Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles

Published: June 29th, 2019     
The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: David Doyle books

Given the massive interest surrounding the Nazi armed forces during World War 2, it isn't surprising that publishers want to produce books that cover the entirety of the military vehicles used by the Germans, in one volume, at an affordable price. And for a reader interested in this topic, it might be very useful to have a handy guide to said vehicles all in one volume. Over the years, there have been a number of such tomes published. I myself have one from 1969 titled "German Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of German Armored Fighting Vehicles 1926-1945" edited by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis. However, to do it right, is surely a daunting challenge to any author? And what, exactly, is "doing it right"?

MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East

Published: June 29th, 2019     
MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East
Author: Tom Cooper
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Helion & Company

Tom Cooper, born in Vienna, Austria, in 1970 is a military aviation historian that has focused on Post-WWII Middle Eastern air forces. Tom traveled extensively though his military service and subsequently in his transportation business. Through his travels, Tom Cooper has established contacts and identified sources that have permitted him to bring a unique look to Asian and African military aviation. Mr. Cooper has written more than 400 articles and has authored (or co-authored) over 25 books, including the excellent six-volume Arab MiGs series published by Harpia and distributed by Casemate. Aiming to deliver a complete picture, Tom is also an accomplished illustrator and color profiles are included in his books and articles. To find out more, check his Linked In page.

Photoetch Parts - Complete Guide

Published: June 27th, 2019     
Photoetch Parts - Complete Guide
Author: Adam Wilder
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: AK Interactive

Having been building models for quite a while, I have seen things progress a lot. And with my over 400 built kits, photoetch still can baffle me like no other modeling medium. So when the opportunity to review this latest book from AK Interactive came along, I jumped on the opportunity to review it. A quick over view shows this is a fairly comprehensive guide with a section dealing with what photoetch is, how its made and what tools you'll need to work with it. It then progresses to several simple examples and also using colored photoetch and finished with advanced techniques and soldering. Another nice fact is that the book covers aircraft, armor and ships as well as trains and can be easily transitioned into genres.

A quicker review of the Index looks like this:

South African Air Force Fighter Colors Vol.1 East Africa Campaign 1940-1942

Published: June 16th, 2019     
South African Air Force Fighter Colors Vol.1 East Africa Campaign 1940-1942
Author: Piet van Schalkwyk and William Marshall
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Model Centrum Progress

This is volume one in a three volume set to cover the SAAF in WWII. This volume covers the East African Campaign with the following two volumes to cover North Africa and Malta as well as Sicily, Italy and the Balkans! The SAAF was sent to protect the Sudan and Kenya early on in the war from the Italians and their 200,000 troops and some 400 aircraft. The SAAF 1, 2 and 3 squadrons were equipped with mostly obsolete bi-plane aircraft such as the Gauntlet, Gladiator and Fury with which to counter any Italian attack. These were augmented by a few fabric winged and wooden propeller equipped Hurricane Mk Is. Later on these units joined by 4 Squadron that brought its Curtiss Mohawk fighters and Gladiators.

Images of War, M1 Abrams, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

Published: June 16th, 2019     
Images of War, M1 Abrams, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: David Doyle books

If you are a fan of the M1 Abrams, which has now been in service for over 30 years, David Doyle satisfies your visual needs with this book showing images of the XM-1, M1E1, M1A1, M1A2 SEP as well as some variants in between. For Abrams fans and modelers alike, the photographs provide a wealth of detail for the tank from the prototype through the M1A2 variant. The author provides many of the photos, but there are also plenty taken by the military that shows these tanks in action. Overall, this is a great visual history of the tank beginning with photographs of the XM1 in 1976 and concluding with the M1A1 and M1A2 in 2017.