Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang

Published: January 25th, 2021     
Single No 23 NAA P-51B-1-NA Mustang
Reviewed by: Chris Smith - IPMS# 39182
Company: MMP Books

Like many of us modelers, I simply never get tired of anything related to the iconic P-51 Mustang. In this volume of the MMP "Single" series, the authors focus on the Bravo model of the Mustang. 

Having never seen an example of this book series, I was a bit surprised at first glance. Unlike other publications that cover the development of the type, this book launches right into the content modelers like to see. The book opens with four-view scale drawings in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Several pages of B&W wartime photos show the type in various roles. Next, are a series of drawings and photos taken from technical and pilot manuals showing the details of things we modelers like to see including engine, landing gear wells, gun bays, and cockpit. This volume closes with color plates of the instrument panel and three view renderings of "Sonava Buggar, a P-51B of the 355th Fighter Squadron. 

The Yugoslav Air Force In The Battles For Slovenia, Croatia And Bosnia And Herzegovina,1991-1992 Volume 1

Published: January 24th, 2021     
The Yugoslav Air Force In The Battles For Slovenia, Croatia And Bosnia And Herzegovina,1991-1992 Volume 1
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Aleksandar Radic is a Serbian military analyst and author. His primary focus is on the security topics of the West Balkans, the history of the armed forces, the military technology in that region in the 20th Century, and the conflicts that have followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the period 1991-2001. He has authored a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles published in the specialized press. Recently, Radic has frequently appeared as a military commentator for major TV stations in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Northern Macedonia. This is his second book for Helion's @War series.

 

Logistics in World War II, 1939-1945

Published: January 24th, 2021     
Logistics in World War II, 1939-1945
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
Company: Pen & Sword

There is an old axiom that amateurs pursue tactics, but professionals manage logistics. It is a topic that largely goes unexplored in the voluminous literature of the Second World War. Outside of the modeling world, I am an academically trained military historian who works in the public history field. I have had a keen interest in the topic. Given my background, I was keen to review this work. From a production point of view, Pen and Sword knows what they are doing - high quality binding, heavy paper, and well produced photographs, contemporary to the war and modern, color photographs of restored vehicles form the Second World War. My criticisms are with the content.

Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers

Published: January 24th, 2021     
Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy 1883-2019, Volume One- Fleet Carriers
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

Fighting Ships of the US Navy is a series dedicated to exploring each ship in the US Navy's inventory since 1883. In Volume One, the author, Venner F Milewski, Jr., starts with the Fleet Aircraft Carriers in the beginning. Overall, the book has a plethora of data and information of each aircraft carrier used by the US during the last 100 years starting with the USS Langley. Taking a look at the Table of contents shows what I mean:

 

The PIAT, Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon of World War II

Published: January 21st, 2021     
The PIAT, Britain’s Anti-Tank Weapon of World War II
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Osprey Publishing has been providing books for enthusiasts since 1968 and since then it has grown, evolved and taken on new challenges until it stands today as one of the most successful examples of niche publishing around.

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