Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Lancaster

Published: May 24th, 2017     
Lancaster
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book is a condensed history of the Avro Lancaster. What would come to be the mainstay of Bomber Command has its lineage traced from the beginnings of the failed Manchester design into the most famous of Britain's WWII bombers.

The book is broken down into five chapters plus an introduction. The chronology section lasts three pages and lists all important dates from the Air Ministry specification of July 1936 that lead to the Lancaster's development through to the 1956 retirement of the Lanc and the 1963 retirement of its follow-on the Lincoln.

The design and development chapter begins not just with the Manchester but also discusses how the development of long range bombers had been held back since the Handley Page Heyford in favor of medium ranged twins. This section takes you through how its life started slowly and disappointingly with the Manchester to being a legend for the RAF.

World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter

Published: May 20th, 2017     
World’s Fastest Single-Engine Jet Fighter
Author: Col. Doug Barbier, USAF (Ret)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Specialty Press' biography : "Col. Doug Barbier grew up to the sound of F-106s flying out of Selfridge AFB, MI, where a visit on Armed Forces Day 1962 began a lifelong interest in the jet. A U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours, he flew the Lockheed T-33, the supersonic Northrop T-38, and logged more than 1,000 hours in the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. Barbier finished his military career flying the F-16, spending many hours sitting Air Defense alert, and making three intercepts of Soviet Tu-95 Bears along the way. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a major airline for twenty years. Barbier has had over 200 photographs published worldwide, and this is his first full-length feature book." You can find additional information on the F-106 at https://www.f-106deltadart.com along with several Facebook groups, including Convair F-106 Delta Dart, Convair F-102 & F-106...Deadly Deltas, and Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Ultimate Interceptor.

Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines

Published: May 17th, 2017     
Luzon 1945 The Final Liberation of the Philippines
Author: Clayton K.S. Chun; Illustrations: Giuseppe Rava
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Osprey Publishing

Note: This book is also available in two other formats, eBook (Pub) and eBook (PDF) both priced at $12.99

Mention the phrase Luzon 1945 and what immediately comes to mind is Gen. Douglas MacArthur's pledge to return to the Philippines after his defeat in 1942.

Osprey Publishing in their Military History Series and Clayton K.S. Chun, along with illustrations by Giuseppe Rava, have published an excellent book on Luzon 1945, The final liberation of the Philippines. Clayton K. S. Chun, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the U.S. Army War College and served in the U.S. Air Force, has published several books in the fields of economics, national security and military history. What you get is a softcover book covering 96 pages with high resolution black and white glossy, detailed historical photos. Twenty illustrated maps and images in color are also included. The book is divided into ten sections.

Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger

Published: May 12th, 2017     
Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: SAM Publications

Andy Evans is currently the Group Editor for the SAM magazines Scale Military Modeller International and Model Aircraft Monthly. Andy has authored at least 12 books, including Crowood's Bae/McDonnell Douglas Harrier (1998), Crowood's Panavia Tornado (1999), Cassell's Combat Search & Rescue (1999)Warpaint Books' Sepecat Jaguar (2006), SAM's The British Aerospace Sea Harrier (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 1 (2007), Dalrymple & Verdun's The Nimrod (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 2 (2008), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 3 (2008), SAM's The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (2008), SAM's The Bae (Hawker Siddeley) RAF Harrier (2010).

Combat Edge-War Fighters in Detail: US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler

Published: May 8th, 2017     
Combat Edge-War Fighters in Detail: US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler
Author: Text and Artwork- Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: SAM Publications

This second book in the new Combat Edge series from SAM Publications deals with the US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler. The book has a beautiful cover shot in glossy relief of a Prowler coming right at you.  The book covers the history and development of the Prowler, its operational history as well as a walk around and beautiful color profiles. Lastly, there are three unbelievable builds of the Prowler. More on these later.

The chapters included in the book are: