Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Published: December 30th, 2017     
Case Red: The Collapse of France
Author: Robert Forczyk
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dr. Robert Forczyk is a prolific author with over 27 books published by Osprey and Pen & Sword. He graduated from Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland with a PhD PhD in International Relations and National Security. Robert was commissioned from ROTC in 1983 and ended up going to Fort Knox to become an armor officer. He trained in the both the M60A3 and the M-1 but spent his 18 year career in the M60A3 with the US 2nd, 4th, and the 29th Infantry Divisions. Dr. Forcyzk is currently living in the Laurel, Maryland and works as a management consultant at Aviation ISAC. Catch him on LinkedIn.

There are 464 pages of text and two sets of 16 glossy pages containing 60 black and white photographs. There are also ten maps with notes to depict the engagement's progression.

Building the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camels (& LVG C.VI)

Published: December 27th, 2017     
Building the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Camels (& LVG C.VI)
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the fifth in a series of publications featuring a Wingnut Wings kit, in a series entitled, "Windsock Centenary WWI Modelling Special, thus this is "No. 5" in that series.

Fans of WWI aviation models will certainly be familiar with the Wingnut Wings series of kits in 1/32nd scale, numbering just over 60 models. Google "Wingnut Wings" or visit http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/product?productid=3006 to view the list of models, some of which are still available from WNW. Having built a number of WNW kits, I can testify to the excellence of the kit parts, the decals, the instructions, and the documentation included in the instruction booklet.

As Wingnut Wings sets the standard for 1/32nd WWI kits, the "Windsock Centenary WWI Modelling Special" series sets the standard for publications that can be of immense value if one wishes to build one of the WNW kits covered in the series of 5 Modelling Specials.

Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahedeen Fighter Afghanistan 1979-89

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahedeen Fighter Afghanistan 1979-89
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us modelers. Osprey continues to expand their Combat series with the 29th book in this installment. The combat series examines specific units and armies of a particular nation. In this installment the combat series will examine the Soviet paratrooper vs the Mujahedeen during their excursion in which would be a humiliating defeat and dubbed the Soviets "Vietnam War".

For the Combat series, the chapters are organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The opposing sides
  • The Kunar Valley
  • Panjshir V
  • Hill 3234
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Unit Organization
  • Bibliography
  • Index

In 1979 the Soviet Union moved from military 'help' to active intervention in Afghanistan. Four-fifths of the Afghan National Army deserted in the first year of the war, which, compounded with the spread and intensification of the rebellion led by the formidable guerrilla fighters of the Mujahedeen, forced the Soviets to intensify their involvement.

Shrewsbury 1403-Struggle for a Fragile Crown

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
Shrewsbury 1403-Struggle for a Fragile Crown
Author: Dickon Whitewood; Illustrator: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Campaign series with an astonishing 316th book in this installment. The campaign series mostly covers large scale or pivotal campaigns of a given conflict that carried large ramifications for either it success, failure, or complete change of government or royal families. In this installment the campaign series covers the bloodiest battles in English history.

For the Campaign series, the chapters are organized as follows:

The Cavalry Lance

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
The Cavalry Lance
Author: Alan Larsen & Henry Yallop; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us modelers. Osprey continues to expand they're not so old Weapon series with the 59th book. The weapons series covers select weapons based on Innovation, lethality, impact and how they determined how warfare was changed in today's combat environment.

For the Weapons series, the chapters are organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Use
  • Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The development of cavalry firearms and the widespread disappearance of armor from the European battlefield saw a decline in the use of the cavalry lance in early modern warfare. However, by 1800 the lance, much changed from its medieval predecessors in both form and function, was back.