Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.

Published: January 16th, 2017     
Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen – A Visual History of German Army’s Multi-Purpose Vehicles.
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle books

The book explores the history of both the Kubelwagen and the Schwimmwagen in photos.

The visual history series of book mixes rare and visual stunning archival imagery with pictures of restored vehicles.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of both vehicles. A number of photos that I had never seen before made this a very fascinating book. I could spend hours looking at the pictures that are worth a million words! There are some wonderful pictures showing captured versions – idea for model inspiration.

The pictures depict many versions of the vehicles and there is some very detailed walk around photos included. The close up pictures are great at showing the details of the vehicles.

I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in these vehicles; it has great reference photos. It is a great book for modelers.

I look forward greatly to others in the series, especially if they are by David Doyle.

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book for review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review this book for them.

B-58 Hustler in Action

Published: January 15th, 2017     
B-58 Hustler in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The book is one of Squadron Signal series Aircraft in Action. It explores the history and development of the Convair B-58 Hustler. I have always loved this aircraft design and was very happy to have this book added to my reference library. The pictures of the B-58 in production and maintenance were something I really liked to see.

The book has some extremely interesting and diverse photos of the iconic B-58, there are over 200 photographs included. The photos show the classic lines and design of this wonderful symbol of the early cold war. The book drew me in to the point that I had to pull the B-58 model out of my stash ready to start building, using the book for valuable reference.

This book should be in every aircraft lover’s library and I recommend this book to everyone. The great reference photos are ideal for all modelers. The pictures and drawings of the aircraft during development, prototyping and production are very good and many I had never seen before

Thanks go to David Doyle for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Consolidated Vultee XB-46 Air Force Legends #221

Published: January 12th, 2017     
Consolidated Vultee XB-46 Air Force Legends #221
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Ginter Books

This book comes in the now familiar red cover with type photo and follows the series normal format. The XB-46 was one of four entries into the competition for a jet-powered medium bomber. They were along with the XB-46; the North American XB-45, Boeing XB-47 and Martin XB-48. Boeing was allowed to use swept-wing research captured from the Germans on their design.

Of the other three straight winged designs the XB-45 was the winner and received a production order. That being said Convair’s XB-46 was one of the most beautiful and elegant straight wing jet designs ever conceived. The long thin 113 foot Davis wing and 105 foot cylindrical fuselage combination was most aesthetically pleasing.

The book begins with the development of the design and construction. Paying strict attention to the details, including a full range of cockpit detail photographs, other crew position area as well as aircraft systems from pneumatic to fuel to weapons to engines.

Detail & Scale: Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan Awakens a Sleeping Giant, expanded 75th Anniversary Digital Edition

Published: January 12th, 2017     
Detail & Scale:  Attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan Awakens a Sleeping Giant, expanded 75th Anniversary Digital Edition
Author: author Bert Kinzey, art by Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for updating and enhancing an excellent historical recounting of the Pearl Harbor attack, coinciding with the 75th anniversary year. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review this updated volume. I truly appreciate the improved format, increased content, and the effective methods for researching new details and history of this world-altering event.

Overview

The 2016 new edition updates an out-of-print 2010 publication that was requested by the USS Arizona Memorial Foundation. A very significant plus of this updated digital version is the inclusion of a great deal of new material. The design requirements and other practical realities of the 2010 print copy required much omission of quality material. The new digital version has roughly six times more descriptive narrative, four times as many photos, double the maps, more color illustrations, and four new chapters compared to the 2010 print copy.

Vanished Hero

Published: January 12th, 20