Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Big Macks - A Visual History Of The Mack Wheeled Prime Movers In US Army Service 1940–1958

Published: August 9th, 2014     
The Big Macks - A Visual History Of The Mack Wheeled Prime Movers In US Army Service 1940–1958
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The Big Macks book is part of Ampersand Publishing Company’s Visual History Series - single-subject reference books featuring a historical introduction followed by extensive black-and-white period and walk-around photographs. The book is by renowned military author David Doyle, has 112 pages with two pages of text, and the remaining pages are all photographs. There are no ads.

The two pages of text is the Introduction, which provides a brief history of development of the various Mack truck models from the early NO-1, 2, 3, which were all prime movers. The introduction also describes the next two models, NO-4 and NO-5, which were wreckers rather than prime movers. The NO-4 trucks were used by the Army Air Forces as aircraft wreckers, whereas the NO-5 was intended for field artillery use. The NO-6 trucks were intended for Allied use through the Lend-Lease program, and the NO-7 was the final model of the wartime prime movers.

Sections include Mack NO-1, NO-2, brief descriptions of NO-3, 4, 5, 6, and NO-7. These first sections show detail close-ups of the different truck models, proving ground photos, and a few photos in operational conditions.

P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43

Published: August 8th, 2014     
P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43
Author: John Stanaway
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand the Aircraft of the Aces series with the installment of P-38 Lighting Aces 1942-43.

This book is well researched and has plenty of black and white pictures, including several images of aircrafts with very decorative nose-art or ‘teeth’ in the engine cowlings. All of the depicted aircraft have the Olive Drab over Neutral Gray camouflage scheme.

The book is divided in the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Lockheed’s Hot Rod
  • Get Yamamoto!
  • New Guinea – The fighter pilot’s war
  • Twin-Tailed Dragons of the CBI
  • Mediterranean Action
  • The Mighty Eight

Each section is virtually an independent monograph and the book could be read in any order.

Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 6

Published: August 5th, 2014     
Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 36, Issue 6
Author: Jay Laverty
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modeling has been a basic design and format but they changed it up with the last issue.  There are some changes again in that while there were  usually two Feature Articles, in this issue, there are five, an Aviation in Profile piece, and a usual series of Compact Build Reviews.

The Feature articles for this issue start with a Hasegawa 1/48 A-7D Corsair II in bright Bicentennial markings by Karl Robinson.  Special attention is paid to the paint scheme and producing the inert ordnance. Mr. Robinson also shows how to produce FOD guards and air show labels for the ordnance.

Next up is the Hobbyboss 1/48 A-7D by Jay Laverty made up with TwoBobs "Molar Mauler" decals which have a huge set of teeth on each side of the intake. The kit is weathered and looks superb.

Next up, Pierre Baudru builds Meng Models 1/72 Fiat G.91R in Portuguese markings while dressing the kit up with Eduard, Xtradecals and Flightpath sets. He added rivets to the kit and there are detailed explanations of how the camouflage was done as well as dropping the flaps.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #896, July 2014

Published: August 5th, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #896, July 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.     

The July issue of model features a main article on vehicles mounted with an 88mm gun, a special article continued from June on the Tamiya 1/32 F-4J Black Bunny, one show report and several monthly short articles.

The issue starts of with a new product report from the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014. Following that is the special article on the Tamiya 1/32 F-4J "Black Bunny" full detail up. This is continued from the June issue. Anything and everything that could be detailed has been. Next is the IJA/N Airplane illustrated. This month covers mounted fuel tanks from a "Zero". Several color photos and color artwork.

IJA Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32

Published: August 4th, 2014     
IJA Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.     

This is a special issue released by Model Art covering plastic model aircraft of the IJA in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The book is broken down into six sections. Fighters, Bombers and Assault Aircraft, Reconnaissance, Experimental and Planned, Trainers/Others and Foreign Made and Licensed product aircraft.

Each section includes photos of finished models, period photos, available kits, year released and a rating system for a lot of them. The ratings are from one to five stars and you find most of the older kits tend to have a lower rating, but this not always the case as some of the recent releases have some lower ratings.

The very last part of the article consists of ground support vehicles and personnel.

The rest of the magazine consists of hobby shop ads.  

F9F Panther Units of the Korean War

Published: August 2nd, 2014     
F9F Panther Units of the Korean War
Author: Warren Thompson
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing keeps expanding its Combat Aircraft series with its latest book, F9F Panther Units of the Korean War. I personally think that the F9F Panther is among the most beautiful jets of the early era—together with the F-86 Sabre—so I might be a bit biased on this topic.

Clearly, from the beginning of the book you realize the author, Warren Thompson, is extremely well versed in the Korean conflict, and he is a great researcher. The level of detail and accuracy in his narrative is outstanding. He is really good at combine first hand narratives and mission reports to allow the reader have a sense of the pilot experiences, as well as the overall combat record of each unit, and the strategic situation in the Korean Peninsula during the conflict.

This book, being from Osprey has plenty of pictures; about half of them in color. The book also has 24 gorgeous color profiles by Jim Laurier.

The book is divided in the following chapters:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #894, June 2014
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.    

In the June issue of Model Art it seems as if they have changed the layout of the magazine. Along with the special feature article there is a separate intro feature article, a special article, and the monthly features.

This issue starts out with an intro feature article. This article is a full detailed build of the Tamiya 1/32 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II "Black Bunny." This model is just gorgeous. Anything that could be detailed appears to have been. The article includes a multitude of color photos and line drawings of the various details.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945

Published: July 31st, 2014     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #891, All About IJN Aircraft Carriers 1922-1945
Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven, IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships, and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years. They also release many special releases during the year as is the case of this issue.  

This issue is the second in the series Ship Model Database Extra Edition. The first covered IJN Destroyers that were produced from 1918–1941, and this one covers the IJN Carriers 1922–1945. The carriers included in this are the Hosho, Akagi, Kaga, Ryujo, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku, Taiho, Unryu, Amagi, Katsuragi, Shinano, Shoho, Zuiho, Ryuho, Chitose, Chiyoda, Hiyo, Junyo, Taiyo, Unyo, Chuyo, Kaiyo, and Shinyo. The magazine is broken down into eleven sections. I will cover each section below.

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953

Published: July 31st, 2014     
The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941 - 1953
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

The D7 Tractor: A Visual History of the D7 Tractor in US Army Service 1941– 1953 is part of Ampersand Publishing Company’s Visual History Series of single-subject reference books. Books in this series feature historical introductions followed by extensive period and walk-around photographs in black-and-white and color. The D7 Tractor, by renowned military author David Doyle, features two pages of introductory text, while the balance of its 120-page length is filled with photographs.

The two-page introduction provides background on the development of the Caterpillar D7 tractor. Caterpillar was formed in 1925 by the merger of the Best Gas Tractor Company and the Holt Manufacturing Company. Holt supplied tractors to the US Army during World War I using Caterpillar as its trade name. The D7 was the primary tractor used by the Army during World War II, and early in the war it was used as a prime mover for artillery and earthmoving equipment. It was only later in World War II that bulldozer blades were added to the D7 tractor.

F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2

Published: July 31st, 2014     
F9F Cougar - Digital Volume 2
Author: Bert Kinzey, Illustrated by Rock Roszak