Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991

Published: July 28th, 2016     
Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991
Author: Mike Guardia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s Duel series is authored by Mike Guardia, a six year veteran who served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He attended the University of Houston where he earned a BA and MA in American History. Guardia has been published by Osprey before in the New Vanguard series, but this is his first entry into the Duel series. He has also authored The Fires of Babylon, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, and Shadow Commander. Hal Moore, of course, was popularized by Mel Gibson in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. He is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America and has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award.

British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat

Published: July 26th, 2016     
British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey publishing continues to expand the Duel Series, this time with WWII naval enemies: British Submarines and Italian Torpedo Boats in the Mediterranean. The Italian Torpedo Boats were more like a “destroyer escort” or “frigate”-style ship, not a fast attack torpedo craft.

This book follows the typical format of the series including a few chapters on the technical aspects of each vessel, the training of the combatants, the strategic situation, a very detailed narrative of combat, and wraps it up with statistics and analysis.

I have to say that I have found the reading of this book very interesting and I was surprised by how many references –to other books or interviews- this issue of Osprey Duel has. It is clearly an extremely well researched book and some of the main things I learned follow:

Ginter Books Naval Fighter #102 Grumman Tracker and Tracer - Part 2

Published: July 25th, 2016     
Ginter Books Naval Fighter #102 Grumman Tracker and Tracer - Part 2
Author: Douglas Siegfried & Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Ginter Books

Thank you to Ginter Books for providing a review copy of their new release, Naval Fighters Number 102, a second volume covering the Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and the WF-2/E - 1 B Tracer. I also appreciate all of those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, who do the heavy lifting to get the reviews done, from start to finish.

Overview

The Tracker holds a special interest for me beyond my personal enthusiasm for USN aviation, an interest honed after hearing two Navy veterans argue about how effective the aircraft was. Naturally, one was a submarine officer, and the other an S2F aviator. This volume adds to the material covered in Part 1, Naval Fighters Number 101, adding brief narratives, squadron insignia images, and photographs related to the aircraft as it was used by reserves, utility, training, and other interesting operational units.

Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 3 F2H Banshee Part 1

Published: July 25th, 2016     
Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 3 F2H Banshee Part 1
Author: Bert Kinzey & Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the McDonnell F2H Banshee. The official title is Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 3, F2H Banshee, Part 1: Prototypes Through F2H-2 Variants.

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will be in two parts; 1) content coverage, and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective. I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?" I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information. I also have tons of books in my library, mostly in dusty residence on stoic-looking bookshelves. This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler. I cannot imagine that this publication will not be a stunning addition to any aviation enthusiast’s digital library.

Spotlight on Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

Published: July 25th, 2016     
Spotlight on Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
Author: Simon Schatz
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The Spotlight series of books consist of a large number of color profiles of multiple variants of the covered subject.  The first page discusses the RLM colors of the various Stukas shown. This is followed by 42