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Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service

Published: September 9th, 2010     
Boeing B-17 Fortress in RAF Coastal Command Service
Reviewed by: John Ratzenberger - IPMS# 40196
Company: MMP Books

Update 21 July 2011

I have just been advised by the author, Robert M Stitt, that he has prepared a 34-page additions and amendments document for this book. It is available from the Mushroom Books website; here is the link to the product page which has a download link on it:

Lots of valuable information -- the author and Mushroom are to be congratulated for this all-too-rare effort.

John Ratzenberger

This is Mushroom's 100th book, and a grand one it is!! It's 248 pages in their fairly new A-4 format and although still a soft-cover, it includes a dust jacket with ads for about 18 forth-coming books, including the much anticipated (by me) Gloster Gamecock and Grebe and another in the Gladiator series.

Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Polish Air Force 1939 Through German Eyes Vol. 1
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Stratus

This softbound book contains 264 pages of high quality photos taken by German occupiers printed on high quality paper. What I did not know was that pre-war Polish security concerns prohibited photos from being taken from 1937 until the war. That is why there are, according to the authors, only around 25 photos of pre-war Polish aircraft. Then after the invasion anyone seen taking photos was suspected of spying and detained, plenty of reason that there are so few photos. The German photos became the only source of knowledge and markings from the Polish Air Force. The quality of photos is very high even though most of the aircraft are in states of disrepair.

Broken down into the various regions there are ten chapters. There are recon photos and drawings of the various airfields and descriptions of the attacks from the first day. The fate of many of these aircraft and the units are covered. What is unique is that this book doesn't just contain the military aircraft but some of the civilian ones as well.

Sheriff Rosco's Police Car

Published: September 8th, 2010     
Sheriff Rosco's Police Car
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124
Scale: 1/25
Company: Round 2 Models

The Kit

The kit is molded in a white styrene and also has a generous sprue of chrome parts, and rubber wheels. There is also quite an arsenal of weapons included, (M-16, Thompson sub-machine gun, M1, shotgun, pistol, and a grenade launcher). I guess Sheriff Rosco always wanted to be on a SWAT team. This kit depicts the Dodge Monaco police car and is a very good representation of that vehicle. It also includes a nice engine that could be detailed if you wanted to. One problem is that the hood of the car has no hinges to open so you will have to just lay it next to the kit to show off the engine compartment.

J-10A Vigorous Dragon

Published: September 8th, 2010     
J-10A Vigorous Dragon
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/48
Company: Trumpeter

This review is a little different for me, only because I have taken over this task from John Yager, the original reviewer who started the initial work, but was unable to complete the build. However, I was still able to complete enough of this model to bring to you an honest and fair review. When I received the kit, Steps 1 thru 4 were underway, but needed to be cleaned up. Only the cockpit was complete and it was a job well done. The credit for the building should be shared with John Yager due to the hard & good work he put into what he had done.



Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II

Published: September 7th, 2010     
Colors of the Falcons: Soviet Aircraft Camouflage and Markings in World War II
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
Company: Iliad Design

Iliad Design is a new company for us. I would like to thank them for submitting this book for review.

Many modelers are familiar with the camouflage patterns of WW II U.S., British, German, and Japanese aircraft. However, until the first publication of Colors of the Falcons in 2006, the camouflage patterns used by the Soviets were not as well known. Because of this lack of knowledge and subsequent demand for the book, it is now in its second printing.

Colors of the Falcons is a paperback book measuring 8-1/2" X 11" and consisting of 56 pages. The cover and pages are printed on high gloss paper. The book contains approximately 82 black and white photographs with accompanying text. There are four color plates depicting 20 different aircraft in various camouflage patterns. These 20 aircraft are only shown in profile. It certainly would be beneficial to see the patterns also displayed in a plan view. The plates are beautifully done, neat and precise. Accompanying each illustration is a description of the pattern shown.

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