Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45

Published: October 15th, 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?

MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53

Published: October 13th, 2019     
MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver served with the US Navy in Vietnam and has spent thirty years in Hollywood as a screen writer for television and the movie industry.  Horror fans will know him as the author for the 1989 cult classic by producer Roger Corman of "The Terror Within" starring George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff, and Terri Treas.  Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has also been a published writer for forty years and is known for Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15, The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Group, Aces of the 78th Fighter Group (Aircraft of the Aces 115), F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-2 (Aircraft of the Aces 125), and an ebook, Air Combat Annals.

 

Challenger 2

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Challenger 2
Author: Dick Taylor
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero Publishing is one of the world's preeminent publishers of military vehicle and aircraft books aimed at the modeling community.  The book under review is from their Photosniper series, and the author, Dick Taylor, is a leading author on British military vehicles.  The book is 88 pages in length, with a card cover.  The pages measure 8.3" by 11.7", on glossy paper.  All the photos within its covers are color, with good production values.  There are also three pages of color profiles, covering 6 different vehicles.

 

Legends of Warfare: Stuart Tank, Vol. 2 The M5, M5A1, and Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Versions in World War II

Published: October 9th, 2019     
Legends of Warfare: Stuart Tank, Vol. 2 The M5, M5A1, and Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Versions in World War II
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle is one of the most prolific US writers of books on military subjects, and over the years has penned literally dozens of excellent titles on military aircraft, ships and armored vehicles. One of his most recent is this book on the Stuart Light Tank of WW2 fame. The book is 112 pages in length, and is printed on high quality glossy paper, the pages measuring 9" x 9". As the title suggests, the book is divided into main sections on three variants of the Stuart. The Light Tank M3 Stuart had been powered by a radial aircraft engine, but as the US ramped up production of tanks AND military aircraft, efforts were made to find alternative power plants so that the radial aircraft engines could be reserved for actual aircraft. Thus was born the Light Tank M5 Stuart, which retained the original turret of the M3 Stuart, but with a new hull required to house the twin V-8 Cadillac car engines now replacing the original radial aircraft engine. The M5 was replaced in 1943 with the M5A1 on the production lines, and was basically an M5 with an upgraded turret, which included larger turret hatches for easier egress during emergencies.

Douglas A-4 Skyhawk

Published: September 30th, 2019     
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
Author: Ian White, AMRAeS
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Ian White was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1947 and educated at secondary schools in Rotherham and later in Ilford, Essex. He joined the Post Office Engineering Department in August 1963 as an apprentice and later served as a technician in the City of London. In 1973, on promotion to engineer, he was appointed to the Post Office's Air Defense Group in London to provide landline and ground to air communications for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK, Germany and Cyprus. In April 1984 he joined the Company's Defense Sales Organization as a Senior Systems Engineer and later as an engineering manager. The final three years were spent as a liaison officer within the defense and law enforcement community. Ian retired in May 2000, following which he attended Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), Cambridge, as an undergraduate history student. In 2003 he was awarded an honours degree in Modern European History. Ian joined the Royal Aeronautic Society in 1977 as an Associate, before being appointed an Associate Member (AMRAeS) in 1984. He was awarded Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status by the Society in March 1999.