Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945

Published: May 23rd, 2018     
Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945
Author: Alexander Ludeke
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

I've always been a major fan of Russian armor, and have built an embarrassing number of Russian armor kits over the years. Don't ask me why. In any case, information for some of the interesting designs the Soviets have come up with over the years can sometimes be a bit sparse on the ground. Research being the vital aspect of modeling that it is, anything new in the field is always welcome.

Pen-and-Sword out of England now offers a lovely resource in their Fact Files series called "Tanks of the USSR 1917-1945" which covers the raw beginnings of the Russian armored forces to the stage where it becomes a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. This book covers everything from the first FT-17 based copies all the way through the heaviest, most formidable tank the world had seen up to that point - the revolutionary JS-3.

Italian Cruisers of World War II

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Italian Cruisers of World War II
Author: Mark Stille; Illustrator: Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mark Stille is a retired Commander of the US Navy and has written a succession of books for Osprey Publishing on naval topics. He continues as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. New Vanguard 258 covers Italian cruisers of World War Two, an overlooked topic. This book joints Stille's previous Osprey Vanguard 182 book on WW2 Italian Battleships (previously reviewed for IPMSUSA in 2011). Like other Osprey books, this issue is 48 pages (not counting the front/back covers) - not enough for an in-depth treatment of WW2 Regia Marina cruisers, but enough for an excellent synopsis of design, characteristics and history of each ship.

This book provides four pages of full-color side profiles of specific Italian cruisers, a two-page cutaway illustration of the Pola, a heavy cruiser, showing internal arrangements, and two full page illustrations of specific cruisers in specific actions. The book is sectioned into an Introduction with a brief overview of Italian cruiser origins, design, weapons and fire-control, followed by sections on major battles, heavy cruisers, light cruisers and an overview.

M113 APC 1960-75

Published: May 20th, 2018     
M113 APC 1960-75
Author: Jamie Prenatt
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Osprey Publishing

When you think about armor in the Vietnam war you almost always think about the M113, especially in it's ACAV fit. A vehicle designed to bring the troops close to the battle under some armor protection turned into a combat vehicle

This 48-page soft cover book focuses on the use of the M113 during the Vietnam war not only by the US but also the ARVN and Australian forces.

The book starts off with design and development that led to the M113 and the major variants of the vehicle which were many including versions equipped with a mortar, flame thrower and Vulcan 20mm cannon. They were also used as Fitters vehicles, Command centers and bride layers.

The Combat History section covers operations by the South Vietnamese, US and Australia and ends with a brief section regarding South Korean, Thailand and the Philippines use of the vehicle in country.

The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill

Published: May 20th, 2018     
The "Trapdoor" Springfield: From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill
Author: John Langellier, Illustrators: Steve Noon, Series Editor: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

John P. Langellier grew up in Tucson, Arizona and spent 12 years in the US Army. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of San Diego, and his PhD in Military History from Kansas State University. John helped found the Autry Museum of the American West in California and has served as the director for the Wyoming State Museum. He is the author of numerous books and monographs that include: The War in Europe: From the Kasserine Pass to Berlin, 1942-1945 (1995, Greenhill); Fix Bayonets: The U.S. Infantry from the American Civil War to the Surrender of Japan (1999, Chelsea); Second Manassas 1862: Robert E Lee's Greatest Victory (2002, Osprey); Union Infantrymen of the Civil War (2003, Osprey); Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army (2016, Schiffer). John has worked as a film consultant in addition to producing many documentaries. John retired in 2015 (but obviously still stays busy writing books) and now lives in Prescott, Arizona.

Bachem Ba 349 Natter

Published: May 20th, 2018     
Bachem Ba 349 Natter
Author: Robert Forsyth, Illustrator: Adam Tooby Series Editor: Tony Holmes
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Robert Forsyth, born in Berkshire, England, has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe since his school days. Based in East Sussex with his wife, he runs an aviation and military publishing business full-time. He has written articles for the magazines Aeroplane , Aviation News, FlyPast, and The Aviation Historian, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the latter publication. He is the author of several hard bound books, including: JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria - The B-26 versus the German Jets (Classic, 1998), Mistel - German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (Classic, 2001), Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (Classic, 2006, with Eddie Creek); He 162 Volksjager (Classic, 2009, with Eddie Creek); Heinkel He 111 (Crecy, 2014); Junkers Ju 52 (Specialty Press. 2015, with Eddie Creek).