Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Pen and Sword has released a new book on their series "Images of War". This book is focused on Axis Armored Fighting Vehicles during War World Two.

The book is divided on 4 main chapters

  • Reconnaissance Vehicles
  • Assault Guns
  • Tank Destroyers
  • Miscellaneous;

All chapters have a well-researched introduction to the type of vehicle being described -in the chapter- including development, main roles, tactics (including historical narratives and in some cases representative combat action for the vehicle type), plus sub-sections devoted for specific vehicles (of vehicle family) being described.

Most of half of each chapter is devoted to pictures, including a great balance of period (B&W) wartime photographs of the vehicles in the field -and combat in some images-, plus contemporary images of museum vehicles highlighting specific details (commander cupola, driver compartment, etc). The images are of high quality and very useful if you are trying to get references for your next build.

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016

Published: December 1st, 2018     
Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016
Author: David Campbell; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Israeli Paratroopers, 1954-2016 is one of the latest offerings of a long running Osprey series that examines elite forces from around the world. The elite series follows a certain formula; something that Osprey is very good at. Each volume covers origins, a short chronology, organization and various operations that fall within the time span of the book. As with many Osprey publications, this one includes historic and contemporary photographs, and a series of plates that feature the uniforms, equipment, and lengthy captions that touch upon the history about the paratroopers. I am surprised that the Israeli paratroopers have not been covered until now. Regardless, this is a handy one volume history.

The Second World War

Published: November 29th, 2018     
The Second World War
Author: Sir Max Hastings
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is an excellent, well-written, beautifully illustrated book that provides a comprehensive overview of the WWII conflict at both a global and personal level. The hardcover book includes both color and B&W photos, and color illustrations that give a concise, but thorough, understanding of the strategies and decisions of the combatant nations.

Osprey's Press release describes The Second World War as telling the stories of the men and women who lived and died during the second world war, from "politicians to factory workers, and from high command to the conscripted man on the front lines". The experience of war is brought to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, writings, and historical research while the political, military, and historical significance of the warriors are examined. The Second World War provides readers with a comprehensive, and yet very concise, history of the devastating events.

The book includes a forward by Sir Max Hastings and the text is written by nine historians. The individual contributions of the authors are not identified in the book.

Kagero Rogožarski IK-3

Published: November 29th, 2018     
Kagero Rogožarski IK-3
Author: Nenad Miklušev and Djordje Nikolić
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero's latest in their Monographs Special Edition in 3D series is the Rogozarski IK-3. This edition is in their standard 8.5" x 11.875" format hardbound publication that is 184 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts with 72 pages of historical text followed by 28 pages of black and white line drawings in 1/72 and 1/48. Up next are 72 pages of color 3D illustrations describing every part of the aircraft, from cockpit to engine. There is also a double sided insert sheet full of line drawings (~16.4" x 23.0") that starts with profiles at 1/32 scale and includes scrap details. I counted 89 color 3D illustrations, 22 color profiles, along with 21 tables. There are 125 period black and white photographs dedicated to the 80th anniversary of this obscure fighter's first flight.

This is Nenad Miklusev's second book on the IK-3 with the predecessor being a 45-page paperback published in Dutch. This book is Djordje Nikolic's second contribution to the Kagero Monographs Special Edition in 3D with his previous effort published in 2017 on the Dornier Do 22 (Volume 96010).

Chinese Soldier vs. Japanese Soldier: China, 1937-38

Published: November 26th, 2018     
Chinese Soldier vs. Japanese Soldier: China, 1937-38
Author: Benjamin Lai
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

For most Americans, when you ask them when World War Two began, I imagine most people would answer December 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. In my mind, as this book reminds us, I think it is necessary to push the timeline back to the late 1930s and the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Osprey's combat series is one the more recent additions to their catalog of publications. As the title suggests, each volume looks at the relative strengths and weaknesses of a set of combatants across the historical time line. Each volume follows a specific formula - an introduction, a look at the weapons, tactics, recruitment and training of each side, descriptions of several battles the opponents fought, then an analysis and aftermath. As is typical for most Osprey books, this volume is well illustrated with historic photographs, maps of each battlefield, and several custom illustrations that bring alive particular instances of the battles told in each volume.

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