Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 58, 2015 Winter

Published: January 27th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 58, 2015 Winter
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 920 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. The Vessel Model Special is a quarterly issue that focuses on naval subjects. Advertising comprises the inside covers (and back cover) along with another 4 pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 410 photos (mostly in color) along with 21 side view or top view drawings. Additionally there are a lot of scrap drawings highlighting details.

The Feature article is on two builds of a 1/350 IJN Shimakaze that goes for twenty-one pages. After a 1 page build of a 1/20 anime figure, you’ll find eighteen pages of three different build-ups in 1/700 scale. Next up is a six page build of a modern day JMSDF Missile Destroyer, DDG-172 Shimakaze. The Shimakaze section finishes with six pages of period photos, profiles and scrap drawings.

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Luftwaffe Eagle

Published: January 23rd, 2016     
Luftwaffe Eagle
Author: Walter Schuck
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

“Luftwaffe Eagle” is a first-hand account of one pilot’s experiences during World War II.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I offered to review this book for IPMS, but I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised!

This book was first published in 2007, in the author’s native language of German.  It was translated into English by John Weal in 2008, and first published in English in 2009 (in hardcover).  This release is the first time it has been available in softcover format.

This combination of the author’s style of writing and the superb (and fluid) translation make this book a pleasure to read.  The author begins with a brief summary of his childhood years, then dives directly into his Luftwaffe training and subsequent postings.  Each section is filled with personal anecdotes, while steadily following the timeline. 

Polish Wings #19: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 and Polish Versions

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Polish Wings #19: Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17 and Polish Versions
Author: Prezemyslaw Musialkowski
Reviewed by: Paul Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The MiG-17 is a subsonic fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union as a follow-on to the very successful MiG-15. The MiG-17 was flown by numerous air forces around the world and several countries, such as Poland were licensed to build MiG-17s.

The book focuses on the various MiG-17 variants operated by the Polish Air Force from 1955 onward. While the initial batch of MiG-17F and MiG-17PF aircraft operated by the Polish Air Force were purchased from the Soviet Union, the majority of the aircraft it used were actually built by Polish industry under a license obtained from the Soviet Union. The license-built aircraft were designated Lim-5 (fighter/interceptor) or Lim-6 (fighter-bomber) and there were a number of variants of each which were differentiated by letter suffixes to the designation.

Japanese AFV Database

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Japanese AFV Database
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Model Art

ModelArt is a high quality Japanese language modeling magazine. This edition is a Japanese AFV Database plastic model guide for Japanese military vehicle kits in 1/35, 1/48, and 1/72-76 scales. The guide shows kits of Japanese vehicles, including AFVs, softskins, and figures. The kits are illustrated as built models or an Out-of-the Box view of the kit parts. The text is in Japanese, but there are many high quality photographs that illustrate the kits. The kits have English titles that give the name of the vehicle, kit manufacturer, scale, and name of the modeler.

The sections of the guide are organized by vehicle type. The start of each section includes a few in-action photos of the real vehicles, and at the end of each section is some modeling tips or a sampling of completed kits.

Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 920

Published: January 17th, 2016     
Model Art Modeling Magazine No. 920
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 920 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. This issue deals specifically with the F-86 in Japanese service, painting the Streak Eagle version of the F-15, Orange Hobby’s F-35 kit and a comparison build of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL from Tamiya. Plus, there are lots of advertisements showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list.