Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Ginter Books Naval Fighter #101 Grumman Tracker - Part 1

Published: October 22nd, 2016     
Ginter Books Naval Fighter #101 Grumman Tracker - Part 1
Author: Robert J Kowalski and Tommy H. Thomason
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 10, the first of a three volume set 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 is the first of three projected volumes covering the Tracker, with development, testing, variants and foreign users described.

Content Coverage

The inside of the cover has all the background information for the publication:publisher’s note, authors’ biographies, and contributor acknowledgments, with many familiar names.The additional contributions add greatly to the depth of the aircraft history and operations.

M10/Achilles - A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s WWII Tank Destroyer

Published: October 22nd, 2016     
M10/Achilles - A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s WWII Tank Destroyer
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: The Ampersand Publishing Group

The book, "M10/Achilles, A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s WWII Tank Destroyer" by David Doyle, starts with a short introduction that details the start of US Army WW II Tank Destroyer strategy and then a brief history from the early war period thru the end of the war.

The book is divided into 2 sections, the M10 and the Achilles.

Each section has both black and white photos from the war years, and color photos from the surviving museum examples. Most of the photos are well done and in good focus. Some of the wartime photos are little grainy, but give a good idea of the M10/Achilles in action.

The color photos are a mix of wide shots and detail close-ups. These close-ups are very well done and will help the modeler get the details done accurately.

The captions on the photos explain what you are seeing and give additional details about the subject.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 61, 2016 Autumn

Published: October 18th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 61, 2016 Autumn
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Issue 61 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. Each issue leads off with either short articles on a finished build or an in depth step-by-step ‘how to’ on the build and painting. The finished model photographs are of high quality in brightness, color, and depth of focus. 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 with ten 1/700 scale drawings. You will find throughout this journal, period photographs of the real ships and aircraft involved in battle. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

Model Art No. 950, October 2016

Published: October 17th, 2016     
Model Art No. 950, October 2016
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Issue 950 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 Model Art magazine is a monthly issue that has evolved from their first issues in 1966 that focuses on all modeling subjects. I’ve attempted to capture the contents below, but please be aware of translation difficulties. There are about 40 pages of advertising, out of the 160 pages, showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. Nearly all the articles are supported with color photos. A few of the ongoing series are supported with black and white drawings and photos

Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide

Published: October 14th, 2016