Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Prinz Eugen: The story of the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebrigs-Division 1942-1945

Published: October 31st, 2014     
Prinz Eugen: The story of the 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebrigs-Division 1942-1945
Author: Bohumir Kudlicka and Radoslaw Szewczyk
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

“The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen was a German mountain infantry division of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II. Formed in 1941 from Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania, it fought a counter-insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia, NDH and Montenegro. It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro-Turkish War of 1716 1718. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen). This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of this unit and its operations. Many previously unpublished photos are included, and maps of the operational areas. Essential reading for armor enthusiasts, WW2 military enthusiasts and modelers.”

Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 - Vol.30, No.3

Published: October 30th, 2014     
Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 - Vol.30, No.3
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock World War Centenary Autumn 2014 is the third issue of Volume 30. Albatros Productions bills it as their “packed Autumn edition” because it provides readers with a great variety of top-notch modeling know-how and unique reference material. Packed is not a boast; this issue delivers a wealth of WWI aircraft modeling information along with historical and technical references.

A dramatic close-up photo on the cover of a Wingnut Wings Hannover CI.II built by David Hardie kicks things off by spotlighting one of this issue’s main articles and a presentation of numerous Hannover CI.II color profiles featured in a two-page spread. Inside the cover the regular sections, Front Line News, covering a variety of current topics, Our Readers' Gallery, featuring color photos of no less than seven exquisite models in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, and 1/28 scale (pictured below), and Logbook Entries, reviewing five new titles relevant to the WWI centenary, lead into the issue’s feature articles.

Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45

Published: October 30th, 2014     
Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45
Author: Andrew Thomas; Illustrator: Chris Thomas
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has produced so many different “Aces” titles at this point, that the remaining subjects are becoming very narrow indeed.  This new volume, as the title says, covers Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe during 1944-45, and even more specifically the Spitfires covered are limited to Marks V, VII, IX, and XVI (all Merlin-engined).

Despite the narrow subject, the book essentially follows the same format anyone familiar with this series will recognize.  The author plows right in with description of the first Spitfire combat of 1944 that resulted in the pilot becoming an ace.  The book continues chronologically, with six chapters ranging from “Early Encounters”, through “Normandy” and culminating in “Surrender.”  The author does a great job of narrating the ‘big picture’ history, and then brings it to life in the context of the chapter title via personal narratives taken from diaries, combat logs and interviews.  The text is supported throughout by a good deal of photographs, most having detailed captions describing the subject aircraft or pilot in some detail.

Kursk 1943

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Kursk 1943
Author: Robery Forczyk
Reviewed by: Tim Wilding, IPMS# 47420
Company: Osprey Publishing

In July 1943, Germany launched Operation Citadel to cut off the Kursk salient. Kursk 1943: The Northern Front deals with the Northern Front of this offensive; little attention is usually given to this front of the offensive. Most of the Kursk histories deal with the Southern German push with its huge tank battles, but in the north, the Russians had been preparing for this offensive for months and had constructed three strong lines of defenses. This resulted in a small German penetration and more mine and defensive warfare.

The book is laid out in the following sections:

Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2

Published: October 27th, 2014     
Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive offers a wide variety of items for the modeler, from paint and weathering sets and books, to model kits. The website is easy to navigate and offers a button to provide an “English” translation. Another button offers a currency exchange calculator from Euros (the posted pricing) to US dollars.

AK is on Facebook and has a You-Tube presence. To quote the AK You-Tube link, “AK's Official Youtube Channel (will) show Advanced Techniques, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks and many more things. Currently working on it :-)”

AK provided a copy of “Ace High” Issue No.2 for review. This issue focuses on aircraft of World War I, being labeled a “Centenary” edition. Also included are three additional articles featuring a set of figures, a truck, and a piece of airfield equipment, a German Fuel Cart and a Mack AC Truck

Let it be clear that AK wants the reader to use the line of AK paints that are available, but far more than a self-promotional publication this issue of Aces High is a “How to” in achieving some spectacular painting effects and assembly using some of the outstanding WWI kits in today’s market.

The British Army Since 2000

Published: October 23rd, 2014     
The British Army Since 2000
Author: James Tanner
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is a brief, yet very complete, book on the 21st Century evolution and current status of the organization of the British Army. Through five chapters and an introduction the author deals with the changing demands on the British Army and it's evolving structure to meet those demands as well as the changes in the traditional British regimental system. One chapter deals with actual operations and the last one concerns itself with the uniforms. Other equipment such as weapons and vehicles are only dealt with through the captions of the rather small (most measuring only around 3"X3") photos. Ten traditional Osprey full page color plates of uniforms are there as well as explanations of the drawings and one interesting color plate shows all the current badges of the new regiments of the British Army. Its interesting to see them all in one place. A short section at the end of the book on further reading points those interested in the topic to books on regimental badges, MOD updates and the web site for the British Army.

Montcalm’s Crushing Blow - French and Indian Raids Along New York’s Oswego River 1756

Published: October 22nd, 2014     
Montcalm’s Crushing Blow - French and Indian Raids Along New York’s Oswego River 1756
Author: René Chartrand; Illustrators: Peter Dennis Mark Stacey
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche, IPMS# 30337
Company: Osprey Publishing

Background

The French and Indian War as the Seven Years War is known in the United States has gotten short shrift. Having grown up in a bi-cultural setting, French-Canadian and American, this period was barely, if ever, mentioned. Even in my college years, there was little said of this war. Most of us are only familiar with this period through THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. PBS did do a good documentary on the F&IW a few years back called THE WAR THAT MADE AMERICA and this is a good primer on the war and its impact.

It was not a war for cities, but one for territory along the frontier of Canada/New France and the British colonies along the east coast. That frontier ran through central New York State and out to Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh.) The French allied themselves with the native populations and their fur trappers adopted many of the ways of the Indians which would serve the Military well. The British generally were not as open to alliances with the people they encountered in North America.

The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang: Part 1 Allison Powered

Published: October 19th, 2014     
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang: Part 1 Allison Powered
Author: Malcolm V Lowe
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: SAM Publications

While the P-51 B-, C-, and, certainly, D-models are well known and feature in plenty of references, that is not the case for the Allison-powered versions of the Mustang. SAM Publication’s new book The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang: Part 1 Allison Powered is meant to fill the void.

The first 74 pages of the book cover the history of the early versions, from inception and design, to early combat with the RAF, USAAF, and a few other minor operators. These sections pack an incredible amount of research and are paired with period black-and-white pictures illustrating the design, construction, and service of the early Mustangs. Reading these pages is very interesting, as they cover all sorts of details from armament philosophy, to the political situation within and between the US Army Corps and North American Aviation.

The next 12 pages are devoted to period pictures of the Mustang and the Apache A-36 in RAF/USAAF service. They also feature 25 color profiles.

Killing bin Laden – Operation Trident Spear 2011

Published: October 15th, 2014     
Killing bin Laden – Operation Trident Spear 2011
Author: Peter F. Panzeri, Jr.
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

There have been several accounts of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, including one by a former Navy seal, one by a Navy seal who participated in the raid, as well as the movie Zero Dark Thirty

In this new book Killing bin Laden - Operation Neptune Spear 2011, author Peter F. Panzeri Jr. has developed another highly detailed account of the hunt leading up to the raid on the bin Laden's compound in Abottabad, Pakistan, and his ultimate death. 

Bibliography and Critical Sources

As stated in the book “The most dominant influences on this account are those of the 880+ page Pakistani Abottabad Commission Report for its inclusion of candid raw data, the personal account in interviews of former US Navy SEAL “Mark Owen,” and the abundance of detailed information on Operation Neptune Spear released in 2011 to the producers and screenwriters of the film Zero Dark Thirty.

Sections of the book include:

Scale Aircraft Modeling, Vol. 36, Issue 8

Published: October 13th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modeling, Vol. 36, Issue 8
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. In this issue, there are four feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and five Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue starts with Jay Laverty's build review of the KittyHawk Models 1/48th scale F-101A/C. natural metal finishes are tough but Mr. Laverty does justice to the kit!  There are great tips about working with photoetch and preparing for the metal finish as well as using Alclad. This really hit home with me as I am almost done with the IPMS review kit of this aircraft.

Next up is Mr. Laverty's build of the hot new Airfix 1/24th Scale Typhoon. This is a large kit and will be built in multiple parts. In this issue, the cockpit and wing spars are assembled and look fantastic.

Next up, Yoav Efrati builds Kinetic Models 1/48 Fouga Magister and converts it to  the Israeli Tzokit. The details of the conversion are inside and this article alone convinced me I need to get this kit (I want to do an Irish version). The white finish is superb by the way.