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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. 

Hawker-Siddeley/British Aerospace First Generation Harrier In Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960 - 2000

Published: November 16th, 2013     
Hawker-Siddeley/British Aerospace First Generation Harrier In Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960 - 2000
Author: Glenn Ashley; illustrated by Jon Freeman
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: AIRfile Publications

The Harrier is one of the most easily recognized modern jet fighters and has been so since its introduction into the RAF in 1969. It certainly is one of the noisiest, particularly when in VTOL mode. This excellent book is another of the ongoing AIRfile publications covering British aircraft. As in their other books, this volume is full of relevant information and color profiles, this time focusing on early versions of the Harrier. The chapter titles speak for themselves:

British Infantryman vs. Zulu Warrior

Published: November 14th, 2013     
British Infantryman vs. Zulu Warrior
Author: Ian Knight
Reviewed by: Don Norton, IPMS# 41055
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the third book in the new Combat series from Osprey which looks at soldiers who faced each other in battle. The Zulu War of 1879 has long been a subject that captured the imagination of military historians and modelers. Numerous books on the subject have been written, including several by Ian Knight, the author of this book and one of the leading authorities in the world on the Zulu War.

This series follows a similar format in all the books, looking at subjects such as training, morale, weapons, and leadership. The book compares the fighting styles and tactics of the British and Zulus in three very different battles – Nyezane (22 January 1879), iSandlwana (22 January 1879), and Khambula (29 March 1879). Accounts from combatants on both sides are included.

Besides the period black and white photos and artwork, there are color maps, color photos of the battlefields as they appear today, and weapons carried by British troops and Zulus. Illustrator Peter Dennis has done some excellent panoramic paintings of the battles as well as full-page illustrations of both a British infantryman and a typical Zulu warrior.

Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman
Author: Ron Field
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

In this book, the author covers the Civil War’s eastern theater from 1861-65 and leads you through a progressive linage of the fighting infantryman on both sides under the, quoting the book, “appalling realities of warfare in the industrial age.” You’ll follow the infantryman in the key battles such as First Bull Run/Manassas, “The Bloody Angle” Gettysburg, and Chaffin’s Farm/New Market Heights. The later battle sets focus on African American troops fighting for the union. The book further discusses in-depth the tactics and strategies used by both sides. The evolution of uniforms worn by the troops is an interesting story in itself and will surely aid the purist modeler. The diorama modeler will appreciate the interesting period b&w photographs, plus it’s packed with a wide range of colorful paintings and maps.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey hits another home run with this 2nd volume on Japanese destroyers. Picking up where the 1st volume left off, this book covers several classes, principally the Asashio, Kagero, and Yugumo. It also details the history, weapons, and tactics of the Japanese destroyers. The author further weighs in on the design and construction, armament, service modifications, and wartime service of each class. The book also covers an interesting experimental destroyer, the Shimakaze, with a top speed of almost 40 knots and 15 torpedo tubes. I found the book’s contents to be well thought out, with a very coherent outline. And it’s written with easy to understand explanations. It has beautiful color paintings and artwork including cutaway illustrations. It offers a wide range of vintage b&w photographs that are pretty decent and would be helpful to the ship modeler. The book has a softcover with a corded gum binding and it’s printed very well.

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