Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Vanished Hero

Published: January 12th, 2017     
Vanished Hero
Author: Jay A. Stout
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book covers the military service history of Elwyn Righetti, a fighter ace and the higher strafing fighter ace from the Eight Air Force with 27 victories. In addition to that he destroyed over 600 enemy locomotives, including over 170 in just a period of 2 days!

Righetti was fascinated with aviation since an early age and learned to fly when he was young. He was a naturally gifted pilot and as such he was made an instructor after qualifying as a pilot with the USAAF. He spent most of the war in the States, training cadre after cadre of pilots. He arrived to the European Front in late 1944 and was put in charge of the 55th Fighter Group.

His aggressive commanding style made of him and his group an outstanding outfit. Although he was not always liked by other pilots in his group, he was always respected. His luck ran out almost at the end of the war. While strafing ground targets his P-51 was hit and he crashed behind enemy lines. Despite surviving the crash landing his fate is still unknown. A handful of theories and rumors are discussed in the book but none is really known for certain.

Pfalz D.IIIa At War

Published: January 10th, 2017     
Pfalz D.IIIa At War
Author: Greg Van Wyngarden
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

Greg Van Wyngarden has taken a new look at the Pfalz D.IIIa service in WWI. This is the second volume of a two volume set (Datafile 173: Pfalz D.IIIA At War!). Datafile number 21 by Peter M. Grosz came out in1995 so it is about time that Windsock revisited the Pfalz D.IIIa. The initial Pfalz D.III aircraft received a poor reception amongst German pilots as it was regarded as inferior to the Albatros D.V. That doesn't negate the fact that it was still superior to most of the Allied opposition of the time. The Pflaz firm, however, did listen to the pilot's concerns over the D.III and soon offered improvements in the form of the D.IIIa.

Windsock World War Centenary Winter 2016, Vol.32, No.4

Published: January 5th, 2017     
Windsock World War Centenary Winter 2016, Vol.32, No.4
Author: Editor: Ray Rimell
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Albatros Productions Ltd.

The Winter 2016 edition of Windsock World War Centenary is the fourth edition of Volume 32. The cover subject is a tease for Avro Vercamer's two page spread of a Belgian Escadrille Sopwith Camel color profiles getting ready for the Wingnut Wings new releases on the Sopwith Camel. Rony Barr sneaks in the inset color profile on the Albatros D.III of Jasta 10. Avro Vercamer's [ https://www.linkedin.com/in/arvovercamer , arvo@arvoart.com ] two page spread on the Sopwith Camel in the Great Warpaint series covers seventeen Sopwith Camels from the Belgian Escadrille to the USS Texas' Camel equipped with flotation gear. Rony Barr provides three Albatros D.III color profiles to support Greg VanWyngarden's Fabric Colours and Markings series that focuses on the iconic 1370/17 Pfalz D.III.

Wind in the Wires and An Escaper’s Log

Published: January 5th, 2017     
Wind in the Wires and An Escaper’s Log
Author: Duncan Grinnell-Milne
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

This edition represents a re-printing of two books by Duncan Grinnell-Milne. The first, An Escaper's Log, was originally published in 1926 by John Lane. The second, Wind in the Wires, was first published in 1933 by Hurst & Blackett. This edition combines his two autobiographies.

The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 2 Great War

Published: January 4th, 2017     
The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 2 Great War
Author: Marat Khairulin, Boris Stepanov
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Stratus / MMPBooks

Following up the first book in this series, The Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 Early Years, comes MMP's latest tome. This book, focused on the 'Great War' is planned to be followed by at least two additional volumes on 'Red Stars' (Volume 3), and 'Against Soviets' (Volume 4). The authors leaned heavily on Russian private archives, as well as archives, libraries, and museums.

The book is a nice hardbound, with a nice glossy cover, and 176 pages on high-quality stock with a matt finish. Mainly clear black and white period photos are supplemented with modern day color photos, color period posters and postcards, color side and top views, and color unit emblems and personal markings. The text is in English and quite readable.