Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs

Published: October 5th, 2016     
The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs
Author: Richard Van Emden
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd.

The Somme by Richard Van Emden was originally published in England by Pen and Sword as a hard cover book on May 24, 2016 and a soft cover on June 6, 2016. Casemate released this soft cover edition on August 19, 2016.

London resident Richard van Emden has written profusely on the subject on World War One. He worked as a journalist after graduating from Newcastle University in 1988. He books focus on World War I and include: Tickled to Death to Go, Prisoners of the Kaiser, The Trench, Sapper Martin, Last Man Standing, Britain’s Last Tommies, Famous, Veterans, Boy Soldiers of the Great War, The Soldier’s War, and Tommy’s Ark. He has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and many of those interviews are used in this book. Richard Van Emden also is heavily involved in television programs about The Great War and includes Veterans, Roses of No Man’s Land, The Boy Soldiers of the Great War, and The Real War Horse. You can find out more at his website: http://www.richardvanemden.com/

The Great War Through Picture Postcards

Published: October 3rd, 2016     
The Great War Through Picture Postcards
Author: Guus de Vries
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Originally published in the Netherlands in 2014 by S.I. Publicaties BV, this hard cover book covers the four year period of the ‘war to end all wars’. Translated into English by Britta Nurmann, Pen and Sword Books released the first English edition in in January 2016. Osprey Publishing released this reprint edition in August 2016. Dr. Guus de Vries has focused this book on three perspectives:

F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages

Published: September 27th, 2016     
F-104 Starfighter Special Camouflages
Author: Lieuwe De Vries
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The latest title in the “Spot On” series published by Mushroom Model Publications focuses on a variety of special camouflage schemes featured on F-104 Starfighters from around the world. The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was a single-engine, supersonic jet interceptor developed for the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. The plane was remarkable for its speed and set a number of word records; however, it was more notable for its controversial safety record and the Lockheed bribery scandal. Despite these misgivings, the F-104 family of planes was flown by U.S. pilots into the mid-70s, and with more than a dozen countries around the world until 2004, when Italy retired the last of their F-104S planes.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2016 Volume 47/3

Published: September 27th, 2016     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2016 Volume 47/3
Author: Editor Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2016, features a photograph of a captured Sopwith Baby 8153 on the cover. The rear cover features colorful 3-D artwork by Dragan Saler of Serbian aeroplanes in the Balkan Wars with additional detail of the Serbian officers’ cap badges and the flag of the Kingdom of Serbia. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech

Published: September 26th, 2016     
Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ben Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Ginter Books

Ginter Books has been producing books geared towards modelers for many years now, starting with various naval aircraft and later branching into Air Force aircraft (hence the Air Force Legends subtitle). There is always a short history on the development of the aircraft in mention followed by test and photos that highlight various aircraft systems that would be of interest to the modeler, ending with a short review of the plastic or resin kits of said aircraft.

This publication on the XF-84H follows the same format in the 40 pages allotted to it. One will find 17 drawings and 81 photos of varying sizes. Four of the photos are in color and they are located with one on the front and three on the rear cover. Twelve photos are of the cockpit, ejection seat and canopy, nine photos are of the nose and main landing gear, two photos are of the XT40-A-1 after-burning turboprop engine and three photos are of the Aeroproducts propellers. The remainder of the photos are of the two XF-84H aircraft built in flight or on the ground.