Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army’s Sd.Kfz. 251 Armored Half-tracks

Published: March 31st, 2016     
251 Half-Track: A Visual History of the German Army’s Sd.Kfz. 251 Armored Half-tracks
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Ampersand Publishing

This is another great book in Ampersand’s Visual History Series by prolific author David Doyle. The hard cover book is almost entirely photographs, with a brief introduction and text captions on the photos.

The book’s introduction describes the development history of the Sd. Kfz. 251 half-track starting with the Sd. Kfz 11, which would form the basis for the later half-tracks. Production of the Sd. Kfz. 251 started in 1939 as the Ausf. A, followed by the Ausf. B in September 1939, and the Ausf. C in January 1940. A new body style was developed December 1942, designated the Ausf. D, that would become the most numerous of the variants.

Manny variations of the Sd. Kfz 251 were developed as modifications of the basic Sd. Kfz 251 vehicle. These variations are included in the book:

Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Auto Modeling Magazine No 32 January 2016
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Model Art

Background

Auto Modeling is a high quality Japanese language magazine from publisher ModelArt. Each edition features models of cars, mostly racecars, from various race series and eras. Many of the previous editions focused on Formula One cars in different time periods.

The magazine has Japanese text, but some of the titles and headings are in English. The photographs are numerous and very high quality.

Contents

This issue, Volume 32, December 2015, has the following sections:

German Panzer I: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Early Light Tank

Published: March 25th, 2016     
German Panzer I: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Early Light Tank
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: David Doyle, IPMS# 35035
Company: Ampersand Publishing

Ampersand’s latest book continues to expand on their Visual History format follows the same look as David Doyle’s “USS California”. Ampersand got their start in 1993 when Pat Stansell distributed a free issue of Military Miniatures in Review at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta. Ampersand joined forces with HobbyLink Japan in 2008, and have continued to expand their military AFV publications ever since.

Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring

Published: March 20th, 2016     
Model Art Vessel Model Special No. 59, 2016 Spring
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Model Art

Model Art Issue 59 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 four pages showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list. I counted 596 photos (mostly in color) along with 17 side view or top view drawings. Additionally the