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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Modeling Quarterly – Vol 1, Issue 1, Preview Edition

Published: May 30th, 2014     
Scale Modeling Quarterly – Vol 1, Issue 1, Preview Edition
Author: Various
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Modeling Quarterly

Scale Modeling Quarterly is a new and promising magazine for hobbyists. Published and made available by Hobby Scale Press, SMQ has provided a copy of the Preview Edition to IPMS/USA for review. Matthew Cottrell is the Editor of SMQ so you know its going to be informative, current, and of high quality.

SMQ is advertised as a “journal for and by scale modelers”. Some key words that I noticed in the introductory letter were “encourage, inspire, teach, and share”, and those are lofty goals to which SMQ clearly subscribes.

Medium Mark A Whippet, New Vanguard 207

Published: May 28th, 2014     
Medium Mark A Whippet, New Vanguard 207
Author: David Fletcher
Reviewed by: Ron Bell, IPMS# 12907
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Tank

Soon after the tank made it's first appearance at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, a lighter version was requested. This would be smaller, lighter and faster and could be used in the pursuit phase of a battle, although why after what occurred at the Somme pursuit came up at all is a mystery. However, using existing technology, the Whippet, as the light tank came to be known, was designed. Armed only with machine guns, it was faster than the Heavies in use at the time (a screaming 8 MPH), and had a crew of three instead of the eight needed to fight the Mk IV Heavy. The tank was very uncomfortable to ride in, only the driver having a seat, and the fighting compartment was behind the engine, so it got extremely hot and filled with exhaust fumes from the engine and powder fumes from the Hotchkiss MGs it carried. It was also un-reliable and could not be counted on to keep running for more than a few hours at a time before breaking down. However, it did give useful service even in the limited numbers deployed on the Western Front.

Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker (Western Front 1916)

Published: May 28th, 2014     
Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker (Western Front 1916)
Author: Jon Guttman
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Osprey Publishing

Number 59 in Osprey’s ‘Duel’ series provides a trip back in time to an era when flying machines began serving as platforms for continuing warfare above ground level.  In this volume of ‘Duel’ author Jon Guttman presents the story of how exchanging rifle and revolver gunfire rapidly evolved into aerial duels between aircraft mounting machine guns.  War in the air became serious business when, in the summer of 1915, the Fokker E1 appeared on the scene with a forward mounted machine gun and interrupter mechanism that permitted a pilot to aim and fire upon an enemy without concerns of shooting off his own propeller.  The result of this game-changer was a period that became known as the ‘Fokker Scourge’.  In an attempt to counter this technological advantage and level the playing field, the Brits introduced various pusher Scouts and the French mounted forward firing machine guns on the top wings of nimble Nieuport Scouts that fired above the propeller arc. 

Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces
Author: Kari Stenman and Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has released another new title in the ever-expanding Aces series, Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces.

As the title reveals, this time around the subject is the French Morane-Saulnier MS.406 and the aces who flew it. This book is slightly different than most others in the series, as it covers not only MS.406 aces of the French Air Force, but also those flying for the Finnish Air Force. Additionally, as several MS.406 pilots went on to become aces while flying different aircraft with the RAF or the Russian Air Force, this area is also touched upon.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #892, May 2014

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #892, May 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling 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.  

Each issue of Model Art consists of a multitude of articles that reach out to all genres of modelers. From what I see, Model Art makes small changes to its format to keep each issue up to date and interesting to the reader.

Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942
Author: Donald Nijboer
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Written by Donald Nijboer and illustrated by Jim Laurier and Gareth Hector, Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942 from Osprey Publishing covers what is generally considered to be the best fighters for their respective air forces: the Spitfire Mk. V and the C.202 Folgore. This 60th book in the Duel series provides extensive accounts of the clash between these two classic World War II aircraft in the skies above Malta in 1942

Tracing the lineage of both aircraft back to the Schneider Trophy S 6B and MC 72, the book lays out the technical issues that went on to make the Spitfire Mk V and the C.202 such outstanding fighter aircraft. Moving forward to the war years, the author sets the stage for the massive dual that saw these two aircraft meet over Malta. To quote the author, “The history of these two fighters will forever be linked with the savage air battles that took place over the skies of Malta in 1942.”

Windsock World War Centenary, Spring 2014, Vol. 30. No. 1

Published: May 25th, 2014     
Windsock World War Centenary, Spring 2014, Vol. 30. No. 1
Reviewed by: Joe LoMusio, IPMS# 45454
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock Worldwide, which has taken on the name of Windsock World War Centenary, continues to produce one of the finest resources for all who are interested in modeling WWI aircraft. With the centennial of World War One upon us, there has been an uptick in scale modeling of Great War subjects, both in armor and especially in aircraft. As someone who has focused the majority of my modeling career on World War One biplanes, it is heartening to see the revival that is going on in this field of model building. A lot of this has to do with the emergence and success of Wingnut Wings. This has not been lost on the Windsock publications, as they give ample coverage to all news related to Wingnut Wings, and reviews of their latest kitsets.

Model Art Magazine #889 "All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941"

Published: May 23rd, 2014     
Model Art Magazine #889 "All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941"
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly publication covering aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art began releasing magazines in 1966, and has evolved over the past forty-six years. They also release many special issues during the year, as is the case of this sample.

This issue covers IJN destroyers that were produced from 1918 - 1941. The classes include: Minekaze, Kamikaze, Momi, Wakatake, Mutsuki, Fufuki (Tokugata), Hatsuharu, Shiratsuyu, Asashio, Kagero, Yugumo, Akizuki, Shimakasze and Matsu. The magazine is broken down into ten sections.

Somme 1916: British Infantryman versus German Infantryman

Published: May 16th, 2014     
Somme 1916: British Infantryman versus German Infantryman
Author: Stephen Bull
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of mankind’s first cataclysmic world war, the disaster that shaped the world as we know it today. According to a recent article I read, there have been over 25,000 books and scholarly articles written on the “war to end all wars.” Here we have a review of one more.

A number of my relatives fought in this monumental bloodletting, including one who was on the Western Front as an artilleryman in a New Zealand unit for over three years, while another fought above as a pilot (and ace) in the Royal Flying Corps. As a young budding historian in the 1970s, I discussed the family history of these men and others, hearing about the “great” battles of the war. One in particular, the Somme, cropped up again and again in my readings and discussions. I was told that on the opening day of this battle, July 1, 1916, British forces alone suffered nearly 60,000 casualties. I remember asking, “Why was there a second day of the battle?” I reasoned, in my youthful mind, that surely after such a day of slaughter some sanity would have quickly returned and they would have packed it all in and gone home...

RAF BE2 / BE2a / BE2b: Centenary Datafile 163

Published: May 9th, 2014     
RAF BE2 / BE2a / BE2b:  Centenary Datafile 163
Author: Paul R. Hare
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

History

This book gives an extensive history of the BE2 biplanes acquired by the British military beginning in 1912.  By the standards of the day, the BE2 was a very modern type, with wing warp lateral control, conventional biplane structure, and enough power provided by a 70 hp. Renault water cooled V-8 engine swinging a large wooden propeller.  Unlike other contemporary types, the BE2 had an impressive performance, with a maximum speed of about 70 mph and a stalling speed of 32 mph., while most other types seemed to be only capable of full power flight at minimum speeds.

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