and second in the series (Wayne Mutza's Bell 47/H-13 Sioux Helicopter is #1 and David Doyle's Grumman F4F Wildcat at #2) are scheduled to release later this year.