Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Lewes and Evesham 1264-65

Published: June 29th, 2015     
Lewes and Evesham 1264-65
Author: Richard Brooks
Reviewed by: Ned Ricks, IPMS# 36013
Company: Osprey Publishing

At the crescendo of the Second Barons' War were the battles of Lewes and Evesham. It was an era of high drama and intrigue, as tensions between crown and aristocracy had boiled over and a civil war erupted that would shape the future of English government. In this detailed study, Richard Brooks unravels the remarkable events at the battles of Lewes and Evesham, revealing the unusually tactical nature of the fighting, in sharp contrast to most medieval conflicts which were habitually settled by burning and ravaging. At Lewes, Simon de Montfort, the powerful renegade leader of the Baronial faction, won a vital victory, smashing the Royalist forces and capturing Henry III and Prince Edward. Edward escaped, however, to lead the Royalist armies to a crushing victory just a year later at Evesham. Using full color illustrations, bird's eye views and detailed maps to generate an arresting visual perspective of the fighting, this book tells the full story of the battles of Lewes and Evesham, the only pitched battles to be fought by English armies in the mid-13th century.

Detail & Scale Colors and Markings Series Digital Volume 1

Published: June 28th, 2015     
Detail & Scale Colors and Markings Series Digital Volume 1
Author: Bert Kinzey, art by Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for bringing back a tremendous resource for the modeler, this time in digital format.  Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching colors and markings of my favorite jet of all time, the F-14 Tomcat.  A very significant plus of this updated version is that the entire history of the Atlantic F-14 squadrons through Tomcat Sunset is now available in a single publication.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Air Vanguard 20

Published: June 26th, 2015     
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Air Vanguard 20
Author: Paul F. Crickmore, illustrated by Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you very much to the wonderful folks at Osprey Publishing for providing this new publication for review. Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to explore a fascinating historical documentation and description of the enigmatic SR-71. The book was particularly interesting to me, since the time I stood nose-to-nose with a Blackbird at Beal AFB during IPMS Nationals in Sacramento in the 80’s. This volume follows previous Osprey releases describing the SR-71 and the A-12.

Duel 65: Bf 109E/F vs Yak-1/7

Published: June 26th, 2015     
 Duel 65: Bf 109E/F vs Yak-1/7
Author: Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Dmitry Khazanov is a widely respected Russian researcher of Soviet aviation in World War 2. He is the author of more than 20 books and numerous articles about Soviet military aviation. Dmitry Khazanov, joined by co-author Aleksander Medved, and illustrators Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson present a depiction of the each side’s aircraft and the environment they engaged each other in.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter inflicted a tremendous beating on the VVS’ early Yakolev fighters early on, taking full advantage of Germany’s combat hardened pilots. Many of Germany’s scoring aces benefited from the Messerschmitt’s technical superiority over the overweight and underpowered Yak-1. Eventually the tide turned as the VVS gained experience, improved their tactics and upgraded their aircraft.  Dmitry Khazanov paints a detailed portrait for mastery over the frozen skies of the Eastern Front between the Bf 109 and the Yakolev fighters.

Leyte 1944 Return to the Phillipines

Published: June 23rd, 2015     
Leyte 1944 Return to the Phillipines
Author: Clayton Chun, Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing’s latest campaign monograph focuses on the battle waged by the US to regain the Philippine Islands held by the Japanese since 1942. This from the website: "The loss of the Philippines in 1942 was the worst defeat in American military history. General Douglas MacArthur, the 'Lion of Luzon', was evacuated by order of the President just before the fall, but he vowed to return, and in August 1944 he kept his word when he led what, at the time, was the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War on the island of Leyte. This is the full story of that fateful battle, one of the most ferocious campaigns of World War II and one of huge strategic and symbolic significance. In the face of stubborn Japanese resistance, including the first systematic use of Kamikaze attacks, the US forces ground slowly forwards before another amphibious assault took the vital position of Ormoc in the last decisive battle of the campaign.

Understanding Model Math and Scale Jumping

Published: June 21st, 2015     
Understanding Model Math and Scale Jumping
Author: Richard Marmo
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Smash Words

Richard Marmo is publishing a series of ebooks under the name of “The Marmo Modelbulding Guide Series”. This is the 3rd installment of the series. These ebooks are available in epub, .mobi and/or .pdf format, based on your preferences. 

I have read this guide regarding to model math and scale jumping and honestly, I think there is good information on it, but the way it is presented makes it a bit difficult to follow. 

The book mainly deals on how to convert scale drawings from one given scale to a different one. This book includes the “Marmo’s Three Laws”. While the name of them is grandiose, they are accurate from a mathematical point of view and helpful to avoid common mistakes. 

However when reading the ebook they are presented in a strange order: First the 3rd Law is introduced, then goes the 1st Law and the 2nd Law is never introduced, except in an appendix. Don’t get me wrong, the reading of this ebook is entertaining, but the instructional style is, to say the least, unusual and likely would confuse to most readers. 

The Pacific War

Published: June 19th, 2015     
The Pacific War
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is an excellent book that briefly summarizes many of the major campaigns of the Pacific War, and provides detailed descriptions of the significant sea and land battles. The book is 264 pages, plus 56 pages of black-and-white photographs, and eight pages of colored maps of several of the military operations. Each of the chapters are written by different authors and have previously been published as separate titles.

The Forward by Captain Dale Dye, USMC (retired) prefaces the book, describing the war in the Pacific as a dollar job on a dime budget. When the rest of the country was worrying about Europe and Hitler, the fighting men in the Pacific had a perverse pride fighting an obsessive enemy without the publicity that attended allied advances in Europe.

Those of us who live free today have had 70 years to contemplate their service and sacrifice and we have not done enough to let the aging survivors know how vital it was to our way of life”.

Warpaint Series 100 - Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash

Published: June 19th, 2015     
Warpaint Series 100 - Republic F-84F Thunderstreak and RF-84F Thunderflash
Author: Charles Stafrace
Reviewed by: Steve Collins, IPMS# 33811
Company: Guideline Publications

This softcover publication is 80 pages of useful information about the swept-wing F-84F and RF-84F jets from Republic Aircraft.  It’s also Warpaint’s 100th book, so they’ve put a flashy block at the top of the front cover with a large 100 to let you know.

The F-84F and its stable mate the reconnaissance RF-84F were supposed to be Republic’s answer to the fact that the earlier F-84s could not compete evenly with the MiG-15s they met in the skies over Korea.  Engine development and reliability issues meant the aircraft wasn’t fielded until after the end of the conflict.  Even then, the aircraft was somewhat underpowered and required a very long takeoff roll, ensuring the nickname of ‘Hog.’  This also contributed to the aircraft being utilized more as a fighter/bomber than a pure fighter.

Polish Spitfire Aces

Published: June 19th, 2015     
Polish Spitfire Aces
Author: Wojtek Matusiak
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand the Aircraft of the Aces series with the installment of Polish Spitfire Aces.

This book is well researched and has plenty of black and white pictures, including several images of aircrafts and their pilots.

The book is divided in the following sections

  • Introduction
  • Defending Britain
  • Hot Summer of 1941
  • Against the Fw190s
  • Dieppe Landings
  • Spitfire IXs
  • Mediterranean Adventures
  • Tactical Air Force

In each chapter the author combined both historical and tactical situations in the relevant theater of operations in each period. The narrative of specific aerial battles, most of it coming from personal combat reports, sets the framework and makes you feel like you were listening to the pilots. It is actually quite interesting to see that it took several months –and loses- for the RAF and PAF to realize that the Fw-190 was actually superior to the Spitfire MkV.

Germany’s East Wall in World War II

Published: June 16th, 2015     
Germany’s East Wall in World War II
Author: Neil Short
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book is divided into 8 chapters with an introduction, index, a Bibliography and Glossary & Abbreviations:

  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • The Principles of Defense
  • Tour of the Sites
  • The Living Site
  • Operational History
  • Aftermath
  • The Sites Today

This illustrated volume analyses the different defensive elements of the East Wall, the phases of their construction, the shifting strategic focus, and what life was like for those manning the defenses in the final days of the war.

Conclusion

The book is a quick read and is well researched and documented. From the modelers perspective this will not give you many ideas for dioramas, but as a quick review of the East Wall German fortifications it does the job.

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy