Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

USS California BB-44

Published: August 10th, 2016     
USS California BB-44
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Thank you to David Doyle of David Doyle Books for choosing the IPMS Reviewer Corps to examine and report on one of his new titles, all of which may be viewed on the website listed above. I am very appreciative of the IPMS Reviewer Corps support, whose efforts make this review program so good.

Author Doyle’s treatment of the USS California strikes an excellent balance of book size and detail. The content is laid out in a picture-rich minimum-text format from keel-laying to cutting-torch life stages of the ship. Design concepts, politics, renaming, and many other facets of the California’s history are covered, in addition to her thoroughly-documented long and distinguished career, punctuated by survival and salvage at Pearl Harbor. The image-rich format is a wealth of information for the scale model builder, using hundreds of high-quality images, complemented by select line drawings and color renderings.

Operation Agreement - Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk

Published: August 4th, 2016     
Operation Agreement - Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk
Author: John Sadler
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book is divided into 10 chapters with an introduction, index, a Bibliography and Glossary of Abbreviations:

WWII Jeep

Published: August 1st, 2016     
WWII Jeep
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle has produced another excellent visual reference for the model builder or military history enthusiast. This time the subject is the iconic jeep. This publication is an updated version of Squadron/Signal Publications classic title, "World War II Jeep in Action." This updated version includes over 30 additional pages of information and photos.

The photos are really incredible, and cover the entire history of the U.S. military’s need for a ¼ ton 4x4 truck. The result became an American legend. The book includes information, photos, and illustrations from the early Bantam vehicles, to the Ford GP, and to the Willys MA, all documenting the jeep’s use during World War II.

The really nice thing about this book is that every photo or illustration includes a short summary of which type of vehicle is in the picture (Bantam, Ford, or Willys), where the vehicle was photographed, and in most cases, which unit and branch of the service is pictured with the vehicle. There’s really some rare photos included in the over 200 photos in the book, many of which show a variety of field modifications.

Centenary Datafile 172 The RAF BE2c At War!

Published: July 29th, 2016     
Centenary Datafile 172 The RAF BE2c At War!
Author: Raul R Hare
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Paul Hare has taken a new look at the RAF BE2c (and BE2d) service in WWI. Although not beloved by its crews with nicknames like ‘Quirk’ and ‘Fokker Fodder’, it was an important aircraft for the RFC. Datafile number 42 by J M Bruce came out in1993, and Paul Hare visited the RAF BE2 / BE2a / BE2b in Datatafile number 163 and the RAF BE2e in Datafile number 165, so it is about time that Windsock revisited the RAF BE2c.

The cover features a sensational painting by Paul Monteagle of the crew of RAF BE2c 1741 under attack from two Fokker Eindeckers in 1915. Ronny Bar contributes six large color side profiles, plus the top and bottom views of RAF BE2c 1709 circa 1915. Mick Davis grabs the pullout centerfold with three pages of 1/48 general arrangement line drawings of the RAF BE2c. For those of you that still dabble in that odd 1/72 scale, Mick Davis also provides the same drawings on four pages, plus more! There are no 1/32 arrangement drawings so I’m guessing that rumored Wingnut Wings kit is not quite on the drawing boards. I counted 65 black & white photographs, plus 36 color pics.

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Model Art Magazine #944, July 2016

Published: July 29th, 2016     
Model Art Magazine #944, July 2016
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Modeling Magazine is an excellent periodical from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue.  It doesn’t matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you’ll find something interesting that you didn’t know you would.

Although the magazine is published entirely in Japanese, the quality of the photos in each issue is really amazing, and goes a long way in telling the story.  There are plenty of “work in progress” and “how it was built” photos highlighting the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders.  These photo guides go a long way in explaining the builds visually, although I’m sure some details are missed without a proper translation.  In fact, the photography is so good, even the advertisements were interesting.  I found myself perusing the advertisements almost as much as the work in progress photos.