Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Model Art

Background

Auto Modeling is a high quality Japanese language magazine from publisher ModelArt. Each edition features models of cars, mostly racecars, from various race series and eras. Many of the previous editions focused on Formula One cars in different time periods.

The magazine has Japanese text, but some of the titles and headings are in English. The photographs are numerous and very high quality.

Contents

This issue, Volume 32, December 2015, has the following sections:

German Panzer I: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Early Light Tank

Published: March 25th, 2016     
German Panzer I: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Early Light Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: David Doyle, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Ampersand’s latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format follows the same look as David Doyle’s “USS California”. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008, and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring

Published: March 20th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 59 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Vessel Model Special is a quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. Advertising comprises the inside covers (and back cover) along with another four pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 596 photos (mostly in color) along with 17 side view or top view drawings. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

Cross & Cockade International Spring 2016 Volume 47/1

Published: March 20th, 2016     
Cross & Cockade International Spring 2016 Volume 47/1
Author: Managing Editor: Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Annual Subscription (4 issues): £ 27.00  ($39.10) plus shipping

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2016, features a water-color painting of two Short Admiralty Type 166 Seaplanes on the cover.  The rear cover shows a photograph of Captain Eric John Stephens and his 41 Squadron SE5a along with a photo of Captain Frank Ormond Soden and his captured Fokker D VII of Ltn Adolph Auer (Jasta 40).  If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

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 (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA.  This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front