Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10
Author: Jay Laverty Publisher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and seven Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with DAI Williams build of Wingnut Wings 1/32 Fokker D.VII. Mr. Williams covers how to make single color areas less drab and add contrast. He also used Albion Alloys thread, Bob's Buckles turnbuckles and AVIATTIC lozenge decals to improve the kit.

Next up is James Ashton's build of the newer Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk. II. He gives it the full meal deal with Barracuda cast everything and spends a lot of time getting the finish just right on this heavily weathered plane using multiple techniques..

Next up, Sjon van der Heiden builds Czech Models 1/48 XF-85 Goblin and makes it into a nice little diorama of an emergency landing on a dry lake bed with tractors and airmen present. This is an excellent tutorial on doing a metal aircraft with only a brush- no airbrush was used and the result is excellent

Model Art October 2014 No. 902

Published: November 29th, 2014     
Model Art October 2014 No. 902
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty eight years.  

The October issue starts off with several small articles which include the IJA/N Airplane Illustrated and a build article on the Tamiya 1/35 WW1 British Tank Mk. IV Male. This features a beautiful diorama and photos of a Mk. I, Mk II and Mk. IV and a opened up MK. IV.

The main article this month features the IJN Carrier Akagi shown through models in the different configurations of it's career. This article consists of thirty two pages and utilizes several 1/700 scale models and one 1/350 models. Most of the configurations are of the single flight deck, but one model is of the "Three flight deck" version. This aricle consists of multiple color photos and many helpful tips on making the most accurate looking Akagi.  

 Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course and Modeling JASDF.

Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution
Author: John F Winkler; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the months before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Pennsylvania and Virginia had disputing claims over the trans-Appalachian area that would become southern Ohio and Kentucky. This area had been ceded by the French at the end of the French and Indian War, aka the Seven Years War. Of course, the native people, the Shawnee, Mingo, and their allies including members of the Delaware, Miami, Ojibwe, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Wyandot, also contested the rights to his land.

In time, the colonists allied with each other and sent militias to take the land under the leadership of Virginia’s governor, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (Lord Dunmore). The regular armies, i.e., the Redcoats did not participate to any great degree in this campaign which culminated in the Battle of Point Pleasant at the convergence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers near present day Charleston, WV.

Model Art - Air Model Special No. 07: IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien

Published: November 22nd, 2014     
Model Art - Air Model Special  No. 07: IJA Type 3 Ki-61 Hien
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art has published No.7 in the series labeled, “Air Model Special” and this issue focuses on the Ki-61 Hien.

Some 60 pages in this issue are dedicated to coverage a number of different kits of the Ki-61, by a variety of different kit manufacturers, and in multiple scales. The photography is stunning, but then that has long been a feature of Model Art publications. The workmanship displayed in the models is world class and the images provide an excellent resource for detailing, painting, and markings.

This issue, were it to offer nothing more than the excellent article on the Ki-61, would be worth the cost, but it also includes short articles on a number of other subjects.

Featured is an article entitled, “V/STOL, Part 1, First Flight 50th Anniversary Part 1: First Generation Harriers. Some excellent images of Harriers “in the field” are accompanied by several pages of profile drawings. Some are in black and while, while most are in full color showing stencils and national markings, camo schemes and Squadron markings.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 9

Published: November 21st, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 9
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. There does seem to be a trend to add more feature articles and that is a very good thing as the builds are superb. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and six Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with Jay Laverty's build review of the Fisher Models 1/32nd F7U Cutlass. He details some upgrades to the wheel wells and how to handle such a large resin kit. A good description of his way to get a true white base coat sprayed is also a highlight of the article.

Next up is Mr. Laverty's continuing build of the new Airfix 1/24th Scale Typhoon. In this installment, the engine is built and wired and added to the already finished main spar/cockpit assembly. the conclusion is in Decembers issue and I can't wait to see it.

Next up, James Campling builds HobbyBoss 1/48th A-6E and what a build it is- excellent bombs from Eduard, a superb , subtle paint job and great weathering. How good is it? I went and bought the kit!

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2014 Vol. 45/3

Published: November 16th, 2014     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2014 Vol. 45/3
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: The First World War Aviation Historical Society

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International is Autumn 2014. It is the third of four journals that make up Volume 45. C&C I is the quarterly publication of a non-profit UK based organization known as The First World War Aviation Historical Society. This organization has been publishing these journals since 1970 with the objective of furthering the study of First World War Aviation History.  This journal continues the organization’s mission by providing a wealth of information on varied WWI aviation subjects…this time venturing into the realm of WWI Italian aviation before covering a substantial number of more typical Allied and Axis subjects.  The cover of this journal features a painting by Ken Farmer of a pair of First Section AnsaldoSVAson patrol.  It serves as a precursor to the lead six-page article about the missions flown by the Ansaldo First Section.

Following an Editorial page that explains the need to raise next year’s publication subscription price, the contents of this journal includes:

Listening In – RAF Electronic Intelligence Gathering since 1945

Published: November 13th, 2014     
Listening In – RAF Electronic Intelligence Gathering since 1945
Author: Dave Forster and Chris Gibson
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Hikoki Publications

Since I spent a lot of time in Air Force radio, some time in AF intelligence, and being generally interested in communications (I have an extra-class Amateur Radio license) this book was right down my alley.  Additionally, being interested in post WW2 British aircraft is also a plus with this book. 

The theme here is airborne ELINT, electronic intelligence.  You can learn a lot by listening to what the other guy is saying on the radio when the fighters are up and practicing interceptions or tactical support.  And that’s where the British started after World War 2.  When you’re flying at 20,000 feet you can hear a lot more UHF and VHF signals because these frequencies are line-of-sight communications.  The higher you are, the further you can see and hear. 

Up until about 1949, RAF ELINT consisted of listening to the radio communications.  Everything else was considered as “noise”. 

Scale Modeling Quarterly – Winter 2014

Published: November 13th, 2014     
Scale Modeling Quarterly – Winter 2014
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Scale Modeling Quarterly

Scale Modeling Quarterly is an interesting new magazine that nice variety of subjects of interest to many modelers. This is the second edition of the relatively new modeling magazine by Hobbyscale Press. The magazine is described is a journal for and by scale modelers. The magazine is published quarterly and costs $7.99 per issue. 

The magazine is 8.5” x 11”, printed on a gloss paper and is 52 pages including covers. The typeface is large, easy to read, and colors are used to accentuate paragraph headings and titles. The photographs are sharp and are all printed in color.

The magazine includes a nice mix of editorial articles, modeler profiles, build articles, and modeling techniques.

Contents of this issue include:

Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron

Published: November 6th, 2014     
Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron
Author: Lechosław Musiałkowski
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46437
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Bomber Aircraft of 305 Squadron is a photographic history of the 305 Weilkopolski Polish bomber squadron. The book is dedicated to Gabriel Milosz, who served as a photographer for the 305 squadron from its formation until its disbandment. Milosz's photographs capture the aircraft used by the 305 Squadron as well as the crews before and after the, often tragic, missions. He also captured the mechanics, armorers, and daily life of the Polish squadron. The photographs are black-and-white, while the illustrated aircraft profiles are in full-color.

From the back of the book:

This is the illustrated history of the aircraft of the successful Polish bomber squadron flying for the RAF during WWII. No. 305 'Weilkopolski' squadron was a Polish bomber squadron, which originally served is a night bomber squadron, then in 1943 converted to daylight operations, and ended the war is a low-level specialist bomber squadron.

The book’s chapters are organized around the aircraft used by the 305 Squadron:

The RAF Be2E At War!

Published: November 6th, 2014     
The RAF Be2E At War!
Author: Paul R. Hare
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

To coincide with the display in the UK of two airworthy BE2E reproductions from New Zealand's TVAL earlier this year, Albatros Productions fortunately decided that Centenary Da