Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

The newest series for Osprey has moved from the land and the sea to the air. Whereas their previous series' focused on large land and naval campaigns, this series turns its focus to well-known air campaigns. Using the tried and true format that Osprey has perfected, the volume has several full color plates rendered by an artist attempting to capture critical moments in the campaign, historical photographs, maps, and lots of charts comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side. Often the color plates can be hit and miss. These are really quite dramatic.

Imjin River 1951

Published: December 6th, 2018     
Imjin River 1951
Author: Brian Drohan, Illustrated by Steve Noon
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In November, 1950, "volunteer" forces of the Chinese Army crossed the Yalu River and swept the advancing UN forces out of North Korea and back below the 38th Parallel. By the following February, Allied forces had halted the Chinese and stabilized the front, pushing them back into North Korea with limited counterattacks. By April, with an infusion of fresh divisions, the Chinese were once again on the offensive, pressing the UN line in another attempt to capture the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3

Published: December 5th, 2018     
Cross & Cockade International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3
Author: Mick Davis - Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940. This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels. The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"

Published: December 5th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy’s "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

EMB-314 Super Tucano – Brazil’s turboprop success story continues

Published: December 4th, 2018     
EMB-314 Super Tucano – Brazil’s turboprop success story continues
Author: João Paulo Zeitoun Moralez
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: Casemate Publishers

In my stash are a couple of Hobby Boss 1/48 EMB-314 Super Tucanos. These aircraft are used by several nations as the primary and advanced trainer platforms, as well as light attack and CAS roles for their Air Force pilots. Among those air forces are those from For the modeler it represents a blank canvas for a multitude of colorful camouflage and markings. For that reason, I was eager to review this excellent reference paperback offered by Casemate Publishers.

This 80-page paperback follow-up to the EMB-312 series by the same publisher provides the modeler with a fully-packed and detailed reference book on the type. The reader will learn about the conception and development of the Super Tucano and the differences from the earlier 312 series, along with a short detailing of the Tucano's run at JPATS for the US.

The second chapter explores the development, use, and tactics employed by the Forca Aerea Brasileira (Brasilian Air Force) for the Tucano and Super Tucano series.

Many photos of actual cockpit details and exterior profiles and components will provide good modeling reference.

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