Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Tips to Master Advanced Techniques Building 700th IJN Ships, Vol. 1

Published: March 10th, 2016     
Tips to Master Advanced Techniques Building 700th IJN Ships, Vol. 1
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Model Art

Since April of 2013 when Kodakawa games released their free browser game Kantai Collection (aka Kancolle), featuring cute anime girls each of which represent ships from the Second World War IJN, there has been an increased interest in ship modeling in Japan. Tamiya, Hasegawa and Aoshima, have long worked in harmony releasing a sizable number of 1/700 warships represented by the waterline series of kits. These three companies as well as Fujimi are capitalizing on the popularity of the game and anime series by re-releasing many of these kits, as well as creating new kits, with extra decals of the girls as well as game specific box art.

Admittedly, because of the game as well as the anime series, I too have become a bit more interested in ship modeling. When I saw the Model Art issue covering up for grabs I knew that I wanted to give it a good look. Based on other Model Art magazine reviews and the few that I already own it I knew I would not be disappointed.

Let me say, I was not disappointed.

Republic P-47B-D Razorback

Published: March 9th, 2016     
Republic P-47B-D Razorback
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Authored by Robert Peczkowski, with color profiles by Zbigniew Kolacha, this book, is a comprehensive text and photographic/image guide to the Republic P-47B-D.

The book thoroughly covers the “B”, “C”, and “D” versions of this famous World War II aircraft. This story is told in excellent text, accompanied by period B&W photographs, excellent color images of surviving airframes, extracts from official manuals, and a superb collection of color profiles by Zbigniew Kolacha.

Of particular interest to the hobbyist is the excellent color artwork which depicts many of the camouflage schemes and markings found on the P-47.

Of particular interest in the list of chapters are those which feature “Detail Photos” of the fuselage, wing, engine, canopy, cockpit, tail, undercarriage, guns, and stores. The modeler will find these images rich in detail.

Spotlight On: Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Romania

Published: March 5th, 2016     
Spotlight On: Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Romania
Author: Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Dan Melinte
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Dan Melinte author the sixth book in Mushroom Model Publications’ series that presents detailed illustrations of celebrated aircraft (and in one case, AFV). This volume’s focus is on the Messerschmitt Bf 109E and Bf 109G fighters that display a variety of authentic Romanian camouflage schemes and markings. This is also one of Teodor Liviu Morosanu’s last books as the back cover shows a photo of him with the tagline of “1956-2011”

Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind

Published: March 4th, 2016     
Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind
Author: Adrian M. Balch
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Warpaint’s latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication that is 64 pages (excluding covers) on the Sikorsky Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind helicopters.  The book is split into two, with the first half dedicated to the Sikorsky Chickasaw and the second to the Westland Whirlwind.  I counted 187 photographs (136 in color) along with 46 of Richard J. Caruana’s color profiles.  Richard J. Caruana also contributes the centerfold (four pages) that features twenty drawings, all in 1/72 scale.

M48 Patton - A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Mid 20th Century Battle Tank

Published: February 22nd, 2016     
M48 Patton - A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Mid 20th Century Battle Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This latest addition to the Ampersand Group's Visual History Series contains a wealth of information not only for the historical buff but, to the serious modeler whose dedication for detail will provide immense resource. David Doyle and Ampersand Group, Inc. have provided the serious modeler a welcomed addition to his library.

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