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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Grumman A.6 Intruder Modeller’s Data File Scaled Down #11

Published: February 25th, 2020     
The Grumman A.6 Intruder Modeller’s Data File Scaled Down #11
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

As noted in the title, this book is a scaled down version of its bigger volume on the Grumman A-6 Intruder family. This volume includes descriptions and photographs of the attack versions of the A-6, as well the tanker (KA-6D) and both electronic warfare versions, the EA-6A and the EA-6B. The book is lavishly illustrated with both color and black and white photographs with informative captions.

Chapter 1 briefly discusses the design and development of the A-6. In late 1950's the Navy issue a request for the design of an all-weather attack aircraft with two crewmembers to replace the A-1 Skyraider. Grumman's proposal was selected by the Navy and first flew in April of 1960. Adopted by both the Navy and the Marines, the A-6 Intruder became a mainstay of Navy and Marine Corp combat operations in Vietnam. The chapter includes a brief description of the systems installed in the A-6 to give it it's all-weather capabilities.

War Photographer

Published: February 25th, 2020     
War Photographer
Reviewed by: William O'Malley - IPMS# 46473
Company: Peko Publishing

This book is PeKo Publishing's second in the series of photo albums introducing rare wartime photos from battles, operations, vehicles, or complete photo albums from soldiers who fought in WWII. This volume 1.1 illustrates photos from an unidentified German Sturmartillerist of the Sturmgeschutz-Abteilung (Assault Gun Battalion) 191. The first volume in the series, 1.0, illustrated photos from Sturmgeschutz-Abteilung 189.

Abteilung 191 was dispatched in December 1940 from Juterbog to Romania, and traveled through Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Hungary. The book contains photographs from fighting at the Greek border where the Abteilung supported the German infantry on the Metaxas line. Photographs during marches through the country showing destruction and enemy vehicles, and in Greece after the capitulation are included as well.

The The Russian ASW Guided Missile Cruiser Petropavlovsk. Top Drawings 74 7074

Published: February 25th, 2020     
The The Russian ASW Guided Missile Cruiser Petropavlovsk. Top Drawings 74 7074
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Kagero Publishing, from Poland, is one of the major military history publishing houses. Since 1998, when Kagero started publishing in English, over 550 titles have been produced. Topics focus on specific planes, armor and ships, along with a bevy of focused topics, such as a class of warships or an armor type. Kagero caters to ship modelers by turning out books filled with line and 3D computer-generated illustrations, with incomparable accuracy to details. For warships, Kagero has two series: 1) Super 3D Drawings and 2) Top Drawings, focusing on a single ship per book. The topic of this book review is one of the Top Drawings series, which are designed for modelers to have a reference for detailed appearances of individual ships. Top Drawings consist of color covers with black & white (B&W) line drawings of the ship, particular features, and equipment, especially armament. But the main attraction are the foldouts in color and black and white, usually four sheets of scale drawings - the ship's size determine the scale, but usually 1/200, 1/350 or smaller scales are shown.

Operation Eagle Claw

Published: February 25th, 2020     
Operation Eagle Claw
Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821

This book provides a bounty of historical documentation on the actual "EAGLE CLAW" operation, along with the pictures of actual events taken in the run up to and aftermath of the overall event. Some aspects of the mission are still classified; sourcing data is frequently difficult for anyone attempting to produce a commercial, open-source narrative on Government operations.

British Battleship vs Italian Battleship: The Mediterranean 1940-41

Published: February 9th, 2020     
British Battleship vs Italian Battleship: The Mediterranean 1940-41
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549

Mark E. Stille, a retired Commander of the U.S. Navy, and is a prolific writer and enthusiast for WW2 naval history - over 40 Osprey titles. Paul Wright painted the ships on the cover and in the text. Alan Gilliland illustrated the maps, ship profiles and armaments. Maurizio Brescia provided many of the photographs.

This book is in the Duel (Engage the Enemy) series from Osprey Publishing (#101). Here is Osprey's description of the Duel Series: "Duel is an innovative series of books from Osprey that conveys a complete picture of machine-on-machine action from design and development through to combat, with a thorough analysis of all the human, tactical and technical elements which ultimately decided who triumphed in clashes of men and their war machines. First-hand accounts of individual engagements place you in the midst of the action, whether dogfight, tank battle or submarine hunt. An array of technical drawings, photographs and full-colour digital illustrations, including "gun sight views," depict the key aspects of these machines in wartime. Ideal for modellers, wargamers and military history enthusiasts of all ages."

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