Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Scale Model Handbook: Figure Modeling 15

Published: June 23rd, 2016     
Scale Model Handbook: Figure Modeling 15
Author: Stelios Demiras
Reviewed by: Frank Landruss, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mr. Black Publications

Mr Black Publications is a fairly new company that publishes several series of Hobby Modelling and History books and magazines. This Scale Model Handbook series covers figures, but other series are devoted to other areas; i.e. armor, aircraft, dioramas, etc. This book contains a unique collection of work that is aimed at all levels of modelers. This issue features seven well known artists who describe their techniques for sculpting and painting their figures or busts. The book itself comes in a nice clear re-sealable cover for protection. The 52 pages include the covers. The inside covers and the last two pages are devoted to figure advertisers. If you visit the product web site, you will find additional photos of the contents: http://www.mrblackpublications.com/FIGURE_MODELLING_15/p1000980_14450447...

Scale Model Handbook: Diorama Modelling 2

Published: June 23rd, 2016     
Scale Model Handbook: Diorama Modelling 2
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mr. Black Publications

This book uses seven dioramas to illustrate several aspects of modeling dioramas and figures, such as scratch built, conversion, figure sculpture & painting, etc. They book covers several popular modeling scales such as 1/35, 1/32, and 1/24. The dioramas cover many historical periods including Roman Empire, the 17th Century, and World War II.

The book is 8-1/2 x 11 inches and printed on matte paper. There are over 450 photographs. Many are low contrast and printed against a dark background, making it hard to discern details. The color intensity is also fairly low so the colors do not pop out.

Contents

1. Elephant Down! Zama, 202 BC - 54mm (1/32)

Scale Model Handbook: Figure Modeling 14

Published: June 18th, 2016     
Scale Model Handbook: Figure Modeling 14
Author: Stelios Demiras
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mr. Black Publications

MrBlack Publications is a fairly new company that publishes several series of Hobby Modelling and History books and magazines. This Scale Model Handbook series covers figures, but other series are devoted to other areas; i.e. armour, aircraft, dioramas, etc. This book includes a unique collection of work that is aimed at all levels of modelers. This issue features eight well known artists who describe their techniques for sculpting and painting their figures or busts. The book itself comes in a nice clear re-sealable cover for protection. The 52 pages include the covers. The inside covers and the last two pages are devoted to figure advertisers. If you visit the product web site, you will find additional photos of the contents.

The cover subject is a scratch-built vignette by Sergey Popovichenko for a private collector. In his article he covers a lot of the detail and provides construction and painting steps to complete the finished product. The impressive part is that the vignette base is constructed entirely of natural products to depict the vegetation.

American Secret Projects Vol 1: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945

Published: June 16th, 2016     
American Secret Projects Vol 1: Fighters, Bombers and Attack Aircraft 1937-1945
Author: Tony Butler & Alan Griffith
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Luftwaffe ’46, Hikoki ’46 all have had many books and websites devoted to them, the paper projects, X-planes and wonder weapons of the enemy Axis Powers. Now there is a book that details all of the same from the US manufacturers.

We are given a nice hardback book filled with photos of those designs that actually were built or made it to the mock-up stage, and drawings of those that did not. Some of the drawings are just basic rendering of the aircraft, while others are more useful engineering drawings with dimensions and scale.

The chapter layout begins with USAAF single engine fighters. Here each manufacturer’s designs are discussed. From early Bell designs for what would become the P-39 to the XP-47H and J on to the XP-75 Eagle and beyond are all discussed. There are even drawings and a manufacturer’s model of the forward swept wing P-51.

Cross & Cockade 2017 Calendar

Published: June 12th, 2016