Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Out of This World Modeling

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Out of This World Modeling
Author: Aaron Skinner
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kalmbach Publishing Company

Aaron Skinner started out early in publishing, founding his High School student newspaper in the early eighties. He has been an avid modeler since the age of six (supported by his grandfather). He graduated from The University of Queensland in 1992 with his degree in Journalism and History. He has worked with several newspapers in Arkansas and Texas as a photographer and reporter from 1994 until in joined Fine Scale Modeler in 2006. He was promoted from Associate Editor to Senior Editor in 2015 and has authored several modeling books, including: Essential Skills for Scale Modelers (2011), Modeling Airliners (2012), and Airbrushing for Scale Modelers (2015). He is active representing Fine Scale Modeler and providing presentations at contests and shows, recently returning to Dallas for Squadron's EagleQuest in June 2017. He has a regular video kit review with Elizabeth Nash that I wholeheartedly endorse that you can receive through email or at the www.finescale.com website.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher Warpaint Series #111

Published: August 23rd, 2017     
Vought OS2U Kingfisher Warpaint Series #111
Author: Kev Darling
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Guideline Publications

This book covers the Vought OS2U Kingfisher. Number 111 in the very familiar Warpaint series by Guideline, this book follows their tried and true format. Beginning with the discussion of the prototype the book then moves into production models and service. All variants are covered including the XOS2U-4 and those made by the Naval Aircraft Factory.

Next, comes the extensive overseas service by the Kingfisher. Serving with Australia, throughout Latin America and Russia, brief coverage of the numbers involved and their use is given. This is followed by a detailed description of the aircraft, all its specifications, and fittings.

The largest section covers the use of the aircraft in war time service with the USN shipboard, USMC use and those based on seaplane bases and island use. The book concludes with a list of kits, decals, and aftermarket that are available and some cockpit detail photographs.

Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior: England 865-1066

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior: England 865-1066
Author: Gareth Williams
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Gareth Williams has been a curator at the British Museum since 1996, with responsibility for British and European coinage, about AD 500 to about 1180. Within this area he specializes in Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage. Much of his work focuses on the use of coinage as evidence within broader historical and archaeological studies. Gareth has authored at least fifteen books and led several projects at the British Museum, with a "Viking Voyages" exhibition that recently finished a run from March 2015 through February 2017. He has been actively involved in historical re-enactments. Check him out at the British Museum.