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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Union Infantryman vs. Confederate Infantryman
Author: Ron Field
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

In this book, the author covers the Civil War’s eastern theater from 1861-65 and leads you through a progressive linage of the fighting infantryman on both sides under the, quoting the book, “appalling realities of warfare in the industrial age.” You’ll follow the infantryman in the key battles such as First Bull Run/Manassas, “The Bloody Angle” Gettysburg, and Chaffin’s Farm/New Market Heights. The later battle sets focus on African American troops fighting for the union. The book further discusses in-depth the tactics and strategies used by both sides. The evolution of uniforms worn by the troops is an interesting story in itself and will surely aid the purist modeler. The diorama modeler will appreciate the interesting period b&w photographs, plus it’s packed with a wide range of colorful paintings and maps.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-1945 (2)
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey hits another home run with this 2nd volume on Japanese destroyers. Picking up where the 1st volume left off, this book covers several classes, principally the Asashio, Kagero, and Yugumo. It also details the history, weapons, and tactics of the Japanese destroyers. The author further weighs in on the design and construction, armament, service modifications, and wartime service of each class. The book also covers an interesting experimental destroyer, the Shimakaze, with a top speed of almost 40 knots and 15 torpedo tubes. I found the book’s contents to be well thought out, with a very coherent outline. And it’s written with easy to understand explanations. It has beautiful color paintings and artwork including cutaway illustrations. It offers a wide range of vintage b&w photographs that are pretty decent and would be helpful to the ship modeler. The book has a softcover with a corded gum binding and it’s printed very well.

Eastern Inferno

Published: November 12th, 2013     
Eastern Inferno
Author: Hans Roth, edited by Christine Alexander and Mason Kunze
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book is a compilation of 3 journals written by Hans Roth, a soldier with the 299th Infantry Division, attached to the Sixth Army. It covers the period 1941 to 1943.  It is an incredible first-hand narration of the life of a German soldier in the Eastern Front.

It is particularly interesting as it was written within days of the events being narrated (often on the same day), meaning that the memories were fresh and undisturbed by the pass of time. At the same time, being its own personal journal, censors were not able to edit out parts of the narration, reflecting the exact thoughts of a soldier in the front.

There are parts of the book when I almost felt like I was intruding in the personal life of Hans Roth, as he would describe his thoughts about his wife, daughter, and home, back in Germany. At other parts of the book, I could feel the stress, fear, and relief of Roth, due to his having survived a battle, waiting for a tunnel mine to explode, or just enjoying the sun in his skin.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35 Issue 9

Published: November 7th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35 Issue 9
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

The November issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling is another excellent piece of scale art. There are the usual two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news, and a series of Compact Build Reviews.

The two feature articles for this issue are a 1/32nd scale build of the HobbyBoss P-61 Black Widow and a 1/72nd scale build of Airfix's Lancaster B.III Dambuster. The HobbyBoss P-61 build by James Ashton goes into some detail of the build and adds True Details Wheels and Kits-World Decals. Where this article really shines is in the description of weathering and painting. The articles details paint chipping using the AK interactive chipping system, and also the post-shading and using the oils to weather. The effects are superb and the article is lavishly illustrated.

The second feature from Karl Robinson shows an excellent build of the Airfix Lancaster using masking techniques to get soft and hard demarcation lines. The out-of-the-box build really shows the kit’s high points and what it builds into, a great finished model.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35 Issue 8

Published: November 5th, 2013     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35 Issue 8
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling 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. This is my first chance to review this magazine and I am impressed.

The Feature Articles for this issue cover a Revell 1/32 BAE Hawk and AZ Models 1/48 Heinkel He70. The Hawk build by Brian Wakeman covers building the Revell Hawk kit with an Aires seat, SAC landing gear, and Airframe decals for an African scheme. He covers the build thoroughly, including the need for replacement seats and his painting and weathering techniques using oils and variations in paint colors.

The other Feature Article takes AZ Models’ 1/48th He70 and makes it a showstopper. This is one of the best magazine articles I have seen in a very long time. Philippe Roger takes the limited run kit and scratchbuilds the interior out of sheet and bits. The landing gear is scratchbuilt and detailed. In the end, the Spanish He70 is phenomenal and this alone would make the magazine worthwhile. It is lavishly illustrated.

Model Art Modeling Magazine No.49, Autumn 2013, Special Ship Model Edition

Published: November 3rd, 2013     
Model Art Modeling Magazine No.49, Autumn 2013, Special Ship Model Edition
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. This special ship model edition focuses on the "Chitose Japanese Navy seaplane carrier type".

This issue starts off with detail drawings of the IJN seaplane carrier Mizuho. They cover such items as the anchor, vents, cleats, portholes and the trim over them, armament, linoleum decks and how they were secured, and armament – very valuable information for modelers. Next is a one-page article on new items that are coming out.

Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual

Published: November 3rd, 2013     
Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual
Author: David Baker
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Quayside Publishing Group

Those of us of a certain age remember April 13, 1970, as a “worst nightmare come to reality” day. On that day the crew of Apollo 13 radioed those famous words, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” The mission ended with the successful and safe return of the astronauts, and gave the world an iconic moment revealing just how dangerous space flight can be.

The author of Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual is Dr. David Baker, who worked for NASA during the Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs. Dr. Baker was part of the team within Houston Mission Control throughout the Apollo 13 mission and, therefore, speaks with a considerable authority. He has written more than 80 books on spaceflight technology, and this is his fourth Haynes manual, following the NASA Mars Rover Manual, International Space Station Manual and NASA Space Shuttle Manual.

USS Alabama, Squadron at Sea

Published: October 28th, 2013     
USS Alabama, Squadron at Sea
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

The Squadron at Sea titles cover specific ships by using photos of the vessel and its equipment from the very beginning of its life all the way through the end of its career. These titles are written about both civilian and military vessels, while the On Deck series is devoted solely to warships.

The USS Alabama is a South Dakota-class battleship, and construction was begun in February, 1940. The build took over two years until commissioning. Even though the Alabama took part in some of the most famous battles of the Pacific during the war, she only lost five crewman and none to enemy action. After the war, Alabama was mothballed until 1964 when she was moved to her present home in Mobile Bay as a museum.

David Doyle does an excellent job covering this vessel. The photo documentation in this book should be commended. There are photos of the keel laying, launch, commissioning, shakedown cruise, in action, mothballed, and then as a museum. There are also several color drawings and some excellent line drawings.

Soviet Naval Aviation 1946-1991

Published: October 28th, 2013     
Soviet Naval Aviation 1946-1991
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Hikoki Publications

This is a massive tome that covers Soviet Naval Aviation from immediately post-WWII through the breakup of the USSR. The book is profusely illustrated with hundreds of color and black and white photos, many of which may be new to Western readers. In addition, there are dozens of color profiles throughout the pages.

The book begins with a discussion of Soviet naval aviation in the years following WWII. At first, they were still using leftover indigenous designs as well as US lend/lease aircraft that survived combat. Realizing the need for a long-range navy, they began to modernize and prepare for the struggle with the US and other Western powers. This chapter discusses the organization of naval aviation forces and their work with other elements of the Soviet navy and other armed forces.

The following chapters cover development of naval reconnaissance aviation, strike force aviation, submarine hunters, fighter and attack aircraft, auxiliary and special mission aircraft, and Soviet aircraft carriers.

Aces of the 78 Fighter Group

Published: October 24th, 2013     
Aces of the 78 Fighter Group
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand it series Aircraft of the Aces with the installment of the Aces of the 78th Fighter Group.  The book covers the story from inception to disbanding of the 78th Fighter Group. Even when trained to fly the P-38, upon arrival in England their airplanes (and many of their pilots) were sent to North Africa, and the group had to convert to, at the time, the short-legged P-47, then it took the Thunderbolts all the way to Germany and it ended the war flying P-51s.

The book has the following chapters:

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