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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces
Author: Kari Stenman and Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing has released another new title in the ever-expanding Aces series, Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces.

As the title reveals, this time around the subject is the French Morane-Saulnier MS.406 and the aces who flew it. This book is slightly different than most others in the series, as it covers not only MS.406 aces of the French Air Force, but also those flying for the Finnish Air Force. Additionally, as several MS.406 pilots went on to become aces while flying different aircraft with the RAF or the Russian Air Force, this area is also touched upon.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #892, May 2014

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #892, May 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty six years.  

Each issue of Model Art consists of a multitude of articles that reach out to all genres of modelers. From what I see, Model Art makes small changes to its format to keep each issue up to date and interesting to the reader.

Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942

Published: May 27th, 2014     
Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942
Author: Donald Nijboer
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

Written by Donald Nijboer and illustrated by Jim Laurier and Gareth Hector, Spitfire V vs C.202 Folgore: Malta 1942 from Osprey Publishing covers what is generally considered to be the best fighters for their respective air forces: the Spitfire Mk. V and the C.202 Folgore. This 60th book in the Duel series provides extensive accounts of the clash between these two classic World War II aircraft in the skies above Malta in 1942

Tracing the lineage of both aircraft back to the Schneider Trophy S 6B and MC 72, the book lays out the technical issues that went on to make the Spitfire Mk V and the C.202 such outstanding fighter aircraft. Moving forward to the war years, the author sets the stage for the massive dual that saw these two aircraft meet over Malta. To quote the author, “The history of these two fighters will forever be linked with the savage air battles that took place over the skies of Malta in 1942.”

Windsock World War Centenary, Spring 2014, Vol. 30. No. 1

Published: May 25th, 2014     
Windsock World War Centenary, Spring 2014, Vol. 30. No. 1
Reviewed by: Joe LoMusio, IPMS# 45454
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock Worldwide, which has taken on the name of Windsock World War Centenary, continues to produce one of the finest resources for all who are interested in modeling WWI aircraft. With the centennial of World War One upon us, there has been an uptick in scale modeling of Great War subjects, both in armor and especially in aircraft. As someone who has focused the majority of my modeling career on World War One biplanes, it is heartening to see the revival that is going on in this field of model building. A lot of this has to do with the emergence and success of Wingnut Wings. This has not been lost on the Windsock publications, as they give ample coverage to all news related to Wingnut Wings, and reviews of their latest kitsets.

Model Art Magazine #889 "All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941"

Published: May 23rd, 2014     
Model Art Magazine #889 "All About IJN Destroyers 1918-1941"
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly publication covering aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art began releasing magazines in 1966, and has evolved over the past forty-six years. They also release many special issues during the year, as is the case of this sample.

This issue covers IJN destroyers that were produced from 1918 - 1941. The classes include: Minekaze, Kamikaze, Momi, Wakatake, Mutsuki, Fufuki (Tokugata), Hatsuharu, Shiratsuyu, Asashio, Kagero, Yugumo, Akizuki, Shimakasze and Matsu. The magazine is broken down into ten sections.

Somme 1916: British Infantryman versus German Infantryman

Published: May 16th, 2014     
Somme 1916: British Infantryman versus German Infantryman
Author: Stephen Bull
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of mankind’s first cataclysmic world war, the disaster that shaped the world as we know it today. According to a recent article I read, there have been over 25,000 books and scholarly articles written on the “war to end all wars.” Here we have a review of one more.

A number of my relatives fought in this monumental bloodletting, including one who was on the Western Front as an artilleryman in a New Zealand unit for over three years, while another fought above as a pilot (and ace) in the Royal Flying Corps. As a young budding historian in the 1970s, I discussed the family history of these men and others, hearing about the “great” battles of the war. One in particular, the Somme, cropped up again and again in my readings and discussions. I was told that on the opening day of this battle, July 1, 1916, British forces alone suffered nearly 60,000 casualties. I remember asking, “Why was there a second day of the battle?” I reasoned, in my youthful mind, that surely after such a day of slaughter some sanity would have quickly returned and they would have packed it all in and gone home...

RAF BE2 / BE2a / BE2b: Centenary Datafile 163

Published: May 9th, 2014     
RAF BE2 / BE2a / BE2b:  Centenary Datafile 163
Author: Paul R. Hare
Reviewed by: Brian Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

History

This book gives an extensive history of the BE2 biplanes acquired by the British military beginning in 1912.  By the standards of the day, the BE2 was a very modern type, with wing warp lateral control, conventional biplane structure, and enough power provided by a 70 hp. Renault water cooled V-8 engine swinging a large wooden propeller.  Unlike other contemporary types, the BE2 had an impressive performance, with a maximum speed of about 70 mph and a stalling speed of 32 mph., while most other types seemed to be only capable of full power flight at minimum speeds.

The Men Inside The Metal: The British AFV Crewman in WW2, Vol. 1

Published: May 7th, 2014     
The Men Inside The Metal: The British AFV Crewman in WW2, Vol. 1
Author: Dick Taylor
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Thousands of books have been published over the years covering the various armored fighting vehicles utilized by British and Commonwealth forces in the Second World War, and many of them are sitting on my bookshelves, and I am sure yours.  There are also numerous books on the various battles that took place involving these vehicles and the generals, officers, and enlisted men who took part.  But it is rare that you get a book as detailed as this one on the individual crewmen who accompanied these machines into battle.

This book does not cover the training these men received prior to going into battle, nor does it cover their backgrounds prior to joining the armed forces.  Nor does it cover the makeup of the units involved in the fighting.  What it does cover, and covers it very well indeed, are the uniforms and other personal gear the AFV crews wore into battle, the badges and insignia adorning their uniforms, and their crew equipment and personal weapons.

The book is divided thus:

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 3

Published: May 4th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 3
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews. The great news of or this issue is that there are three feature articles.

The feature articles for this issue covers a build of 1/72 Revell H.P. Heyford, a 1/72 Airfix FW190A-8 in a winter diorama setting and a 1/48 Trumpeter A-3D Skywarrior as a bonus. The Heyford build is by Neil Pinchbeck and covers the construction of this vintage kit first released by Matchbox in the 1980's. I love this article as it shows just what can be done with a vintage kit including sections on correcting flaws, scratch building cockpits and rigging. The results are awesome.

The second Feature article is from Marco Preto and features the new Airfix FW190A-8. The build is straight OOB but he adds a superb diorama base with a snow covered. Mr. Preto takes us step by step on making the base, adding vegetation and then weathering. by adding Precision Ice and Snow.

Model Art - Air Model Special No. 05: IJN Zero Carrier Fighters

Published: May 3rd, 2014     
Model Art - Air Model Special No. 05: IJN Zero Carrier Fighters
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art Special No. 5 is a “must have” for those who want to build a IJN Type Zero Carrier Fighter. This is number 5 in the Air Model Special series and focuses on what most modelers and historians consider the classic IJN fighter aircraft of WWII. In 136 pages this publication covers the A6M1, A6M2a, A6M2b, 21st Kokusho A6M2K and the Nakajima A6M2-N.

It should be noted that the text is in Japanese with virtually no English translation for those of us who are English-Only speakers and readers. But no matter, the quality of the images and the clever design of the photographs, tables, and charts is more than sufficient to get the message across successfully.

The book is rich in detail which is highly sought after by modelers. There are detail shots of built up interiors of the various kits on the market. Shots of kits in progress and completed models are not only outstanding in quality, but also very instructive when it comes to colors, paint schemes, and weathering. There are color charts, and that is always an important aspect of modeling when building WWII Japanese aircraft.

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