Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Kursk 1943: The Southern Front

Published: April 9th, 2017     
Kursk 1943: The Southern Front
Author: Author: Robert Forczyk, PhD - Illustrator: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Following the catastrophic loss at Stalingrad, Hitler was desperate to regain the initiative in Russia. The Russian army capitalized on their success at Stalingrad, with victories over the Hungarians and Italians, and pushed on to Kursk and Kharkov with relative ease. The Russians fully expected the German army, which was in disarray, to pull back beyond the Dniepr River. However, a timely arrival of German reinforcements allowed von Manstein to conduct a "Backhand Blow" counter offensive retaking Kharkov and Belgorod and driving the Russians back on their heels. As the Germans continued their advance the weather played out in the Russian's favor once again, as the start of the 'mud season' forced both sides to put a temporary halt to operations. This halt gave the Germans time to regroup, and reinforce their armies. It also gave time to plan Unternehmen Zitadelle (Operation Citadel), a huge offensive planned to be launched near the city of Kursk.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 63, 2017 Spring

Published: April 6th, 2017     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 63, 2017 Spring
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Issue 63 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Vessel Model Special is a quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. Each issue leads off with either short articles on a finished build or an in depth step-by-step 'how to' on the build and painting. The finished model photographs are of high quality in brightness, color, and depth of focus. Advertising comprises the inside covers (and back cover) along with another four pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 537 photos and drawings (mostly in color) along with eighteen 1/700 scale drawings. You will find throughout this journal, period photographs of the real ships and aircraft involved in battle. Additionally there are a lot of color scrap drawings highlighting details in the Ship Construction series.

Cross & Cockade International Spring 2017 Volume 48/1

Published: April 5th, 2017     
Cross & Cockade International Spring 2017 Volume 48/1
Author: Managing Editor: Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Spring 2017, features a photograph of a single bay Sopwith 2FR2 Bulldog. The rear cover features three color profiles of aircraft in the Castellorizo, and the Loss of HMS Ben-my-Chree article. 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.

Flying the Icon: Spitfire

Published: April 4th, 2017     
Flying the Icon: Spitfire
Author: Jarrod Cotter
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Fighting High Publishers

Description

The Supermarine Spitfire is not only one of the most famous British icons, but it is arguably the most widely-recognized and popular aircraft in the history of aviation. For many generations, it was said to be 'every schoolboy's dream' to fly a Spitfire, and Flying the Icon: Spitfire aims to give the reader an insight into what that requires.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of Prototype K5054 on 5 March 1936, author Jarrod Cotter presents something entirely different from the previously published histories of the Spitfire. Having spent a great deal of time talking to Spitfire pilots past and present, attending flight operations briefings and Spitfire pilot training courses, he has used his 'insider's' perspective to produce a book solely on flying this most iconic of all fighters.