Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The SS Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942-1943

Published: May 4th, 2017     
The SS Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942-1943
Author: Massimiliano Afiero
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Massimiliano Afiero was born in Afragola (Naples Province) in 1969. Massimiliano is a computer programmer and teacher, but has long been a serious historian of World War II. He has been extremely active in writing articles for many history magazines in his native Italian, Spanish, and English. You can also find him as an active participant in many military history websites. Massimiliano has personally interviewed many Waffen-SS veterans and has published their experiences in World War II. He published his first book, 'Hitler's Foreign Volunteers', in September 2001, and has now amassed 33 published books. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine SGM (Second World War), Ritterkreuz, The European Volunteer, Fronti Warning, and The Axis Forces. You can find his website at http://www.maxafiero.it/main.htm

This tome was originally published in November 2015 by the Associazione culturale Ritterkreuz as "La SS-Division Wiking nel Caucaso 1942-1943 and has now been brought by MMP to us in the English language instead of the original Italian. This 'War Fronts' special original edition was 100 pages in length.

World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers

Published: May 2nd, 2017     
World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers
Author: Author: Nigel Thomas, PhD, Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

At the start of World War II, Germany's advancements in mobile warfare shocked the world with their speed, ferocity, and success on the battlefield as they swept across Europe. Although, not always successful at the start, Germany was the first army to combine tanks, artillery, air power, and mobile infantry into a dominating force on the battlefield. Over the course of the war, the Allied powers tried to figure out a way to replicate Germany's successes, with varying results. As reserves and resources became more scarce, Germany's capabilities became more and more degraded and they were never able to get the same results they experienced during the early part of the war.

This latest offering from Osprey Publishing "Elite" series provides some insight into the development of Germany's Panzergrenadier forces from inter-war years through the end of the war. It includes some insight into the changes needed as resources slowly went away, and as the Allies experienced more and more success using their own styles of mobile infantry.

Model Art All About Aviation Volume 1 USAF Modern Fighters and Attackers

Published: April 30th, 2017     
Model Art All About Aviation Volume 1 USAF Modern Fighters and Attackers
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art Co., Ltd.

Model Art Issue 63 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The All About Aviation is part of the Model Art Extra series. This issue leads off with either short articles on a finished build or an in depth step-by-step 'how to' on the build and painting. The finished model photographs are of high quality in brightness, color, and depth of focus. Advertising is limited to two pages, the inside covers. I counted 749 color photos, one black and white drawing, and 106 color drawings, many color profiles. You will find throughout this journal, color photographs of the real aircraft that are discussed.

OV-10 Bronco: Designed for Counterinsurgency and the Vietnam War

Published: April 27th, 2017     
OV-10 Bronco: Designed for Counterinsurgency and the Vietnam War
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Thanks to Mr. Ashby Shoop for providing me a copy of this booklet during it's development, and the Fort Worth Aviation museum for sending a finished E-copy to me to review after purchase.

If you are looking for a quick reference on the OV-10, the Folks at the Fort Worth aviation Museum have a new document which provides an excellent, concise history of the aircraft. Included are development and early history of what the requirement is that led to the Bronco, who worked on it, and the history of how the aircraft evolved. The majority of the book focuses on Marine air and navy use; Air Force operations are touched on but not in detail.

What really adds value to the book are descriptions of loadout and operations, which confirm configuration of particular offensive weaponry. The OV-10, although cleared for gravity operated "dumb" weapons, was mostly regulated to forward-firing smaller weapons such as 2.75" FFAR and Zuni rockets. According to the author this was due to competition between USAF and Naval Air operations and "fast jets verses slow movers", which is touched on in the booklet.

The Women's Royal Naval Service

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Women's Royal Naval Service
Author: Neil R. Storey
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Bloomsbury Publishing

Neil R. Storey attended North Walsham High School and completed is pre- and post-graduate work at the University of East Anglia. is a social and military historian focused on the impact of crime, war, and medicine on British society. He has been writing since the late 1980s and has pursued military, historical crime, and topographical topics. Author of nearly fifty books, including: Animals in the First World War (2014), The Women's Land Army (2012), The Women's Suffrage Movement (2012), The Battle of Britain (2012), The Victorian Criminal (2011), Women in the Second World War (2011), Women in the First World War (2010), The Home Guard (2010). Neil continues to write articles for national magazines and national journals in addition to providing lectures across the UK. He has served as a consultant for both radio and television. You can follow Neil on twitter at @NeilRStorey and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/neil.storey.50. He currently lives in his hometown of Norwich, Norfolk.