Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Windsock Datafile 61 – Brandenburg W12

Published: March 31st, 2015     
Windsock Datafile 61 – Brandenburg W12
Author: Peter M. Grosz
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Worldwide interest in Wingnut Wings’ announcement of a new 1:32 scale Brandenburg W12 floatplane kit along with Copper State Models recent 1:48 scale kit releases have prompted Albatros Productions to offer model builders a limited edition reprinting of its long-out-of-print Datafile 61 covering the Brandenburg W12.  It is one of three reprints of Datafiles covering WWI floatplanes to be announced this year.

Brandenburg W29 - Windsock Datafile 55

Published: March 31st, 2015     
Brandenburg W29 - Windsock Datafile 55
Author: P. M. Grosz
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

With Wingnut Wings release of dual boxings of WWI floatplane kits, Albatros Productions has decided to again offer a limited edition reprinting of its long-out-of-print Datafile 55 – Brandenburg W29.  The subject must be a popular one because this is the second time Albatros has reprinted this Datafile.

The Weathering Magazine - Issue 10 - Water

Published: March 29th, 2015     
The Weathering Magazine - Issue 10 - Water
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Company: AMMO – by Mig Jimenez

In recent years the art of realistically weathering models, of almost any genre, has been both a heated topic and a much sought after skill, one that has been changing and evolving regularly. Modelers from different areas of the globe often have very different techniques, which come through as very different results on their finished products. Some of these are very subtle and must be carefully examined to detect all of the nuances while others are very bold and jump right out at the viewer. Some modelers are happy to share their weathering techniques and others are reluctant to reveal the secrets to their incredible finishes.

Fortunately for us, AMMO products, by Mig Jimenez, has worked to pull together a group of modelers with the former traits: not only happy to share, but willing and able to put it into words and pictures these techniques for all to see and try. AMMO presents their work in “The Weathering Magazine”.

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The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years

Published: March 27th, 2015     
The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years
Author: Marat Khairulin, Boris Stepanov
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

On the heels of Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945, Romanian Fighter Colours 1941-1945, Hungarian Fighter Colours 1930-1945, and Swedish Fighter Colours 1925-1954, comes MMP’s latest tome. This book, focused on the ‘Early Years’ is planned to be followed by at least four additional volumes on the ‘Great War’ (Volume 2), ‘Red Stars’ (Volume 3), and ‘Against Soviets’ (Volume 4).  The authors leaned heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums.

The book is a nice hardbound volume, with a nice glossy cover, and 176 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish.  Mainly black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, colour side and top views, and colour unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable.

The colourful introduction ‘Dream of Wings’ presents a nice summary of the history of flight in Russia up to the beginnings of the Russian Aero Clubs in 1909.  The next section on the Aero Clubs provides 18 pages of photos and colour illustrations depicting foreign aircraft along with Russian designed aircraft.

Model Art December 2014 No. 906

Published: March 26th, 2015     
Model Art December 2014 No. 906
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty eight years.

The December issue starts off with seven pages of models and modeling tools that were shown at the 2014 All Japan Plamodel Hobby Show

The main article this month is a feature using several model ship kits that were released in 2014. The article is composed of in progress shots of the kits, a diorama, line drawings and archive photos. Some of the kits used are the Fujimi 1/700 IJN Light Cruiser Kitakami 1945, Aoshima 1/700 IJN Seaplane tender Kimikawa-Maru and the Gallery 1/350 USS Intrepid. 

Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course, Modeling JASDF and IJA/IJN Airplane Illustrated.

Model Art November 2014 No. 904

Published: March 26th, 2015     
Model Art November 2014 No. 904
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty eight years.

The November issue starts off with two quick articles. The first is a build article of the Zoukei-Mura SWS 1/48 Ta152H-1 and the second is on the Daco Products 1/48 F-104 Starfighter Improvement & Correction set.

The main article this month covers the design and development of the JGSDF Type 61 Tank. This article features five different 1/35 scale model kits including two different versions of the Type 61. The other three are a M4A3E8, M-46 and a T-34/85. These are used in the article to show the lineage to the Type 61. There is a multitude of color photos of these models throughout the article. Also included is a some technical drawings and a write up about Japans armor progression from the beginning of the JGSDF to modern times.

Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course, MA event report, Modeling JASDF and IJA/IJN Airplane Illustrated

Ju-88 Volume One – From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Airplane

Published: March 23rd, 2015     
Ju-88 Volume One – From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Airplane
Author: William Medcalf
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Specialty Press

Specialty Press and Crecy Publications bring us an outstanding study of the Ju-88 airplane. The book has a total of 15 chapters, which covers the historical backdrop under which the Ju-88 was developed, includes very detailed analysis on other prototypes and German bombers, even allied bombers in a similar class and then it delves into the evolution of the Ju-88 from the A-1 model, to the late war models and the long range maritime fighter patrol.

The chapters are

Windsock Datafile 82 - Felixstowe F.2A

Published: March 22nd, 2015     
Windsock Datafile 82 - Felixstowe F.2A
Author: J. M. Bruce
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This datafile, written by the great J. M. Bruce was originally published in 2000.  It has long been sold out and has now been reprinted in limited quantities.  This is great news for aviation enthusiasts who missed the book the first time and also to modelers who are the proud owners of recent kits from Roden and from Wingnut Wings.

This datafile is larger than most at 42 pages and the pages are full of great photos, a detailed discussion of the Felixstowe aircraft and detail photos of such areas as the cockpit, construction, armament etc.  An excellent feature of the book is a discussion of Camouflage and Markings written by Ray Rimell which covers some of the great dazzle schemes applied to the Felixstowe.  Profiles of these schemes are contained on the rear cover.  As usual with the datafile series, detailed 1/48 and 1/72 scale multi-view drawings are included.  These also contain information of the beaching trolley.

Naval Fighters Number Ninety-Nine: Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider/Part Two – U.S. Navy Squadrons

Published: March 18th, 2015     
Naval Fighters Number Ninety-Nine: Douglas AD/A-1 Skyraider/Part Two – U.S. Navy Squadrons
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Company: Ginter Books

I’ve been hooked on Steve Ginter’s publications ever since I came upon his first ones which more or less amounted to just decent-size pamphlets in thickness, with no color.  Since then, I have managed to glom onto a pretty good collection of his Naval Fighter Series and companion Air Force Legends Series as well. 

Each successive Ginter book seems to set the bar a little bit higher, being a little better than the last one.  For modelers or historians, they contain a wealth of information, photographs, drawings, specifications, and history.  I consider them among the best reference sources in my stash for my facets of the hobby.

Tiger! - The DH82 Tiger Moth

Published: March 15th, 2015     
Tiger! - The DH82 Tiger Moth
Author: Stuart McKay
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Stuart McKay has updated his out-of-print seminal 1999 edition on the Tiger Moth, Midland Publishing’s 272 page tome, “Tiger Moth, De Havilland’s Legendary Trainer”.  If you ask, just who Stuart McKay is, I would have to answer that he is Mr. Tiger Moth.  Stuart McKay has been fond of Tiger Moths since his teenage years and is the founding Secretary of the de Havilland Moth Club (Since 1975) and is the editor of the de Havilland Moth Club.