Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2

Published: July 15th, 2016     
Tips to Master advanced techniques building 700th IJN ships Vol. 2
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Company: Model Art

Since April of 2013 when Kodakawa games released their free browser game Kantai Collection (aka Kancolle), featuring cute anime girls each of which represent ships from the Second World War IJN, there has been an increased interest in ship modeling in Japan. Tamiya, Hasegawa and Aoshima, have long worked in harmony releasing a sizable number of 1/700 warships represented by the waterline series of kits. These three companies as well as Fujimi are capitalizing on the popularity of the game and anime series by re-releasing many of these kits, as well as creating new kits, with extra decals of the girls as well as game specific box art.

Admittedly, because of the game as well as the anime series, I too have become a bit more interested in ship modeling. After my review of Model Art Advanced 1/700 model (1), why not continue on with number 2.

Again, I was not disappointed.

How I Do It: Some Modeling Methods and Techniques from an Engineer Modeler

Published: July 14th, 2016     
How I Do It: Some Modeling Methods and Techniques from an Engineer Modeler
Author: James Lyman
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, an Amazon Company

Thank you to author James Lyman, and to Hill Country Hobby for the sample book. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to review a new independent, self-published book that will be a great resource for many modelers at all skill levels.

This excellent compendium of methods and techniques is produced and published using an independent (indie) publishing house, Create Space, an Amazon Company. I was unable to verify how the book is produced, but Create Space publications are often printed and bound on demand. Wholesalers often receive significant discount on bulk purchases. Modeling clubs, chapters and hobby shops may be able to take advantage of this format and discounts.

Flying Wings and Radical Things

Published: July 14th, 2016     
Flying Wings and Radical Things
Author: Tony Chong
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Specialty Press

When I was offered the opportunity to review this book I was so excited as I have always been fascinated by John K. "Jack" Northrop and his designs.

The book arrived and I was immediately impressive with its size, quality and content! It was a joy just to have and flick thro as the pictures and drawings are fantastic.

The book explores the whole history of the company and the may designs both paper and actually produced aircraft. The book is writing in a way that it draws you in and without being to technical gives you a great overview of the aircraft and the company’s ups and downs. I was both entertained and taught a lot while reading the book. I cannot recommend this book enough; I could not put it down and finished the whole book in under a week!

The pictures and drawings of the many aircraft design just make you want to build conversions and scratch builds as they are so radical and eye catching! I am going to try to build a few of the concepts when I have time!

Junkers Ju-87 Stuka

Published: July 1st, 2016     
Junkers Ju-87 Stuka
Author: Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec Matthew Willis & Robert Michulec
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Models Publications

This publication is the 2nd Edition of the book which was originally released in March, 2008 and out of print since 2011. You can view the book at Youtube: (“R”-“zero”)

Authored by Matthew Willis and Robert Michulec, illustrated with color profiles by Simon Schatz, this edition covers all variants and versions of the Stuka from inception of the Stuka program through the last variant.

The Big Yellow Series, of which this book is the latest release, is known for high quality color illustrations that feature camouflage and markings, walk-around color photographs, and black & white archive images. The book is chock-full of 1/72nd scale profile drawings and also some exceptional color profile illustrations.

Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32

Published: June 30th, 2016     
Windsock Centenary Special: The Last Flight of the L32
Author: Ray Rimmell,, Illustrator: Ronny Bar, Drawings: Mick Davis, & Harry Woodman
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Ray Rimell is releasing a limited edition volume (1,000 individually numbered and signed copies) of the ‘true story of the ‘Billericay Zeppelin’. A companion volume on ‘The Last Flight of the L31’ is being released simultaneously. The cover features a painting by Robert Karr depicting 2/Lt. Frederick Sowrey taking off from Suttons Farm in his RAF Be2c 4112 on the night of September 23, 1916. Ronny Bar contributes a color side profile of Sowrey’s RAF Be2c. I counted 55 photographs (including eight in c