Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Swedish Jet Fighter Colours

Published: June 2nd, 2018     
Swedish Jet Fighter Colours
Author: Mikael Forslund, Thierry Vallet
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Not exactly sure where my interest in Swedish aircraft comes from. Could be because my Dad is from Minnesota and his relatives go back to Scandinavia including Sweden. But more than likely it is that cool splinter camouflage on the Viggen. No matter the reason this book is an excellent publication to wet that interest.

This 200-page hardback book covers exactly what the title says it does, every jet fighter operated by the Swedish Air Force up to today.

These are:

  • Saab J 21R
  • J 28A, B, C - DH.100 Vampire
  • Saab J 29 Flygande Tunnan
  • Saab J 32B Lansen
  • J 33 DH.112 Venom
  • J 34 Hawker Hunter
  • Saab J 35 Draken
  • Saab 37 Viggen
  • Saab JAS 39 Gripen

There are two chapters for each type, the first covers the history of each plane including squadron use and first hand experience. The next chapter looks at the camouflage and markings each type wore.

Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.1
Author: Rimell, Ray
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

This is the sixth, and latest, in Albatros' series of "Windsock Centenary WW1 Modeling Specials," each dedicated to building specific Wingnut Wings Kits

The booklet itself is done to very high publication standards, featuring 44 full-color, glossy pages within covers of slightly thicker stock.

In keeping with the format of the series, this book covers a step by step build of WNW's latest release, the Junkers D.1. There are also scale plans, a collection of photos from a special archive, and a nice appendix.

Focke Wulf Jet Fighters

Published: May 28th, 2018     
Focke Wulf Jet Fighters
Author: Justo Miranda
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Fonthill Media

Justo Miranda is well known for his books on Luftwaffe paper projects and designs, having published many soft cover and hard cover books on these subjects. His background as a tech drawer and advisor to the Spanish Air Force Museum have aided in the quality of his books.

This book covers the jet fighter designs of Kurt Tank and Focke-Wulf. It is divided into 29 chapters covering the jet designs that were proposed in WWII and beyond by the company and Mr. Tank.

Focke Wulf, producers of the superb Fw-190 and its derivatives were probably "saved" by their decision to go with a radial engine design thus not being in direct competition with the favored Messerschmitt Company for inline engines since by winning the 1936 fighter competition meant it had first priority for advanced inline engines.

The introduction is filled with drawings of many of the Fw-190s with different piston engines and other piston engine designs. The BMW 801 had performance difficulty at high altitude especially over 19600 feet and many ways were explored to change this from different piston engines to augmentation by ramjets to a full turbojet design.

US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945

Published: May 27th, 2018     
US Flush-deck Destroyers 1916-1945
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing Ltd

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy!

Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least ten books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (

New Vanguard 259 covers the large number of WW I era US Navy destroyers known as the flush-deckers and four-pipers, another overlooked topic. Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and historical highlights of these warship classes.

Panzer IV 1939-1945

Published: May 24th, 2018     
Panzer IV 1939-1945
Author: Paul Thomas
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Casemate Publishing

"The Panzer IV - Panzerkampfwagen IV - was one the foremost German fighting vehicles of the Second World War, and this volume in the TankCraft series is an ideal introduction to it. With detailed captions, text and illustrations the book tells the story of the technical development of the Panzer IV and the numerous variants that went into production. In addition it describes how this vehicle evolved from infantry support to become the backbone of the Panzer units. It was modified and upgunned to face ever-increasing enemy threats, and it proved to be so diverse and effective that it earned a unique tactical role on the battlefield.

A large part of the book showcases available model kits and after market products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined in order to provide everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of the only Panzer that stayed in production throughout the war."