Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Published: June 20th, 2017     
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Author: Andy Renshaw and Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Company: SAM Publications

My first introduction to the Spad was a film strip (yes, I am that old) about an air rescue operation in Vietnam. Besides the Jolly Green Giants and the support Hercules there were these large, single engine prop planes loaded with munitions buzzing in to keep the enemy's heads down. They used the call sign Sandy and from that point on I was hooked.

Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport Units 1936-41

Published: June 18th, 2017     
Ju 52/3m Bomber and Transport Units 1936-41
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book traces the early history of Ju-52 combat units and operations. The book is broken up into six chapters.

Chapter one covers the development of Junkers Ju-52 from the lifting of the ban imposed by the Treaty of Versailles on the production of commercial aircraft in 1922. Beginning with the all metal F-13 and moving through the A-20 and on to the G-24 leading up to project "EF 30". This was essentially a single engine Ju-52 and eventually progressing to the now familiar three engine design. There is a brief discussion of their use by Bolivia in the war with Paraguay that was very interesting. Discussion is also present on the civilian use of the Ju-52 noting that by March 31,1936 839 Ju-52s had been built and orders came from all over Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa for this sturdy airliner.

Chapter two covers the use of the Ju-52 in the Spanish Civil war both as bomber and transport. There is on page 51 a fabulous photo of a float equipped Condor Legion Ju-52/3m. The Ju-52s and Spanish built example would serve the Spanish Air Force into the 1970s.

Storm of Eagles: The Greatest Aviation Photographs of World War II

Published: June 18th, 2017     
Storm of Eagles: The Greatest Aviation Photographs of World War II
Author: John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey, Robert "Cricket" Renner
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Bios from Osprey:

John Dibbs is unquestionably the world's premier aerial photographer, having flown over 1,150 aerial sorties in 125 different types. John has published 19 books including the acclaimed Spitfire: The Legend Live s On. His award-winning work has graced hundreds of magazine covers over the last 25 years. Raised in London, his interest in aviation was passed on by his father who grew up during the Battle of Britain near Northolt aerodrome. John now lives in Seattle, and is serving on the Board of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. His work can be viewed at www.planepicture.com .

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

Published: June 18th, 2017     
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Schiffer Publishing

The USS Yorktown (CV-5) is one of the important US Aircraft carriers of World War II. Her level of participation in our Pacific Theater of operations is immeasurable in terms of giving as well as taking. With the vast distances involved in the Pacific, it was clear to the military planners of the day a new strategy must be devised. One of the key components of that strategy would hinge on fast carriers and support ships to sustain the island-hopping campaigns that would bring our forces closer to the Emperors front door. Yorktown played a significant role leading up to and into the early days of the war. As the first purpose built, from the keel up aircraft carrier the designers started with a clean sheet of paper and incorporated many of the lessons learned on preceding carriers.

History of the Panzerwaffe - Volume 2 1942-45

Published: June 16th, 2017     
History of the Panzerwaffe - Volume 2 1942-45
Author: Thomas Anderson
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book goes into fantastic detail on the subject of the Panzerwaffe between 1942 and the end of the war in 1945. The great German military war machine was founded on the Panzer and this book shows in great depth the units, their function and the reports written at the time on the designs and short comings of different panzers. I found the pictures in this book fascinating and I can say these were all new to me! The book kept my attention from beginning to end with the most informative way to tell all the facts and history of the Panzerwaffe. When I was only halfway through, I had already ordered the first book in the series as these are a must have for anyone with a love for tanks!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the Panzerwaffe, and tanks generally.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them