Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

British Guided Missile Destroyers

Published: June 27th, 2016     
British Guided Missile Destroyers
Author: Edward Hampshire
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Osprey Publishing

To most readers of a certain age, the Falklands Conflict was a watershed event which tested the resolve, capabilities, and persistence of the Royal Navy and the Nation. It was a bloody affair at sea; the Royal Navy suffered immensely and yet still prevailed. The loss of the Type 42 HMS Sheffield to Exocet missiles shocked naval professionals and called into serious question Royal Navy air defense capabilities. Other air defense ships suffered as well. The County Class ships – HMS Antrim and HMS Glamorgan (which survived an Exocet hit) were damaged and another Type 42, HMS Coventry, was lost. The conflict also highlighted inherent design issues with the Type 42 and Royal Navy damage control readiness. Lessons were learnt and during Operation Granby (the British component to Operation Desert Storm), the Royal Navy acquitted its air defense capabilities when HMS Gloucester (Type 42, batch 3) detected and destroyed a low flying Silkworm missile, successfully defending the coalition task group operating off Kuwait.

Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L31

Published: June 26th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L31
Author: Ray Rimmell; Illustrator: Ronny Bar
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Ray Rimell is releasing a limited edition volume (1,000 individually numbered and signed copies) of the ‘true story of the Potters Bar Zeppelin’. A companion volume on ‘The Last Flight of the L31’ is being released simultaneously. The cover features a painting by Ray Rimell depicting 2/Lt. Wulstan Joseph Tempest firing into the hull of L31 on the night of October 1, 1916. Ronny Bar contributes a large color side profile of Tempest’s RAF Be2c 4577. I counted 56 photographs (including eleven in color) and a scale drawing of a ‘R’ Class Zeppelin 1916 of which L31 was the second example.

Scale Model Handbook: Diorama Modelling 1

Published: June 26th, 2016     
Scale Model Handbook:  Diorama Modelling 1
Author: Various
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Mr. Black Publications

This is the first in a series of diorama modelling handbooks to be published by Mr. Black Publications (the second has also been released). Mr. Black is a relatively new, European-based company specializing in modeling ‘how-to’ books and modeling-related history books. On their website they also offer a small selection of vignette bases and some pro-built models.

This handbook is in the standard European A4 (roughly 8 ½” x 11”) format, and is printed on very high quality, thick matte paper. There are over 400 photos between the covers.

The contents comprise of 9 articles, each written by a different author, explaining the construction and detailing of vignette-style dioramas. The emphasis is on figure-related dioramas, and the contents are as follows:

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 60, 2016 Summer

Published: June 25th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 60, 2016 Summer
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 60 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 nearly 600 photos (mostly in color) along over forty 1/700 scale drawings. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

There is a lot of incredible models in this Summer edition as I was just amazed at what could be done in 1/700 scale. This issue’s feature is the Battle of Leyte Gulf. As you can see in the following Contents, the focus is primarily on Ozawa’s Task Force with the USS Lexington thrown in to represent the US side.

The Fairey Flycatcher

Published: June 24th, 2016     
The Fairey Flycatcher
Author: Author- Matthew Willis; Drawings- Chris Sandham-Bailey; Plans- Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Matthew Willis was born in the historic naval town of Harwich, Essex in 1976. Matthew studied Literature and History of Science at the University of Kent, where he wrote an MA thesis on Joseph Conrad and sailed for the University in national competitions. He subsequently worked as a journalist for Autosport and F1 Racing magazines, before switching to a career with the National Health Service, where he wrote everything from press releases to consultation papers. His first non-fiction book, a history of the Blackburn Skua WW2 naval dive bomber, was published in 2007. He currently lives in Southampton with his University lecturer wife Rosalind, and writes both fiction and non-fiction for a living. This is Matthew Willis fourth book, and third with Mushroom Model Publications. He has also authored many feature articles in aviation and scale modeling magazines