Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Polish Wings #19: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 and Polish Versions

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Polish Wings #19: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 and Polish Versions
Author: Prezemyslaw Musialkowski
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The MiG-17 is a subsonic fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union as a follow-on to the very successful MiG-15. The MiG-17 was flown by numerous air forces around the world and several countries, such as Poland were licensed to build MiG-17s.

The book focuses on the various MiG-17 variants operated by the Polish Air Force from 1955 onward. While the initial batch of MiG-17F and MiG-17PF aircraft operated by the Polish Air Force were purchased from the Soviet Union, the majority of the aircraft it used were actually built by Polish industry under a license obtained from the Soviet Union. The license-built aircraft were designated Lim-5 (fighter/interceptor) or Lim-6 (fighter-bomber) and there were a number of variants of each which were differentiated by letter suffixes to the designation.

Japanese AFV Database

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Japanese AFV Database
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Model Art

ModelArt is a high quality Japanese language modeling magazine. This edition is a Japanese AFV Database plastic model guide for Japanese military vehicle kits in 1/35, 1/48, and 1/72-76 scales. The guide shows kits of Japanese vehicles, including AFVs, softskins, and figures. The kits are illustrated as built models or an Out-of-the Box view of the kit parts. The text is in Japanese, but there are many high quality photographs that illustrate the kits. The kits have English titles that give the name of the vehicle, kit manufacturer, scale, and name of the modeler.

The sections of the guide are organized by vehicle type. The start of each section includes a few in-action photos of the real vehicles, and at the end of each section is some modeling tips or a sampling of completed kits.

Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 920

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 920
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 920 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. This issue deals specifically with the F-86 in Japanese service, painting the Streak Eagle version of the F-15, Orange Hobby’s F-35 kit and a comparison build of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL from Tamiya. Plus, there are lots of advertisements showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list.

The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1: 1939-1942

Published: January 17th, 2016     
The History of the Panzerwaffe Volume 1: 1939-1942
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Company: Osprey Publishing

For any of us that frequent the many scale modeling shows and contests, follow the abundant online forums, blogs, and websites, as well as read any of the numerous modeling technique publications it is very evident that WWII German armor is a niche that alive and well…and kit manufacturers and aftermarket producers are keeping this hunger well fed. A perfect complement to this appetite is a book brought to us from Osprey, “History of the Panzerwaffe Volume I: 1939-1942.” This book is extremely helpful for students of this genre (myself included) to understand the story behind the most recognized armored force in history.

The book’s author, Thomas Anderson, a German national, is well known in armor modeling circles in Europe, has spent decades researching the Panzerwaffe. He had at his disposal captured German documents available from the national Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. as well as original documents kept at the Bundearchiv-Militarärhiv in Freiberg, Germany. He utilizes direct quotes from these documents frequently in this publication.

F-4 Phantom II In Action

Published: January 17th, 2016     
F-4 Phantom II In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

This is another of the In Action series of books from Squadron Publications, serving as a follow-up and addition to the previous two versions in In Actions 5 and 65 by other authors. This version includes many pictures not previously included, along with lots of color photos.

Naturally, my eye was initially drawn to the book by the full cover shot of the VF-111 F-4B in their early markings. And, having developed a love/hate relationship with the aircraft after working on the F-4 for over 15 years in the Air Force, I had to give it a look.

The book is divided by users of the aircraft then version, rather than simply by version. Each section includes color pictures where available and frequently include color side profiles showing specific markings. Some of the parts in the section on foreign users are rather small, with only a couple of pictures. Other than that, the book is fairly comprehensive in its photo coverage of the airplane’s history, given the restriction of 88 pages to cover everything.