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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

HANDLEY PAGE V/1500: Centenary Datafile 164

Published: July 18th, 2014     
HANDLEY PAGE V/1500: Centenary Datafile 164
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

All jokes aside, the Handley Page V/1500 was proof that in some situations size does matter.  At the time when military aviation was still somewhat in its adolescence, the controversial idea of dropping a significant bomb load on an enemy target 500 miles away (and flying over a substantial body of water in the process) meant finding an appropriately large and powerful aerial vehicle to carry out the mission.  The Germans had used huge zeppelins to bomb London, but some in Britain believed it a better strategy to use an aeroplane to return the favor.  Thus was born a scheme to build a ‘Super’ bomber…actually a ‘Super’ Handley Page bomber, capable of carrying up to 30 250-lb. bombs.

Henschel Hs 123

Published: July 17th, 2014     
Henschel Hs 123
Author: Author: Robert Panek; Illustrator: Chris Sandham-Bailey
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: MMP Books

MMP’s latest volume in their “Orange Series” covers the Henschel Hs 123.  The book is published on high quality smooth paper, in-between glossy stiff stock covers.  On first inspection this appears to be of the same high production quality I have found in all other MMP productions.  Lots of clear photos and nicely-done color plates appear throughout the book.

In a similar manner to other titles in this series, this book starts with several chapters covering the design and development of the Hs 123 (about 30 pages in ll).  Throughout each of the chapters in this section there are numerous 1/72nd scale drawings depicting either the entire aircraft, or a particular feature thereof.  This is followed by a chapter titled “Technical Description.”  Here, as one might expect, the technical specifics of the design are laid out (ie, single-seat sesquiplane of metal construction….), and the text is accompanied by drawings from the actual Technical Manual of the aircraft.

D.A.K. Profile Guide

Published: July 17th, 2014     
D.A.K. Profile Guide
Author: Fernando Vallejo
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

This is a beautifully illustrated book showing more than 170 profiles of vehicles used by the Deutsche Afrika Korps (D.A.K.) during the North African campaign. The sections of the book include:

  • Introduction
  • Light vehicles
  • Medium/Heavy Vehicles
  • Armored Fighting Vehicles
  • Artillery
  • Markings
  • Colors
  • Photos
  • Photo credits/bibliography.

A Prologue briefly describes the military episodes of the Afrika Corps between 1941 and 1943. The Prologue describes how the Afrika Corpstook over for the Italian army and, despite being outnumbered and out-supplied, effectively battled the British and, later, American forces. The Prologue provides a brief backdrop for the vehicles that are profiled in the book.

Windsock World War Centenary Vol.30, No.2

Published: July 17th, 2014     
Windsock World War Centenary Vol.30, No.2
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock WWC Summer 2014 is the second issue of Volume 30…and/or the second edition of the first centenary year of Albatros’ rebranded publication.  It provides readers with a substantial amount of WWI aircraft modeling information and both historical and technical reference.  An extended FRONT LINE NEWS section leads into the regular columns: OUR READERS GALLERY (Featuring two very well-built Nieuports) and LOGBOOK ENTRIES (Reviewing 4 new titles) before getting into the meat of this issue.  What follows is a 3+ page article (complimented by multiple color photos) about an impressive large scale radio-controlled Avro 504K powered by a fully operational 1:4 scale Bentley rotary engine that makes this unique combination fly as well as it looks!

In the editor's third ‘Coloured Thinking’ article, Ray Rimell attempts to unravel the controversial colors of the German Roland C.II, in a piece that includes archival photos and three Ronnny Bar profiles to add to the detailed reviews of Wingnut Wing's recent releases that follow on later pages.

Hitler’s War: World War II as Portrayed by “Signal,” the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Hitler’s War: World War II as Portrayed by “Signal,” the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine
Author: Jeremy Harwood
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Zenith Press

Signal was a propaganda publication by the German Wehrmacht stylized after Life magazine and published from 1940–1945. It was aimed at those in occupied, neutral, and allied countries, but it was never sold in Germany itself. Published in almost 30 languages, it was even available in the USA until December 1941! The magazine was kept under the control of the army and thus was independent of the Nazi Propaganda Ministry. This did not prevent it from being a propaganda laden publication. While it chronicled the conditions faced in combat by Germany and her allies, it also had a strong political message advocating for a “united Europe” under the “New Order” and for supporting the fight against the communists—even highlighting those former enemy combatants that chose to fight for the Nazis!

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 5

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 5
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has been a basic design format but they changed it up with this issue. The change is that the "Scuttlebutt Lodge" and the "Marketplace" sections have been married together better to provide a more cohesive presentation of future, current and past releases, and give modelers more of the information they need to make informed decisions.  There are usually two Feature Articles but in this issue there are four, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue covers the final part of the new H-K Models 1/32 Gloster Meteor, the second part of the Classic Airframes Grumman Duck diorama, the new Eduard 1/72 MiG-15bis and Wingman Models 1/48 Alpha jet. The Meteor is from Jay Laverty and concludes the series.  Part 2 includes a  discussion of the logic behind painting the model to represent the High Speed Silver color and decaling of the High Speed Silver finish along with a great explanations of Jay's weathering techniques. The end result is excellent.

The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces

Published: July 9th, 2014     
The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces
Author: Alejandro de Quesada
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Osprey Publishing

Number 495 in Osprey’s Men-at-Arms series provides a concise, yet reasonably comprehensive description of the Spanish Civil War…explaining its causes, listing a chronology of events and describing those who fought on the side of the Nationalists. The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces delivers a lot of information about a significant event in the history of 20th Century warfare within its modest 48-pages.

Iron Tadpoles: A-6A/B intruders of the Vietnam War

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Iron Tadpoles: A-6A/B intruders of the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero-Designs latest sheet is for the Hobbyboss 1/48 A-6A/B Intruders. This sheet has 15 different aircraft. The Intruders included are Vietnam era aircraft. Inside the package, there are 2 color back and front sheets with profiles for each of the 15 planes and includes color call outs and decal placement. A third full size sheet shows decal placement on the wing tops and the back shows a very detailed stores loading. A final single sized sheet shows stencil placement with color call outs also. You get two HUGE decal sheets with all the needed markings, numbers, wing walks and national insignia. There is also a very small sheet which has the wing markings for two aircraft. The decals are printed by Cartograph and from my previous experience with Cartograph and Furball, they are superb in application and opacity.

There are marking included for the following aircraft:

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.

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