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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 5

Published: July 9th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 5
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has been a basic design format but they changed it up with this issue. The change is that the "Scuttlebutt Lodge" and the "Marketplace" sections have been married together better to provide a more cohesive presentation of future, current and past releases, and give modelers more of the information they need to make informed decisions.  There are usually two Feature Articles but in this issue there are four, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue covers the final part of the new H-K Models 1/32 Gloster Meteor, the second part of the Classic Airframes Grumman Duck diorama, the new Eduard 1/72 MiG-15bis and Wingman Models 1/48 Alpha jet. The Meteor is from Jay Laverty and concludes the series.  Part 2 includes a  discussion of the logic behind painting the model to represent the High Speed Silver color and decaling of the High Speed Silver finish along with a great explanations of Jay's weathering techniques. The end result is excellent.

The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces

Published: July 9th, 2014     
The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces
Author: Alejandro de Quesada
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Osprey Publishing

Number 495 in Osprey’s Men-at-Arms series provides a concise, yet reasonably comprehensive description of the Spanish Civil War…explaining its causes, listing a chronology of events and describing those who fought on the side of the Nationalists. The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (1) Nationalist Forces delivers a lot of information about a significant event in the history of 20th Century warfare within its modest 48-pages.

Iron Tadpoles: A-6A/B intruders of the Vietnam War

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Iron Tadpoles: A-6A/B intruders of the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: David Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Furball Aero-Design

Furball Aero-Designs latest sheet is for the Hobbyboss 1/48 A-6A/B Intruders. This sheet has 15 different aircraft. The Intruders included are Vietnam era aircraft. Inside the package, there are 2 color back and front sheets with profiles for each of the 15 planes and includes color call outs and decal placement. A third full size sheet shows decal placement on the wing tops and the back shows a very detailed stores loading. A final single sized sheet shows stencil placement with color call outs also. You get two HUGE decal sheets with all the needed markings, numbers, wing walks and national insignia. There is also a very small sheet which has the wing markings for two aircraft. The decals are printed by Cartograph and from my previous experience with Cartograph and Furball, they are superb in application and opacity.

There are marking included for the following aircraft:

Albatros. DIII: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag Variants

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Albatros. DIII: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag Variants
Author: Illustrators: Henry Morshead James F. Miller Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Albatros, with its torpedo shaped fuselage is one of the more iconic German aircraft of WWI. Not without its shortcomings, it never the less gave the German air superiority mid-war and remained a mainstay of the German and Austrian air forces to the war’s end. To meet the demand for aircraft, production of the D.III was seconded out to three other companies: Johannisthal, OAW and Oeffag. This outsourcing allowed Albatros to focus on D.V production much like what happened with Grumman Corp. in World War Two – where General Motors took over production and development of the F4F-4 (FM1) and Grumman pursued the F6F Hellcat. Like in the case of the Wildcat and General Motors, Johnannistal, OAW and Oeffag continued to build and refine the D.III and turn it into a more effective and reliable aircraft. As a result the Albatros D.III never faded away when the Fokker D.VII entered service and soldiered on past the war’s end. Ironically the Albatros D.III and the Fokker D.VII would be both stable mates and adversaries in the chaos which existed in the east after the rise of Soviet Russia and the collapse of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. 

Allied-Axis, The Photo Journal of The Second World War, Issue 30

Published: July 8th, 2014     
Allied-Axis, The Photo Journal of The Second World War, Issue 30
Author: David Doyle, Jeff Kleinhenz
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Allied-Axis is a quarterly publication from Ampersand Publishing Group that provides photos on both Allied and Axis armor and other military vehicles. Each issue focuses on three or four different vehicle types and provides brief background information but primarily focuses on photographs of the vehicles. There are no ads, stories, or other distractions. Just lots of photos. Photographs are all in black-and-white and include production photos and in-action wartime photos. Many of the photos are from proving grounds demonstrating the capabilities and various versions of the vehicles. Each photo has a very descriptive caption describing the setting, configuration of the equipment, crewmembers in their uniforms, etc.

This Issue #30 features three different vehicles: a Sherman Tankdozer, a German sFH 18 15cm Howitzer (Part Two) and a M23 Ammunition Trailer.

Q ship vs U-Boat (1914-18)

Published: July 7th, 2014     
Q ship vs U-Boat (1914-18)
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey has put out book # 57 in their Duel series. It is about the British Q Boats or decoy boats, as they were also known, versus the German U-boats. This book is another interesting book about World War 1 to go along with the wars 100 year anniversary.

The Imperial German U-boats were preying on the merchant ships that were supplying the British war effort. The U-boats were doing such a good job of this that Britain had to think of something that would make the submarines surface. Once surfaced, the U-boat became more vulnerable and the ship would have a better chance to fight. Enter the Q ship, a ship that appears to be a lone merchant ship and easy target. Once the U-boat surfaces the Q ship’s hidden guns appear and open fire. 

The book is divided into eleven sections:

Soviet Air Defense Aviation 1945-1991

Published: July 3rd, 2014     
Soviet Air Defense Aviation 1945-1991
Author: Yefim Gordon & Sergey Komissarov
Reviewed by: Jim Deck, IPMS# 47248
Company: Hikoki Publications

This isn’t book it’s a tome, and a well done one at that. The large 8.5” x 11” pages are chock full of information, photographs and drawings. The book is broken down into 7 chapters the first four of which are divided by specific eras with the last three tackling specific subjects. One entire chapter deals with the downing of both KAL flight KE902 and KE007.

This is a quality book, not your typical hobby shelf reference fodder. It is nicely bound on heavy stock paper and includes the dustcover as pictured. The pages are well laid out with crisp text and hundreds of unique photographs. The profile drawings are just icing on the cake.

Douglas F3D Skyknight

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Douglas F3D Skyknight
Author: Jose Fernandez, Przemysiaw Skulski
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Another addition to the Mushroom Model Publications Yellow Series of books is focused on the Douglas F3D Skyknight. This book is definitely focused towards the modeler with lots of black and white and color photos, color profiles of various schemes and markings, and scale plans in 1/72 scale.

The book is divided into the following sections

Aces High Magazine, Issue #1

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
Aces High Magazine, Issue #1
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: AK Interactive

The name AK Interactive is probably familiar to many of us as a provider of some very useful weathering products.  Although their weathering products work with any model, AK has primarily marketed its products to armor modelers.  Recently, however, they have started producing some aircraft-specific products, such as the AK Air Series which currently has “Air Paint” sets (just Luftwaffe and RAF, but I believe more are in the pipeline) and “Air Weathering” sets (designed specifically to weather aircraft engines and landing gear).  It looks to me like the “Aces High” magazine has been started to specifically showcase the usage of AK products on aircraft.  A note on the cover states “Special Issue:  64 + 20 pages free”, so I suppose future issues will have 64 pages, as compared to this volume which has 84.

World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

Published: July 2nd, 2014     
World War II From Above – An Aerial View of the Global Conflict
Author: Jeremy Harwood
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Zenith Press

This fascinating book tells how the Allies and Axis powers developed aerial reconnaissance systems to gather accurate aerial intelligence, primarily during World War II. The book combines history with photography and provides a unique and different perspective of World War II – from above! The photographs are excellent, with descriptive captions for each photo. The text provides good descriptions of the aircraft used for reconnaissance, and the maps & diagrams illustrate many of the actions.

The book is divided into five sections:

  • Beginnings
  • Blitzkrieg
  • End of the Beginning
  • Turning the Tide
  • The End of the War

The book also includes a Bibliography/Further Reading, Index of Topics, and Photo Credits, all of which are handy for further research.

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