Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2

Published: July 31st, 2014     
F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2
Author: Bert Kinzey, Illustrated 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 the F9F Cougar.

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take three parts; 1) content coverage, 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective, and 3) evaluation of a kit using the modeler’s section.  I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?"  I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information.  I also have tons of books in my library, mostly residing on stoic-looking bookshelves.  This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler, with few disadvantages, as described below.

Early Soviet Jet Fighters

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Early Soviet Jet Fighters
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book covers the development, specifications and history of the first Soviet jet fighters. It is a massive tome that provides a great deal of detailed information on its subjects. The authors are certainly the current experts in the field of Soviet/Russian aircraft and after reading this book it is easy to see why.

I had really wanted to review this book as I have in my possession an ultra rare 1/48 Russian resin kit of the Mig-9 by Airkits. Since material on the Mig-9 and other early Soviet jets has been few and far in between, this is a welcome addition!

The book is broken down into 5 chapters by manufacturer. The order of their presentation is by their importance to the Soviet Union both in development and usage. The order of coverage is Mikoyan  Migs, Yakovlev, Lavochkin, Sukhoi and jets of Semyon Alekseyev.

The Mig-9 and all its variants are covered in the first 84 pages. There are many B&W and a few color photos. The text traces the development and usage.

Apache Warrior 1860-86

Published: July 29th, 2014     
Apache Warrior 1860-86
Author: Dr Robert N. Watt, Illustrated by Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Kenneth McDevitt, IPMS# 46356
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book just changed my “image” of the Apaches as an undisciplined and unsophisticated group of fighters. The Apaches begin training new warriors at an early age and in addition to the obvious physical toughness there is considerable effort to develop mental toughness, obedience and agility. Of particular interest is the Apache concept of risk versus reward. Raids and wars are very carefully planned to consider all tactical and strategic options as well as contingencies and exit routes in case of problems. For a raid or war to be successful the primary goal is to greatly reduce the chance that a warrior to be killed since that reflects badly on the leader and places a burden on the tribe to care for the lost warrior’s family.

The book does describe some of the Apache engagements with the USA and Mexico as well as narratives about some of the main Apache tribes and leaders. Of keen interest is the battle weapons and tactics and that the Apaches entered battle minimally dressed in order to avoid infection due to clothing in the wound.

The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC

Published: July 27th, 2014     
The Carthaginians 6th–2nd Century BC
Author: Raffaele D’Amato & Andrea Salimbeti
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Elite series covers many historical subjects. This is book 201 and covers the Carthaginians between the 6th and 2nd century BC. The author states several facts in the beginning in that this book is a study of the Carthaginians armament and military culture and much studying is left to do as the culture and records were destroyed by the Romans. Also, he notes that the book will attempt to represent how Carthaginian Warriors might have looked based on the current state of knowledge. From a modelers perspective, this will be most useful.

The book is broken down into the following sections:

Forces of the Hanseatic League 13th–15th Centuries

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
Forces of the Hanseatic League 13th–15th Centuries
Author: David Nicolle
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Forces of the Hanseatic League is book 494 in their Men-at-Arms series. This book deals with the history of the Hanseatic League from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The Hanseatic League was a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. It stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages.

Chapters include:

  • Historical Background
  • Chronology
  • Land Warfare
  • Maritime Warfare
  • Siege Warfare and Firearms
  • The 15th Century: The Cost of Competition

Addendums include a section of further reading recommendations and commentaries on the color plates.

El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War

Published: July 22nd, 2014     
El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War
Author: Bryn Hammond
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book tells the story of the events leading up to, during, and after the battle of El Alamein from June to November 1942.  Prior to this victory, the British had not been able to defeat the German army anywhere.  The author uses a huge number of first-hand accounts to illustrate the viewpoints on both sides of the hardship faced by the common soldier, the decisions that had to be made by the commanders in the face of political pressure, the actions and the consequences of the battles leading up to the stand at El Alamein, and the abilities of some of the (for lack of a better term) ‘superstar’ generals in charge on both sides. 

Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in Asia

Published: July 21st, 2014     
Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft in Asia
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This book is the third in a series by these authors. It was preceded by volumes on the Middle East and Africa.  In these pages the authors cover all Soviet/Russian built aircraft used by the various Asian nations from WWII to modern times.

The book has twenty-one chapters and they are laid out alphabetically by country. With the start of the cold war, the Soviets began to try and influence the politics of the Asian continent. This was done in a large way by supplying arms to many other nations not only in Asia but worldwide, not only to their client states but to those that wanted to play both sides as well.

We are treated to a nation by nation review of aircraft supplied to and used. Their combat records are covered as well as the service records for those not used in conflict. The countries covered are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. The largest chapters by far are those of China and India, but even those nations that only received an aircraft via a defector are covered.

Axis Midget Submarines

Published: July 20th, 2014     
Axis Midget Submarines
Author: Jamie Prenatt, Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

While most people know of the Gray Wolves and the story of the U-Boat packs, not many know of the war waged by the Axis by the midget submarines. Osprey's latest book can correct that fact. Axis Midget Submarines covers just what the title says, midget submarines from Italy, Germany and Japan.

Each section follows a similar format. First, the history and countries doctrine of war are covered. Next, there is a section covering the development and types of midget subs used. The war time service record is then covered and also their prototypes and concept ideas. Each part is then summarized by an analysis and conclusion for each type.

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

Published: July 19th, 2014     
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
Author: Author: Mike Guardia; Illustrators: Henry Morshead, Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Roger A Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Osprey Publishing

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka is number 15 in Osprey’s Air Vanguard series.  What this book is not is a technical reference manual for model builders, with an abundance of drawings, walkaround photographs and full-color profiles.  Rather, it is a general overview of the Stuka with a reasonable amount of period photos, artwork and a few color profiles that add to the story of how the aircraft came about and its roll as the Luftwaffe’s primary operational dive bomber.  It should be of interest to those who don’t know a great deal about the aircraft or would like to have a quick study of the subject in a single publication.  But, modeler builders who already have a number of good Stuka reference books in their library may not find this book a necessary acquisition.

HANDLEY PAGE V/1500: Centenary Datafile 164

Published: July 17th, 2014     
HANDLEY PAGE V/1500: Centenary Datafile 164
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

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