Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
US Navy Escort Carriers 1942-45
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its New Vanguard series, this time by adding a book on the US Navy Escort Carriers for the 1942-45 period, I topic I have always find fascinating. Escort Carrier were known as CVE ("Combustible, Vulnerable, Expendable") and despite that popular label, they contributed a big deal towards the Allied victory in WWII.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the topic into the following chapters: Introduction, The Rise of the Escort Carrier, Evolution in the Escort Carrier Design, Escort Carrier Air Groups, Weapons and Radar, plus a chapter on Escort Carriers at War and finally a description of each CVE class: Long Island plus Charger (prototype CVEs), Bogue Class, Sangamon Class, Casablanca Class and Commencement Bay Class.

USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship

Published: December 22nd, 2017     
USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Duel series with the 83rd book in this installment. The Duel Series examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of two adversaries across a particular conflict. This particular volume turns its attention to the US Navy Battleships versus the IJN Battleships.

For the Duel series, the chapters are organized as follows:

Roman Legionary 109-58 BC

Published: December 21st, 2017     
Roman Legionary 109-58 BC
Author: Ross Cowan
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be a household name to the swarms of us. Osprey continues to expand their Warrior series with the 182nd book in this installment. The warrior series examines specific units and armies of a particular nation. In this installment the Legionnaires of Marius, Sulla and Pompey the Great are discussed.

For the Warrior series, the chapters are organized as follows:

303 Squadron North American Mustang

Published: December 20th, 2017     
303 Squadron North American Mustang
Author: Steve Brooking, Wojtek Matusiak, Piotr Sikora
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the latest installment in the Polish Wings series. I was not able to locate any information on author Steve Brooking other than references to this current tome. Wojtek Matusiak lives in Warsaw, Poland. He is a well-known Polish aviation history author. He is a specialist on the Spitfire and has published both in English and Polish. He has authored, or co-authored the following books: Classic Warbirds 11: Merlin PR Spitfires In Detail (2009); Polish Wings 6: Supermarine Spitfire I/II (2007); Polish Wings 13: Spitfire IX (2011); Polish Wings 15: Spitfire IX 1944-1946 (2012); Polish Wings 16: Spitfire XVI (2013); Polish Wings 21: MiG-29 ''Kosciuszko Squadron' Commemorative Schemes (2016).

Piotr Sikora was born in 1970 and now lives in Great Britain. He is a historian primarily specializing in Polish World War II aviation. He has been published in industry historical magazines and authored biographies of Grzegorz Sologub and Pawel Niemec. He has authored several books on polish aviation, including a 412 page hard cover book, Bitwy Polskiego Lotnictwa (Battles of Polish Aviation) 1918-1945, that was published by Almapress in 2016.

Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2017 Vol 48/4

Published: December 20th, 2017     
Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal Winter 2017 Vol 48/4
Author: Mick Davis, Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Winter 2017 Vol 48/4 , features a postcard by G. Hautot showing the Michelin Man, waving a laurel victory wreath at an aerial armada, with the caption, "Our future is in the air." The postcard was a promotion for the concept of strategic bombing, a "cause" advocated by the Michelin brothers, Andre and Edouard. The year was 1912 and the Michelins organized a series of aviation competitions which included the accurate dropping of bombs. An interesting point to note is that the in the Journal notes about the cover, the Michelin Man is named, that name being, "Bibendum", a fact of which I nave been unaware since early childhood. Five other postcards in the same series as the that found on the cover of the Journal, appear on the back cover.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can sign up of the C&CI website.