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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Albatros. DIII: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag Variants

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Albatros. DIII: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag Variants
Author: Illustrators: Henry Morshead James F. Miller Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Albatros, with its torpedo shaped fuselage is one of the more iconic German aircraft of WWI. Not without its shortcomings, it never the less gave the German air superiority mid-war and remained a mainstay of the German and Austrian air forces to the war’s end. To meet the demand for aircraft, production of the D.III was seconded out to three other companies: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag. This outsourcing allowed Albatros to focus on D.V production much like what happened with Grumman Corp. in World War Two – where General Motors took over production and development of the F4F-4 (FM1) and Grumman pursued the F6F Hellcat. Like in the case of the Wildcat and General Motors, Johnannistal, OAW and Oeffag continued to build and refine the D.III and turn it into a more effective and reliable aircraft. As a result the Albatros D.III never faded away when the Fokker D.VII entered service and soldiered on past the war’s end. Ironically the Albatros D.III and the Fokker D.VII would be both stable mates and adversaries in the chaos which existed in the east after the rise of Soviet Russia and the collapse of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. 

Allied-Axis, The Photo Journal of The Second World War, Issue 30

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Allied-Axis, The Photo Journal of The Second World War, Issue 30
Author: David Doyle, Jeff Kleinhenz
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Allied-Axis is a quarterly publication from Ampersand Publishing Group that provides photos on both Allied and Axis armor and other military vehicles. Each issue focuses on three or four different vehicle types and provides brief background information but primarily focuses on photographs of the vehicles. There are no ads, stories, or other distractions. Just lots of photos. Photographs are all in black-and-white and include production photos and in-action wartime photos. Many of the photos are from proving grounds demonstrating the capabilities and various versions of the vehicles. Each photo has a very descriptive caption describing the setting, configuration of the equipment, crewmembers in their uniforms, etc.

This Issue #30 features three different vehicles: a Sherman Tankdozer, a German sFH 18 15cm Howitzer (Part Two) and a M23 Ammunition Trailer.

Q ship vs U-Boat (1914-18)

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Q ship vs U-Boat (1914-18)
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has put out book # 57 in their Duel series. It is about the British Q Boats or decoy boats, as they were also known, versus the German U-boats. This book is another interesting book about World War 1 to go along with the wars 100 year anniversary.

The Imperial German U-boats were preying on the merchant ships that were supplying the British war effort. The U-boats were doing such a good job of this that Britain had to think of something that would make the submarines surface. Once surfaced, the U-boat became more vulnerable and the ship would have a better chance to fight. Enter the Q ship, a ship that appears to be a lone merchant ship and easy target. Once the U-boat surfaces the Q ship’s hidden guns appear and open fire. 

The book is divided into eleven sections:

Soviet Air Defense Aviation 1945-1991

Published: July 3rd, 2014     
Soviet Air Defense Aviation 1945-1991
Author: Yefim Gordon & Sergey Komissarov
Reviewed by: Jim Deck, IPMS# 47248
Company: Hikoki Publications

This isn’t book it’s a tome, and a well done one at that. The large 8.5” x 11” pages are chock full of information, photographs and drawings. The book is broken down into 7 chapters the first four of which are divided by specific eras with the last three tackling specific subjects. One entire chapter deals with the downing of both KAL flight KE902 and KE007.

This is a quality book, not your typical hobby shelf reference fodder. It is nicely bound on heavy stock paper and includes the dustcover as pictured. The pages are well laid out with crisp text and hundreds of unique photographs. The profile drawings are just icing on the cake.

Douglas F3D Skyknight

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Douglas F3D Skyknight
Author: Jose Fernandez, Przemysiaw Skulski
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Another addition to the Mushroom Model Publications Yellow Series of books is focused on the Douglas F3D Skyknight. This book is definitely focused towards the modeler with lots of black and white and color photos, color profiles of various schemes and markings, and scale plans in 1/72 scale.

The book is divided into the following sections

Aces High Magazine, Issue #1

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Aces High Magazine, Issue #1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: AK Interactive

The name AK Interactive is probably familiar to many of us as a provider of some very useful weathering products.  Although their weathering products work with any model, AK has primarily marketed its products to armor modelers.  Recently, however, they have started producing some aircraft-specific products, such as the AK Air Series which currently has “Air Paint” sets (just Luftwaffe and RAF, but I believe more are in the pipeline) and “Air Weathering” sets (designed specifically to weather aircraft engines and landing gear).  It looks to me like the “Aces High” magazine has been started to specifically showcase the usage of AK products on aircraft.  A note on the cover states “Special Issue:  64 + 20 pages free”, so I suppose future issues will have 64 pages, as compared to this volume which has 84.

World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict
Author: Jeremy Harwood
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Zenith Press

This fascinating book tells how the Allies and Axis powers developed aerial reconnaissance systems to gather accurate aerial intelligence, primarily during World War II. The book combines history with photography and provides a unique and different perspective of World War II – from above! The photographs are excellent, with descriptive captions for each photo. The text provides good descriptions of the aircraft used for reconnaissance, and the maps & diagrams illustrate many of the actions.

The book is divided into five sections:

  • Beginnings
  • Blitzkrieg
  • End of the Beginning
  • Turning the Tide
  • The End of the War

The book also includes a Bibliography/Further Reading, Index of Topics, and Photo Credits, all of which are handy for further research.

Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West

Published: July 1st, 2014     
Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West
Author: Douglas C. Dildy
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

Fall Gelb 1940 was a detailed German deployment order designed to launch the initial phase of Hitler's military campaign to eliminate the Western democracies from the European conflict. Osprey Publishing covers this deployment order in the new book Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West.

The objective of the Fall Gelb was to defeat the largest possible forces of the Anglo-French army by an attack through Belgium and Luxembourg territory, thereby paving the way for the destruction of the military strength of the enemy.

Chief architect of the Fall Gelb plan was OKH Chief of Staff, General Franz Halder. Halder’s plan included four parallel branches:

  1. Vigorous attacks against the Maginot line.
  2. The airborne invasion of the Netherlands by the Luftwaffe.
  3. A strong advance through Central Belgium.
  4. An additional advance through Luxembourg and southern Belgium.

The plan resulted in a swift and conclusive German conquest of France and the Low Countries in May and June 1940, as the Germans forced their way through Belgium and raced through France to the English Channel. 

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Published: June 27th, 2014     
US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II
Author: Barrett Tillman
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

About This Book

Noted author and historian Barrett Tillman has complied yet again another literary masterpiece. This time devoted exclusively to US Marine fighting squadrons in World War II. The US Marine Corps aviation recently celebrated its centennial in 2012. During the last 100 years ‘the flying leathernecks’ have enjoyed a rich heritage of bravery and excellence. Exploring this, Barrett Tillman steps up and delivers factual accounts from the best known Marine aviators such as Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington, Joe Foss and many more. Tillman also included a wartime interview of Boyington. Through these recollections you’ll learn about the caliber of the men that defended our freedom in clear and honest recollections. These guys were as tough as nails. Their presence in the Pacific helped lead the US to victory against the mighty Japanese Empire by cutting off their aggressive stranglehold. These Marines flew fearless combat mission with what some called the worst aircraft of World War II and the ill fated Brewster Buffalo. And while their favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, is spotlighted, this book covers all fighter types flown. The stories are incredible and the B&W photographic collection is remarkable to say the least. The author includes several who’s who lists of the aces, achievements and awards.

F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1

Published: June 10th, 2014     
F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, and introducing a new digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting way of researching the F3H Demon. 

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take two parts, 1) content coverage and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective.  I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?"  I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information.  I also have tons of books in my library, mostly residing on stoic-looking bookshelves.  This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler, with few disadvantages, as described below.

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