Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Republic P-47B-D Razorback

Published: March 9th, 2016     
Republic P-47B-D Razorback
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Authored by Robert Peczkowski, with color profiles by Zbigniew Kolacha, this book, is a comprehensive text and photographic/image guide to the Republic P-47B-D.

The book thoroughly covers the “B”, “C”, and “D” versions of this famous World War II aircraft. This story is told in excellent text, accompanied by period B&W photographs, excellent color images of surviving airframes, extracts from official manuals, and a superb collection of color profiles by Zbigniew Kolacha.

Of particular interest to the hobbyist is the excellent color artwork which depicts many of the camouflage schemes and markings found on the P-47.

Of particular interest in the list of chapters are those which feature “Detail Photos” of the fuselage, wing, engine, canopy, cockpit, tail, undercarriage, guns, and stores. The modeler will find these images rich in detail.

Spotlight On: Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Romania

Published: March 5th, 2016     
Spotlight On: Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Romania
Author: Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Dan Melinte
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Dan Melinte author the sixth book in Mushroom Model Publications’ series that presents detailed illustrations of celebrated aircraft (and in one case, AFV). This volume’s focus is on the Messerschmitt Bf 109E and Bf 109G fighters that display a variety of authentic Romanian camouflage schemes and markings. This is also one of Teodor Liviu Morosanu’s last books as the back cover shows a photo of him with the tagline of “1956-2011”

Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind

Published: March 4th, 2016     
Sikorsky S-55/H-19 Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind
Author: Adrian M. Balch
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Warpaint’s latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication that is 64 pages (excluding covers) on the Sikorsky Chickasaw and Westland Whirlwind helicopters.  The book is split into two, with the first half dedicated to the Sikorsky Chickasaw and the second to the Westland Whirlwind.  I counted 187 photographs (136 in color) along with 46 of Richard J. Caruana’s color profiles.  Richard J. Caruana also contributes the centerfold (four pages) that features twenty drawings, all in 1/72 scale.

M48 Patton - A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Mid 20th Century Battle Tank

Published: February 22nd, 2016     
M48 Patton - A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Mid 20th Century Battle Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This latest addition to the Ampersand Group's Visual History Series contains a wealth of information not only for the historical buff but, to the serious modeler whose dedication for detail will provide immense resource. David Doyle and Ampersand Group, Inc. have provided the serious modeler a welcomed addition to his library.

At first glance one sees a clear, detailed, color cover page depicting the crew of a M48A3 at Fire Base Bastogne in Viet Nam on 16 April 1968.  The back cover shows an image of a damaged M48A3 at the 218th Collection, Classification, and Salvage Company at Long Binh 14 June 1967. The book is broken down into various sections including;

The Introduction consisting of the first 13 pages giving a brief history of the M48 Patton series of medium tanks from the inception and development, to upgrades and modifications.

USS California: A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44

Published: February 21st, 2016     
USS California: A Visual History of the Golden State Battleship BB-44
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is Ampersand’s first nautical book, a new series that promises to focus on US capital ships of World War II. It follows the format as David Doyle’s “Flying Wings” and “Consolidated B-36” books, but is in hard cover. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008 and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

True to the Visual History Series name, the focus of this book in on the visual detailing the development and service history of the USS California. BB-44, nicknamed the “Prune Barge”, was one of two USS Tennessee-class battleships and was the fifth ship of the United States Navy named after the state of California. Ampersand is calling this an “Extended” version of their Visual History format and it runs 168 pages packed with large, clear photographs of BB-44 from her 1916 keel laying to 1959, where she was sold for scrap.