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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Worldwide Vol.29, No.5
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

The Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Windsock Worldwide is the fifth issue of Volume 29 and it continues the publisher’s ongoing commitment to provide model builders with accurate and diverse information about WWI aviation.  The cover image of a highly detailed Wingnut Wings DH9a also continues the publication’s practice of focusing on that manufacturer’s line of impressive 1/32scale kits.  But, this issue presents a rich blend of modeling articles and reference material that extends far beyond the new kits offered by Wingnut Wings.

Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11

Published: December 13th, 2013     
Windsock Datafile No. 161 Caudron R.11
Author: Colin A. Owers
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

When Windsock Datafile No. 161 arrived in the mail, I was reminded of that classic Monty Python lead-in line:  “And, now for something completely different” because the subject of this Datafile is a somewhat little known WWI aviation escort fighter with a most unusual appearance.  Although serving with some distinction, the fact that it was introduced into the conflict in limited numbers in the closing months of the war precluded a definitive assessment of the value of the Caudron R.11, and no doubt contributed to its place somewhere in the shadows of aviation history. 

Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII

Published: December 10th, 2013     
Building the Wingnut Wings Fokker D.VII
Author: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Anyone who has peaked inside the box of a WingNut Wings 1/32nd WW1 aircraft kit knows the potential joys that await the builder of such a kit.  If you are at all familiar with WW1 aircraft modeling, you will undoubtedly have heard of Ray Rimell’s Albatros Productions Ltd., publishers of Windsock International modeling magazine and Windsock Datafiles etc.  So imagine my delight when IPMS USA gave me the opportunity to review a publication that combines the two: a Ray Rimell publication covering the building and detailing of WingNut Wings’ four 1/32nd Fokker D.VII kits!  Read on……….

The Pucará Story

Published: December 6th, 2013     
The Pucará Story
Author: Ricardo Caballero, Phil Cater
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo
Company: MMP Books

Mushroom Model Publications released a new book in their “White Series”, devoted to the Argentinean designed and manufactured “Pucará” (“Stone Fortress” in the Quichua native-american language).

The Pucara is an indigenous design of a twin ending light attack/COIN airplane. It has seen service in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Sri Lanka and the UK (captured). The list of countries that explored –and even placed orders- for them is much larger, but for different reasons the export orders never materialized.

The book breakdown is, as you can expect, based on the chronology of the airframe: It begins with “Origin and Development”, then moves into “Further Development”, it has a very detailed chapter of the “South Atlantic Conflict” (which includes multiple color profiles and color photos); “Pucara in Uruguayan Service and Elsewhere”, “Post 1982 developments” and it wraps up with a full color “Walk-around” section and a chapter devoted to “Weapons and Stores”. Finally there is a section with digital art, covering all the “What if”, based on cancelled export orders.

Gama Goat Detail In Action

Published: December 5th, 2013     
Gama Goat Detail In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush, IPMS# 42838
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle has produced a fine reference on the M561 Gama Goat.  This is just in time for us to use to super detail the latest offering from Tamiya.  The front and back covers feature the excellent art of Don Greer.

The book begins with coverage of the Meili Metrac and the Clark Flex-Trac.  There are pictures of both these vehicles undergoing field testing.  The Gama Goat was designed by Roger Gamaunt and licensed to Chance Vought who proposed it to the military in 1961.   It was rejected.   By 1963 a contract was awarded.  The vehicle was tested in Thailand, but was never used in Vietnam.  It saw action in Grenada.

This volume is full of great action and detail photography.   There are plenty of color shots of the engine, transmission, hitch, and even of a vehicle turned on its side.  There are photos of early field tests, exercise deployment, and Grenada. You will find the M561 used as an ambulance, a shelter vehicle and a radar platform. There are Gama Goats mounting an M60 and another with an M40 recoilless rifle. All photos are crisp and clear.  

French Flying Boats of WWII

Published: November 29th, 2013     
French Flying Boats of WWII
Author: Gerard Bousquet; Illustrated by Teodor Libiu Morosanu
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

When one looks at French aircraft of the period immediately before and during World War Two, it is evident that there were two schools of thought when it came to aircraft design!  One school was to design elegant, graceful and beautiful aircraft.  The other was to see just how ugly they could make the airplane and it still fly and perform the duties it was designed for.  This book is filled with examples of aircraft from both schools.

The book begins with a discussion of the main categories of French flying boats and what these categories entail.  The “Croisiere” category is the very long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft with a range of 2100 to 2800 miles.  The “Exploration” category was the long range maritime reconnaissance with a range of 1200 to 1900 miles.  The last category, “Surveillance” had a range of up to 775 miles.  Floatplanes are not discussed in this volume.

US MRAPS in Action

Published: November 26th, 2013     
US MRAPS in Action
Author: John Adams-Graf
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This is another book in Squadron Signal’s In Action series that profiles a family of military vehicles with photos of them in actual use. The series uses in-field photos to trace the history and development of the vehicles.

The history of Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles is chronicled from the earliest armored security vehicles (ASVs) that were built to replace armored HMMWVs and provide greater resistance to roadside bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during the Iraq wars.

The book’s introduction describes the categories of MRAPs depending on their use, level of protection, weight, and number of occupants. Vehicle types included are M117 Guardian ASV, RG-31, RG-33 4x4, RG-33L 6x6, the Cougar Family, the Caiman Family, the MaxxPro Family, M-ATV, the Buffalo MPRC, and the Meerkat & Husky. Each vehicle type is documented with several pages of high quality color photos and accompanying text. The photos show the vehicles in various field and maintenance conditions. Most of the photos are overall images of the vehicles, but there are a few detail shots also.

Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot

Published: November 23rd, 2013     
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
Author: Author - Alexander Mladenov, Illustrated by Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Su-25 made its maiden flight in 1975. Within five years it saw its first combat in Afghanistan. The Su-25 proved to be a durable airplane during the campaign in Afghanistan. The Su-25 can be found in both a single and two seat configuration. Of the 25 countries that have used the Frogfoot, it is still operated by 19 today. With modifications and upgrades, the Frogfoot is slated to remain in service until at least 2020.

This book takes a comprehensive look at the Su-25 Frogfoot from its design and development, the different variants, ordinance, modifications, and upgrades. There is also a section in the book that covers the use of the Frogfoot in combat.

This book is clearly written with an excellent use of photographs and captions. The digital artwork is really great looking

 I highly recommend this book for Soviet aviation fans. I would like to thank Osprey Publishing and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review this book. 

Model Art November 2013 No. 880

Published: November 17th, 2013     
Model Art November 2013 No. 880
Author: Various
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

In the Novembers issue of Model Art they start as usual with the special feature. This months special feature is on weathering techniques and painting of aircraft. The article starts of with Tamiya's beautiful 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair. With this model they incorporate post shading, exhaust staining and fuel stains. The next model is the Hasegawa 1/48th A6M2b Type 21 "Junyo Fighter group". This aircraft was originally finished in IJN gray but then was over sprayed with one of the greens that Japan used during the war leaving a blotchy finish. They show you how to achieve this in this section. Next up is the Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.1. This section covers chipping, masking and some general weathering. Zvezda Yak-3 1/48th is used next. This section deals with general weathering and details of the kit. The next section covers dust. They use the Eduard 1/48th Bf-109E-7 Trop for this demonstration. The last next article uses the Hasegawa 1/48 Henchel 129B-2 "Winter Camouflage". Here they show you how to apply a hand applied winter camouflage using a brush. They conclude with the Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito NF Mk.II & British light utility car.

M1 Abrams In Action

Published: November 17th, 2013     
M1 Abrams In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

As quoted from Squadron/Signal Publications " In Action books, despite the title of the genre, are books that trace the development of a single type of aircraft, armored vehicle, or ship from prototype to the final production variant. Experimental or "one-off" variants can also be included. Our first In Action book was printed in 1971".  

The M-1 Abrams was designed to fight multiple Communist manned tanks in the forests of Europe. Even though the "Abrams" has been in combat, it has been limited to desert warfare. The M-1 was designed to be technologically superior and to provide the crew the best protection possible. During the M-1's career it has gone through many upgrades and modifications, both in technology, armor and armaments.

David Doyle has come through again with another great book. He does a great job with photo documentation from the M-1's beginning to present day. Most of the photos are from operations in Iraq with a very limited number from Afghanistan. The U.S. Army and USMC are the primary users of the M-1, but Australia, Kuwait and even Iraq are also operators of the M-1. 

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