Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

IJA Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32

Published: August 4th, 2014     
IJA Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.     

This is a special issue released by Model Art covering plastic model aircraft of the IJA in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The book is broken down into six sections. Fighters, Bombers and Assault Aircraft, Reconnaissance, Experimental and Planned, Trainers/Others and Foreign Made and Licensed product aircraft.

Each section includes photos of finished models, period photos, available kits, year released and a rating system for a lot of them. The ratings are from one to five stars and you find most of the older kits tend to have a lower rating, but this not always the case as some of the recent releases have some lower ratings.

The very last part of the article consists of ground support vehicles and personnel.

The rest of the magazine consists of hobby shop ads.  

F9F Panther Units of the Korean War

Published: August 1st, 2014     
F9F Panther Units of the Korean War
Author: Warren Thompson
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing keeps expanding its Combat Aircraft series with its latest book, F9F Panther Units of the Korean War. I personally think that the F9F Panther is among the most beautiful jets of the early era—together with the F-86 Sabre—so I might be a bit biased on this topic.

Clearly, from the beginning of the book you realize the author, Warren Thompson, is extremely well versed in the Korean conflict, and he is a great researcher. The level of detail and accuracy in his narrative is outstanding. He is really good at combine first hand narratives and mission reports to allow the reader have a sense of the pilot experiences, as well as the overall combat record of each unit, and the strategic situation in the Korean Peninsula during the conflict.

This book, being from Osprey has plenty of pictures; about half of them in color. The book also has 24 gorgeous color profiles by Jim Laurier.

The book is divided in the following chapters:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.    

In the June issue of Model Art it seems as if they have changed the layout of the magazine. Along with the special feature article there is a separate intro feature article, a special article, and the monthly features.

This issue starts out with an intro feature article. This article is a full detailed build of the Tamiya 1/32 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II "Black Bunny." This model is just gorgeous. Anything that could be detailed appears to have been. The article includes a multitude of color photos and line drawings of the various details.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years. They also release many special releases during the year as is the case of this issue.  

This issue is the second in the series Ship Model Database Extra Edition. The first covered IJN Destroyers that were produced from 1918–1941, and this one covers the IJN Carriers 1922–1945. The carriers included in this are the Hosho, Akagi, Kaga, Ryujo, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Taiho, Unryu, Amagi, Katsuragi, Shinano, Shoho, Zuiho, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, Hiyo, Junyo, Taiyo, Unyo, Chuyo, Kaiyo, and Shinyo. The magazine is broken down into eleven sections. I will cover each section below.

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953

Published: July 31st, 2014     
The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941– 1953 is part of Ampersand Publishing Company’s Visual History Series of single-subject reference books. Books in this series feature historical introductions followed by extensive period and walk-around photographs in black-and-white and color. The D7 Tractor, by renowned military author David Doyle, features two pages of introductory text, while the balance of its 120-page length is filled with photographs.

The two-page introduction provides background on the development of the Caterpillar D7 tractor. Caterpillar was formed in 1925 by the merger of the Best Gas Tractor Company and the Holt Manufacturing Company. Holt supplied tractors to the US Army during World War I using Caterpillar as its trade name. The D7 was the primary tractor used by the Army during World War II, and early in the war it was used as a prime mover for artillery and earthmoving equipment. It was only later in World War II that bulldozer blades were added to the D7 tractor.

F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2

Published: July 31st, 2014     
F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2
Author: Bert Kinzey, Illustrated by Rock Roszak
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, this time in digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching the F9F Cougar.

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take three parts; 1) content coverage, 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective, and 3) evaluation of a kit using the modeler’s section.  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.

Early Soviet Jet Fighters

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Early Soviet Jet Fighters
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book covers the development, specifications and history of the first Soviet jet fighters. It is a massive tome that provides a great deal of detailed information on its subjects. The authors are certainly the current experts in the field of Soviet/Russian aircraft and after reading this book it is easy to see why.

I had really wanted to review this book as I have in my possession an ultra rare 1/48 Russian resin kit of the Mig-9 by Airkits. Since material on the Mig-9 and other early Soviet jets has been few and far in between, this is a welcome addition!

The book is broken down into 5 chapters by manufacturer. The order of their presentation is by their importance to the Soviet Union both in development and usage. The order of coverage is Mikoyan  Migs, Yakovlev, Lavochkin, Sukhoi and jets of Semyon Alekseyev.

The Mig-9 and all its variants are covered in the first 84 pages. There are many B&W and a few color photos. The text traces the development and usage.

Apache Warrior 1860-86

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Apache Warrior 1860-86
Author: Dr Robert N. Watt, Illustrated by Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Kenneth McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book just changed my “image” of the Apaches as an undisciplined and unsophisticated group of fighters. The Apaches begin training new warriors at an early age and in addition to the obvious physical toughness there is considerable effort to develop mental toughness, obedience and agility. Of particular interest is the Apache concept of risk versus reward. Raids and wars are very carefully planned to consider all tactical and strategic options as well as contingencies and exit routes in case of problems. For a raid or war to be successful the primary goal is to greatly reduce the chance that a warrior to be killed since that reflects badly on the leader and places a burden on the tribe to care for the lost warrior’s family.

The book does describe some of the Apache engagements with the USA and Mexico as well as narratives about some of the main Apache tribes and leaders. Of keen interest is the battle weapons and tactics and that the Apaches entered battle minimally dressed in order to avoid infection due to clothing in the wound.

The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC

Published: July 27th, 2014     
The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC
Author: Raffaele D’Amato & Andrea Salimbeti
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Elite series covers many historical subjects. This is book 201 and covers the Carthaginians between the 6th and 2nd century BC. The author states several facts in the beginning in that this book is a study of the Carthaginians armament and military culture and much studying is left to do as the culture and records were destroyed by the Romans. Also, he notes that the book will attempt to represent how Carthaginian Warriors might have looked based on the current state of knowledge. From a modelers perspective, this will be most useful.

The book is broken down into the following sections:

Forces of the Hanseatic League 13th–15th Centuries

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Forces of the Hanseatic League 13th–15th Centuries
Author: David Nicolle
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Forces of the Hanseatic League is book 494 in their Men-at-Arms series. This book deals with the history of the Hanseatic League from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. It stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages.

Chapters include:

  • Historical Background
  • Chronology
  • Land Warfare
  • Maritime Warfare
  • Siege Warfare and Firearms
  • The 15th Century: The Cost of Competition

Addendums include a section of further reading recommendations and commentaries on the color plates.