Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Model Art Magazine #944, July 2016

Published: July 29th, 2016     
Model Art Magazine #944, July 2016
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Modeling Magazine is an excellent periodical from Japan providing an abundance of modeling subjects in each issue.  It doesn’t matter what your modeling focus is, each issue will provide something of interest for you, and more than likely, you’ll find something interesting that you didn’t know you would.

Although the magazine is published entirely in Japanese, the quality of the photos in each issue is really amazing, and goes a long way in telling the story.  There are plenty of “work in progress” and “how it was built” photos highlighting the tools, materials, and techniques used by the master builders.  These photo guides go a long way in explaining the builds visually, although I’m sure some details are missed without a proper translation.  In fact, the photography is so good, even the advertisements were interesting.  I found myself perusing the advertisements almost as much as the work in progress photos.

Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991

Published: July 28th, 2016     
Bradley vs BMP Desert Storm 1991
Author: Mike Guardia
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest in Osprey’s Duel series is authored by Mike Guardia, a six year veteran who served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He attended the University of Houston where he earned a BA and MA in American History. Guardia has been published by Osprey before in the New Vanguard series, but this is his first entry into the Duel series. He has also authored The Fires of Babylon, Hal Moore: A Soldier Once…and Always, and Shadow Commander. Hal Moore, of course, was popularized by Mel Gibson in the movie “We Were Soldiers”. He is an active member in the Military Writers Society of America and has twice been nominated for the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Book Award.

British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat

Published: July 26th, 2016     
British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey publishing continues to expand the Duel Series, this time with WWII naval enemies: British Submarines and Italian Torpedo Boats in the Mediterranean. The Italian Torpedo Boats were more like a “destroyer escort” or “frigate”-style ship, not a fast attack torpedo craft.

This book follows the typical format of the series including a few chapters on the technical aspects of each vessel, the training of the combatants, the strategic situation, a very detailed narrative of combat, and wraps it up with statistics and analysis.

I have to say that I have found the reading of this book very interesting and I was surprised by how many references –to other books or interviews- this issue of Osprey Duel has. It is clearly an extremely well researched book and some of the main things I learned follow:

Ginter Books Naval Fighter #102 Grumman Tracker and Tracer - Part 2

Published: July 25th, 2016     
Ginter Books Naval Fighter #102 Grumman Tracker and Tracer - Part 2
Author: Douglas Siegfried & Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Ginter Books

Thank you to Ginter Books for providing a review copy of their new release, Naval Fighters Number 102, a second volume covering the Grumman S2F/S-2 Tracker and the WF-2/E - 1 B Tracer. I also appreciate all of those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, who do the heavy lifting to get the reviews done, from start to finish.


The Tracker holds a special interest for me beyond my personal enthusiasm for USN aviation, an interest honed after hearing two Navy veterans argue about how effective the aircraft was. Naturally, one was a submarine officer, and the other an S2F aviator. This volume adds to the material covered in Part 1, Naval Fighters Number 101, adding brief narratives, squadron insignia images, and photographs related to the aircraft as it was used by reserves, utility, training, and other interesting operational units.