Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Russo-Turkish Naval War 1877-1878

Published: June 16th, 2017     
Russo-Turkish Naval War 1877-1878
Author: Piotr Olender, Robert Panek
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is Mushroom Model Publications' seventh book in their Maritime series. A video trailer of the book can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQq9l4pRwjk. I counted 183 black and white photos and woodcuts, two black and white line drawings, and 33 black and white line ship profiles. Additionally, there are 13 tables and twelve maps. The cover painting is by Grzegorz Nawrocki and is what I believe to be of the Russian armed steamer Vesta and her running battle with the Turkish ironclad Feth-i-Bulend near Constanca on July 22, 1877.

Wings Over Mesopotamia, Air War in Iraq 1914-18

Published: June 10th, 2017     
Wings Over Mesopotamia, Air War in Iraq 1914-18
Author: Mark Lax, Mike O'Connor, Ray Vann
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Lawrence of Arabia book I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

This book is the expansion of a combination of four articles published by Mark Lax in the Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians '14-'18 Journal between 2005 and 2013. Additional text and the majority of photographs were from the Ray Vann / Mike O'Connor Mesopotamia collection. Mike O'Connor, Ray Vann, and Colin Waugh spent over forty years researching the RFC/RNAS activities in Mesopotamia. They were able to track down surviving officers and their families to obtain thousands of photographs, copies of logbooks, and copies of diaries. The appendices offer another 36 pages on the aircraft and officers involved.

British Destroyers 1939-1945 Pre-War Classes

Published: June 7th, 2017     
British Destroyers 1939-1945  Pre-War Classes
Author: Angus Konstam, Illustrated by Tony Bryan
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

The British Royal Navy entered the Second World War with 160 destroyers, ranging from some holdovers from the Great War to recently commissioned vessels of vastly improved capability. In this volume, naval historian Angus Konstam describes the attributes of over a dozen classes of destroyers.

The opening chapter gives a general developmental history of the early destroyers of the Royal Navy, their design and development, roles and uses, weapons and general modifications, as well as their appearance and habitability. The author then goes on to describe, in as much detail as is possible within these limited 48 pages, the various classes of inter-war build vessels from earliest to latest, including:

UH-1 Huey in Action

Published: June 6th, 2017     
UH-1 Huey in Action
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 Aircraft In Action number 75, a 50-pager on the Bell UH-1 Huey by Wayne Mutza that was published in 1986.

North American X-15

Published: June 6th, 2017     
North American X-15
Author: Peter E, Davies
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book goes into great detail of what I consider the best X-Plane of them all, the X-15. This X-plane was the last of the Manned Rocket planes, it went beyond Mach 6, and if the project had continued, would I am sure have passed Mach 7. The X-15 reached the edge of space at 380,000 feet altitude. The project was the first by North American, as they won the contract over Bell and Douglas, who had until this been the main developers of the X-Planes.

There is a lot to the story of the X-15, and this book goes into a lot of detail in an informative and entertaining way. The book draws you in and keeps your attention. I read the book in one sitting and enjoyed it greatly. The book covers all the issues and problems, alongside the great steps forward, the X-15 helped achieve, and the advances in systems, airframe, engines, and materials.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the X-Planes, and especially the X-15. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well.

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