Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Bazooka vs Panzer: Battle of the Bulge 1944

Published: December 31st, 2016     
Bazooka vs Panzer: Battle of the Bulge 1944
Author: Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrators: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey’s Duel series is a well-established line of books covering some of the more famous weapons that have faced each other in combat. The series started just over 9 years ago with the P-51 versus the FW-190, with this installment, Bazooka versus Panzer being one of their latest releases.

The books begins with a history of the U.S. Army’s development of the M1 Rocket Launcher, popularly called the “bazooka” by its developers and soldiers, due to its resemblance to 1930’s comedian Bob Burn’s musical instrument. The author explains how the weapon was rushed through development and testing, and sent them to the troops in North Africa without much explanation, or any training.

Cross & Cockade International Winter 2016 Volume 47/4

Published: December 30th, 2016     
Cross & Cockade International Winter 2016 Volume 47/4
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Winter 2016, features a tinted photograph of a winter scene with FK3 B9547 and other machines of 15 TS at Spittlegate. The rear cover features color profiles by Arvo@arvoart.com of four 45 Squadron Camels. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

M10 Tank Destroyer in Action

Published: December 29th, 2016     
M10 Tank Destroyer in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle’s latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal’s long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a considerable expansion over Squadron’s Armor In Action number 36 that covered US Tank Destroyers (M3, M6, M10, M36, and M18 Hellcat). This edition focuses on the M10 and adds considerably to the material provided in that edition.

After many years of being published in enthusiast publications focused on military vehicle restorations, David Doyle ‘graduated’ to full-fledged books in 2003. His first book was a hefty 512 page history of US military vehicles. He has now had more than 100 books published in military vehicles, aviation and naval topics. David and his wife Denise have amassed a collection of ten Vietnam era military vehicles that they still display at shows. In June 2015, Doyle was honored with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Bart Vanderveen Award, given in recognition of "...the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."

Meteor Boys

Published: December 29th, 2016     
Meteor Boys
Author: Steve Bond
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Casemate Publishing

From the Publisher: Grub Street is proud to present Meteor Boys, the latest title in its ever-popular Boys series. As Britain's first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor has had a remarkably varied and lengthy life. But whilst many books have focused on its development and service history, the time has come to hear the personal experiences of its air and ground crews. By interviewing over thirty veterans, author and Meteor veteran Steve Bond has written an incredibly detailed insight into this iconic aircraft, which is supported by anecdotes and accounts from those who knew it best. One example is Alan McDonald who described the Meteor as ‘a bit unforgiving if you got it wrong, as many pilots found out to their cost, especially on one engine, but I must admit I got to like it very much - it was a great adrenaline rush.' Alongside these entertaining anecdotes are details of the Meteor's origins and developments. Starting with the first deliveries in 1944 working through to the present day, Steve Bond documents the diverse role of the Meteor.

A-20 Havoc In Action

Published: December 28th, 2016     
A-20 Havoc In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Timothy Gidcumb, IPMS# 40925
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

From the Author: The Douglas A-20 Havoc was a light bomber, attack, and intruder aircraft of World War II. Used by the American Army Air Forces, nearly one-third of the aircraft served with the Soviet military. In fact the Soviet air forces had more A-20s than the USAAF while many other A-20s fought with the RAF. Illustrated with 192 vintage photographs and detailed line drawings.

David Doyle continues to impressive with the latest In Action book on the A-20 Havoc. This is the third book in the In Action series on the A-20, Jim Mesko authored the first (#56) and second (#144). David has done a great job with this installment and has expanded on the other 2 editions.

This book tells the story of the A-20 Havoc developed out of the DB-7 series of light bombers. A-20s, Havocs, & DB-7s saw action in almost every major theatre of operation during WWII. Used as a light bomber, ground strafer & nightfighter.