Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

2F.1 Ship's Camel

Published: December 31st, 2015     
2F.1 Ship's Camel
Author: Colin A. Owers
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Colin Owers has generated a new look at the Sopwith 2F.1 Ship’s Camel. Jack Bruce’s Datafile number 6 was issued in 1987 and has been long out of print, so it is about time that Albatros revisited Sopwith’s shipboard Camel. The cover features a Paul Monteagle painting of Sopwith 2F.1 N6602 flying over HMS Furious during take-off and landing trials in April 1918. Ronny Bar contributes seven large color side profiles, including N6818, an eye-catching red and white sun-burst paint job as flown by Major W.G. Moore. I counted 64 black and white photos and three tables.

Mick Davis grabs the pullout centerfold with 1/48 general arrangement line drawings of the Sopwith 2F.1 Camel. For those of you that still dabble in that odd 1/72 scale, Mick Davis also provides you the same drawings on a single page. The bonus is three pages of 1/32 detail and structural general arrangement drawings.

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Hawker Hurricane

Published: December 31st, 2015     
Hawker Hurricane
Author: Marek Rys
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: MMP Books

Authored by Marek Rys and illustrated by Thierry Vallet, this book, in the “Yellow” series is a comprehensive text and photographic/image guide to the Hawker Hurricane. The publication is a a revised and expanded edition of the book, “Hawker Hurricane”, (ISBN # 8389450321)

The book thoroughly covers the development and technical aspects of the Hurricane, one of the most well-known of the British fighters of World War II. This story is told in excellent text accompanied by period B&W photographs, excellent color images of surviving airframes, extracts from official manuals and a superb collection of 1/72nd scale plans of all versions of the Hurricane from the Mk.1 of 1936 to the Mk. IV of 1943.

Supermarine Spitfire V

Published: December 30th, 2015     
Supermarine Spitfire V
Author: Robert Grudzien
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

You can view the book trailer for this publication at: http://mmpbooks.biz/ksiazki/303

When one thinks of WWII and the RAF, the Spitfire instantly comes to mind. Author and illustrator Robert Grudzien has created a superb album of Spitfire V profiles in full color.

The illustrations include Spitfire Vs flown by the British, Poles, Australians, USAAF, Soviet, Yugoslavian, Greek, Italian, Egyptian and Turkish Air Forces. Also included is a Spitfire VB in “captured” Luftwaffe markings.

The illustrations are excellent resources for those who are searching for camouflage patterns and some lesser known color schemes and markings. A quad page fold-out shows the port side of probably the best known Spitfire B used by the Poles and flown by S/Ldr Jan Zumbach.

If you are an aficionado of the Spitfire then this publication is a “must” addition for your library. And if you are a modeler then this publication will open up a world of possibilities for painting. An excellent resource publication, as well as an attractive “coffee-table” book, I highly recommend this publication.

263 Squadron: Gladiators Over the Fjords

Published: December 29th, 2015     
263 Squadron: Gladiators Over the Fjords
Author: Alex Crawford , Illustrated by Karolina Hołda
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Scotland native Alex Crawford is back for his sixth book