Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Suomi Submachine Gun

Published: April 26th, 2017     
The Suomi Submachine Gun
Author: Leroy Thompson; Illustrators: Adam Hook, Alan Gilliland
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its weapon series, this time by adding a book on the exemplary Finnish-made Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun.

The book has a very reasonable breakdown of the following chapters: Introduction, development, use, impact, conclusion and bibliography, plus an index.

I've found particularly interesting the development, use and impact chapters. They were clearly really well researched and it included descriptions of the weapon characteristics, as well as the description of its use in combat by the Finnish ski troops against the Soviet troops. It should be noted that this submachine gun could also be used as a sniper gun, giving its high accuracy up to distances of several hundred meters.

Perhaps one of the best compliments to the overall design and performance is that this particular submachine gun was somewhat copied by the soviets and issued to their own troops in the later years of the war.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

Published: April 26th, 2017     
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E
Author: Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

You can view the book trailer for this publication at this YouTube video. This video provides a preview of the entire book, cover to cover.

Written by Robert Peczkowski with color profiles by Artur Juszczak, this book covers the evolution of the Bf-109E from 1936 to 1941, from the E-0 to the E-9 in the "Emil" series. This is the second, expanded, and revised edition of an MMP book covering the Bf-109E.

The "Emil" was a significant variant in the Bf-109 series. Major changes in the Bf-109 brought about by the switch in powerplants from the Jumo-powered A thru D variants lead to the E, which was powered by the Daimler Benz DB 601A engine. The author shares his extensive collection of black & white images in this book, these images being a primary research tool for the historian and the modeler. The images are augmented by a series of excellent drawings and illustrations, all in 1/72nd scale, which provide a wealth of "detail" information.

Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger

Published: April 25th, 2017     
Detail & Scale Series Digital Volume 6: F-102 Delta Dagger
Author: Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler, exclusively in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, versions and markings of the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The official title is F-102 Delta Dagger in Detail & Scale, Digital Volume 6.


The review of an exciting new format of a familiar product will be in two parts; 1) content coverage, and 2) how effective and useful the digital e-book format is from a modeler's perspective. I certainly would expect the first question a reader would ask is, "Why do I want an e-book format?" I like reading through traditional books as much as anyone else, with the page-by-page discovery of storyline or new information. I also have tons of books in my library, mostly in dusty residence on stoic-looking bookshelves. This new publication format provides many advantages for the modeler. I cannot imagine that this publication will not be a stunning addition to any aviation enthusiast's digital library.

Aviation Records in the Jet Age

Published: April 23rd, 2017     
Aviation Records in the Jet Age
Author: William A. Flanagan, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Specialty Press

Lt. Col. William A. Flanagan, aka Bill "Flaps" Flanagan, was an SR-71 RSO for five years, flying out of Palmdale. Bill was inspired to join the US Air Force due to a Northrop YB-49 trading card. Later on in his career, he became the 14th pilot to fly the Northrop B-2. He flew combat McDonnell F-4 Phantom IIs in Vietnam followed by an assignment in Europe under NATO. Next up for Bill was his experience as a test pilot for Lockheed where he was part of a task force for upgrades to the SR-71 Blackbird. Now he is a docent at Blackbird Airpark, in Palmdale, California, currently home to not only a SR-71A, a D-21B, a unique Lockheed U-2D, but a Lockheed A-12 Blackbird. Bill has been done a multitude of videos, including: