Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Curtiss Ascender XP-55

Published: October 24th, 2016     
Curtiss Ascender XP-55
Author: Gerry Balzer
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Ginter Books

Ginter Books’ latest book covering the Curtiss XP-55 “Ascender” is an in-depth look at one of the more oddball aircraft designed for the USAAF during the Second World War.

The book consists of 72 pages printed on glossy, good-quality stock, bound in a soft cover made of heavier stock. Front and back covers have beautiful color pictures, and almost every page inside has either multiple black and white photos or drawings.

The author has previously published a book on the 1940 fighter competition that took place in the US, and some of that research comprises the early section of this book. The XP-55 was a direct result of that competition, and several pages describe the process and innovations it generated.

The Mosquito Pocket Manual

Published: October 24th, 2016     
The Mosquito Pocket Manual
Author: Martin Robson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Pocket Manual is a compilation of various Air Ministry pamphlets, publications and manuals on the De Havilland Mosquito.

The book starts with the design specifications and related documents. This is followed by the pilot notes in chapter 2 and the operations and tactical publications. This last section details aspects of operating the night bomber version, strategic bomber version, pathfinding and even the Sea Mosquito. The book concludes with 105SQ operations record books.

This is an interesting look at various period publications to aid in operating and maintaining the Mosquito. There is good information for the historian, pilot and some nice detailed period cockpit photos with instrumentation callouts. If the Mosquito interests you, you will find this book to your liking

Our thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity

The Hurricane Pocket Manual

Published: October 23rd, 2016     
The Hurricane Pocket Manual
Author: Martin Robson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Pocket Manual is a compilation of various Air Ministry pamphlets, publications, and manuals on the Hawker Hurricane.

The book starts with the design specifications and related documents. This is followed by the pilot notes in chapter 2, the tactical in chapter 3, and operations in chapter 4 publications. These last sections detail aspects of tactical trials as well as 111 SQ operations record book, Fighter Command Combat report for 12 Group and Sqdn. Leader Douglas Bader’s September 7-19, 1940 flight log.

This is an interesting look at various period publications to aid in operating and maintaining the Hurricane. There is good information for the historian, pilot and some nice detailed period cockpit photos with instrumentation callouts. If the Mosquito interests you, you will find this book to your liking

Our thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity

F-105 Thunderchief in Action

Published: October 22nd, 2016     
F-105 Thunderchief in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle’s latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal’s long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is actually the third book to cover the F-105 in the In Action series. Lou Drendel authored the first in 1974 (1017) followed by Ken Neubeck in 2002 (1185), both of which are out of print. This edition by David Doyle adds considerably to the material provided in the first two. Veteran illustrator Don Greer provides the artwork for the full page length color profiles within this tome.

This follows the normal format of the In Action series, detailing the development and service history of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief. This is slightly expanded from Squadron’s standard 60 page version of their In Action format and it runs 80 pages packed with large, clear photographs. The front cover color photo depicts an F-105D on a mission to Vietnam based out of Korat in October 1968. The back cover shows an early F-105D in polished aluminum. I counted 188 well captioned photographs, 119 in color, 69 in black and white. There were 23 black and white drawings along with eight color profiles.

Ginter Books Naval Fighter #101 Grumman Tracker - Part 1

Published: October 22nd, 2016     
Ginter Books Naval Fighter #101 Grumman Tracker - Part 1
Author: Robert J Kowalski and Tommy H. Thomason
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Ginter Books

Thank you to Ginter Books for providing a review copy of their new release, Naval Fighters Number 10, the first of a three volume set covering the Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and the WF-2/E - 1 B Tracer. I also appreciate all of those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, who do the heavy lifting to get the reviews done, from start to finish.

Overview

The Tracker holds a special interest for me beyond my personal enthusiasm for USN aviation, an interest honed after hearing two Navy veterans argue about how effective the aircraft was. Naturally, one was a submarine officer, and the other an S2F aviator. This volume is the first of three projected volumes covering the Tracker, with development, testing, variants and foreign users described.

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