Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

TSR2 Britain’s Lost Cold War Strike Jet

Published: November 11th, 2017     
TSR2 Britain’s Lost Cold War Strike Jet
Author: Andrew Brookes Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey bio: "Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after graduating from Leeds University. Following reconnaissance and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans he joined the tri-service policy and plans staff of Commander British Forces, Hong Kong. He flew over 3,000 hours as an RAF reconnaissance and strike pilot. He was a UK nuclear release officer in NATO and the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He was coordinator of air power studies at the RAF Advanced Staff College and he is now Chief Executive of The Air League. He broadcasts widely and this is his 18th aviation book, including four for Osprey. He received the Defense Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the C P Robertson Memorial Trophy for the best interpretation of the Royal Air Force to the public."

Adam Tooby is a rising star in the field of aviation art, creating groundbreaking photo-realistic work. Moving away from traditional approaches to the subject matter, he uses computer technology to produce both technically accurate and visually dynamic images of some of the greatest military aircraft in history.

Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane

Published: November 9th, 2017     
Shady Lady: 1,500 Hours Flying the U-2 Spy Plane
Author: Lieutenant Colonel Rick Bishop (Ret.)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crécy Publishing, Ltd

Crecy Publishing's biography: "Lieutenant Colonel Rick Bishop flew for over 50 years as a civilian, Army, and Air Force pilot amassing over 16,000 hours in the air. Raised in Miami, Florida his passion for aviation started with flying lessons at the age of 16 which he continued throughout his college years. Voluntarily joining the Army in 1967, he saw action in Vietnam then joined the Air Force in 1974 where he flew jets for four years until being selected to join the U-2 Program. Over the following 13 years he rose to Commander of the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron prior to further advancement preceding his early retirement in 1991. Rick then flew for American Airlines for the next 16 years. He now resides on a small farm in the rolling hills north of Ocala, Florida."

USS Iowa [BB-61]

Published: November 8th, 2017     
USS Iowa [BB-61]
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: David Doyle Books

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 was 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). This tome is the second release in the Legends of Warfare - Naval series.

Douglas A3D Skywarrior Warpaint Series No. 112

Published: November 8th, 2017     
Douglas A3D Skywarrior Warpaint Series No. 112
Author: Charles Stafrace
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

Authored by Charles Stafrace and illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book covers the development, deployment, service, and retirement of one of the most ubiquitous aircraft flown by the United States Navy, that being the A3D Skywarrior. Aviation historians and modelers, alike, will find this book to be a treasure chest of information.

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with the need for an aircraft to replace the AJ Savage. As the engineering of the "Whale" evolved to meet the strategic needs of the aviation arm of the US Navy, so did the engineering change to match those needs. Variant after variant, the A3D continued to adapt to the environment of the day.