Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Osprey B-58 Hustler Units

Published: November 9th, 2019     
Osprey B-58 Hustler Units
Author: Peter E. Davies Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Company: Osprey Publishing

Hearty thanks to Osprey for sending IPMS USA one more of their first-class reference books to review, and thanks to John and Phil for the opportunity for me to do something different in reviewing... READ ON!

I have been asked on numerous occasions about what I like to read. I am so busy building and painting and doing "the day job" that I find it hard to define. I like modeling trade magazines for learning what is the new "Shiny thing" that has come along, and also little frammazamits coming available to budget for. I also read of the world we live in (THE EPOCH TIMES comes to mind) or a foot-thick manual on how to save a marriage (yep, me too).

The Battleship HMS Rodney, 1942

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
The Battleship HMS Rodney, 1942
Author: Carlo Cestra
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Kagero Publishing

Casemate Publishers, distributors for Kagero Publications, has added another title to their ongoing series of Super Drawings in 3D. This time they turn their attention to the classic British Battleship, HMS Rodney. If you are familiar with these titles, a ship is rendered in full color, 3D illustrations. Each of these super drawing books provide a short overview of the ship in question specifications and a summary of its operational history before plunging into the illustrations. Kagero also provides a black and white fold out plan of the HMS Rodney.

If you are not familiar with these publications, the illustrations cover the features of a ship from stem to stern. They focus on the bits and pieces that are normally found scattered on the deck of a warship. As in previous titles, the illustrations are well rendered and provide the kind of details that a ship modeler will appreciate. The illustrations only provide external details; they do not go between decks or in the superstructure. The illustrations concentrate of the Rodney's configuration in 1942.

Battle of Berlin 1943-1944

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
Battle of Berlin  1943-1944
Author: Richard Worrall, illustrated by Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

This fine book is yet another in Osprey's Air Campaign series. It concerns itself with the massive bombing efforts over Germany in late 1943 through 1944. The author provides an excellent overview it's chronology, including the daylight bombing raids over Berlin, Hanover, Peenemunde, Hamburg, Magdeburg, Stettin, Leipzig, Augsburg and numerous other targets.

Of particular interest is the outline the leadership and organization of both allied offensive and the German defensive forces--both in terms of the array of aircraft, bases and the defensive guns and equipment utilized by both axis and allies.

American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961

Published: October 20th, 2019     
American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961
Author: George Cox & Craig Caston
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

This book is the second in a series on American prototypes and secret projects, the first on cargo aircraft. It covers many different aircraft from WWII types to right up till the early cold war. The authors were granted an unprecedented level of access to the various manufacturers' archives and the amount of information in the book really shows this! This book covers over 200 designs from the well-known to those beyond obscure.

The book is broken down into nine chapters. The first is a brief overview of the last 80 years of airlift design and usage.

The second chapter covers the design challenges facing aerospace engineers especially when the government demands were outpacing the technology. Everything from wing placement to cargo door size and placement are discussed. Many other factors such as carrying capacity and range are also covered, as are the advantages of prop, turboprop, and jet configurations both real and perceived.

German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45

Published: October 14th, 2019     
German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45
Author: Mario Eens
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishing

The author of this tome, Mario Eens, is well known to those on the international modeling scene as an award winner at European model shows, together with being a regular contributor to the excellent French modeling magazine, Steelmasters. The book itself consists of a master class in building, painting and finishing scale models, divided into five chapters, and spanning 128 pages measuring 8" x 10".

Despite the title stating the contests are about tank models, one of the five subjects is a figure. I also find the subject choices rather scattered in nature. The German subjects didn't see action in Russia, which I thought might have been the theme of the book just looking at the title, and the subjects are a mixed bag when it comes to scales. Three of the five chapters cover 1/35th subjects, while the other two are 1/72nd and 1/48th. My experience with most modelers is that they stick to one scale? Be this as it may, what do we get for our money with this book?