Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950

Published: November 18th, 2017     
British Secret Projects 1: Jet Fighters Since 1950
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crécy Publishing, Ltd

Tony Buttler was born in 1956 and joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist. For nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-sixth major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines.

B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45

Published: November 17th, 2017     
B-29 Superfortress Vs Ki-44 "Tojo" Pacific Theater 1944-45
Author: Donald Nijboer
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book details combat between the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Nakjima Ki-44 "Tojo" in the war against Japan. The B-29s rained destruction down upon Japan daily and the Japanese were desperate to combat the large number of bombers the Americans sent at the home islands.  One of Japan's most formidable weapons was the Ki-44, Japan's most heavily armed single seat fighter.

The book is broken down into 11 sections. The introduction discusses in brief the lead up to both designs and provides a chronology from inception until the end of the war.

Next the design and development of both types are covered. The B-29 is covered first then the Ki-44.

Chapter Three has the technical specifications of each model. B-29 coverage is on everything from the XB-29 through the Silverplate models this includes the F-13 and SB-29 variants as well as the cancelled B-29C.  The same treatment is given to the Ki-44, covered from original prototype to the production models and the lone Ki-44-III.

Nashville 1864, From the Tennessee to the Cumberland

Published: November 16th, 2017     
Nashville 1864, From the Tennessee to the Cumberland
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

This Osprey book covers one of the most ignored campaigns of the later stages of the Civil War. Mark Lardas does a very good job of covering the leadership, the units and the strategies of this campaign.

The book is divided into the following sections/chapters

Shot Down and in the Drink

Published: November 12th, 2017     
Shot Down and in the Drink
Author: Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, RAF
Reviewed by: George Cully, IPMS# 2290
Company: Osprey Publishing

Drawing heavily upon an unpublished history of Britain's Air Sea Rescue Service produced after WWII by the Air Ministry's Air Historical Branch, this softback reprint was originally published in 2005 as a follow-on to a 2003 effort by Pitchfork entitled Shot Down and On the Run. That book dealt with British and Commonwealth aircrew who found themselves on the ground in enemy territory--mostly in northern Europe--but were able to successfully "escape and evade," often with the help of brave souls who risked their lives--and the safety of their families--in so doing.

The difference between the two books is that the airmen who fell to ground in enemy-occupied territory had some hope of finding friendly aid or, failing that, at least the possibility of humane treatment when they were captured. Those who fell into the water faced a graver menace. Yes, their Axis enemies were determined and tough, or even cruel, but the sea is utterly implacable: it will not provide comfort, and it has no concept whatsoever of mercy.

TSR2 Britain’s Lost Cold War Strike Jet

Published: November 11th, 2017