Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - A Formidable Pair

Published: June 10th, 2019     
Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - A Formidable Pair
Author: Philip Birtles
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishers

The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants, and full history of a classic British World War II aircraft, the Typhoon and the Tempest.

I found this book so informative and was full of facts and details I was never aware of. The articles on the variants that were explored during the development were especially interesting.

The book is full of amazing photos of the aircraft in development, manufacturing, in action etc. These would be great as reference for any modeler. Another nice touch is the inclusion of the Pilots Notes and aircraft production lists.

I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensable in my library.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in military aircraft.

Thanks go to Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

America’s Round-Engine Airliners: Airframes & Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation

Published: May 29th, 2019     
America’s Round-Engine Airliners:  Airframes & Powerplants in the Golden Age of Aviation
Author: Craig Kodera & William Pearce
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Specialty Press

History

This book is an account of the development of the American airliner powered by reciprocating engines, up to their replacement by jet powered aircraft in the 1960's. The authors are well qualified to trace the advances in both airframes and powerplants. Craig Kodera has a completely aeronautical background, having experience as both an airline and Air Force pilot, and as an excellent aviation artist. William Pearce's background is in aviation powerplants, and between them, they are able to trace the technical developments and the developmental histories of each major aircraft and powerplant.

P-51 Mustang Volume 1: North American's Mk. I, A, B, and C Models in World War II

Published: May 28th, 2019     
P-51 Mustang Volume 1: North American's Mk. I, A, B, and C Models in World War II
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle's book on the P-51 Mustang is one of the latest entries in the 'Legends of Warfare' series with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book was on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books were are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). The Legends of Warfare series has expanded rapidly since its 2017 debut in the market with now over 50 titles released. This hard cover series covers a wide variety of monographs at a good price point.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers

Published: May 27th, 2019     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2): Papal States, Minor States, & Volunteers
Author: Gabriele Esposito
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history. His main field of research is the military of 19th-century Latin America, but his interests range from the Ancient world to modern post-colonial conflicts. He has authored over 16 books, several works in the UK, including MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70 and MAA 504 Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83, and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines. He lives in Benevento, Italy.

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza on July 16, 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He has illustrated over 50 books, many of those for Osprey Publishing. He lives and works in Italy. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GRava-art-590032097752808/.

The Khazars: A Judeo-Turkish Empire on the Steppes, 7th - 11th Centuries AD

Published: May 27th, 2019     
The Khazars: A Judeo-Turkish Empire on the Steppes, 7th - 11th Centuries AD
Author: Mikhail Zhirohov and David Nicolle; Illustrators: Christa Hook
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Mikhail Zhirohov was born in eastern Ukraine, in 1974. Mikhail graduated from Donetsk State University with a degree in History. He has focused on the former USSR ranging from its medieval history to modern warfare. He has authored over 20 books and published more than 300 articles on various aspects of Ukrainian and military history for popular magazines in Russia, Ukraine, France, UK and other countries since 1998. He lives in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

David Nicolle is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Medieval Studies, Nottingham University. David has focused his research on the military history of Islam. He is the author of over a dozen books on medieval military history. He lives in High Barnet, UK.