Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

USS California: A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44

Published: February 21st, 2016     
USS California: A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is Ampersand’s first nautical book, a new series that promises to focus on US capital ships of World War II. It follows the format as David Doyle’s “Flying Wings” and “Consolidated B-36” books, but is in hard cover. 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.

True to the Visual History Series name, the focus of this book in on the visual detailing the development and service history of the USS California. BB-44, nicknamed the “Prune Barge”, was one of two USS Tennessee-class battleships and was the fifth ship of the United States Navy named after the state of California. Ampersand is calling this an “Extended” version of their Visual History format and it runs 168 pages packed with large, clear photographs of BB-44 from her 1916 keel laying to 1959, where she was sold for scrap.

Polish Wings 20: Yakovlev Yak-1, Yak-3, Yak-7, Yak-9

Published: February 21st, 2016     
Polish Wings 20: Yakovlev Yak-1, Yak-3, Yak-7, Yak-9
Author: Wojciech Zmyslony & Wojciech Sankowski. Illustrator: Thierry Vallet
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Wojciech Zmyslony and Wojciech Sankowski author the latest in Mushroom Model Publications’ series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force. This volume’s focus are the piston engine Yak fighters deployed by the ‘People’s Polish Air Force’ during WWII and the late 40s.

The front and back covers are by Marek Ryś (http://www.airart3d.com) of a Yak-1b, one of three aircraft adorned with a presentation inscription.

I counted 177 black and white photos along with 2 color photos of museum aircraft. Thierry Vallet contributes 42 color side views as well as top and bottom views as appropriate. Colors are even called out with Russian AMT and US FS numbers. The great part of these color side views is they are backed up with period photos of the aircraft that is being portrayed. Wojciech Zmyslony and Wojciech Sankowski also include two tables (see below) that detail the date, unit, aircraft, markings, and pilot. Mushroom Model Publications’ has provided a page by page preview at: http://mmpbooks.biz/ksiazki/299

The Table of Contents focuses on the following sections:

Consolidated B-36: A Visual History of the Convair B-36 "Peacemaker"

Published: February 20th, 2016     
Consolidated B-36: A Visual History of the Convair B-36 "Peacemaker"
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is Ampersand’s second aviation book, both in the Visual History Series, and follows the same format as David Doyle’s “Flying Wings”.

Rinaldi SM Series SM.01 - Fish Submarine

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Rinaldi SM Series SM.01 - Fish Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

I have several of the Rinaldis Tank Art books and they are great guide books so I was looking forward to this one on the Industria Mechanika Fichten Foo’s Fantastical Fish Shaped Submarine. I love the Industria Mechanika products and all things Steam Punk/ Diesel Punk.

Unlike the standard Tank Art book format and size this book is small and compact only 6.5” x 7.5”, which is a great way to show it’s for a single subject. I love this concept and look forward to more of these from Rinaldi. Even the look and feel of the paper in the book gives it a vintage feel!

As soon as I open the book I was impressed. This book has all the great methods and style that Rinaldi has put into the great Tank Art books. The graphics are perfect and enhance the whole enjoyment of the book.

This book is well written and includes the step by step method of building this fantastic little model and brings it to life to a way only Rinaldi work does. The processes and techniques are clearly explained and demonstrated. You can really feel from the book the author loves what he does and enjoys sharing his skills with the readers.

The Grumman F6F Hellcat: A Comprehensive Guide

Published: February 2nd, 2016     
The Grumman F6F Hellcat: A Comprehensive Guide
Author: Thomas M. Cleaver
Reviewed by: Walt Fink, IPMS# 2447
Company: SAM Publications

Sam Publications has published another incredible reference work, this time on one of the mainstays of the navy’s air power in the Pacific theater. Author Thomas M. Cleaver has put together a 175-page opus with just about every aspect of the Hellcat one could wan