Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Junkers Ju 88 Vol. III

Published: August 20th, 2018     
Junkers Ju 88 Vol. III
Author: Marek J. Murawski and Marek Ryś
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero Publishing

Marek J. Murawski has authored over 100 books with Kagero, primarily in the form of aircraft monographs, squadron histories, and air battles.

Marek Rys has authored and illustrated many books with Kagero, primarily in the form of aircraft monographs, squadron histories, and air battles. Mark does have a hardcover book coming out in November 2018 from Mushroom Model Publications in their Spotlight On series, "On the Fly".

Marek J. Murawski and Marek Rys authored the first two volumes in the Kagero Monographs 3D Editions. The first volume in this series, Junkers Ju 88, was published in 2014 (3057) and describes the history of the various prototypes and short technical description of the construction of Ju 88 A-1, which was the first mass-produced version of this aircraft. The second volume, Junkers Ju 88, (3059) was published in 2015 and covers the Phony War. While I do not own either of these earlier volumes (yet), I would guess they follow the same format as this volume.

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

Published: August 19th, 2018     
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
Author: Martin Derry and Neil Robinson, Illustrator: Mark Rolfe
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen & Sword Aviation

Martin Derry has worked extensively in the field of aviation publishing. He is the the author of British Military Aviation: 1960s in Colour (2007); Hornet and Sea Hornet: De Havilland's Ultimate Piston-engined Fighter (2010); Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane (2015); Avro Lancaster (2015); Avro Shackleton (2016); English Electric Lightning (2017) and the forthcoming Gloster Meteor (2018).

Neil Robinson is a respected aviation historian and author, who has worked on a number of related projects over the years. He is the author of RAF Trainers 1918-1945: Camouflage and Markings (2012), and Air War Over the Falklands (2012). Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane (2015); Avro Lancaster (2015); Avro Shackleton (2016); English Electric Lightning (2017) and the forthcoming Gloster Meteor (2018).

The Forgotten Dead

Published: August 18th, 2018     
The Forgotten Dead
Author: Ken Small, Mark Rogerson
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book describes Exercise Tiger, the rehearsal for the American D-Day landings on Utah Beach in Normandy. The training exercise occurred on the Devon and Dorset coasts of England around the village of Slapton Sands on April 27, 1944. Almost 1000 American soldiers and sailors died during the exercise, which was later covered up by officials embarrassed by the fiasco.

This book describes the effort of author Ken Small to uncover the truth about the deaths of the soldiers and sailors and to ensure their sacrifice would never be forgotten. First published in 1988, the book has been updated and re-published in 2018.

Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare

Published: August 14th, 2018     
Sturmgeschutz, Vol. 1, Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle Books

David Doyle is a well-known author of over 100 books published since 2003, covering a wide range of military subjects. Adding aircraft and warship subjects to his already lengthy list of published books covering military vehicles, Doyle's portfolio of publications continues to expand rapidly, while maintaining the highest degree of quality, accuracy, and depth of coverage.

The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058

Published: August 14th, 2018     
The Japanese Cruiser Maya 16058
Author: Waldemar Goralski & Dariusz Miszczak
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Kagero Publishing

Thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy!

Kagero Publishing has produced a large number of WW2 warship books from their Super Drawings in 3D series, focusing on a single ship at a particular point in time (appearance). 16058 illustrates the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Maya in its final 1944 so-called Anti-Aircraft (AA) fit. Maya was one of the four Takao class heavy cruisers important to IJN naval efforts in WW2. Damage from a bomb hit from US carrier planes while at Rabaul in 1943 led to Maya becoming the first AA conversion of IJN five-turret heavy cruisers. The C turret (closest to the bridge) was replaced by two of the ubiquitous 127mm/40 Type 89 twin open antiaircraft mounts, along with additional 25mm mounts (triple and single) throughout the ship. Maya shipped six twin 127mm AA mounts instead of the usual four carried by larger Japanese heavy cruisers This gave Maya a unique and distinctive difference from her sister ships and other cruiser classes, and a favorite modeling subject. Maya was sunk by US submarines on the way to the Battle of Leyte Gulf in November 1944 and did not get to utilize her recently enhanced AA capacity.

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