Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

USS Hornet (CV-8) - Legends of Warfare

Published: March 31st, 2020     
USS Hornet (CV-8) - Legends of Warfare
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton - IPMS# 50734

The Author

David Doyle's earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 100 of his books have been published. Broadening his horizons from his initial efforts concerning vehicles, he soon added aircraft and warships to his research objectives.

Contents

The book is divided into four chapters all covering the beginning construction to the final day of the Hornet. I've included a brief description of what is contained in each chapter.

American Armor in the Pacific

Published: March 30th, 2020     
American Armor in the Pacific
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

Overview as Found on the Website

This latest in the Casemate Illustrated series explores American armor during the Pacific Campaign of WWII, from 1942-45. During this period there were over twenty major tank battles and operations where tanks provided heavy support to infantry units. These operations include the battle of Tarawa and the Bougainville Campaign. Relying heavily on first-person accounts, the strategies and tactics of the opposing forces are discussed.

This book also looks at the Pacific theater, and how American armor was employed with great success in that theater of war. Detailed information on American and Japanese armored forces, including development, equipment, capabilities, organization, and order of battle, is given.

Top Drawing 85 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Top Drawing 85 Jagdpanzer IV L/48 and L/70
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

The book provides great detail drawings of the Jagdpanzer IV which was German WWII tank destroyer based on the Pz.Kpfw. IV as a replacement for the successful StuG III. It was produced in two versions the L/48 with a 7.5cm PaK 39 gun produced from Jan to Nov 1944 at the Vomag plant. The second was the L/70 produced in two factories Vomag and Alkett plants. It used the Pak 42 gun and produced from Nov 1944 to April 1945.

I found the drawings in this book to be fascinating and very detailed.

Along with the many outline drawings (in 1/35, 1/48 & 1/72 scales) there is also very nice profile drawings.

The final few pages have so great details of components of the tank.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the armour and a must for modellers.

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

Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge

Published: March 29th, 2020     
Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129

What's Inside

This exciting new volume in the New Vanguard series from Osprey gives the reader a new analysis of the tanks from both sides of one of the last and most intensive battles of the European Theater of Operations- the Battle of the Bulge. Who better to offer up the analysis than one of the most acclaimed authors in military history in the present day- Steven Zaloga. His book gives a thorough survey of the principal tank and tank variants that took part in the Ardennes Campaign from December of 1944 through January of 1945.

 As per usual with the New Vanguard series, the book opens with an overview of the campaign including tables of Wehrmacht Panzerwaffe in the Ardennes (16 December, 1944) and US Armored Divisions in the Ardennes from the duration of the campaign.

7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941-1943

Published: March 29th, 2020     
7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941-1943
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: Pen & Sword

The book is another in the great Casemate Images of War series. It is history of the 7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen. This division was formed soon after the Germans invaded Yugoslavia. It was formed in late 1941 to combat the brutal guerrilla warfare that had broken out. The division was drawn from foreign volunteers for campaigns in Serbia and Montenegro.

Its name was from Prince Eugene of Savoy and outstanding military leader who liberated areas of Croatia from the ottoman empire.

In 1942 they added the Mountain Division title to their name.

The images in the book are excellent and inspire ideas for dioramas to me,

The book is full of amazing photos of the division through its history.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWII.

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