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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

There were numerous experiments involving jet propulsion for aircraft just prior to the outbreak of World War II, with Germany, Britain, and Italy leading the way. The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan were somewhat late in starting, but by the end of the war, only the Russians and the Japanese had failed to fly a jet powered prototype, and Germany, Britain, and the United States had begun to produce actual jet fighters, with Germany and Britain in the lead.

This text, the second in the series by Osprey, covers the Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni prototypes. Osprey's previous book, X-Planes, Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters, covers most of the Luftwaffe developments, although none of these types reached actual production.

Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9 1944-45

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9  1944-45
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

Osprey has published a series of books offering comparisons of competing combat aircraft of World Wars I and II, and they offer specific information on how the planes fared against each other in combat. The author brings out the fact that a combat airplane not only has technological factors to consider, but also the skill and training of the pilots as well as the development of tactics suitable for the combat situation. The best airplane flown by an inexperienced pilot might well be at a great disadvantage against a combat veteran flying a less sophisticated type. With this in mind, the author covers the subject in such a way as to give the reader a very good impression of the factors affecting combat between the types.

In addition, the author brings out the fact that these types also fought against other types, but the emphasis is on the major aircraft in question, in this case the Tempest Mk. V and the Focke Wulf FW-190D-9.

Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 21st, 2019     
Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank
Author: Andrey Aksenov
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Russian T-54 and T-55 are without doubt the single most ubiquitous tank designs ever produced, having served in literally every theater of war since their initial design work back in the 1950's. As such, they deserve a special place in any modern armor enthusiast's collection. This book helps iron out some of the details for the detail conscious.

I must admit I was somewhat surprised as to the scope of the book when I first cracked the cover. Like most modelers, I've always used the terms T-54 and T-55 fairly interchangeably, as externally there are so few differences between the makes. I think I expected this book to treat them in the same manner. Instead, this book runs right into the process of creating the T-55 FROM the T-54 and never looks back.

Les Artilleries Françaises de la Révolution et du Premier Empire

Published: August 21st, 2019     
Les Artilleries Françaises de la Révolution et du Premier Empire
Author: Jean Marie Mongin
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

If you're a serious figure modeler and have a thing for the incredibly colorful and resplendent uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars, this book from the series should get your attention. One of a range of large-format books by this publisher, it's a virtual cornucopia of detail and information regarding the artillery arm of the French Army from 1786 through 1815, when Napoleon met his own "Waterloo."

The entire book is in French and offers no subtitles, although this won't be much of a deterrent to any serious modeler as the book is almost exclusively color plates anyway. These cover literally every aspect of the French Artillery arm including ALL uniforms, equipment and ordnance. If you have access to the excellent Historex range of kits, much of what you find in this book will be reproducible, including the forges, wagons, and other equipment used, plus a lot of stuff I'd never seen before. I didn't know, for instance, that the artillery arm made pontoon bridges. Fascinating!

Although the book offers no table of contents or index, I used my meager high school French to translate the various sections, which are:

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Published: August 20th, 2019     
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Author: Andy Evans and Andy Renshaw
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: SAM Publications

Back by popular demand, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider comprehensive guide, is a third edition reprint.

The Skyraider is best known for its never-ending ordinance delivery load on ground attack missions and supporting Search Air Rescues over the jungles of Vietnam, it was born with neither of those capabilities in mind. The Skyraider started out as a replacement of the SBD Dauntless and eventually the SB2C Helldiver. In June of 1944 Chief Designer Ed Heinemann suggested revamping the entire design and by March of 1945 had a completely different design.

Skyraiders served in the US Navy and Air Force as well as other nations air forces such as France, Gabon, Chad, and South Vietnam.

The book is soft bound with 168 pages, 11 chapters, several black and white photographs of the Skyraider, color pages of different versions, and Squadron markings for the airplane. At the end of the book are bonus 3-view plans for the Skyraider in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Pictures dominate the book, some in black and white mostly before the Vietnam War, and color pictures during the War.

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