Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Cross & Cockade International Winter 2014 Vol. 45/4 Journal

Published: December 17th, 2014     
Cross & Cockade International Winter 2014 Vol. 45/4 Journal
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: The First World War Aviation Historical Society

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Winter 2014 Vol. 45/4 - is the last of the journals that make up Volume 45. C&C I is the quarterly publication of the non-profit UK based organization known as The First World War Aviation Historical Society. They have continuously published these journals since 1970 with the objective of furthering the study of First World War Aviation History.  This journal continues the organization’s mission by providing considerable information on a wide range of WWI aviation subjects…this time delivering an interesting and lengthy feature article about operations of the RNAS’s 3 Wing & 3 Squadron along with 203 Squadron RAF under the title ‘JUST ABOUT COURT MARTIALLED’.  The journal’s cover image ‘Red-Nose Pup’, a painting by artist Russell Smith, serves to herald this twenty three-page article.

Following an editorial page that includes comment about the proliferation of publications devoted to the first year of the WWI Centenary, the content of this journal is most impressive…it includes:

T-26 Light Tank: Backbone of the Red Army

Published: December 13th, 2014     
T-26 Light Tank: Backbone of the Red Army
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

The New Vanguard series from Osprey Publishing is not so new anymore, but they continue to produce one quality publication after another. It seems that at one point they will run out of topics, but thankfully, they have not. The series’ most prolific author, armor expert Steven Zaloga has turned his attention to the T-26. As the subtitle of this book suggests, it was one of the most prolific tanks in the Soviet Army in the late inter-war era.

As with all New Vanguard titles, this is prolifically illustrated with photographs from the era as well as several color profiles of the T-26. Again, as with all New Vanguard titles, the centerpiece is a two page, full color cut away of the vehicle in question. Both Hobby Boss and Zvezda have 1/35 kits of the T-26, so this book might be helpful for those interested in modeling these vehicles, in particular the color profiles. As with most Soviet tanks, you can have it any color, as long as it’s green. At least these profiles offer some alternatives.

Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits

Published: December 12th, 2014     
Collecting Vintage Plastic Model Airplane Kits
Author: Craig Kodera
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Specialty Press

This book covers model kit development during the 1950s and 1960s as well as the collectability of these kits and the current value of some. It gives the reader what to look for and to look out for when delving into the world of kit collecting.

By default all model builders become kit collectors in some shape or fashion. Many of us buy more than we will build to ensure that we have that kit or marking set on hand. Or to be certain with some of the short run or resin kits that we don’t miss out on a subject. But for many they seek to build a collection of kits never to be built but amassed like others do with comic books, autographs. Militaria and the like!

Model Art Modelling Magazine No. 53, 2014 Autumn - Vessel Model Special

Published: December 10th, 2014     
Model Art Modelling Magazine No. 53, 2014 Autumn - Vessel Model Special
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

This is Model Art Magazine’s special quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. As with the regular Model Art Magazine this is printed in Japanese with some English subtitles. 

The feature article in the Autumn 2014 Vessel Model Special is on the IJN Battleship "Ise and "Hyuga". The article uses period photos and models to show the changes made to these battleships during the course of their life. If you are not familiar with either of these ships, the changes that were made was the inclusion of a flight deck to the rear of the ships. Included are several build articles and one scratch built 1/96 IJN Battleship Ise.  

German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 1

Published: December 6th, 2014     
German Aircraft Instrument Panels Vol. 1
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

MMP Books has released Vol 1 (more to come!) in their “Inside” series, entitled, “German Aircraft Instrument Panels”

Volume 1 features instrument faces and instrument panel illustrations for six Luftwaffe aircraft, those being the Bf-109F-4, Bf-110E, Fi-156 Storch, Fw-190A-3, Hs-123, and the Ju-88A-4. In North America, Casemate is the distributor for MMP.

Model Art IJN Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 #1

Published: December 6th, 2014     
Model Art IJN Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 #1
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty six years.      

This is a special issue released by Model Art covering plastic model aircraft of the IJN in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The book is broken down into six sections. Interceptors, Night Fighters, Land - based Attackers and Bombers, Trainers, Experimental and Reconnaisance Land - Based Aircraft and Foreign - Made Aircafts and others.

Each section includes photos of finished models, period photos, available kits, year released and a rating system for a lot of them. The ratings are from one to five stars and you find most of the older kits tend to have a lower rating, but this not always the case as some of the recent releases have some lower ratings.

The very last part of the article consists of minor scale plastic kits (1/100, 1/144 and 1/700).

The rest of the magazine consists of hobby shop ads.    

US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75

Published: November 30th, 2014     
US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75
Author: Mark E. Stille, illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at Osprey Publishing for providing this new publication for review.Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to explore a fascinating historical documentation and description of the last class of heavy cruisers.  The book was particularly interesting to me, since my father and one of my college professors served aboard the Newport News.  This volume follows a previous release by the author describing the pre-war heavy cruisers, also published by Osprey.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10

Published: November 30th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 10
Author: Jay Laverty Publisher
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has the same basic design and format. That's not a bad thing as it is jam packed with superb aircraft builds and tips. In this issue, there are five feature articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, and seven Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with DAI Williams build of Wingnut Wings 1/32 Fokker D.VII. Mr. Williams covers how to make single color areas less drab and add contrast. He also used Albion Alloys thread, Bob's Buckles turnbuckles and AVIATTIC lozenge decals to improve the kit.

Next up is James Ashton's build of the newer Revell 1/32 Spitfire Mk. II. He gives it the full meal deal with Barracuda cast everything and spends a lot of time getting the finish just right on this heavily weathered plane using multiple techniques..

Next up, Sjon van der Heiden builds Czech Models 1/48 XF-85 Goblin and makes it into a nice little diorama of an emergency landing on a dry lake bed with tractors and airmen present. This is an excellent tutorial on doing a metal aircraft with only a brush- no airbrush was used and the result is excellent

Model Art October 2014 No. 902

Published: November 29th, 2014     
Model Art October 2014 No. 902
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty eight years.  

The October issue starts off with several small articles which include the IJA/N Airplane Illustrated and a build article on the Tamiya 1/35 WW1 British Tank Mk. IV Male. This features a beautiful diorama and photos of a Mk. I, Mk II and Mk. IV and a opened up MK. IV.

The main article this month features the IJN Carrier Akagi shown through models in the different configurations of it's career. This article consists of thirty two pages and utilizes several 1/700 scale models and one 1/350 models. Most of the configurations are of the single flight deck, but one model is of the "Three flight deck" version. This aricle consists of multiple color photos and many helpful tips on making the most accurate looking Akagi.  

 Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course and Modeling JASDF.

Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution

Published: November 27th, 2014     
Point Pleasant 1774: Prelude to the American Revolution
Author: John F Winkler; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Al LaFleche
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the months before the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Pennsylvania and Virginia had disputing claims over the trans-Appalachian area that would become southern Ohio and Kentucky. This area had been ceded by the French at the end of the French and Indian War, aka the Seven Years War. Of course, the native people, the Shawnee, Mingo, and their allies including members of the Delaware, Miami, Ojibwe, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Wyandot, also contested the rights to his land.

In time, the colonists allied with each other and sent militias to take the land under the leadership of Virginia’s governor, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (Lord Dunmore). The regular armies, i.e., the Redcoats did not participate to any great degree in this campaign which culminated in the Battle of Point Pleasant at the convergence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers near present day Charleston, WV.