Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Greek Hoplite versus Persian Warrior

Published: March 10th, 2018     
Greek Hoplite versus Persian Warrior
Author: Chris McNab Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

Does anyone who is into historical modeling not know of Thermopylae and the famous last stand of the 300 Spartans? Personally, I've always been fascinated by the Greek Hoplite and this period in history, although I will NOT be going into a review of the recent movie on this subject. Let it just be said that this battle and those that occurred around the same period determined, to a great degree, the world as it stands today.

Brittany 1944

Published: March 6th, 2018     
Brittany 1944
Author: Steve Zaloga
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

I think most military modelers are pretty familiar with the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 - the single largest endeavor yet by the human race in history. What a lot of people are not familiar with, however, are the strategic needs that came up immediately in the aftermath - mainly, the daunting task of equipping and supplying the massive Allied forces now on the European mainland. For that, they needed more ports of supply, and those were for the most part still in German hands. This book details the grueling job facing the Allies of wrestling these away from the Axis as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Axis, on the other hand, were just as determined to either hold these positions or destroy their usefulness to the Allies before succumbing.

Technicals: Non-Standard Tactical Vehicles from the Great Toyota War to Modern Special Forces

Published: March 6th, 2018     
Technicals: Non-Standard Tactical Vehicles from the Great Toyota War to Modern Special Forces
Author: Leigh Neville
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

Modern warfare within the last few decades has seen some remarkable (and sometimes deeply disturbing) changes. For the most part, combat in this century is no longer a matter of state-versus-state conflicts with large standing conventional armies facing off. It has instead devolved into much more local, sometimes tribal skirmishes with small, highly mobile forces either fighting other similar units or challenging large state armies with hit-and-run tactics which are oddly reminiscent of how American citizens fought against the much larger and better equipped British forces during the American Revolution. In a sense, what goes around comes around.

North American XB-70 Valkyrie

Published: March 2nd, 2018     
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Author: Peter E. Davies Illustrators: Wiek Luijken, Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is the third book in this new Osprey series authored by Peter E. Davies. The previous tomes include the Bell X-1 (1), North American X-15 (3), Bell X-2 (6), and now this book on the North American XB-170 Valkyrie (7). Peter lives in Bristol, U.K. and as authored or co-authored at least twenty books on modern American combat aircraft, many with Osprey Publishing. He was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1997 with his hardcover book, The Harrier Story, co-authored with Anthony M. Thornborough. His Schiffer Military History hard cover on the Gray Ghosts, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms published in 2000 is considered a must have. Peter published a hardcover book with Crowood Press, North American F-100 Suber Sabre, in 2003. He has also covered many aircraft in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series, Osprey's Air Vanguard series, and Osprey's Duel series.

Malta 1940-42 Axis Air Battle

Published: February 28th, 2018     
Malta 1940-42 Axis Air Battle
Author: Ryan K. Noppen; Illustrated by Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Promo on the Osprey website states, "In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defenses enough to allow an invasion. Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940-41 to fail, and then how the German intervention came close to knocking Malta out of the war. Using stunning full colour artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed."

There is a familiar saying that applies to Malta, and that is "Location, location, location". Malta was located in a very strategic "cross-hair". As the book indicates, Mussolini ordered the Italian military to neutralize Malta as an Allied base of operations.