Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich

Published: March 21st, 2018     
The 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Author: Yves Buffetaut
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

The book goes into details of the formation, deployment and combat actions of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich.

Das Reich was the first Waffen SS division created and was a major force where ever it fought.

The unit as formed in September 1939 as the war began and fought on most fronts from Poland, France, Balkans, Russia, back to France and then back to the eastern front at the end of the war.

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. Das Reich was a formidable division and prove its worth and bravery on all the fronts it fought. It was used as a firefighting group on many occasions and resisted against the odds on many occasions.

There are a lot of pictures and illustrations that make the book even more interesting.

I recommend this book to everyone with a deep interest the war and the formation and use of German divisions. The only downside was it could have had a little more details or insight into the actions it fought in, eyewitness/diary type write-ups to give it more feeling.

Gloster Gauntlet

Published: March 21st, 2018     
Gloster Gauntlet
Author: Alex Crawford; Illustrator: Krzysztof Wołowski
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is volume one in the Orange Series from MMP. The Gloster Gauntlet was the last open-cockpit fighter of the RAF entering into service in February 1935. In addition to the RAF, it saw service in the Commonwealth with the South African Air Force, Southern Rhodesian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force. Foreign users were Denmark and Finland.

The book is broken down into 10 main segments beginning with an Introduction and Development and Production chapters. The original Gauntlet design with the 450hp Bristol Mercury IIA engine but due to this engine's unreliability the Gauntlet lost out top Bristol's own design, the Bulldog. Five years later after steady design improvements and multiple engine installations the Gauntlet now being 40MPH faster than the Bulldog won a production contract.

The Gauntlet served the RAF well for about 3 years before in 1938 being removed from frontline service. 616 Squadron still had Gauntlets at the outbreak of WWII!

Scale Aircraft Modelling, November 2017 Volume 39, Issue 09

Published: March 15th, 2018     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, November 2017 Volume 39, Issue 09
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: Guideline Publications

I have read Scale Aircraft Modelling (SAM) on and off for many years which is possible because this is the 39th year it has been in production. It is an English publication and, as the name implies, covers aircraft modeling. Normally I purchase my copy at a local bookstore but this issue came directly from the publisher so let's take a look and see what is in store.

There are 88 pages counting the inside and outside of the front and rear covers. Not sure what those are counted but have noticed this in other magazines. There is also 8 pages numbered separately in the middle of the magazine with no explanation.

One of the first things I noticed is the cover, duh, which has a nice painting of a Bachem Natter in flight. There are also a few pictures of some of the articles inside.

Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915-1918

Published: March 14th, 2018     
Zeppelin vs British Home Defence 1915-1918
Author: Jon Guttman (Illustrated by Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Duel" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Jon Guttman writes about the attacks of the German Zeppelins on England from January 1915 through August 1918 as well as the British defensive actions against them. Illustrated by Jim Laurier, both the artwork and the photographs tell the history of the Zeppelin and the aircraft used to counter them.

Following the Introduction, there are eight chapters, which are titled "Chronology", "Design and Development", "Technical Specifications", "the Strategic Situation", "The Combatants", "Combat", "Statistics and Analysis", and "Aftermath". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 45 black and white photographs along with three in color, as well as 13 illustrations/paintings, and a single color map contained within this publication.

Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 3

Published: March 10th, 2018     
Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 3
Author: Piotr Witkowski, Color by Andrzej Glinski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This tome appears to be Piotr Witkowski's third book in English and it's a follow up to Volume 2 of his Operational Market Garden Paratroopers that focused on small arms and specialized equipment used by 1st Independent Parachute Brigade. The positive feedback he received from Volume 1 and 2 encouraged him to get this volume published. You can find my reviews on Volume I and II at the IPMS USA Review website. I've found two prior books in Polish: Polskie jednostki powietrzno-desantowe na zachodzie (Bellona, 2009) and a second edition of this book titled: Spadochroniarze Sosabowskiego: Dzieje polskich jednostekpowietrznodesantowych 1939-1945 (Bellona, 2012).