Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Carlson’s Raiders Makin Island 1942

Published: August 21st, 2014     
Carlson’s Raiders Makin Island 1942
Author: Author: Gordon L. Rottman; Illustrators: Johnny Shumate Mark Stacey
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Company: Osprey Publishing

Background

The 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942 to stop further Japanese expansion.   On August 17–18, 1942, the US Marine Corps’ 2nd Raider Battalion conducted an amphibious raid on the Japanese-occupied Makin Island in the South Pacific. This operation was intended to divert Japanese reinforcements bound for Guadalcanal, over 1,000 miles to the southwest. The Raiders were to destroy the seaplane base and radio station, take prisoners, and collect intelligence. The Raiders suffered heavy causalities and even left some Marines behind, but the raid was an invaluable test of the innovative training and tactics employed by the Raiders, and a crucial boost to national morale at this difficult stage in the war.

F - 111 & EF - 111 Units in Combat

Published: August 21st, 2014     
F - 111 & EF - 111 Units in Combat
Author: Author: Peter Davies; Illustrator: Rolando Ugolini
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publications is well known for their books on military history and vehicles. This book is a follow up to the earlier Osprey release "General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark", review can be found here http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/general-dynamics-f-111-aardvark .

The book starts with a brief overview of the beginnings of the F-111 and some the growing pains that the F-111 encountered, This book covers all the conflicts that the F-111 was involved. These are as follows Vietnam, El Dorado Canyon (Libya Raid), Desert Storm and a few skirmishes the RAAF were involved in. In each of these sections the author goes into great detail covering the positives and negatives encountered by this aircraft in these actions. Overall the F-111 in combat performed superbly even though in the beginning of its career it encountered many growing pains due to fact of it being rushed into service before it was ready.

The book is loaded with mostly color photographs with a few black and white ones. There is also nine pages with thirty color plates of different aircraft.

Jagdpanther vs SU-100 Eastern Front

Published: August 21st, 2014     
Jagdpanther vs SU-100 Eastern Front
Author: David R. Higgins
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

Both German and Soviet military theorists in the years leading up to WW2 incorporated tanks into their battle plans to exploit breakthroughs in the enemy’s lines.  These tanks incorporated turrets capable of rotating 360 degrees, thus making them expensive and time consuming to produce and maintain.  Little thought on either side was put into providing the slower moving foot soldiers with self propelled artillery or anti tank capabilities.  The Germans were the first to see the utility of providing their troops with SPGs, with the introduction of the Sturmgeschutz (StuG) and Sturmartillerie, self propelled tracked vehicles with limited traverse guns protruding out the front end of the vehicle, and capable of knocking out enemy hard points and limited anti tank duties.  Such vehicles were cheaper to manufacture than tanks.  It wasn’t until the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 that Soviet military planners began to see the advantages of turretless vehicles, having run headlong into the German StuGs etc.

Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War

Published: August 20th, 2014     
Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

For those readers not familiar with this series of publications, they are published by Ampersand Publishing, the firm responsible for the excellent Military Models in Review (MMiR) armor modeling magazine edited by Pat Stansell, one of my favorite magazines.  As the title suggests, each issue of Allied-Axis contains a number of photo journal articles covering various aspects of the Second World War.  The issue under review today contains three separate articles.  For the most part, each page of any given issue is devoted to a single photograph, with an appropriate written caption.  Thus the detail contained in each photograph is extremely good, due to its size.  For the most part, the clarity of each photograph varies from good to superb, depending on the quality of the original print used.  The Journal paper quality utilized is also very good.  Each segment/article starts off with a short written introduction of the subject covered, followed by page after page of photos with their captions.

Issue 31 consists of three articles of varying length:

RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War

Published: August 18th, 2014     
RAF Canberra Units of the Cold War
Author: Andrew Brookes
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

I knew that Canberras had been used in the 1956 Suez Campaign, the 1990-91 Gulf War, the 1995-96 Bosnia affair and the Operation Telic, the 2003 Iraq war.  This book showed me a number of facets of the Canberra’s career as the longest lasting RAF aircraft, from the first production in 1951 to the retirement of the PR.9s in 2006.  Yes, 55 years.  The Canberra replaced Lancasters, Lincolns and Washingtons (B-29s) and was itself superseded by Jaguars and Tornadoes.

There were actually three Canberra missions; tactical bomber, nuclear bomber and photo-reconnaissance.

This book follows only the RAF Canberras, not the American (B-57), Argentina, Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, India, New Zealand, Peru, Rhodesia, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela, West Germany, or Zimbabwe. 

I learned that Canberras had been deployed to protect Kuwait from invasion by Iraq, but this was in 1961. 

Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2

Published: August 13th, 2014     
Aces High Aircraft Modeling Magazine, Issue 2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: AK Interactive

AK Interactive offers a wide variety of items for the modeler, from paint and weathering sets, to books, to model kits. The website is easy to navigate and offers a button to provide an “English” translation. Another button offers a currency exchange calculator from Euros (the posted pricing) to US dollars.

AK is on Facebook and has a YouTube presence. To quote the AK YouTube link, “AK's Official YouTube Channel (will) show Advanced Techniques, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks and many more things. Currently working on it :-)”

AK provided a copy of Aces High issue No.2 for review. This issue focuses on aircraft of World War I, being labeled a “Centenary” edition. Also included are three additional articles featuring a set of figures, a truck, and a piece of airfield equipment.

Let it be clear that AK wants the reader to use the line of AK paints that are available, but far more than a self-promotional publication, this issue of Aces High is a “how to” guide for achieving some spectacular painting effects and assembly using some of the outstanding WWI kits in today’s market.

The Big Macks - A Visual History Of The Mack Wheeled Prime Movers In US Army Service 1940–1958

Published: August 9th, 2014     
The Big Macks - A Visual History Of The Mack Wheeled Prime Movers In US Army Service 1940–1958
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The Big Macks book is part of Ampersand Publishing Company’s Visual History Series - single-subject reference books featuring a historical introduction followed by extensive black-and-white period and walk-around photographs. The book is by renowned military author David Doyle, has 112 pages with two pages of text, and the remaining pages are all photographs. There are no ads.

The two pages of text is the Introduction, which provides a brief history of development of the various Mack truck models from the early NO-1, 2, 3, which were all prime movers. The introduction also describes the next two models, NO-4 and NO-5, which were wreckers rather than prime movers. The NO-4 trucks were used by the Army Air Forces as aircraft wreckers, whereas the NO-5 was intended for field artillery use. The NO-6 trucks were intended for Allied use through the Lend-Lease program, and the NO-7 was the final model of the wartime prime movers.

Sections include Mack NO-1, NO-2, brief descriptions of NO-3, 4, 5, 6, and NO-7. These first sections show detail close-ups of the different truck models, proving ground photos, and a few photos in operational conditions.

P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43

Published: August 8th, 2014     
P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43
Author: John Stanaway
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand the Aircraft of the Aces series with the installment of P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43.

This book is well researched and has plenty of black and white pictures, including several images of aircrafts with very decorative nose-art or ‘teeth’ in the engine cowlings. All of the depicted aircraft have the Olive Drab over Neutral Gray camouflage scheme.

The book is divided in the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Lockheed’s Hot Rod
  • Get Yamamoto!
  • New Guinea – The fighter pilot’s war
  • Twin-Tailed Dragons of the CBI
  • Mediterranean Action
  • The Mighty Eight

Each section is virtually an independent monograph and the book could be read in any order.

Scale Aircraft Modelling- August 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 6

Published: August 5th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling- August 2014 Vol. 36 Issue 6
Author: Jay Laverty
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has been a basic design and format but they changed it up with the last issue.  There are some changes again in that while there were  usually two Feature Articles, in this issue, there are five, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a usual series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with a Hasegawa 1/48 A-7D Corsair II in bright Bicentennial markings by Karl Robinson.  Special attention is paid to the paint scheme and producing the inert ordnance. Mr. Robinson also shows how to produce FOD guards and air show labels for the ordnance.

Next up is the Hobbyboss 1/48 A-7D by Jay Laverty made up with TwoBobs "Molar Mauler" decals which have a huge set of teeth on each side of the intake. The kit is weathered and looks superb.

Next up, Pierre Baudru builds Meng Models 1/72 Fiat G.91R in Portuguese markings while dressing the kit up with Eduard, Xtradecals and Flightpath sets. He added rivets to the kit and there are detailed explanations of how the camouflage was done as well as dropping the flaps.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #896, July 2014

Published: August 5th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #896, July 2014
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-six years.     

The July issue of model features a main article on vehicles mounted with an 88mm gun, a special article continued from June on the Tamiya 1/32 F-4J Black Bunny, one show report and several monthly short articles.

The issue starts of with a new product report from the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014. Following that is the special article on the Tamiya 1/32 F-4J "Black Bunny" full detail up. This is continued from the June issue. Anything and everything that could be detailed has been. Next is the IJA/N Airplane illustrated. This month covers mounted fuel tanks from a "Zero". Several color photos and color artwork.