Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

SR-71 Blackbird

Published: April 24th, 2016     
SR-71 Blackbird
Author: Paul F. Crickmore; Illustrator: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is at least the second in this as yet un-named series from Osprey.  The first that I’m aware of was Spitfire by Tony Holmes published in the same hardback format in August 2015.  This appears to be a ‘handy’ size book that is possibly derived from earlier books by Paul Crickmore on the SR-71 Blackbird.  Paul Crickmore has quite a history photographing and writing about the Lockheed Blackbirds leaning on his time as an Air Traffic Controller in London.  Following the termination of the SR-71 program, Paul Crickmore produced a very detailed book, Lockheed SR-71: The Secret Missions Exposed that won praise from the aviation press, SR-71 crews, and the late president of the Skunk Works, Ben Rich.

Figure Modelling 16

Published: April 22nd, 2016     
Figure Modelling 16
Author: Multiple Contributors
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mr. Black Publications

Mr. Black Publications offers a very thorough and comprehensive series of books which feature “Figure Modelling”. This book is the 16th book in that series.

The book is not a Beginner’s Guide to Figure Painting, although there is much “foundation skills” information that is in the book. Rather, there are eight chapters, each featuring a specific subject, each with a different contributing author.

Each article is accompanied by a number of excellent photographs showing the project “in progress” and “completed”. A list of paints, brushes, primer, glue, and other materials used in the project are provided. This “shopping list” is something that I, as a rookie figure painter find extremely important. In each article, the author describes specific techniques such as base preparation, painting skin, armor, clothing, weapons, and “weathering”, or adding damage to the figure.

Il-2 Shturmovik

Published: April 21st, 2016     
Il-2 Shturmovik
Author: Oleg Rastrenin
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Guideline Publications

Guideline has just added the Ilyushin IL-2 to the list of titles in their “Warpaint” series. 

The pages of this book are all printed on high-quality, glossy stock, and the covers are in stiffer card stock, also glossy.  As with other titles in this series, the production quality is quite high. 

There are not really any distinct “chapters” in the book, but each new section is labeled in bold type.  The author dives right in on page one to explain the history behind the idea of the Il-2, and its subsequent creation.  Having established that, he then discusses early production, modifications, and further production.  The addition of a second crewman (rear gunner) is covered in depth, as this was a major change to the initial version of the aircraft.  Some brief combat history is woven throughout the developmental history, as in large part it was the combat experience that resulted in the need for changes to the airframe.

F4U Corsair vs Ki 84 "Frank" Pacific Theater 1945

Published: April 21st, 2016     
F4U Corsair vs Ki 84 "Frank" Pacific Theater 1945
Author: Edward M. Young, Illustrators: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s Duel series is authored by Edward Young, a retired financial executive. He has written a number of books and numerous articles on aviation and military history, including: Osprey Campaign Series 136: Meiktila: The Liberation of Burma, Warrior Series 141: Merrill's Marauders, Osprey Combat Aircraft Series 87: B-24 Liberator Units of the CBI, Duel Series 41: B-24 Liberator vs. Ki-43 ‘Oscar' and Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 109 - American Aces Against the Kamikaze. Illustrator Jim Laurier, a native of New England, provides the color profiles. Jim has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and has been featured in hundreds of aviation books. Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international standing as well as an aviation history enthusiast. Gareth Hector the cover artwork along with a two-page spread of Lt. Cdr Roger Hedrick, CO of VF-84, shooting down a Hayate over Tokyo. I counted sixty photographs, all but one in black and white.

Windsock Centenary Datafile 171 Aviatik (Berg) D.I At War!

Published: April 19th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Datafile 171 Aviatik (Berg) D.I At War!
Author: Paolo Varriale
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Italian historian Paolo Varriale has taken a new look at the Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I service in WWI.

A single seat fighter designed by Julius von Berg, the Aviatik D.I first flew October 16, 1916, unfortunately killing the test pilot. Approximately 677 airframes were built, and that constituted nearly 43% of the fighters accepted by the Austro-Hungarian Army Air Service. The Aviatik (Berg) D.I was light and fast, but suffered from poor manufacturing quality leading to an adverse reputation for shedding wings.

Peter M Gross’ Datafile number 45 has been long out of print, so it is about time that Windsock revisited Aviatik’s (Berg) D.I. The cover features a Roberto Zanella painting of Oblerleutnant Bela Macourek ‘s Aviatik (Berg) D.I. shooting down a DH4 on the Albanian coastline. Ronny Bar contributes nine large color side profiles, including 338.95, featuring a smartly dressed lady smiling on the side of a late production Aviatik D.I. I counted 84 photographs (including four in colour) and two tables.