Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

German AFV Database

Published: May 26th, 2016     
German AFV Database
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Model Art

This magazine is a listing of 1/35 scale plastic model kits for German armored fighting vehicles (AFV). Most kits are shown on one page with the manufacturer and name of the kit, plus the name of the modeler that built the sample model.

The text is mostly in Japanese, but the manufacturer, model name, and model are all listed in English also. This makes it easy to thumb through the photographs and identify the kit manufacturer. The models are all beautifully done and the color photographs illustrate the models very nicely. Some of the kits are not shown as built examples but rather photographs of the box art and sprues. There are also a few reference photos of the original vehicles.

An introductory section shows detail photos of assembly and painting of an AFV Club Schwerer Panzerspahwagen Sd. Kfz. 232, and a Dragon Tiger I.

The book includes the following sections

X-Planes of Europe II: More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971

Published: May 26th, 2016     
X-Planes of Europe II: More Secret Research Aircraft from the Golden Age 1945-1971
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Hikoki Publications

Tony Buttler was born in 1956, and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world’s most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his eighteenth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

As the title claims, this is a follow up to Tony Buttler’s first book on European X-Planes that was released in 2012 with Jean-Louis Delezenne. Due to limitations, many European X-Planes did not make the cut for the first book, and many of those are presented here. The focus is still on aircraft that actually flew, although some mockups and paper designs are included to relate a more complete story. You are also going to want to be a fan of fighters and bombers, since trainers, transports, and choppers are not represented.

From the Voisin to the Mirage, 100 years of French Aeronautic Presence in Peru

Published: May 25th, 2016     
From the Voisin to the Mirage, 100 years of French Aeronautic Presence in Peru
Author: Amaru Tincopa Gallegos
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This book is very unique in the sense that it covers one century of aviation history, but selected in a particular way: French airplanes in Peruvian Service. Let me be clear, from reading the book you learn -in great level of detail- not just about that topic in the title, but about the overall history of Peruvian Air Force (PAF), with a strong emphasis on French airplanes in the PAF.

The book is broken down in four main sections

  • Early Years (up to 1920s)
  • InterWar Years (1930’s)
  • The Deltas (1960s-Today)
  • Alouettes and Falcons (Today)

The first chapter covers mainly the history of aviation entrepreneurs and fledging military aviators in Peru. Well illustrated with period photos it helps to set the tone for the book. The second chapter covers the 1930’s years, after the Peruvian-Colombian war, a period of high tension and military readiness.

The third chapter jumps around 30 years (where probably there were no French airplanes in Peruvian services) to the mid-1960s and the entry of the Dassault Mirage in Peruvian service.

Downfall 1945

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Downfall 1945
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book covers the end of World War II in Europe from the campaign level. There is little examination of tactics or individual heroism; instead it looks at the challenges and opportunities faced by the top-level military leaders as the Third Reich neared its end.

Until I read this book, I had the concept that the Western Allies (US, Britain, France) had a pretty easy time after stopping the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944, and moved up to the Elbe River line to wait for the Russians. At the same time, I thought the Russians were pretty much beating up on the Germans and making their way toward Berlin and eventual victory. I was pretty much wrong.

After the Ardennes, the Wehrmacht was weakened, but not out of the game. They still held an area of the Netherlands that prevented the use of Antwerp as a port, making the supply situation poor to sometimes critical for the Allies. Also, after the Rhine line was taken Heeregruppe B was still occupying the Ruhr industrial area, held there by Hitler’s “No retreat” policy. So the situation in the West wasn’t a walk in the park.

Portuguese Fighter Colors 1919-1956 Piston-engine Fighters

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Portuguese Fighter Colors 1919-1956 Piston-engine Fighters
Author: Luiz Armando Tavares, Armando Jorge Soares
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

The Portuguese Air Force might have been modest in size before the jet-age, but certainly was rich in the variety of fighter airplanes they flew. Their fighter aircraft inventory included French, British and American designs, some of them acquired and pressed into service through very colorful circumstances!

The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction to the aircraft type and their service in the Portuguese Air Force, before having a section on camouflage and markings for the given aircraft being depicted in the chapter. After the section on camouflage styles and markings, the main feature of each chapter follows: numerous and gorgeous color profiles (sometime even 3-view) of different aircrafts, next to a historical picture of the airplane.