Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers

Published: January 31st, 2017     
Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers
Author: Edward Hampshire
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers by Edward Hampshire is his third book and first for Osprey Publishing. Edward Hampshire earned his PhD in War Studies from King's College in London with a thesis on British naval equipment of the 1960s. His focus is Cold War era navies and British defense policy since WWII. Dr. Hampshire has taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and has worked at the National Archives. He has been featured on television and radio, including the BBC, ITV, ABC, and NBC. Dr. Hampshire's previous book was published in 2013, East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic, British Naval Policy 1964-70. He also co-authored British Intelligence: Secrets, Spies and Sources, published in 2008. He has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Royal Military Academy Sandhurst since 2012.

Light Trucks of the Italian Army in WW II

Published: January 25th, 2017     
Light Trucks of the Italian Army in WW II
Author: Enrico Finazzer and Luigi Carretta
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Enrico Finazzer currently lives in Trento Italy. This is Enrico Finazzer's fourth book, and second with Mushroom Model Publications. You can find Enrico Finazzer on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Enrico-Finazzer/100006056238933 and on LinkedIn at https://it.linkedin.com/in/enrico-finazzer-14045a27 . This is Luigi Carretta's third book, and first with Mushroom Model Publications.

This tome focuses on series of light trucks designed to operate specifically in the Saharan desert. A key feature was the four oversized tires that enhanced the vehicle's ability to navigate sand. Enrico Finazzer and Luigi Carretta kick it off with the development of the AS37 (Autocarro Sahariano Model 37) in Part I. This vehicle was based on the TL37 built by Peimontese Company Cars (SPA), a light artillery tractor. A compressor allowed the driver to vary tire pressure depending on terrain. The larger tires presented the AS37 with a taller profile, so one of the first modifications was to remove the driver cab. Removing the wooden rear bed and replacing it with a platform allowed the installation of anti-aircraft guns or anti-tank cannons.

M103 Heavy Tank, A Visual History of America's Only Operational Heavy Tank 1950-1970

Published: January 25th, 2017     
M103 Heavy Tank, A Visual History of America's Only Operational Heavy Tank 1950-1970
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Jeff Leiby, IPMS# 30249
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Background

During World War Two, the Allies encountered German tanks with heavier armor and more powerful guns than those the Allies possessed. The US initiated development and testing of heavy tanks in 1943 as the armor on the M26 was not thick enough to stand against the latest German guns. The war ended before the US Army could deploy a heavy tank in Europe, but a need was recognized for a heavy tank to counter the deployment of the IS-3 by the USSR. The T43, mounting a 120mm main gun and a new V-12 engine was selected as the new heavy tank. The T43 became the basis for the M103, America's only operational heavy tank.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • The T43
  • The T43E1
  • The M103
  • The T43A2/M103A1
  • The M103A2
  • M51 Tank Retriever

Bottom Line Up Front

This volume, by author David Doyle, is primarily a photo album covering the development and employment of the M103. In addition to the photographs the book provides a synopsis of each vehicle in the development process and several comparative graphs.

The Fairey Barracuda

Published: January 21st, 2017     
The Fairey Barracuda
Author: Matthew Willis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Matthew Willis was born in the historic naval town of Harwich, Essex in 1976. Matthew studied Literature and History of Science at the University of Kent, where he wrote an MA thesis on Joseph Conrad and sailed for the University in national competitions. He subsequently worked as a journalist for Autosport and F1 Racing magazines, before switching to a career with the National Health Service, where he wrote everything from press releases to consultation papers. His first non-fiction book, a history of the Blackburn Skua WW2 naval dive bomber, was published in 2007. He currently lives in Southampton with his University lecturer wife Rosalind, and writes both fiction and non-fiction for a living. This is Matthew Willis fifth book, and fourth with Mushroom Model Publications. Matthew has also been published in four short-story anthologies with author J. A. Ironside. He has also authored many feature articles i