Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Douglas C-54/R5D Skymaster and DC-4

Published: December 13th, 2016     
Douglas C-54/R5D Skymaster and DC-4
Author: Charles Stafrace; Illustrator: Richard J. Caruana
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Warpaint’s latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication that is 92 pages (excluding covers) on the Douglas C-54/R5D Skymaster and DC-4. I counted 213 photographs (141 in color) along with 34 of Richard J. Caruana’s color profiles. Richard J. Caruana also contributes the centerfold (eight A4 pages) that features nine line drawings, all in 1/72 scale.

The Gladius: The Roman Short Sword

Published: December 10th, 2016     
The Gladius: The Roman Short Sword
Author: M.C. Bishop
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Gladius by M. C. Bishop is his first book for Osprey Publishing and probably not his last (indeed his next book on the Roman heavy javelin is due to be released in May 2017). Mike has been writing since 1983 primarily on archaeology. As part of his interest in archaeology, he has become a prolific artist in black and white illustrations, some of which are found in this book. Many of his works are available or referenced on his web site, www.mcbishop.co.uk . He spends his free time doing freelance work in publishing (editing, typesetting, proofreading, etc.) and runs a considerable number of websites primarily devoted to the Roman military. Interestingly, in additions to being a model builder (Airfix), Mike Bishop has been flying in gliders since 2004.

Arab MiGs Volume 6: October 1973 War, Part 2

Published: December 4th, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 6: October 1973 War, Part 2
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Albert Grandolini, Lon Nordeen, and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Volume four in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the Attrition War from 1967 through 1973 and was published October 19, 2013. Volume five in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the lead up and first days of the October 1973 war and was published November 19, 2014.

Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1

Published: December 2nd, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 5: October 1973 War, Part 1
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, Holger Müller , and Martin Smisek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War and was published October 24, 2012. Volume four in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the Attrition War from 1967 through 1973 and was published October 19, 2013. There is a sixth volume that follows in this series that continues with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 114 black and white photographs, 106 color pictures, 55 color side profiles, and nine maps.

Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions

Published: November 30th, 2016     
Lockheed Blackbird Beyond The Secret Missions
Author: Paul F Crickmore
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Publisher

In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about.

I was given the opportunity by IPMS and Osprey Publishing recently to review this book on the Lockheed Blackbird. This book has excellent details from the beginning of the program to the final disposition of the aircraft. This book is well written with many details and tons of pictures that I have never seen before and I have been a fan of the Blackbird since I was a child. If you are a fan of the blackbird or aircraft in general you will be amazed by the level of detail from the planes, the pilots, and the missions. If there is one book to have this should be it and would make a great addition to anyone’s library. Below I have brief details of each chapter.