Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Arab MiGs Volume 3: The 1967 War

Published: November 18th, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 3: The 1967 War
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, and Patricia Salti
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria and from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War. Three additional volumes follow in this series, all with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 148 black and white photographs, 28 color pictures, 17 color side profiles, and three maps. If you check out the Harpia product page, http://www.harpia-publishing.com/galleries/AMV3/index.html, you will find a few more page scans.

Polish Wings 21: MiG-29 Kosciuszko Squadron Commemorative Schemes

Published: November 18th, 2016     
Polish Wings 21: MiG-29 Kosciuszko Squadron Commemorative Schemes
Author: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Most of us have seen at least one photograph of a Polish Air Force MiG-29 in recent years with a large multi-color circular badge adorning its upper surface. I know I had seen a couple of MiG-29’s with the special marking, but I assumed they were one-off special markings.

The Samurai

Published: November 13th, 2016     
The Samurai
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Inside Cover

With their deadly curved katanas, colorful lacquered armor and massive bows, the samurai were the ultimate warriors. Bound by their famous code: bushido, the way of the warrior, they were renowned for their martial prowess and suicidal bravery. In this beautiful new book featuring stunning prints, artwork and photographs, Stephen Turnbull explores their history from its earliest origins, through the Gempei War, Mongol invasions and the Period of Warring States to their tragic demise in the modern period with the Satsuma rebellion of 1877. Examining all aspects of samurai life, their homes and strongholds, beliefs and codes as well as their martial upbringing and equipment, Turnbull clears away the myths surrounding these legendary fighters to tell the complete story of history’s most iconic warrior culture.

Review

This book has everything you ever wanted to know the Samurai. This book covers their history, lifestyle, and their arms and armor. Throughout the book there are numerous color photos of really cool armor and battles.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

German Panzer II - A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank

Published: November 13th, 2016     
German Panzer II - A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: David Doyle books

DavidDoyleBooks.com (Ampersand Publishing) out of Memphis TN, is back again with another Military Vehicle book entitled German Panzer II – A Visual History of the German Army’s World War II Light Tank, by popular author David Doyle. Anyone familiar with armor modeling literature and research will recognize this authoritative combination, and this latest release won’t disappoint.

Looking across my personal bookshelf of maybe 200 titles, I can spot several of Mr. Doyle’s books, including 251 Halftrack Visual History and Tiger I In Action, and, of course, my beaten-to-death copy of German Military Vehicles, among others. If you’ve been building armor models for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with his work as well.

German Panzer II comes as a hardcover, landscape-orientated book and follows the format of Mr. Doyle’s previous Visual History volumes, containing high-resolution images printed on heavy, high quality stock paper.

Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces

Published: November 12th, 2016     
Arctic Bf 109 and Bf 110 Aces
Author: Author: John Weal Illustrator: Chris Davey
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the publisher: Once Nazi Germany had conquered Norway in 1940, just a handful of Luftwaffe Gruppen flying Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters were able to dominate the air in the Arctic Circle. Yet as the dual threats of the Royal Air Force and Soviet air force grew, the Luftwaffe was forced to increase its fighter presence to full Geschwader strength with the formation of Jg 5 Eismeer (ice-sea) in early 1942. The struggle produced some of Germany’s leading aces, with pilots such as Theodor Weissenberger, Heinrich Ehrler, Walter Schuck, Franz Dörr, and Jakob Norz all achieving more than 100 victories.

John Weal has authored a great representation of the Aircraft and Aces that made up JG5. In the beginning of 1942 JG 77 was redesignated and formed JG5 to operate in the region around the Arctic Circle. This books gives detailed first-hand accounts of the aircraft and aces that where given the task by Hitler to take control of the area along the Finnish-Russian border and to keep control of the assests that had already been taken.