Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill

Published: May 20th, 2018     
The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill
Author: John Langellier, Illustrators: Steve Noon, Series Editor: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

John P. Langellier grew up in Tucson, Arizona and spent 12 years in the US Army. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of San Diego, and his PhD in Military History from Kansas State University. John helped found the Autry Museum of the American West in California and has served as the director for the Wyoming State Museum. He is the author of numerous books and monographs that include: The War in Europe: From the Kasserine Pass to Berlin, 1942-1945 (1995, Greenhill); Fix Bayonets: The U.S. Infantry from the American Civil War to the Surrender of Japan (1999, Chelsea); Second Manassas 1862: Robert E Lee's Greatest Victory (2002, Osprey); Union Infantrymen of the Civil War (2003, Osprey); Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army (2016, Schiffer). John has worked as a film consultant in addition to producing many documentaries. John retired in 2015 (but obviously still stays busy writing books) and now lives in Prescott, Arizona.

Bachem Ba 349 Natter

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Author: Robert Forsyth, Illustrator: Adam Tooby Series Editor: Tony Holmes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane , Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hard bound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek).

Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945

Published: May 13th, 2018     
Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945
Author: Kari Stenman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Kari Stenman has authored, or co-authored, aviation books for the past 49 years. He ran his own publishing company in Finland, focusing on Finnish Aviation History. Many of them were in his Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia series that were originally in Finnish only, but later re-released with Finnish and English text. including:

The SEPECAT Jaguar

Published: May 8th, 2018     
The SEPECAT Jaguar
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: SAM Publications

The SEPECAT Jaguar was an Anglo-French design for a ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1968. The French and English versions had their differences but both performed well and received a new lease on life when they were able to demonstrate their capabilities during Desert Strom giving them a new lease on life which has just recently come to pass.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 2017 Volume 39, Issue 10

Published: May 8th, 2018     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 2017 Volume 39, Issue 10
Author: Guideline Publications
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Guideline Publications

You may remember I was a bit confused by the extra 8 pages in the middle of the last issue I reviewed. This month my habit of reading everything in a magazine paid off. In the Editorial Gary indicated that the extra 8 pages are for subscribers as a extra thank you for fronting up for a year's sub. This month the extra pages cover the Sub-Cutaneous which is not the name of the 8 pages but an article on Colour. A build of a couple of 1/144th scale Vampires. A page of aircraft model pics from the US Nationals in Omaha (I would have liked these to be part of the regular magazine, but I might be a bit biased). The last 3 extra pages cover a nice build of the Hasagawa 32nd scale A6M5c Zero.

So what is in the rest of the magazine? Quite a bit as usual.

It begins with a build of the Kinetic 32nd scale F/A-18. A nice conversion of the Tamiya 32nd scale F-4J into a British FGR.2 Spey engined Phantom was really interesting even for someone who normally builds 72nd aircraft and now has the new Airfix kit to go with the older Fujimi version.