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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II

Published: June 27th, 2014     
US Marine Corps Fighter Squadrons of World War II
Author: Barrett Tillman
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

About This Book

Noted author and historian Barrett Tillman has complied yet again another literary masterpiece. This time devoted exclusively to US Marine fighting squadrons in World War II. The US Marine Corps aviation recently celebrated its centennial in 2012. During the last 100 years ‘the flying leathernecks’ have enjoyed a rich heritage of bravery and excellence. Exploring this, Barrett Tillman steps up and delivers factual accounts from the best known Marine aviators such as Greg ‘Pappy’ Boyington, Joe Foss and many more. Tillman also included a wartime interview of Boyington. Through these recollections you’ll learn about the caliber of the men that defended our freedom in clear and honest recollections. These guys were as tough as nails. Their presence in the Pacific helped lead the US to victory against the mighty Japanese Empire by cutting off their aggressive stranglehold. These Marines flew fearless combat mission with what some called the worst aircraft of World War II and the ill fated Brewster Buffalo. And while their favorite aircraft, the F4U Corsair, is spotlighted, this book covers all fighter types flown. The stories are incredible and the B&W photographic collection is remarkable to say the least. The author includes several who’s who lists of the aces, achievements and awards.

F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1

Published: June 10th, 2014     
F3H Demon - Digital Volume 1
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, and introducing a new digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting way of researching the F3H Demon. 

Overview

This review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will take two parts, 1) content coverage and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler’s perspective.  I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?"  I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information.  I also have tons of books in my library, mostly residing on stoic-looking bookshelves.  This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler, with few disadvantages, as described below.

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action

Published: June 9th, 2014     
P-47 Thunderbolt in Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

P-47 Thunderbolt in Action is the third ‘In Action’ book about the P-47 published by Squadron MMD.  The first one (number 18) was printed in the early 1970s and the second one (#1208) was printed in 2007.  The latest, authored by David Doyle, adds considerably to the material provided in the first two.  It presents, in word and pictures, the full story of the legendary Thunderbolt from inception to production and wartime service.  I happen to know David personally and have come to expect anything he authors to be thoroughly researched and well written…and the latest P-47 Thunderbolt in Action is no exception.

Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe (2nd Edition)

Published: June 9th, 2014     
Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe (2nd Edition)
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Review

The Me-262 requires little if any introduction, however reference material for it is always sought after. This book is intended to cover all the marks and variants of the single seat “A” series, including some obscure prototypes.

The book is very logically broken down in a section that describes the technical characteristics of the airplane, the production blocks, and several tables with details covering prototypes from Werk Numbers, to Me-262 aces.

The next section has period B&W pictures and 1/72nd scale drawings of all the different variants of the A series, including details on their armament, if applicable.

After that there are no less than 58 color profiles, including a few top/bottom views of the Me-262 in the fighter and bomber configuration, plus color profiles of captured examples and post-war examples in Czech service.

French Tanks of World War II (1) - Infantry and Battle Tanks

Published: June 9th, 2014     
French Tanks of World War II (1) - Infantry and Battle Tanks
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Osprey Publishing

The first of two volumes covering the French armor of World War II, this title looks at the infantry and battle tanks that faced the onslaught of the German Blitzkrieg in 1940. Many of the French tanks were intended as replacements for the World War I-era Renault FT, and various modernization efforts throughout the inter-war years had given rise to a number of new infantry tanks, including the Renault R35 and R40, FCM 36, and the Hotchkiss H35 and H39. Alongside these developments was a separate family of battle tanks, starting with the Renault D1, D2, and, finally, the best-known French tank of the campaign – the Char B1 bis. French Tanks of World War II (1) offers a background to the design and development of these tank types, and an evaluation of their performance in the Battle of France.

Contents

The Americans on D-Day, A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion

Published: June 8th, 2014     
The Americans on D-Day, A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion
Author: Martin K. A. Morgan
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Zenith Press

This is a large, beautiful coffee table style photo-essay book. As the son of a D-Day veteran I was most anxious to read this book. 450 of the photos included are from the combat in Northern France. Some will seem familiar to the reader but many have never before been published. I especially like how in many cases the author has shown the original WWII photo and then beside or below that he has placed a modern photo of the same place taken at the same spot.

The book is divided into eight chapters! The are: The Buildup, From the Air, From the Sea, On the Beached, Point du Hoc, La Fiere, Graignes and Aftermath. Each is filled with photos that show everything from the men, equipment and geography to the carnage of battle.

Naval Fighters 88 – FJ-3/3M Fury

Published: June 4th, 2014     
Naval Fighters 88 – FJ-3/3M Fury
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 11811
Company: Ginter Books

The FJ Fury series of aircraft has always interested me.  I think mostly that’s because they were initially developed along with the F-86.  Early decisions by the Navy resulted in their first version having straight wings, but they got their jet first.  Of course, research into the information gathered from the Germans at the end of World War II showed that the swept wing was the way to go and the Navy eventually came around to the Army’s (later Air Force’s) way of thinking, resulting in the FJ-2.  This aircraft was very similar to the Air Force’s F-86A.  Improvements and more powerful engines for the FJ-2 led to the FJ-3, wherein the development started to diverge more and more from the F-86.  Yet further developments let to the FJ-4 and FJ-4B Fury.

US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45 Pre-war Classes

Published: June 2nd, 2014     
US Heavy Cruisers 1941-45 Pre-war Classes
Author: Mark Stille CDR, USN (Ret)
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Company: Osprey Publishing

Highlights from Osprey’s website: “Designed and produced under the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, the heavy cruisers of the Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans and Wichita classes were exercises in compromise. While they possessed very heavy armament – the Pensacolas, for example, carrying a main battery of ten 8” guns – this came at the cost of protection – armor was the same thickness as a gun cruiser, and incapable of protecting the vessels from enemy 8” fire. As the classes evolved, these flaws began to be corrected, with the main battery being reduced, and increased protection being added to the vital areas of the ship. Despite these drawbacks, the pre-war heavy cruiser classes served with distinction throughout World War II.”

This volume does a good job of informing the largely uninitiated (that would be this reviewer) about the difficulties of designing these large warships and the consequences of the decisions made.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 4

Published: June 1st, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 4
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling follows a basic design and format.  There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news and a series of Compact Build Reviews. 

The Feature articles for this issue covers a build of new H-K Models 1/32 Gloster Meteor and a 1/48 Wingman Models Latin American Kfir.  The Meteor is from Jay Laverty and is Part 1 of a two part series.  Part 1 covers the some issues with the kit and their easy fixes as well as preparation for the metallic finish and several hints and tips towards making it perfect. 

The other Feature article is from Brian Wakeman and builds Wingman Models 1/48 Kfir.  This is the Kinetic kit with the addition of lots of resin for cockpit, nose and a host of other parts.  He finishes the kit in markings for Columbian Air Force with superb weathering.

The Aviation in Profile article covers the FMA IA-58A Pucara.  The article has 15 profiles of different markings along with a nice history and operational shots.  This ties right into the build article below.

Scale Modeling Quarterly – Vol 1, Issue 1, Preview Edition

Published: May 30th, 2014     
Scale Modeling Quarterly – Vol 1, Issue 1, Preview Edition
Author: Various
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Scale Modeling Quarterly

Scale Modeling Quarterly is a new and promising magazine for hobbyists. Published and made available by Hobby Scale Press, SMQ has provided a copy of the Preview Edition to IPMS/USA for review. Matthew Cottrell is the Editor of SMQ so you know its going to be informative, current, and of high quality.

SMQ is advertised as a “journal for and by scale modelers”. Some key words that I noticed in the introductory letter were “encourage, inspire, teach, and share”, and those are lofty goals to which SMQ clearly subscribes.

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