Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

A-3 Skywarrior Units of the Vietnam War

Published: February 19th, 2015     
A-3 Skywarrior Units of the Vietnam War
Author: Rick Morgan, Illustrations by Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

Developed in the years following World War 2 to fulfill Naval Aviation’s “Heavy Attack” capability, the Douglas Aircraft design team under the legendary Ed Heinemann created the jet powered, swept winged A-3 (originally designated A3D-1) Skywarrior to carry nuclear destruction to the Soviet Union from the decks of the Navy’s new Midway class carriers. Replacing the little loved North American AJ Savage, what started out as a single purpose “heavy” bomber soon became one of the Navy’s most “multi-purpose” aircraft in its inventory. When its nuclear delivery mission was taken over by the A-5 Vigilante, the A-3 found itself with a new mission list that eventually included, “iron” bombing, aerial refueling, photo reconnaissance, electronic jamming and counter-measurers, electronic surveillance, high speed COD and VIP transport, and navigation training. It was an inspired design that led to the heaviest operational aircraft flown regularly for over 35 years from the largest and smallest flight decks in the US fleet.

Polish Wings 18: Breguet 19, Farman F68, Amiot 123 Goliath Book Review

Published: February 19th, 2015     
Polish Wings 18: Breguet 19, Farman F68, Amiot 123 Goliath Book Review
Author: Bartlomiej Belcarz; Illus-Thierry Vallet
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Bartlomiej Belcarz authors the latest in the series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force.  This volume’s primary focus is the Breguet 19 (p3-53), but also provides 13 pages on the Farman F.68 Goliath and 6 pages on the Amiot 123.  The Breguet section features 28 full page length color profiles along with 8 top and bottom color profiles where appropriate.  The color profiles are accompanied by photos of the actual aircraft in the profiles.  The Farman F.68 Goliath section features 6 full page length color profiles along with a top and bottom color profile and a scrap color detail of typical rudder markings.  The Amiot 123 section on the only two aircraft procured, features 2 full page length color profiles along with a top and bottom color profile.

The Table of Contents focuses on three major chapters:

MOTORAMA – GM's Legendary Show and Concept Cars

Published: February 19th, 2015     
MOTORAMA – GM's Legendary Show and Concept Cars
Author: David Temple
Reviewed by: John Noack, IPMS# 23017
Company: Specialty Press

GM's Motorama was a 12-year (1949-1961) marketing extravaganza designed to showcase the current line of GM products while dazzling the target audience with some amazing prototype and dream car exercises.  Ultimately curtailed due to rising costs, Motorama was nonetheless a major “hit” for The General,

29 domestic and 23 GM-Canada Motoramas took place, at venues ranging from NY, Los Angeles. San Francisco, Boston and Miami domestically and Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary and London, Ontario in the North.  GM used the Motorama show not only to woo customers for the latest model year in each participating division, but also to gauge consumer reaction to a wide range of concept cars incorporating mild to wild styling and design features (rain-sensing automatic convertible tops, hydraulically operated doors, jet-fighter styling cues, and an odd little fiberglass car called a Corvette, which you may have heard of).

Cherbourg 1944: The First Allied Victory in Normandy

Published: February 19th, 2015     
Cherbourg 1944: The First Allied Victory in Normandy
Author: Steven Zaloga
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey is a publishing house in the United Kingdom that should be familiar to most modelers, historians, and military history buffs. They have several ongoing series that tackle a variety of topics, including famous campaigns in military history. The 278th volume of their campaign series tackles the capture of the French port city of Cherbourg in June, 1944. The author of the volume is one of Osprey’s most prolific, Steven J. Zaloga. The illustrator of the color plates is Steve Noon. At 93 pages of text, this is a fairly standard length for this series.

Windsock World War Centenary Vol.30, No.4

Published: February 14th, 2015     
Windsock World War Centenary Vol.30, No.4
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

Windsock WWC Winter 2014 is the last issue of Volume 30.  Like the previous issues in Volume 30, it provides readers with a variety of expert information on WWI aviation history, aircraft modeling, articles by top-notch aircraft model builders, valuable technical reference material and information on new hobby products related to the Great War. 

Model Miniatures in Review, No. 62

Published: February 13th, 2015     
Model Miniatures in Review, No. 62
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Military Miniatures In Review (MMIR) is a bi-monthly publication by The Ampersand Group of armor and other military vehicles. Each issue typically contains new product reviews and detailing articles, as well as regular monthly features. The magazine is 8.5 x 11 and includes 80 pages printed on a high-quality gloss paper. MMIR is a high quality publication and my favorite modeling magazine.

Articles this issue include:

The M103, A Primer, Part 2

A walkaround and detailed photos of a M103 tank at the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum at Fort Hood. This particular tank is a T43EI. Various details are shown in high-quality photographs of the tank exterior.

Napoleon Complex, The Little Renault Goes Big!

This is a 12 page step-by-step build and finishing of Takom’s Renault FT in 1/16 scale. A brief history of the vehicle is followed by detailed photographs of the assembly and finishing of the tank kit. The author bases the kit on a reference photo (included) that shows the original tank called the ‘Little Yellow Dwarf’. 

Model Art No. 2 Mechanical Guide Bf-109E/T

Published: February 8th, 2015     
Model Art No. 2 Mechanical Guide Bf-109E/T
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art has, once again, produced another excellent publication, this particular product covering the Bf-109E/T. Entitled, “Bf-109E/T Mechanical Guide” one immediately sees the potential for detailed information and images regarding the Bf-109 from the viewpoint of a model builder who enjoys highlighting the existing detail to be found in kits, or enhancing those kits with added fiddly bits.

The publication offers a number of features which are as helpful in Japanese (the book is in Japanese) as it would be in English. No translation is required for the detail, color schemes, and markings to be understood and translated into one’s own “109” project.

Starting off with profile line drawings, the evolution of the “109” is illustrated with several pages of crisp, clean illustrations highlighting the different shapes and bumps that separated one “Mark” of the “109” from the next.

Thomas Morse S-4 Scout: Centenary Datafile 166

Published: February 7th, 2015     
Thomas Morse S-4 Scout: Centenary Datafile 166
Author: Colin A Owers, - Illustrators: Paul Monteagle, Ronny Bar, Martin Digmayer
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

In the years between WWI and WWII, moviegoers in America may have thought they were watching wartime footage of aerial dogfights between Fokker D.VIIs and Sopwith Camels in such films as Hell’s Angels and Dawn Patrol.  They may have been watching some of the surviving Fokkers, but in all likelihood, the nimble fighters with roundels on their wings were aircraft that never made it into military service during the Great War…instead, they were the small single-seat S4 ‘Scout’ trainers built by The Thomas Morse Aircraft Corporation in 1917-1918 that were considered surplus after the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D Series

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-D Series
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

Messerschmitt Bf 109 A–D Series is the third book in the Air Vanguard series I have had the pleasure to review. The Messerschmitt Bf-109 is the Luftwaffe’s most storied fighter of WWII, yet much less has been published on the A-D models. This book covers these early models from development through their use in combat.

Shot Down

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Shot Down
Author: Steve Snyder
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Sea Breeze Publishing

From the dust cover - 

“Shot Down” is no ordinary memoir of World War II. It reveals the hopes, dreams and fears of a remarkable group of men and people that loved, cared and hid them after their plane was knocked out of the sky over French/Belgian boarder.

Review

WOW what a read! I highly recommend this book to broaden your knowledge of air missions over Europe during WWII!

This book is a memoir of Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder. Howard was the pilot in command of the B-17 Susan Ruthand along with the nine other members of his crew flew missions over Europe while attached to 306th Bomb Group.