Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

BT Fast Tank: The Red Army’s Cavalry Tank 1931 - 45

Published: November 7th, 2016     
BT Fast Tank: The Red Army’s Cavalry Tank 1931 - 45
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Osprey Publishing

As the First World War progressed, it became clear that one important arm of many nation’s military, the horse mounted cavalry, were doomed to extinction. The era of trench warfare, with its use of barbed wire entanglements and the mass use of machineguns spelled disaster for unprotected men on live animals and who required unobstructed solid ground to be effective. Cavalry required speed and mobility to gain maximum shock value.

The Composite Bow

Published: November 6th, 2016     
The Composite Bow
Author: Mike Loades
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its Weapon Series this time with a book dedicated to the Composite Bow by Mike Loades.

This book is broken down in a natural way with the following chapters

  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Use
  • Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The most relevant chapters of this book are the Development and Use ones, as it covers dozens of different composite bow types and how they were used by different cultures and nations over the centuries. The use section includes details on how different ancient warriors trained –for combat- and how the bow tactics evolved over time.

In several cases the author demonstrates how to shoot and even how to build and take care of composite bows.

Mike Loades has written an impressive book with tons of information on the history and use of the composite bow. Don’t let the relatively low number of pages (80) fool you, this book is loaded with information.

Highly recommended.

I would like to thank Osprey Publishing and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

Mc.202 Scale Plans

Published: November 6th, 2016     
Mc.202 Scale Plans
Author: Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

The Mc.202 "Folgore" was the first fully modern (by WWII standards) Italian fighter, and from 1941 onwards, was the best Italian fighter until the arrival of the superb Mc.205 in 1943.

The lines of the aircraft, together with the variety of camouflages it wore, makes it an interesting subject for modelers. Having accurate line drawings, showing panel lines and rivet detail is a good resource for those modelers looking to super detail their next project.

This booklet has 4 pages, all of them fold out (given the size of them, I had to take some pictures in addition to some scans), printed double side with the following line drawings:

One page A3 size for 72nd scale drawings:

  • 202 Serie prototype (port side view only)
  • 202 Serie I-III (port side view only)
  • Serie V (port side view only)
  • Serie IX (both sides, also top and bottom views)
  • Serie XI Late (starboard view only)

One page A3 size for 48th scale drawings

A Visitors Guide The First Day of the Somme Gommecourt to Maricourt

Published: October 31st, 2016     
A Visitors Guide The First Day of the Somme Gommecourt to Maricourt
Author: Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Casemate Publishing

Perhaps no other battle of World War I holds the stature of the Battle of the Somme. Contested from 1 July and 18 November 1916 by eleven divisions of the British 4th Army, and six divisions of the French 6th army against the German 2nd Army commanded by General Fritz von Below. The Somme was bitterly fought with over 1 million casualties on both sides making it one of the bloodiest battles in history. Technology was again rapidity advancing at a war time pace and saw the first appearance of tanks on the battlefield to break the stalemate of trench warfare. It was war in all its ugliest. Today, 100 years to the day the scars of battle are still visible. The draw to relatives, those interested in history, or tourists to this ground.

As the book’s title makes clear, this is a battlefield guide for the first day’s battle focusing on British activities. Told over the course of 229 pages, this soft cover guide is quite comprehensive in guiding a person over the battle field. All pictures and maps are in black and white and are clear and informative.