Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

French Secret Projects 2: Cold War Bombers, Patrol and Assault Aircraft

Published: December 1st, 2017     
French Secret Projects 2: Cold War Bombers, Patrol and Assault Aircraft
Author: Jean-Christophe Carbonel
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crécy Publishing Limited

Jean-Christophe Carbonel was born in 1959 and wrote his first modelling article in 1977. He graduated from the University of Paris I: Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1979 and followed up with a diploma from Sciences Po in 1981. He currently is a senior auditor at Le Groupe La Poste. His first solo work in English language was in 1991 for the British magazine Collecting Scale Models. He admits that part of his knowledge of the English language came from reading the Airfix instruction sheets, which were, at the time still English-only. Since then, he has pursued a writing career specializing in model kit history and in the history of aviation projects, prototypes, and early experimentals. Jean-Christophe has more recently specialized in French designs of all eras. Writing for various magazines on both sides of the Channel, French Secret Projects 2 is at least his thirteenth book. You can check him out at his LinkedIn page, .

Operation Dynamo Colouring Book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Operation Dynamo Colouring Book
Author: Dariusz Grzywacz
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the second adult coloring book published by MMP following their Classic Fighters book. The Operation Dynamo adult coloring book focuses on the airplanes and military vehicles used at the time of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.

The book is 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" and includes 32 pages with 15 vehicles on two-page spreads. Each vehicle or aircraft includes a black-and-white photo, technical specifications, and a brief description. The image to be colored is a simple line drawing without a lot of detail, which makes coloring easier.

Aircraft & Vehicles Included:

Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier
Author: Chris McNab
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat" Series, this time with a book on what is possibly the largest urban battle in military history: Stalingrad.

The book is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
  • The Tractor Factory (October 1942)
  • The Barrikady Gun Factory (November 1942)
  • The Komissarhaus (November 1942)
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath

The Introduction section covers the overall strategic situation at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad. The Opposing Sides chapter describes the equipment and general tactics of both the German Pioneer (Assault Troops) and the Soviet Rifleman (Infantry). These two types of soldiers had different training, tactics, and weapons.

The next three chapters cover details on 3 main combat areas of Stalingrad. These chapters include maps, timelines, historical description, and analysis, plus selected first-hand accounts of combat, both by German and Soviet troops.

Of note is the artwork, including a "split-screen" drawing which shows the same combat, but from the Soviet and German sides.

Real Colors of WWII book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors of WWII book
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

AK's Real Colors of WWII is a beautiful publication packed with historical information and photos documenting actual colors and camouflage patterns used on WWII military vehicles.

AK describes the book as a detailed study of documents and original vehicle material from each respective army, plus the synthesis of other publications which are recognized as benchmarks in vehicle color. The intention of the book is to share all this information and provide a guide to the colors that can be used to produce an accurate camouflaged vehicle in a specific theater of operations. The goal to provide a standard guide of colors is a noble one, and will surely generate lots of discussions.

Using the study of preserved military equipment, and scientific analysis, AK has developed the colors used in these paints. AK-Interactive also used the advice of four experts who have years of experience in the inception, development, production, and use of military colors:

Panavia Tornado ADV Warpaint Series No. 113

Published: November 27th, 2017     
Panavia Tornado ADV Warpaint Series No. 113
Author: Des Brennan
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Guideline Publications

Des Brennan provides a thorough coverage of the development, deployment, service, and retirement of the Panavia Tornado ADV in this publication. Illustrated by Richard J. Caruana, this book is an excellent resource for the aviation historian as well as the modeler.

The written content is well written, in clear and precise language. The content is presented in chronological sequence, as most publications of this type are, beginning with a thorough description of the role into which a new aircraft was to fit. The author describes, in detail, the requirements that the aircraft was to meet in order to accomplish its purpose in a theatre of operations with rather complex needs.

The text is supported by a large number of excellent color images and stunning 3-view drawings of the aircraft with varied markings. Richard Caruana, the illustrator, certainly captured the aircraft well in these illustrations.