Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger

Published: May 12th, 2017     
Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: SAM Publications

Andy Evans is currently the Group Editor for the SAM magazines Scale Military Modeller International and Model Aircraft Monthly. Andy has authored at least 12 books, including Crowood's Bae/McDonnell Douglas Harrier (1998), Crowood's Panavia Tornado (1999), Cassell's Combat Search & Rescue (1999)Warpaint Books' Sepecat Jaguar (2006), SAM's The British Aerospace Sea Harrier (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 1 (2007), Dalrymple & Verdun's The Nimrod (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 2 (2008), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 3 (2008), SAM's The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (2008), SAM's The Bae (Hawker Siddeley) RAF Harrier (2010).

Combat Edge-War Fighters in Detail: US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler

Published: May 8th, 2017     
Combat Edge-War Fighters in Detail: US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler
Author: Text and Artwork- Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: SAM Publications

This second book in the new Combat Edge series from SAM Publications deals with the US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler. The book has a beautiful cover shot in glossy relief of a Prowler coming right at you.  The book covers the history and development of the Prowler, its operational history as well as a walk around and beautiful color profiles. Lastly, there are three unbelievable builds of the Prowler. More on these later.

The chapters included in the book are:

The SS Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942-1943

Published: May 4th, 2017     
The SS Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942-1943
Author: Massimiliano Afiero
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Massimiliano Afiero was born in Afragola (Naples Province) in 1969. Massimiliano is a computer programmer and teacher, but has long been a serious historian of World War II. He has been extremely active in writing articles for many history magazines in his native Italian, Spanish, and English. You can also find him as an active participant in many military history websites. Massimiliano has personally interviewed many Waffen-SS veterans and has published their experiences in World War II. He published his first book, 'Hitler's Foreign Volunteers', in September 2001, and has now amassed 33 published books. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine SGM (Second World War), Ritterkreuz, The European Volunteer, Fronti Warning, and The Axis Forces. You can find his website at http://www.maxafiero.it/main.htm

This tome was originally published in November 2015 by the Associazione culturale Ritterkreuz as "La SS-Division Wiking nel Caucaso 1942-1943 and has now been brought by MMP to us in the English language instead of the original Italian. This 'War Fronts' special original edition was 100 pages in length.

World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers
Author: Author: Nigel Thomas, PhD, Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

At the start of World War II, Germany's advancements in mobile warfare shocked the world with their speed, ferocity, and success on the battlefield as they swept across Europe. Although, not always successful at the start, Germany was the first army to combine tanks, artillery, air power, and mobile infantry into a dominating force on the battlefield. Over the course of the war, the Allied powers tried to figure out a way to replicate Germany's successes, with varying results. As reserves and resources became more scarce, Germany's capabilities became more and more degraded and they were never able to get the same results they experienced during the early part of the war.

This latest offering from Osprey Publishing "Elite" series provides some insight into the development of Germany's Panzergrenadier forces from inter-war years through the end of the war. It includes some insight into the changes needed as resources slowly went away, and as the Allies experienced more and more success using their own styles of mobile infantry.