Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Ancestors Footprints: The Somme 1916

Published: November 20th, 2016     
Ancestors Footprints: The Somme 1916
Author: Andrew Rawson
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Exactly 100 years ago the Battle of the Somme raged. Trenches, the first tanks and an air war all helped raise the bar in terms of death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. The Somme still holds a certain fascination for many people. Many of them visit these Fields of Honor to see where it happened, or maybe trace the paths their family members trod in the past. Whatever the motivation, to be able to go there and accurately locate the very site great granddad went over the top is important to many people.

US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944–45

Published: November 20th, 2016     
US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944–45
Author: Mark Stille
Reviewed by: Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Osprey Publishing

Note: This book is also available in two other formats, eBook (Pub) and eBook (PDF).

Osprey Publishing in their Duel Series and Mark Stille, along with illustrations by Jim Laurier, have published an excellent book on US Navy Ships vs Kamikazes 1944–45. Mark Stille, a retired US Navy Commander., has a BA in history and a MA from the Ward College.

What you get is a softcover book covering 80 pages with high resolution black and white glossy, detailed historical photos. Cockpit images and illustrated maps in color are also included. The book is divided into11 sections.

Arab MiGs Volume 3: The 1967 War

Published: November 18th, 2016     
Arab MiGs Volume 3: The 1967 War
Author: Tom Cooper, David Nicolle, Lon Nordeen, and Patricia Salti
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Harpia Publishing

Tom Cooper and David Nicolle's Arab MiG series is an incredible history that addresses the Arab air forces of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria and from 1955 through 1973. Although MiG aircraft dominate the story, all Post-WWII Arab aircraft are included. The authors have been able to access official archives as well as the combatants involved to provide a unique perspective of the Middle East conflicts. Volume one in this series, published November 19, 2009, covered the background of the Arab air forces from 1955 focusing on MiG-15 and MiG-17 fighters. Volume two, published October 19, 2011, addressed the Arab air force supersonic fighters from 1956 through 1967. Volume three in the Arab MiGs series focuses on the Arab air forces in the June 1967 War. Three additional volumes follow in this series, all with the same thick 256 glossy page count. I counted 148 black and white photographs, 28 color pictures, 17 color side profiles, and three maps. If you check out the Harpia product page, http://www.harpia-publishing.com/galleries/AMV3/index.html, you will find a few more page scans.

Polish Wings 21: MiG-29 Kosciuszko Squadron Commemorative Schemes

Published: November 18th, 2016     
Polish Wings 21: MiG-29 Kosciuszko Squadron Commemorative Schemes
Author: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown, IPMS# 24085
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Most of us have seen at least one photograph of a Polish Air Force MiG-29 in recent years with a large multi-color circular badge adorning its upper surface. I know I had seen a couple of MiG-29’s with the special marking, but I assumed they were one-off special markings.

The Samurai

Published: November 13th, 2016     
The Samurai
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Osprey Publishing

From the Inside Cover

With their deadly curved katanas, colorful lacquered armor and massive bows, the samurai were the ultimate warriors. Bound by their famous code: bushido, the way of the warrior, they were renowned for their martial prowess and suicidal bravery. In this beautiful new book featuring stunning prints, artwork and photographs, Stephen Turnbull explores their history from its earliest origins, through the Gempei War, Mongol invasions and the Period of Warring States to their tragic demise in the modern period with the Satsuma rebellion of 1877. Examining all aspects of samurai life, their homes and strongholds, beliefs and codes as well as their martial upbringing and equipment, Turnbull clears away the myths surrounding these legendary fighters to tell the complete story of history’s most iconic warrior culture.

Review

This book has everything you ever wanted to know the Samurai. This book covers their history, lifestyle, and their arms and armor. Throughout the book there are numerous color photos of really cool armor and battles.

The book is divided into the following chapters: