Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Flying the Icon: Spitfire

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Flying the Icon: Spitfire
Author: Jarrod Cotter
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Fighting High Publishers

Description

The Supermarine Spitfire is not only one of the most famous British icons, but it is arguably the most widely-recognized and popular aircraft in the history of aviation. For many generations, it was said to be 'every schoolboy's dream' to fly a Spitfire, and Flying the Icon: Spitfire aims to give the reader an insight into what that requires.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of Prototype K5054 on 5 March 1936, author Jarrod Cotter presents something entirely different from the previously published histories of the Spitfire. Having spent a great deal of time talking to Spitfire pilots past and present, attending flight operations briefings and Spitfire pilot training courses, he has used his 'insider's' perspective to produce a book solely on flying this most iconic of all fighters.

Dutch Armies of the 80 Years’ War 1568–1648 (1): Infantry

Published: March 25th, 2017     
Dutch Armies of the 80 Years’ War 1568–1648 (1): Infantry
Author: Author: Bouko de Groot Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the first of two volumes with the second volume due out later this year that will cover the Cavalry, Artillery, and Engineers. Bouko de Groot was inspired to write these two volumes since there is a notable absence of any English language titles about the 80 years' war. I counted 37 black and white photographs or illustrations. There are also thirty six color illustrations. Additionally, there is a map depicting the 125 battles during the eighty years' war.

Military History has always fascinated Bouko de Groot. He earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Egyptology from Leiden University. Bouko de Groot served in the Dutch Army and has authored a number of academic, popular scientific and business journalistic articles. He spent at least eight years working in Shanghai working for IHS Fairplay, publishing daily online maritime news, along with weekly and monthly magazines.

Westland Scout & Wasp

Published: March 25th, 2017     
Westland Scout & Wasp
Author: Adrian M. Balch
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Warpaint Books, Ltd.

Warpaint's latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication in 52 pages (including covers) on the Westland Scout and Wasp helicopters. The book is split into two, with the first half dedicated to the Westland Scout and the second to the Westland Wasp. I counted 122 color photographs and 19 black and white pictures, along with 32 of Richard J. Caruana's color profiles. Richard J. Caruana also contributes the four 1/48 line drawings.

Panzer 38(t) vs BT-7: Barbarossa 1941

Published: March 17th, 2017     
Panzer 38(t) vs BT-7: Barbarossa 1941
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Steven J. Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John and Muriel Zaloga on February 1, 1952. Steven earned his undergraduate degree cum laude in history at Union College and his Masters degree in history at Columbia University. He obtained a Certificate in International Affairs from the graduate program of the University of Cracow. He has worked in the aerospace industry for some twenty years as an analyst specializing in missiles, precision guided munitions and unarmed aerial vehicles. Steven has served with a federal think tank, Defense Analyses. He was the writer director for The Discovery Channel's "Firepower" series from 1987 to 1992. He has authored many books on military technology, especially in armored warfare. Steven is a noted scale armor modeler and is a member of AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society).

Illustrator Jim Laurier, a native of New England, provides the color profiles. Jim has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and has been featured in hundreds of aviation books.