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Model Art Modeling Magazine, #822, June 2011

Published: May 30th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #822, June 2011
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is one of the finest periodicals on the market. Each issue covers subjects across the modeling spectrum. Regardless of your area of interest you will, sooner rather than later, find something of significance to you. The quality of the images within each issue is stunning, and that is important since the magazine is published in Japanese. There are always "work in progress" images and the tools and materials being used by the builder are always featured prominently in the images. It is not difficult, therefore, for the reader to use these "work in progress" articles as guides. While some details are certainly lost in translation, or the lack thereof, the general process followed in the "work in progress" is easy enough to follow.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #820, May 2011

Published: May 30th, 2011     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #820, May 2011
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Company: Model Art

Model Art Modeling Magazine is one of the finest periodicals on the market. Each issue covers subjects across the modeling spectrum. Regardless of your area of interest you will, sooner rather than later, find something of significance to you. The quality of the images within each issue is stunning, and that is important since the magazine is published in Japanese. There are always "work in progress" images and the tools and materials being used by the builder are always featured prominently in the images. It is not difficult, therefore, for the reader to use these "work in progress" articles as guides. While some details are certainly lost in translation, or the lack thereof, the general process followed in the "work in progress" is easy enough to follow.

F-105 Wild Weasel vs. SA-2 "Guideline SAM"

Published: May 30th, 2011     
F-105 Wild Weasel vs. SA-2 "Guideline SAM"
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209

I was somewhat familiar with the two opponents in this duel, having built the 1/72 Monogram F-105G a while back, and I've got the Gran kit of the SA-2 in the "to build some day" stash. I also have a copy of a video produced by the Air Force which features the development of the F-100 Wild Weasel mission, with interviews with the participants.

The Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) is a cat-and-mouse game. The aircraft tries to get the ground radars to come up so they can fire anti-radiation missiles. The ground systems try to get the aircraft to come in range of the missiles and anti-aircraft guns which surround the SAM site.

As I read this book, the question raised was, "exactly which player is the cat and which the mouse?" And what's that ferret doing in there?

The book is divided into eight main sections, each covering the F-105 and then the SA-2.

US Submarines 1900-35

Published: May 30th, 2011     
US Submarines 1900-35
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038

Thanks to Sara of Osprey Publishing and to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review this wonderful book!

Osprey continues their well-established historical narrative format in the New Vanguard series with US Submarines, 1900-35. This is a significant development era of the US Navy, a transition from the "novelty" submersible ships to a legitimate weapon. Book chapters describe genesis of the US submarine force, early design development, the need for new technologies, naming of submarines, and early operational accounts. The book is a paperback, on heavy pages, which successfully withstood a coffee spill by the reviewer. There are many vintage B&W photos and line drawings throughout, supplemented by numerous color renderings of boat designs, propulsion systems, weapon systems, cutaways, etc. A good index is included, but a reference list or bibliography is absent. I included the ebook ISBN, since as a computer has crept into my workshop, I find that quickly referencing materials on screen is becoming quite helpful.

The Modern Super Hornet Guide, The Boeing F-18E/F & EA-18G Exposed

Published: May 30th, 2011     
The Modern Super Hornet Guide, The Boeing F-18E/F & EA-18G Exposed
Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038

Thanks to Jake of Reid Air Publications and to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to review this astonishing book.

I do not use the term astonishing lightly. I have quite a few built-up F-18A and later models in my collection, dating back to a highly modified and corrected Testors F-18 in 72-scale, ca. 1982. I swore at the Italeri kit, released and built about 9 or so years ago in 48-scale. I started research on an EA-18G recently. Every single question, concern, and nagging detail consideration on any Super Hornet kit I've wrestled with is answered by this book. A modeler in research mode will find answers less in the chapter text, but more in a very thoroughly documented or captioned series of photographs, often referencing back to page numbers in the text. Reproductions of some tech data are included, for example, weapons and stores loadout charts.

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