Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

British WWI Fighter Aircraft in Poland: Bristol F.2B Fighter, RAF S.E.5a, Sopwith 1F.1 Camel, Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, Martisyde F.4 Buzzard

Published: September 20th, 2017     
British WWI Fighter Aircraft in Poland: Bristol F.2B Fighter, RAF S.E.5a, Sopwith 1F.1 Camel, Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, Martisyde F.4 Buzzard
Author: Author: Tomasz J. Kopański, Illustrator: Janusz Światłoń
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Tomasz J. Kopanski authors the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force. Tomasz has done several volumes in the Polish Wings series, including Volumes 3, 7, and 17 in addition to several other Mushroom Model Publication books. This includes MMP's Barbarossa Victims: Luftwaffe Kills in the East (2001), Kosciuszko Squadron 1919-1921: American Volunteers against the Bolsheviks (2003), PZL P23 Karas (2004), PZL P.11c (2013). He has also worked with Kagero, writing the Legends of Aviation 3D on Fokker D.VII: The Lethal Weapon (2012).

Janusz Swiatlon, a native of Krakow Poland, is an aviation history enthusiast and military modeler. He has retired for the Polish military after serving with the 6th Airborne Brigade. He has a long history of being published as an illustrator and as an author for many magazines and books from publishing houses as Osprey, Kagero, AF Editores, Chevron, and Mushroom Model Publications.

Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"

Published: September 19th, 2017     
Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950's & 1960's from Japan "The Collectors Guide"
Author: Andrew Ralston
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

This book is a general collector's guide to classic Tinplate toy cars from the 50's and 60's made in Japan. It covers cars from a classic era of tinplate toy cars and covers all the major companies and countries they were sold in. The book shows the most known and collectables of the time period. The book has great pictures and lots of detailed information. This book brought lots of memories back to me as a kid getting a few of the cars shown in the book as birthday and or Christmas gifts from my family. The book may have a limited audience but I for one loved it!

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in tinplate cars from Japan and also all those who, like me, was a kid during the 50's or 60's.

Thanks to Veloce Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 2

Published: September 14th, 2017     
Operation Market Garden Paratroopers Vol. 2
Author: Author: Piotr Witkowski - Color Plates: Andrzej Glinski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This tome appears to be Piotr Witkowski's second book in English and it's a follow up to Volume one of his Operational Market Garden Paratroopers that focused on uniforms, equipment and personal use items. The positive feedback he received from Volume 1 encouraged him to move fast on this volume to get it published. You can find the review on Volume I at the IPMS USA Review website. I've found two prior books in Polish: Polskie jednostki powietrzno-desantowe na zachodzie (Bellona, 2009) and a second edition of this book titled: Spadochroniarze Sosabowskiego : Dzieje polskich jednostekpowietrznodesantowych 1939-1945 (Bellona, 2012). Volume 3 is in preparation by Piotr Witkowski and will focus on Transports used in Operation Market Garden.

Vought F-8 Crusader

Published: September 13th, 2017     
Vought F-8 Crusader
Author: Bill Spidle
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Specialty Press Publishers and Wholesalers

Thank you to Andrea Lindell of Specialty Press for providing a review copy of their new release, Vought F-8 Crusader, Development of the Navy's First Supersonic Jet Fighter, by William D. Spidle. Specialty Press has sweetened the debut of this new book by providing an author-signed limited-edition of the book directly on their website or by calling 1-800-895-4385. As always, I appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling products with the world.

YF-23 ATF Air Force Legends Number 220

Published: September 7th, 2017     
YF-23 ATF Air Force Legends Number 220
Author: Paul Metz
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Specialty Press

This book covers the Northrop YF-23 which was in competition with the F-22 for the ATF contract. The book is written by the chief test pilot of the Yf-23 program and the in-depth knowledge of the author really shows in the book. While the F-22 was chosen many, including myself consider the YF-23 the more aesthetically pleasing of the two designs.

Ginter books are well known in both the modeling and aviation community for their in-depth photo coverage and history of the title subject. This book, number 220 in the Air Force legend series lives up to the sterling reputation established by all of the previous volumes. Being a more modern subject, the book is overflowing with color photos.