Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Downfall 1945

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Downfall 1945
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book covers the end of World War II in Europe from the campaign level. There is little examination of tactics or individual heroism; instead it looks at the challenges and opportunities faced by the top-level military leaders as the Third Reich neared its end.

Until I read this book, I had the concept that the Western Allies (US, Britain, France) had a pretty easy time after stopping the Ardennes Offensive in December 1944, and moved up to the Elbe River line to wait for the Russians. At the same time, I thought the Russians were pretty much beating up on the Germans and making their way toward Berlin and eventual victory. I was pretty much wrong.

After the Ardennes, the Wehrmacht was weakened, but not out of the game. They still held an area of the Netherlands that prevented the use of Antwerp as a port, making the supply situation poor to sometimes critical for the Allies. Also, after the Rhine line was taken Heeregruppe B was still occupying the Ruhr industrial area, held there by Hitler’s “No retreat” policy. So the situation in the West wasn’t a walk in the park.

Portuguese Fighter Colors 1919-1956 Piston-engine Fighters

Published: May 17th, 2016     
Portuguese Fighter Colors 1919-1956 Piston-engine Fighters
Author: Luiz Armando Tavares, Armando Jorge Soares
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books

The Portuguese Air Force might have been modest in size before the jet-age, but certainly was rich in the variety of fighter airplanes they flew. Their fighter aircraft inventory included French, British and American designs, some of them acquired and pressed into service through very colorful circumstances!

The book has chapters for each aircraft type in detail, including an introduction to the aircraft type and their service in the Portuguese Air Force, before having a section on camouflage and markings for the given aircraft being depicted in the chapter. After the section on camouflage styles and markings, the main feature of each chapter follows: numerous and gorgeous color profiles (sometime even 3-view) of different aircrafts, next to a historical picture of the airplane.

Ilyushin Il-28

Published: May 14th, 2016     
Ilyushin Il-28
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Yefim Gordon was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years. A professional photographer, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 books on Soviet and Russian aviation.

Dmitriy Komissarov was born in 1968 in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Linguistics University in 1992. He has worked as a translator ever since, with the most of his work associated with his interest in aviation. Dmitriy Komissarov has authored two books and translated or co-authored more than 50 others. He has also written numerous magazine features in two languages on Soviet and Russian aviation.

Operation Totalize, 1944

Published: May 11th, 2016     
Operation Totalize, 1944
Author: Stephen A. Hart
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book covers the British/Canadian offensive to close the Falaise Pocket. After D-Day, the Allies were in a pocket surrounded by German troops and the ocean, and pretty much stuck in Normandy. The Wehrmacht, thinking the British forces in the north part of the pocket to be more likely to go on the offensive, moved their spare forces north to block a breakout.

The Allies were planning dual offenses in late July, having brought reinforcements in across the beaches and through the ports they held. Bad weather postponed these until Operation Cobra, the attack by the Americans in the south began. Cobra effectively destroyed the German defenses in the south, but left the center and northern forces intact.

The armored force continued to advance, and began to encircle the German forces opposite the center.

The idea of Operation Totalize was to strike through the Wehrmacht’s front south-southeast toward the town of Falaise, meeting up with the American force from Cobra to completely enclose the German forces.

SBD-Dauntless, Volume 5

Published: May 10th, 2016     
SBD-Dauntless, Volume 5
Author: Bert Kinzey, Art by Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, this time in digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the Douglas SBD scout/dive bomber. 

A very significant plus of this updated and digital version is the extensive review of many, many SBD modeling products released since the hard-copy publication was published in 1995.  The original modeler