Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs. IJN Yamato Class Battleships

Published: October 3rd, 2015     
US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs. IJN Yamato Class Battleships
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Duel series with the 68th book in this installment. The Duel Series examines the relative strengths and weaknesses of two adversaries across a particular conflict. This particular volume turns its attention to the US Navy Carrier group’s aircraft versus the IJN Yamato class battleships.

For the Duel series, the chapters are organized as follows:

T-64 Main Battle Tank

Published: October 3rd, 2015     
T-64 Main Battle Tank
Author: Steven J. Zaloga, illustrated by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

The New Vanguard series is Osprey’s long running series that looks at weapon systems through the ages. One of their most prolific authors, Steven J. Zaloga, has turned his considerable talents toward one of the most least understood Soviet Main Battle Tanks, the T-64. Unlike other Soviet tanks that were exported around the world and have seen combat, the T-64 has largely remained within the confines of the old Soviet Union, making this volume on the slim side. As with all Osprey books, this one includes color profiles by Ian Palmer, a cut away of the vehicle, and plenty of photographs.

U-47 in Scapa Flow The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939

Published: September 29th, 2015     
U-47 in Scapa Flow The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Peter Dennis and Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing’s latest edition in their Raid series looks at sinking of the HMS Royal Oak by German U-boat U-47 in 1939.  From the website: "At the outset of World War II, Scapa Flow was supposed to be the safe home base of the British Navy - nothing could penetrate the defences of this bastion. So how, in the dead of night, was Gunther Prien's U-47 able to slip through the line of protective warships to sink the mighty Royal Oak? This book provides the answer with an account of one of the most daring naval raids in history. Drawing on the latest underwater archaeological research, this study explains how Prien and his crew navigated the North Sea and Kirk Sound to land a devastating blow to the British."

Cruisers of the 1st Rank. Avrora, Diana, Pallada

Published: September 27th, 2015     
Cruisers of the 1st Rank. Avrora, Diana, Pallada
Author: Aleksiey V. Skvorcov
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is Mushroom Model Publications’ sixth book in their Maritime series. It is a translation of the same title in Russian published in 2012 (ISBN 978-5-904180-57-7) and is a monograph dedicated to the service of three Imperial Russian 415’ Protected Cruisers: “Aurora, Diana” and Pallada”. All three participated in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the Aurora and Diana participated in World War I in the Baltic Sea. The Aurora participated in the Siege of Leningrad, one of the bloodiest battles in World War II. A video trailer of the book can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RJukrtoauDos. Four A3 folded up plans, printed on both sides, detailing the side and top views are included from the (Russian) State Naval Archives collection. I counted 224 black and white photos and 88 drawings or sets of drawings (not counting the four sheets of folded drawings). Additionally, there are six specification tables to compare other nation’s ships against and three maps.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 7

Published: September 27th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 7
Author: Gary Hatcher, Editor
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Scale Aircraft Modelling's September 2015 issue comes packed with great build articles of some unique planes as well as continuing its fine history and modelling articles with everything from new kits, scratchbuilds and older kits.  

Ken Duffey builds Trumpeters 1/72 J-15 which also includes a flight deck. Several of Mr. Duffeys pictures are also included showing the wing folding mechanisms. The finished models looks great with the plane poised for launch.

Revell of Germany’s 1/144 Airbus A330-330 gets built two ways- one in Delta Airline markings and a shot of the same plane in Thai Airways markings. While released almost a decade ago, the kit still produces beautiful looking airliners.

Tony O’Toole’s article on the Short Sterling A Mk. IV and its participation in Operation Market Garden offer a review of a historic plane and one of its efforts. The article is both well written and extremely well illustrated.

Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-1945

Published: September 25th, 2015     
Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-1945
Author: Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the very beginning of the Second World War, Great Britain was aided in her naval war against the Axis Powers by officers and sailors of her former colonies, or Dominions, as they were formally known. In this Osprey New Vanguard edition, naval historian Angus Konstam begins by describing the somewhat complicated arrangement of how Britain’s former possessions were differentiated as colonies, protectorates and Dominions. Dominions, known as Commonwealth Nations after 1926, were described as “autonomous communities within the British Empire”, and were to varying degrees, responsible for their own defense, yet were expected to contribute to the overall defense of the empire as a whole.

Building the WingNut Wings AEG G IV

Published: September 14th, 2015     
Building the WingNut Wings AEG G IV
Author: Author: Ray Rimell Illustrator: Ronny Bar
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Windsock Datafiles

Ray Rimell starts it off with “A steep learning curve…. Building one of the WNW AEG kits is not for the faint-hearted…” This is the fourth Modeling Special that WindSock has done and like the three that preceded it, it is simply amazing. If you have any intention of buying the WingNut Wings AEG G. IV, or for that matter any AEG G. IV, you will want this book. The rest of Ray Rimell’s quote tells you why: …but with patience and care the results can prove simply spectacular!”. Illustrated with over 230 photos, this 60-page (card covers get it to 64) guide provides a great supplement to the WindSock Datafile 51 on the AEG G. IV. Ronny Bar provides six color profiles as a ‘pull out’ centerfold with short descriptions of each profile.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 6

Published: September 9th, 2015     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 37, Issue 6
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33643
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Scale Aircraft Modelling's August 2015 issue continues its fine history and modelling articles with everything from new kits, scratchbuilds and older kits.  

The articles start with an Academy 1/48 F-4J Phantom built by Bill Clark. He adds Hypersonic Models canopy set and Quickboost resin seats to build an RAF Phantom in a  unique turquoise scheme. The finished build looks great.

Andy McCabe builds Revell's 1/144 747-8F in Cargolux markings. The kit is built on a stand with an excellent paint job. Airliners and cargo planes never seem to get enough attention and this is a wonderful article covering just such a subject.

Meng Models 1/72 Kayaba Katsuodori Ramjet fighter is built by Mike Williams. Not only does he do an excellent review of the kit, he fits it to a modified Ki-67 turned into a Ki-109. 

Gary Hatcher builds Trumpeters 1/48 Supermarine Attacker FB.2 using Aires wheel wells, Airwaves PE and Xtradecals markings. One thing Mr. Hatcher noted was the incorrect landing gear and that can be corrected by a SAC set. The finished results are excellent.

The Fairey Firefly - F.Mk.1 to U.Mk.9

Published: September 7th, 2015     
The Fairey Firefly - F.Mk.1 to U.Mk.9
Author: Paul Bradley
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Company: SAM Publications

Years ago when I got back into plastic modeling in a serious sort of way, I saw the 1/72 Airfix kit of the Fairey Firefly on a hobby store shelf and was taken by the box art of this big bird. Of course I bought it. I confess after all these years, it’s still on my shelf but with the arrival of this book authored by Paul Bradley, I’ve been inspired to put it on my short list. Along with the other two kits of the aircraft I have.

Teaming up with artist Srecko Bradic, Paul’s put together a 96-page tome covering all the details, variants, and history one could hope for on any one aircraft. Sharp photos---most in color---plus 34 color profiles from Bradic populate the pages. The author also provides a modeler’s section covering three 1/72 Firefly builds, one 1/48 scale one, plus two pages of “Kitography” listing all the available kits as well as aftermarket decal sheets.

US Marine vs NVA Soldier - Vietnam 1967-68

Published: September 4th, 2015     
US Marine vs NVA Soldier - Vietnam 1967-68
Author: David R. Higgins; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Marc K Blackburn, IPMS# 42892