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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Aces of the 325th FG Fighter Group

Published: March 22nd, 2014     
Aces of the 325th  FG  Fighter Group
Author: Thomas Ivie
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Review

The 325th Fighter Group, also known as the “Checker Tail Clan” is one of the most well known units of the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. They flew P-40s, P-47s and P-51, making them a very interesting unit for modelers. They flew over North Africa, France, Italy, Eastern Europe and even the former Soviet Unit. Their distinctive tail markings helped aerial recognition and likely worried their counterparts when encountered in combat.

The book has the following chapters

  • Dedication
  • Activation, training and into combat
  • Thunderbolt and the Fifteenth Air Force
  • Mustang era
  • Where is the Luftwaffe?
  • Swansong of the Luftwaffe
  • Appendices

It covers chronologically the deployment of the unit from North Africa and their P-40s in a fighter-bomber role, to Italy with their P-47s and P-51s into a new role of high altitude escort and interdiction operations into Austria, Romania, Hungary, and the USSR.

Model Art #51 Taiho and Shinano

Published: March 18th, 2014     
Model Art #51 Taiho and Shinano
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Model Art

From the title one could conclude that the entire magazine is dedicated to these two ships. That would be incorrect! The book also covers the IJN Yuikaze, USS Ticonderoga, IJN Noshiro, Ice Breaker Shirase AGB 5003, JMSDF PG-824 Guided Missile Patrol Boat, JMSDF Defense Ship Akizuki, IJN Tanker Ashizuri, IJN Hiryu, S-100 German fast Attack and a section on the old Monogram/Revell 1/506 USS New Jersey!   Eleven of the models are in 1/72 scale, two are in 1/350th and another in 1/72.

Since the text is entirely in Japanese, so unless you read kanji the magazine is only for the pictures.  But there are a lot of pictures and much useful information to be gained from them. Some of the ships are both photo essays of the model and the building process; others are of just the finished model. All of the models are stunning in detail and appearance, the model of the Hiryu especially so.

Convair Advanced Designs II - Secret Fighters, Advanced Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973

Published: March 17th, 2014     
Convair Advanced Designs II - Secret Fighters, Advanced Aircraft, and Unique Concepts 1929-1973
Author: Robert E. Bradley
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

This book is a follow on companion book to the author’s “Convair Advanced Designs that I was also fortunate to review for IPMS/USA! This book covers 41 different aircraft, some that were built and some that were only designs each is given its own chapter.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 1

Published: March 15th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 1
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format and this one is similar. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue covers a build of Wing Nut Wings 1/32 S.E.5a and a 1/48 Eduard PKZ-2. The WNW S.E5a is a fantastic kit to begin with and the author, Phil Roger does a spectacular job. He uses a special method for oxidizing the exhaust pipes and shows the rigging and weathering in many detail shots.

The other Feature article from Dai Williams and is the start of a series called ":flying Oddities' and the PKZ-2 is odd. This a WWI helicopter which was basically a manned platform with an engine that was tethered to the ground and went up. Mr. Williams modifies the kit in a few areas but the shining part for me was the exceptional base he builds with the winches and planking from plasticard. Adding other parts makes the diorama truly exceptional.

Model Art February 2014 No. 886

Published: March 12th, 2014     
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty six years.

The February issue starts off with a report from the 2013 Tamiya fair. Some of the kits on the horizon are a 1/6 Harley Davidson FLSTFB Fat Boy Lo, 1/72 Mitsubishi A6M3/3a Zero Fighter Model 22 (Zeke), 1/35 Ford GPA with engine, 1/35 German Horch Kfz. 15 "North African Campaign", 1/48 Russian 1.5 ton Cargo Truck Model 1941, paintbrushes and tools. Also included in the first few pages is a page dedicated to the Eduard 1/72 Mig-15 in Czechoslovakian in Service Dual Combo and the Eduard aftermarket sets that could be used with it. Another page covers an auto show and then the next installment of I.J.A/N. Airplane Illustrated. This month’s installment covers torpedo sighting devices. They use photos of the actual units and drawings in the article.

Messerschmitt Me 410

Published: March 5th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me 410
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: MMP Books

With the recent releases (and re-releases) of a few Me 410 kits, MMP’s book on the aircraft is quite timely.

The first 10 (out of 120) pages of this book describe the rather convoluted developmental history of the Messerschmitt Me 410, actually starting with the Me 210.  The blurred lines between what constitutes a late Me 210 and an early Me 410 are well described.  In fact, as the lineage is so confusing, MMP provides a good flowchart to clear it all up.  At the end of this section are a brief few paragraphs describing the remaining two surviving examples of the aircraft (photos of these appear later).

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 12

Published: March 2nd, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 12
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two feature articles, an “Aviation in Profile” piece, industry news and a series of “Compact Build Reviews.”

The feature articles for this issue cover the build of a Trumpeter 1/32 Mig-17 in Cuban markings and a 1/32 Revell Bf-109G-6. The Mig-17 build, by Brian Wakeman, covers the construction and painting of one of Trumpeter’s early efforts. He modifies the kit with five Profimodeller sets and one Eduard set. The kit is then finished with a bright Cuban paint scheme and great weathering.

The other feature article is from Jay Laverty, and covers building the Revell 1/32 Bf-109G-6 (early and late) kit. Mr. Laverty concentrates on painting and weathering with some aftermarket being used for both the cockpit and the decals used for adding Swastikas. Weathering is done with oils, and shows excellent methods of getting streaks and subtle weathering.

US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II

Published: February 26th, 2014     
US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Osprey Publishing

The idea of flamethrower tanks came about towards the end of WWI. Even though the US Army was not really sure if this was a platform that they wanted to pursue they still had the Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) work on its development. For most of the interwar years there was not much development as this type of weapon was actually considered a failure. There was a renewed interest at the outbreak of World War II based on reports of German and Italian tank mounted flamethrowers. The real need for the flamethrower tank came from the Pacific campaign. There the usefulness of routing out the enemy from fortified positions on the islands become a backbone operation for the flamethrower tank. Thus also saving countless lives of soldiers. The US Army flamethrower tank was used sparingly in the ETO. Mainly due to the lack of platforms and fortified positions as encountered in the Pacific.

Luftwaffe Fighter-bombers Over Britain The Tip and Run Campaign 1942-1943

Published: February 25th, 2014     
Luftwaffe Fighter-bombers Over Britain The Tip and Run Campaign 1942-1943
Author: Chris Goss
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

The Following Text is a Historical Perspective from the Publisher.

As the Battle of Britain came to a close, the Luftwaffe began arming its single-engine fighters with bombs, using them in preference to twin-engine bombers against many daylight targets. Two units were designated for these Jagdbomber (literally fighter-bomber) attacks – 10/JG 26. Their targets included shipping and coastal installations, railways, gas holders and selected military and civilian objectives. The detrimental effect on British morale caused by these ‘Tip and Run’ attacks was devastating.

How could the British military combat the raids effectively? How could the local populations cope? Questions were asked in Parliament but no effective answer was supplied. The locals lived in fear of where and when the next attack would occur.

Hungarian Fighter Colors Vol 2

Published: February 24th, 2014     
Hungarian Fighter Colors Vol 2
Author: Denes Bernad and Gyorgy Punka
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Review

Mushroom Model Publication has released the second volume of the Hungarian Fighter Color series. You can find a review of volume 1 at http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/hungarian-fighter-colours-1930-1945-vol-1

The second volume continues the saga of authors Denes Bernad and Gyorgy Punka for what might become the definite reference books on the Hungarian Fighter Force during World War II.

This volume covers the Re.2000, Bf-109G, Fw-190F in extensive detail (each one of their chapters is over 40 pages long). Plus it has other shorter, but still well detailed chapters on the Me-110, Me-210, He-112, captured examples of PZL.11c, Avia B.534 IV and an indigenous design, the WM-23, which did not see combat but had exceptional performance for their time.

Most of the pictures (over 200 of them) are in Black and White and there are handfuls of color ones. There are over two dozens of full color profiles and for each one of them there is an accompanying picture showing the actual aircraft that the profiles is based upon. 

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