Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

YF-23 ATF Air Force Legends Number 220

Published: September 7th, 2017     
YF-23 ATF Air Force Legends Number 220
Author: Paul Metz
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Specialty Press

This book covers the Northrop YF-23 which was in competition with the F-22 for the ATF contract. The book is written by the chief test pilot of the Yf-23 program and the in-depth knowledge of the author really shows in the book. While the F-22 was chosen many, including myself consider the YF-23 the more aesthetically pleasing of the two designs.

Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book, number 220 in the Air Force legend series lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. Being a more modern subject, the book is overflowing with color photos.

SM.03 Sazabi Custom

Published: September 4th, 2017     
SM.03 Sazabi Custom
Author: Mike Rinaldi
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

This is Michael Rinaldi's third book in this series, the first being on the Industria Mechanika 1/35 FichtenFoo's Fantastical Fish-shaped Submersible resin kit with the second being the Trumpeter 1/35 Stalinetz S.65 Russian Army tractor kit. This issue focuses on the Bandai 1/100 Sazabi Gundam Mecha that has been customized. The Single Model (SM) series represents a focus on a specific kit and as such is a limited edition (i.e. Only One Print Run!). This singular focus permits Michael Rinaldi to tackle topics outside of his successful TankArt series and allows him to address finishes that he has not attempted before. A core premise of the new book series is to explore and redefine artistic and creative finishes for each subject.

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Published: September 3rd, 2017     
Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War
Author: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

The American Civil War was a time of transition, both materially and tactically. On the material side of the equation, metallurgy and weaponry were seeing huge advances. The tactical side struggled to keep pace. When war first broke in 1861 commanders saw the battlefield as a linear environment. That is; long lines of men advancing toward each other to get close enough for the smoothbore weapons of the day to reach maximum efficiency. Technology moved forward with rifled weapons that were more accurate at longer ranges. And coupled with advances in sighting and powder, the ability to reach out and touch your foe at longer ranges meant linear battlefield tactics were becoming obsolete in a deadly way.

Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311
Author: Scott Martin & Bernard Harris; Illustrated by: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing's latest edition in their American Revolutionary War series concentrates on the British invasion of the southern states in 1778, the first move in their "southern strategy".

Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter The Original Proposal and Early Development of the XFV-1 Salmon Part 1

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter The Original Proposal and Early Development of the XFV-1 Salmon Part 1
Author: Jared A. Zichek
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Retromechanix

Jared Zichek continues his in depth look at the US Navy Convoy Fighter competition of 1950 with this in depth look at the Lockheed Model L-200. As a bit of background, the US at the time was nervous about protecting convoys between the US and its allies after the rough go that convoys had early in WWII. The proposal was a request for a high-performance turboprop fighter to be based on those convoys and to protect them. Five companies participated including Convair, Goodyear, Martin, and Northrop as well as Lockheed. The most famous of this group was the Convair Pogo but thankfully Mr. Zichek has dug in to review the remaining one s and with that, this book focuses on Lockheed's efforts.

The book starts with the design features of the L-200 and one of the primary features is this is a VTOL aircraft meant to sit on the deck of a ship, take off vertically and fly like a normal plane and then return and land vertically. This was the early 1950's and this presented many challenges and many innovations also. There is a great discussion of what was expected as far as take off and landing, armament, and radar required and many other details.