Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

U.S. Half-Track Vehicles

Published: July 3rd, 2017     
U.S. Half-Track Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Squadron Signal Publications

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971. This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Armor in Action 34, M3 Half-Track by Jim Mesko that was published in 1996 with 50 pages.

"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25

Published: June 28th, 2017     
"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25
Author: Stephen Bull; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book tells the story of the Canadian Corps during 1917 when it battled against the distinguished Royal Bavarian Army. These battles started at Vimy Ridge through to Passchendaele.

The book is very nicely illustrated with great photos and many illustrations commissioned for the book. The details of the combat action, preparations, and the outcomes are very well written and help you understand the period and hardships of these battles. The book contains many extracts from personal diaries and reports from the time by commanders and foot soldier's alike. I learned a lot from this book and look forward to more from this series from Osprey.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWI. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well for some dioramas.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Soviet Lend-Lease Tanks of World War II
Author: Steven J. Zaloga; Illustrators: Henry Morshead
Reviewed by: Mike Lamb, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's latest publication is this study of the types of tanks shipped to the Soviet Union starting in late 1941 and continuing through the end of the war under the Lend-Lease Program. Due to their armor losses following the success of Germany's Operation Barbarossa, the Red Army desperately needed replacements and turned to their allies for help.

This book details the number and types of tanks provided to the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1945 by Britain and the United States. The author goes into detail about the number of vehicles sent during the various phases of the contract periods and the Russian reactions to the vehicles. There's not a lot of detail about the strategic use of the lend-lease tanks since the book focuses more on how many vehicles were being sent and when. The book does provide some interesting information about the various colors of the tanks provided to the Red Army, and where a tank may have been manufactured (e.g. Canada versus Britain) may have affected what color it would have been.

Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units

Published: June 25th, 2017     
Nakajima B5N "Kate" and B6N "Jill" Units
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Imperial Japanese Navy entered the Pacific War with the most advanced ship-based attack bomber in the world, flown by the most experienced aircrews of any service. First flown in 1937, and introduced into squadron service during the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1938, the Nakajima B5N was faster, flew farther and carried a heavier payload than either of its British or American contemporaries (principally, the Fairey Swordfish and Douglas TBD Devastator, respectively). When used as either a level bomber against stationary targets, or as a torpedo bomber against ships, the "Kate" (as it came to be known to the Allies) would wreak havoc against Japan's enemies for the first year of the war.

Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters

Published: June 24th, 2017