Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

U.S. Half-tracks Part 2

Published: April 4th, 2016     
U.S. Half-tracks Part 2
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

The Ampersand Group, Inc. and David Doyle in conjunction with Hobbylink Japan have published another book on U.S. Army Half-tracks in the Military Modeling Series. Part 2 is a continuation of their previous book, Part 1, with Part 2 covering half-tracked multiple gun motor carriages and gun motor carriages.

What you get is an 8-1/2" x 11" glossy hardbound book covering 448 pages with high resolution black and white glossy, detailed historical photos covering the different variants of the half-track based vehicle. The book is divided into 8 chapters with Addendums, Appendix and a Bibliography:

Allied-Axis 33

Published: April 4th, 2016     
Allied-Axis 33
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is the publication's thirty-third issue and as the subtitle says, it is “the photo journal of the Second World War”. This issue deals with five subjects in 96 pages, the paper being glossy and reproducing the images well in black & white. The only color photos are on the covers (front and back). Two of the subjects are outright allies and one German. The final two started out as allies (French) but after 1940 their tanks were used by the Germans. At the beginning of each chapter there will be a short text on the history of that subject and most of the photos will also have a brief text about that photo. The photo sizes varies, but about 65% of them cover the full page and the remainder have anywhere from two to four pictures per page.

First up is the Sexton-25 pounder-Self-propelled Gun, 17 pages with 44 pictures and two drawings that cover interior stowage. A majority of the Sexton's photos are ones used by re-enactors followed by shots of a museum Sexton. Only eight photos deal with the vehicle during WW2.

Model Art Issue 930

Published: April 1st, 2016     
Model Art Issue 930
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 930 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions.

This issue covers:

  1. LED installation for the Hasegawa 1/72 F35A
  2. A comparison of 1/48 Hasegawa Zeros
  3. The Battle of Kursk, a diorama including German Tank Panther Ausf D and Russian T34/76
  4. How to build the Berge Panther mit Pz. IV Turm
  5. A build review of the Girls and Panzer Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D from Platz
  6. F15 Aggressor Archive Vol 11
  7. Build of the 1/24 E70 Corolla from Aoshima
  8. A detailed review of the 1/350 Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carrier Kaga from Fujimi
  9. New Kit Reviews

There are lots of good detail pictures for all the articles, so good in fact that I understand the build sequence even though I cannot read Japanese! I am thoroughly convinced from the number of ads that there are more Hobby Stores in Japan than in the US.

Monthly Model Art 2016 January issue

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 932 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions.

This issue covers:

  1. LED installation for the Hasegawa Egg Yamato ship. The gun turrets look cool all light up!
  2. A comparison of 1/48 Tamiya Zeros
  3. An overview of Japanese seaplanes and the different kits available with builds of each.
  4. An in depth build of the 1/32 De Havilland Mosquito from Tamiya
  5. F15D Aggressor Archive Vol 12
  6. Volume 10 Made in Japan 1945 to 2015 highlighting the Lambda Launch Vehicle & Ohsumi
  7. A detailed review of the CVN 76 Ronald Reagan with numerous photographs
  8. A review of splinter camouflage on a Su 27 Flanker, F/A 18F Super Hornet, and a Chieftain Mk5
  9. Numerous new kit reviews

There are lots of good detail pictures for all the articles, so good in fact that I understand the build sequence even though I cannot read Japanese! I am thoroughly convinced from the number of ads that there are more Hobby Stores in Japan than in the US.