Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Douglas F3D Skyknight

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Douglas F3D Skyknight
Author: Jose Fernandez, Przemysiaw Skulski
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Another addition to the Mushroom Model Publications Yellow Series of books is focused on the Douglas F3D Skyknight. This book is definitely focused towards the modeler with lots of black and white and color photos, color profiles of various schemes and markings, and scale plans in 1/72 scale.

The book is divided into the following sections

Aces High Magazine, Issue #1

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Aces High Magazine, Issue #1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: AK Interactive

The name AK Interactive is probably familiar to many of us as a provider of some very useful weathering products.  Although their weathering products work with any model, AK has primarily marketed its products to armor modelers.  Recently, however, they have started producing some aircraft-specific products, such as the AK Air Series which currently has “Air Paint” sets (just Luftwaffe and RAF, but I believe more are in the pipeline) and “Air Weathering” sets (designed specifically to weather aircraft engines and landing gear).  It looks to me like the “Aces High” magazine has been started to specifically showcase the usage of AK products on aircraft.  A note on the cover states “Special Issue:  64 + 20 pages free”, so I suppose future issues will have 64 pages, as compared to this volume which has 84.

World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict
Author: Jeremy Harwood
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Zenith Press

This fascinating book tells how the Allies and Axis powers developed aerial reconnaissance systems to gather accurate aerial intelligence, primarily during World War II. The book combines history with photography and provides a unique and different perspective of World War II – from above! The photographs are excellent, with descriptive captions for each photo. The text provides good descriptions of the aircraft used for reconnaissance, and the maps & diagrams illustrate many of the actions.

The book is divided into five sections:

  • Beginnings
  • Blitzkrieg
  • End of the Beginning
  • Turning the Tide
  • The End of the War

The book also includes a Bibliography/Further Reading, Index of Topics, and Photo Credits, all of which are handy for further research.

Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West

Published: July 1st, 2014     
Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West
Author: Douglas C. Dildy
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

Fall Gelb 1940 was a detailed German deployment order designed to launch the initial phase of Hitler's military campaign to eliminate the Western democracies from the European conflict. Osprey Publishing covers this deployment order in the new book Fall Gelb 1940 (1): Panzer Breakthrough in the West.

The objective of the Fall Gelb was to defeat the largest possible forces of the Anglo-French army by an attack through Belgium and Luxembourg territory, thereby paving the way for the destruction of the military strength of the enemy.

Chief architect of the Fall Gelb plan was OKH Chief of Staff, General Franz Halder. Halder’s plan included four parallel branches:

  1. Vigorous attacks against the Maginot line.
  2. The airborne invasion of the Netherlands by the Luftwaffe.
  3. A strong advance through Central Belgium.
  4. An additional advance through Luxembourg and southern Belgium.

The plan resulted in a swift and conclusive German conquest of France and the Low Countries in May and June 1940, as the Germans forced their way through Belgium and raced through France to the English Channel. 

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Published: June 27th, 2014     
US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II
Author: Barrett Tillman
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

About This Book

Noted author and historian Barrett Tillman has complied yet again another literary masterpiece. This time devoted exclusively to US Marine fighting squadrons in World War II. The US Marine Corps aviation recently celebrated its centennial in 2012. During the last 100 years ‘the flying leathernecks’ have enjoyed a rich heritage of bravery and excellence. Exploring this, Barrett Tillman steps up and delivers factual accounts from the best known Marine aviators such as Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington, Joe Foss and many more. Tillman also included a wartime interview of Boyington. Through these recollections you’ll learn about the caliber of the men that defended our freedom in clear and honest recollections. These guys were as tough as nails. Their presence in the Pacific helped lead the US to victory against the mighty Japanese Empire by cutting off their aggressive stranglehold. These Marines flew fearless combat mission with what some called the worst aircraft of World War II and the ill fated Brewster Buffalo. And while their favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, is spotlighted, this book covers all fighter types flown. The stories are incredible and the B&W photographic collection is remarkable to say the least. The author includes several who’s who lists of the aces, achievements and awards.

F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1

Published: June 10th, 2014     
F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, and introducing a new digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting way of researching the F3H Demon. 

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take 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 residing on stoic-looking bookshelves.  This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler, with few disadvantages, as described below.

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action

Published: June 9th, 2014     
P-47 Thunderbolt in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action is the third ‘In Action’ book about the P-47 published by Squadron MMD.  The first one (number 18) was printed in the early 1970s and the second one (#1208) was printed in 2007.  The latest, authored by David Doyle, adds considerably to the material provided in the first two.  It presents, in word and pictures, the full story of the legendary Thunderbolt from inception to production and wartime service.  I happen to know David personally and have come to expect anything he authors to be thoroughly researched and well written…and the latest P-47 Thunderbolt in Action is no exception.

Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe (2nd Edition)

Published: June 9th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe (2nd Edition)
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Review

The Me-262 requires little if any introduction, however reference material for it is always sought after. This book is intended to cover all the marks and variants of the single seat “A” series, including some obscure prototypes.

The book is very logically broken down in a section that describes the technical characteristics of the airplane, the production blocks, and several tables with details covering prototypes from Werk Numbers, to Me-262 aces.

The next section has period B&W pictures and 1/72nd scale drawings of all the different variants of the A series, including details on their armament, if applicable.

After that there are no less than 58 color profiles, including a few top/bottom views of the Me-262 in the fighter and bomber configuration, plus color profiles of captured examples and post-war examples in Czech service.

French Tanks of World War II (1) - Infantry and Battle Tanks

Published: June 9th, 2014     
French Tanks of World War II (1) - Infantry and Battle Tanks
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Osprey Publishing

The first of two volumes covering the French armor of World War II, this title looks at the infantry and battle tanks that faced the onslaught of the German Blitzkrieg in 1940. Many of the French tanks were intended as replacements for the World War I-era Renault FT, and various modernization efforts throughout the inter-war years had given rise to a number of new infantry tanks, including the Renault R35 and R40, FCM 36, and the Hotchkiss H35 and H39. Alongside these developments was a separate family of battle tanks, starting with the Renault D1, D2, and, finally, the best-known French tank of the campaign – the Char B1 bis. French Tanks of World War II (1) offers a background to the design and development of these tank types, and an evaluation of their performance in the Battle of France.

Contents

The Americans on D-Day, A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion

Published: June 8th, 2014     
The Americans on D-Day, A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion
Author: Martin K. A. Morgan
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Zenith Press

This is a large, beautiful coffee table style photo-essay book. As the son of a D-Day veteran I was most anxious to read this book. 450 of the photos included are from the combat in Northern France. Some will seem familiar to the reader but many have never before been published. I especially like how in many cases the author has shown the original WWII photo and then beside or below that he has placed a modern photo of the same place taken at the same spot.

The book is divided into eight chapters! The are: The Buildup, From the Air, From the Sea, On the Beached, Point du Hoc, La Fiere, Graignes and Aftermath. Each is filled with photos that show everything from the men, equipment and geography to the carnage of battle.

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