Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits
Author: Craig Kodera
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Specialty Press

This book covers model kit development during the 1950s and 1960s as well as the collectability of these kits and the current value of some. It gives the reader what to look for and to look out for when delving into the world of kit collecting.

By default all model builders become kit collectors in some shape or fashion. Many of us buy more than we will build to ensure that we have that kit or marking set on hand. Or to be certain with some of the short run or resin kits that we don’t miss out on a subject. But for many they seek to build a collection of kits never to be built but amassed like others do with comic books, autographs. Militaria and the like!

Model Art Modelling Magazine No. 53, 2014 Autumn - Vessel Model Special

Published: December 10th, 2014     
Model Art Modelling Magazine No. 53, 2014 Autumn - Vessel Model Special
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s special quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. As with the regular Model Art Magazine this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles. 

The feature article in the Autumn 2014 Vessel Model Special is on the IJN Battleship "Ise and "Hyuga". The article uses period photos and models to show the changes made to these battleships during the course of their life. If you are not familiar with either of these ships, the changes that were made was the inclusion of a flight deck to the rear of the ships. Included are several build articles and one scratch built 1/96 IJN Battleship Ise.  

German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 1

Published: December 6th, 2014     
German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 1
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

MMP Books has released Vol 1 (more to come!) in their “Inside” series, entitled, “German Aircraft Instrument Panels”

Volume 1 features instrument faces and instrument panel illustrations for six Luftwaffe aircraft, those being the Bf-109F-4, Bf-110E, Fi-156 Storch, Fw-190A-3, Hs-123, and the Ju-88A-4. In North America, Casemate is the distributor for MMP.

Model Art IJN Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 #1

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Model Art IJN Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 #1
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.      

This is a special issue released by Model Art covering plastic model aircraft of the IJN in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The book is broken down into six sections. Interceptors, Night Fighters, Land - based Attackers and Bombers, Trainers, Experimental and Reconnaisance Land - Based Aircraft and Foreign - Made Aircafts and others.

Each section includes photos of finished models, period photos, available kits, year released and a rating system for a lot of them. The ratings are from one to five stars and you find most of the older kits tend to have a lower rating, but this not always the case as some of the recent releases have some lower ratings.

The very last part of the article consists of minor scale plastic kits (1/100, 1/144 and 1/700).

The rest of the magazine consists of hobby shop ads.    

US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75

Published: November 30th, 2014     
US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75
Author: Mark E. Stille, illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at Osprey Publishing for providing this new publication for review.Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to explore a fascinating historical documentation and description of the last class of heavy cruisers.  The book was particularly interesting to me, since my father and one of my college professors served aboard the Newport News.  This volume follows a previous release by the author describing the pre-war heavy cruisers, also published by Osprey.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10
Author: Jay Laverty Publisher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and seven Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with DAI Williams build of Wingnut Wings 1/32 Fokker D.VII. Mr. Williams covers how to make single color areas less drab and add contrast. He also used Albion Alloys thread, Bob's Buckles turnbuckles and AVIATTIC lozenge decals to improve the kit.

Next up is James Ashton's build of the newer Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk. II. He gives it the full meal deal with Barracuda cast everything and spends a lot of time getting the finish just right on this heavily weathered plane using multiple techniques..

Next up, Sjon van der Heiden builds Czech Models 1/48 XF-85 Goblin and makes it into a nice little diorama of an emergency landing on a dry lake bed with tractors and airmen present. This is an excellent tutorial on doing a metal aircraft with only a brush- no airbrush was used and the result is excellent

Model Art October 2014 No. 902

Published: November 29th, 2014     
Model Art October 2014 No. 902
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 October issue starts off with several small articles which include the IJA/N Airplane Illustrated and a build article on the Tamiya 1/35 WW1 British Tank Mk. IV Male. This features a beautiful diorama and photos of a Mk. I, Mk II and Mk. IV and a opened up MK. IV.

The main article this month features the IJN Carrier Akagi shown through models in the different configurations of it's career. This article consists of thirty two pages and utilizes several 1/700 scale models and one 1/350 models. Most of the configurations are of the single flight deck, but one model is of the "Three flight deck" version. This aricle consists of multiple color photos and many helpful tips on making the most accurate looking Akagi.  

 Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course and Modeling JASDF.

Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution
Author: John F Winkler; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the months before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Pennsylvania and Virginia had disputing claims over the trans-Appalachian area that would become southern Ohio and Kentucky. This area had been ceded by the French at the end of the French and Indian War, aka the Seven Years War. Of course, the native people, the Shawnee, Mingo, and their allies including members of the Delaware, Miami, Ojibwe, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Wyandot, also contested the rights to his land.

In time, the colonists allied with each other and sent militias to take the land under the leadership of Virginia’s governor, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (Lord Dunmore). The regular armies, i.e., the Redcoats did not participate to any great degree in this campaign which culminated in the Battle of Point Pleasant at the convergence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers near present day Charleston, WV.

Model Art - Air Model Special No. 07: IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Model Art - Air Model Special  No. 07: IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art has published No.7 in the series labeled, “Air Model Special” and this issue focuses on the Ki-61 Hien.

Some 60 pages in this issue are dedicated to coverage a number of different kits of the Ki-61, by a variety of different kit manufacturers, and in multiple scales. The photography is stunning, but then that has long been a feature of Model Art publications. The workmanship displayed in the models is world class and the images provide an excellent resource for detailing, painting, and markings.

This issue, were it to offer nothing more than the excellent article on the Ki-61, would be worth the cost, but it also includes short articles on a number of other subjects.

Featured is an article entitled, “V/STOL, Part 1, First Flight 50th Anniversary Part 1: First Generation Harriers. Some excellent images of Harriers “in the field” are accompanied by several pages of profile drawings. Some are in black and while, while most are in full color showing stencils and national markings, camo schemes and Squadron markings.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 9

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 9
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. There does seem to be a trend to add more feature articles and that is a very good thing as the builds are superb. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and six Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with Jay Laverty's build review of the Fisher Models 1/32nd F7U Cutlass. He details some upgrades to the wheel wells and how to handle such a large resin kit. A good description of his way to get a true white base coat sprayed is also a highlight of the article.

Next up is Mr. Laverty's continuing build of the new Airfix 1/24th Scale Typhoon. In this installment, the engine is built and wired and added to the already finished main spar/cockpit assembly. the conclusion is in Decembers issue and I can't wait to see it.

Next up, James Campling builds HobbyBoss 1/48th A-6E and what a build it is- excellent bombs from Eduard, a superb , subtle paint job and great weathering. How good is it? I went and bought the kit!