Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Imjin River 1951

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Imjin River 1951
Author: Brian Drohan, Illustrated by Steve Noon
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In November, 1950, "volunteer" forces of the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu River and swept the advancing UN forces out of North Korea and back below the 38th Parallel. By the following February, Allied forces had halted the Chinese and stabilized the front, pushing them back into North Korea with limited counterattacks. By April, with an infusion of fresh divisions, the Chinese were once again on the offensive, pressing the UN line in another attempt to capture the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3
Author: Mick Davis - Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940. This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels. The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

EMB-314 Super Tucano – Brazil’s turboprop success story continues

Published: December 4th, 2018     
EMB-314 Super Tucano – Brazil’s turboprop success story continues
Author: João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: Casemate Publishing

In my stash are a couple of Hobby Boss 1/48 EMB-314 Super Tucanos. These aircraft are used by several nations as the primary and advanced trainer platforms, as well as light attack and CAS roles for their Air Force pilots. Among those air forces are those from For the modeler it represents a blank canvas for a multitude of colorful camouflage and markings. For that reason, I was eager to review this excellent reference paperback offered by Casemate Publishers.

This 80-page paperback follow-up to the EMB-312 series by the same publisher provides the modeler with a fully-packed and detailed reference book on the type. The reader will learn about the conception and development of the Super Tucano and the differences from the earlier 312 series, along with a short detailing of the Tucano's run at JPATS for the US.

The second chapter explores the development, use, and tactics employed by the Forca Aerea Brasileira (Brasilian Air Force) for the Tucano and Super Tucano series.

Many photos of actual cockpit details and exterior profiles and components will provide good modeling reference.

Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front

Published: December 4th, 2018     
Tiger 1 German Army Heavy Tank Southern Front
Author: Dennis Oliver
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Pen and Sword Books' latest release in their Tank Craft series details the Pzkpfw VI Tiger 1 Heavy Tank. This series of books is designed to provide model builders and tank enthusiasts a detailed visual reference of the actual tanks featured, as well as their scale model equivalents. This book focuses specifically on the Tiger I tanks deployed to the southern front for the North Africa campaign through the retreat and withdrawal into Sicily and up Italy until the end of hostilities in May 1945.

Airkraft Modeling Guide 1: Fighters and Attack Aircraft of the Vietnam War

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Airkraft Modeling Guide 1: Fighters and Attack Aircraft of the Vietnam War
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: SAM Publications

I really enjoy using the aircraft specific titles that Sam Publications puts out because of the amount of research, detail, and sections that are aimed at the model builder. I had been wondering about the Hataka paint line and how they compare to other paints. When I saw that this new series was done with HobbyZone and Hataka paints and that it had the same great look as other Sam Publications books. I just had to have it.

This first book of the series focuses on the aircraft of the Vietnam War, specifically the fighters and attack aircraft.

The Aircraft Modeling Guide is divided into 21 sections. They are: