Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Windsock World War Centenary Vol.31, No.1

Published: May 13th, 2015     
Windsock World War Centenary Vol.31, No.1
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock WWC Spring 2015 is the first edition of Volume 31.  The cover carries a banner celebrating 30 years of this publication.  This edition provides readers with what has come to be expected…a variety of expert information on WWI aviation history, aircraft modeling, articles by expert aircraft model builders, technical references and up to date information on recently announced hobby products related to the Great War. 

Panzer II vs 7TP: Poland 1939

Published: May 8th, 2015     
Panzer II vs 7TP: Poland 1939
Author: David R. Higgins, Richard Chasemore (illustrator)
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the modeling community, Osprey Publishing is well-known. I doubt that there is a modeler in this group who does not have something from Osprey in their bookshelves. They have several ongoing series that tackle a variety of topics, including the ‘Duel’ series. As the title suggests, each book concentrates on two similar pieces of equipment and how they stack up against each other. The sixty-sixth volume of the duel series tackles the opening campaign of the Second World War – the fall of Poland in the early fall of 1939. The author of the volume is David R. Higgins and the illustrator of the color plates is Richard Chasemore. At 80 pages of text, this is a fairly standard length for this series.

Panzer Colours of the III Reich

Published: May 3rd, 2015     
Panzer Colours of the III Reich
Author: Thierry Vallet
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: MMP Books

Mushroom Model Publications has published another it its “Spotlight On” series, this book featuring German armor color schemes from 1918 to 1944. Written and illustrated by Thierry Vallet this offering traces the evolution of panzer colors and camouflage from pre-war through the end of WWII. Each page features a large profile illustration of a piece of armor, in full color with a “color square” identifying the color, or colors, along with an RAL color number.

MMP provides the prospective buyer with an opportunity to view a YouTube presentation featuring this book at: https://youtu.be/xbQu6NY2sVk. The YouTube presentation shows all of the pages in the book so you will see exactly what you are buying, however the color in the actual book is far more vivid and distinct than in the YouTube video. The YouTube show does not, in that regard, do the book justice.

The publication will provide a very quick and excellent reference for the colors involved, while the profile illustrations depict the camouflage patterns or painting patterns very nicely.

Cross & Cockade International Spring 2015 Vol. 46/1

Published: May 1st, 2015     
Cross & Cockade International Spring 2015 Vol. 46/1
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2015 Vol. 46/1- is the first of the journals that will make up Volume 46. C&C I is the quarterly publication of the non-profit UK based organization known as The First World War Aviation Historical Society. They have continuously published these journals since 1970 with the objective of furthering the study of First World War Aviation History.  This journal continues the organization’s mission by providing considerable information on a wide range of WWI aviation subjects…this time delivering the interesting history and personal accounts of pilots engaged in reconnaissance flights in the early years of the war, a feature article about the Royal Navy’s ship born kite balloon operations, a tabulation of RFC aircraft supporting the British Expeditionary Force in 1914, and a six-page photo feature of aircraft from albums of the Gerhardt-Japp collection.  The journal’s cover photo of RE5 #617 from squadron 28 is an introduction to this edition’s seven-page feature on high altitude reconnaissance in 1914/15.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 2

Published: April 25th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 2
Author: Edited by Gary Hatcher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

New editor Gary Hatcher takes over the reins of Scale Aircraft Modeling and make some changes immediately in the format of the magazine. One thing you'll notice right away is the change to much more history interspersed with the modeling. Another interesting note is that many of the articles no longer have white backgrounds going to grey or blue gray in several articles. This is a first issue with these changes. The old structure and build types are gone and this concentrates more on feature articles.

For this issue, the first feature article by Tony O'Toole is refurbishment of a converted Airfix Stirling C.Mk.V. The article takes you through stripping the paint off, updating the engines with resin ones. He finishes it off with a nice paint scheme and subtle weathering.

The next article is by Francis Chapman and builds Aeroclubs 1/48 Tiger Moth in unusual marking from New Zealand's ZK-AIA. The moth scheme is quite eye catching and he also goes into getting the biplanes wings aligned properly and his rigging.

Japanese Secret Projects 2: X-Planes and Experimental Aircraft of the IJA and IJN

Published: April 16th, 2015     
Japanese Secret Projects 2: X-Planes and Experimental Aircraft of the IJA and IJN
Author: Edwin M. Dyer
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

This book is the second in a series on Japanese prototypes and secret projects. It covers many different aircraft from pre-war types to right up till the end of World War II. In all 38 types are covered in this volume with an additional section covering the nuclear weapons programs of the IJA and IJN.

The book begins with two Aichi designs. The B8A Mokusei (a slightly smaller B7A “Grace” with straight non-folding wings) and the S1A1 Denko are discussed. The Denko was a lovely design for a twin engine night fighter. Ordered into production, it would never take to the air as both prototypes and the Aichi factories were destroyed in raids by B-29s.

Japanese Secret Projects - Experimental Aircraft of the IJA and the IJN 1939-1945 (Volume 1)

Published: April 14th, 2015     
Japanese Secret Projects - Experimental Aircraft of the IJA and the IJN 1939-1945 (Volume 1)
Author: Edwin M. Dwyer III
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Originally published in 2009 as a single volume, this book has now been republished as Volume 1 of a multi-volume set.  The author has had access to previously unpublished information regarding Japanese Army and Navy aircraft designs during World War II and has put together a very interesting look at what could have been.

The book is a hardbound volume with a nice dust jacket cover that has color illustrations of several of the designs discussed in the book.  The book is printed on glossy paper which helps the many illustrations and color photographs to stand out.  It includes not only color illustrations of the each design, often in hypothetical squadron markings, based on squadrons that actually existed during the war, but also includes numerous color photographs of surviving airframes, many of which are in a sad state of repairs while awaiting restoration.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 1

Published: April 8th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Neil Robinson takes his second go around as interim editor and comes up with a second great issue. While the previous formats have been consistent, this interim issue is a collections of great articles and two aviation in profile and all the expected news on new releases and current in stock materials. There is also a really nice review of the Nuremberg Show Report.

The first article is an excellent upgrade of Revell's 1/72 Halifax built as a 6 group RCAF Halifax B.II Series IA built by Tony O'Toole. Changes include filling in some windows and reconfiguring others along with using a Freightdog set. The results are superb. Bonus real pictures and a history of the plane were included.

Andy Scott builds Revell's wonderful 1/48 Ventura as a Mark II. Alley Cats OOP blistered canopy was used to replicate this mark. Other changes include his method to fill the correct lines and Ultracast wheels were used.

In the middle of the build, there is an excellent Aviation in Profile of the Ventura in its many markings with a fold out of 1/72 scale drawings.

Junkers Ju 52, A History: 1930-1945

Published: April 5th, 2015     
Junkers Ju 52, A History: 1930-1945
Author: Robert Forsyth with Eddie J. Creek