Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

RAF and Royal Navy F-4 Phantom, FG.1, FGR.2 & F-4

Published: September 3rd, 2015     
RAF and Royal Navy F-4 Phantom,  FG.1, FGR.2 & F-4
Author: Andy Evans / Gary Hatcher
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: SAM Publications

I have several of the Modeler’s Datafiles and they are great reference books so I was looking forward to this one on the British Phantoms. I do have to say that some of the Datafile facts do need to be checked as I have found small errors in a few of them but not enough to detract from the benefit of these books from being a great addition to any reference library

As soon as I started to flick through the book I was impressed. This book has all the information a modeler needs to build a British Phantom, including a kit listing, a decal listing and an accessory/conversion listing.

The table of contents is as follows:

The New Scale Spacecraft Primer

Published: August 29th, 2015     
The New Scale Spacecraft Primer
Author: Michael Mackowski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Space in Miniature

Mike Mackowski has released a revised version of SIM #1.1 - The New Scale Spacecraft Primer. It is available in both hard copy and a color PDF digital version.  Mackowski has retained some fourteen pages from the original edition with some of the older material having been updated, notably the Ariane, Mars Lander, and the Space Operations Center review.  The remaining twenty-four pages are new or recycled from some of his old IPMS Journal columns (The View From Space City). 

Since the original was published in 1990, this new version is essentially celebrating the 25th anniversary of the initiation of the SIM series.  Notable new content includes the scratch-built Curiosity Mars rover that Mike took first in category at the 2014 Nationals.  Also included are articles on updating the Revell Astronaut with MMU and the DC-X.

The Chapters include:

M42 Duster

Published: August 26th, 2015     
M42 Duster
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Background

Following the Second World War, the United States Army developed requirements for a modern armored and mobile anti-aircraft platform to deploy with armored and infantry forces. Filling that requirement was the M42 Duster. Based on the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank platform and armed with the Bofors M2A1 dual 40mm anti-aircraft cannon, the M42 became the mainstay of mobile armored anti-aircraft support for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps from 1953 through the Vietnam War. 3700 Dusters were produced and served with several allied nations in addition to the United States

The Book

A veritable reference bonanza for the scale modeler, David Doyle’s M42 Duster contains hundreds of color and black and white images in its 120 softbound pages. While the majority of the volume chronicles the Duster operating in Vietnam, a sizable section is devoted to the early years of Duster production and peacetime training, and an equally-sizable section provides a fabulous walk-around of a restored M42 at the Americans in Wartime Museum “Tank Farm” in Nokesville, Virginia.

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Published: August 16th, 2015     
Convair B-36 Peacemaker
Author: Kev Darling; Illustrator: Richard J. Caruana
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Warpaint’s latest is their standard A4 format,, softbound publication that is 48 pages (excluding covers) on Convair's B-36 Peacemaker series. Featuring 99 photographs (13 in color) along with 23 of Richard J. Caruana’s color profiles, including his color centerfold of “Miss Featherweight:” a B-36H-1-CF Peacemaker. The color profiles are further enhanced with color scrap illustration of opposite sides of the fuselage as necessary to depict special markings. Nose art and other special markings are also presented enlarged to show off details.

Kev Darling starts out with the seven year development of the Peacemaker, initiating in April 1941 with the initial USAAF specification. The impact of the Pacific war on the project is highlighted as well as ample discussion of the political, financial, technical issues that prolonged the service entry of the B-36.

Interactive German Aircraft Instrument Panels, Volume 1, an iPad reference book

Published: August 12th, 2015     
Interactive German Aircraft Instrument Panels, Volume 1, an iPad reference book
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Thank you to Mushroom Publications for bringing a tremendous digital resource for the modeler.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching model subjects.  This digital publication is nearly identical in content to the paperback version [suggestion to editor: here is the link for the paperback review on the IPMS Review site.

Overview

I am very pleased with the increasing availability of research material in the tablet world.  Interactive Panels allows an interesting reference experience for the WWII German aircraft modeler. Cockpit views of six different aircraft instrument panels are included, as listed:

M2/M3 Bradley In Action

Published: August 10th, 2015     
M2/M3 Bradley In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Chris Graeter, IPMS# 39558
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

Squadron Signal Publication, In Action series has come out with a new book authored by David Doyle on the M2/M3 Bradley. The book starts out with an interdiction on how and why the Bradley came about. From the US Army’s open top M3 halftrack in WWII to the M113 APC the US Army needed a vehicle that could keep pace on the modern battle field with the latest tanks. The new vehicle would need to posses excellent firepower, speed and protection to transport troops. After a long development period the M2 Bradley joined the US Army. The book covers this development period well with good photos and text. The book continues with excellent photo references and text that follows the different upgrades and deployments that the Bradley has seen from the 1980’s, peace time Germany, Kosovo, the two Gulf wars and current training and uses. There are good photos that show how the crews stored there gear on these vehicles in peace time and war and how the crews lived & worked in these vehicles. The author presents a lot of excellent action photos taken during fighting in the first gulf war (Desert Storm) and OIF (Operation Iraq Freedom).

Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 55, 2015 Spring Battle of Leyte Gulf Series - Vessel Model Special

Published: August 9th, 2015     
Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 55, 2015 Spring Battle of Leyte Gulf Series - Vessel Model Special
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s special quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. As with the regular Model Art Magazine this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles.

The feature article in the Spring 2015 Vessel Model Special covers the battle of Leyte Gulf / battle of Surigao Strait / Nishimura's fleet. The article is comprised of models of the vessels that were involved. Some the models are shown as full build features and others are static color photos. Included are line drawings of some of these vessels.There are several period black and white photos included along with maps of the battle area.

German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 2

Published: August 4th, 2015     
German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 2
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the second volume of the “Inside” series of books featuring the instrument panels of various German WWII aircraft. MMP Books previously released Vol 1 which covered the Bf-109F-4, Bf-110E, Fi-156 Storch, Fw-190A-3, Hs-123, and the Ju-88A-4.

This second volume covers the Bf-109E, Me-262A, Ju-87A, He-111, Hs-126 and the Do-17.

A special treat awaits the reader. The panel for the Bf-109E-4 is provided, full size, as a poster!

In North America, Casemate is the distributor for MMP.

As in the previous volume, there are two characteristics that make this book very useful to modelers. First, the entire instrument panel for each of the six aircraft featured is provided in full color. Secondly, every single instrument seen in the panel illustration is also shown in a separate drawing. These drawings are quite large and are close to “actual size” of the instrument face and bezel. The detail offered by this MMP book will guide the modeler who wants to create a more accurate and highly detailed instrument panel than is offered by kit decals.

"Hawa" Vol 1: Centenary Datafile 168

Published: August 4th, 2015     
"Hawa" Vol 1: Centenary Datafile 168
Author: Ray Rimell & Harry Woodman
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Windsock Datafiles

Centenary Datafile 168 is the first in a set of Datafiles that cover the Hannover CI.II/CI.IV/CI.IIIA series of aircraft. The history of the “Hawa” is presented in this issue, supplemented with 50+ period photos and six pages of technical drawings in 1/72nd and 1/48th by Mick Davis.

Included within is a discussion on the very unique and interesting geometry of the “Hawa” as well as some historical documentation in the form of the Aeronautical Engineering report on 13199/18 including notes and sketches. Modelers will find the entire publication filled with excellent detail resources, but the AE report includes some awesome sketches and drawing which can assist the modeler in adding detail to a model.

Some excellent full color artwork by Ronny Bar are presented on the back cover, both inside and out, and on the inside front cover.

This publication is highly recommended. Datafile never disappoints, and this issue continues a long-standing track record of quality, historical information, and superior art work. Thanks to Albatros for providing a review copy to IPMS/USA.

Windsock World War Centenary Vol.31, No.2

Published: August 3rd, 2015     
Windsock World War Centenary Vol.31, No.2
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock World War Centenary Summer 2015 is the second edition of Volume 31.  This edition’s cove story features the Sopwith Pup. The main feature is a detailed build log for the Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup. Rob Partridge is the builder and his article provides detailed descriptions and images of how to go about assembling the WNW kit. If you’ve never built a WNW kit then the Pup is an excellent starting point, and this issue will come in very handy. Later in the publication one will find a page featuring three color illustrations of some Pup