Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

OV-10 Bronco: Designed for Counterinsurgency and the Vietnam War

Published: April 27th, 2017     
OV-10 Bronco: Designed for Counterinsurgency and the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Thanks to Mr. Ashby Shoop for providing me a copy of this booklet during it's development, and the Fort Worth Aviation museum for sending a finished E-copy to me to review after purchase.

If you are looking for a quick reference on the OV-10, the Folks at the Fort Worth aviation Museum have a new document which provides an excellent, concise history of the aircraft. Included are development and early history of what the requirement is that led to the Bronco, who worked on it, and the history of how the aircraft evolved. The majority of the book focuses on Marine air and navy use; Air Force operations are touched on but not in detail.

What really adds value to the book are descriptions of loadout and operations, which confirm configuration of particular offensive weaponry. The OV-10, although cleared for gravity operated "dumb" weapons, was mostly regulated to forward-firing smaller weapons such as 2.75" FFAR and Zuni rockets. According to the author this was due to competition between USAF and Naval Air operations and "fast jets verses slow movers", which is touched on in the booklet.

The Women's Royal Naval Service

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Women's Royal Naval Service
Author: Neil R. Storey
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

Neil R. Storey attended North Walsham High School and completed is pre- and post-graduate work at the University of East Anglia. is a social and military historian focused on the impact of crime, war, and medicine on British society. He has been writing since the late 1980s and has pursued military, historical crime, and topographical topics. Author of nearly fifty books, including: Animals in the First World War (2014), The Women's Land Army (2012), The Women's Suffrage Movement (2012), The Battle of Britain (2012), The Victorian Criminal (2011), Women in the Second World War (2011), Women in the First World War (2010), The Home Guard (2010). Neil continues to write articles for national magazines and national journals in addition to providing lectures across the UK. He has served as a consultant for both radio and television. You can follow Neil on twitter at @NeilRStorey and on Facebook at He currently lives in his hometown of Norwich, Norfolk.

The Suomi Submachine Gun

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Suomi Submachine Gun
Author: Leroy Thompson; Illustrators: Adam Hook, Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its weapon series, this time by adding a book on the exemplary Finnish-made Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the following chapters: Introduction, development, use, impact, conclusion and bibliography, plus an index.

I've found particularly interesting the development, use and impact chapters. They were clearly really well researched and it included descriptions of the weapon characteristics, as well as the description of its use in combat by the Finnish ski troops against the Soviet troops. It should be noted that this submachine gun could also be used as a sniper gun, giving its high accuracy up to distances of several hundred meters.

Perhaps one of the best compliments to the overall design and performance is that this particular submachine gun was somewhat copied by the soviets and issued to their own troops in the later years of the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Published: April 26th, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

You can view the book trailer for this publication at this YouTube video. This video provides a preview of the entire book, cover to cover.

Written by Robert Peczkowski with color profiles by Artur Juszczak, this book covers the evolution of the Bf-109E from 1936 to 1941, from the E-0 to the E-9 in the "Emil" series. This is the second, expanded, and revised edition of an MMP book covering the Bf-109E.

The "Emil" was a significant variant in the Bf-109 series. Major changes in the Bf-109 brought about by the switch in powerplants from the Jumo-powered A thru D variants lead to the E, which was powered by the Daimler Benz DB 601A engine. The author shares his extensive collection of black & white images in this book, these images being a primary research tool for the historian and the modeler. The images are augmented by a series of excellent drawings and illustrations, all in 1/72nd scale, which provide a wealth of "detail" information.

Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger
Author: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The official title is F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale, Digital Volume 6.


The review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will be in 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 in dusty residence on stoic-looking bookshelves. This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler. I cannot imagine that this publication will not be a stunning addition to any aviation enthusiast's digital library.