Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin Designer of the Indian Scout and Chief

Published: April 11th, 2019     
Franklin's Indians: Irish Motorcycle Racer Charles B. Franklin Designer of the Indian Scout and Chief
Author: Harry V Sucher, Tim Pickering, Liam Diamond and Harry Havelin
Reviewed by: Benjamin Guenther, IPMS# 20101
Company: Veloce Publishing

This book was first published by Panther Publishing in 2011 and Veloce Publishing Limited did a facsimile reprint in February 2018, this review is about the reprint. What we have is a biography of Charles B. Franklin, an electrical engineer, motorcycle racer, designer of Indian motorcycles and an overseer of the Indian Company racing teams. This book extensively covers the years from 1903 thru 1932 and with a wide geographic expanse well, from Ireland to Britain, then Europe and America with side excursions to Australia and back to Europe. A comprehensive account of his life and achievements to the sport of motorcycling has not been available until now.

Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II

Published: April 11th, 2019     
Air Combat: Dogfights of World War II
Author: Holmes, Tony (ed.)
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is a new, hardbound publication that is comprised of the contents of four previously-released volumes in the "Duel" series from Osprey. This compendium is edited by Tony Holmes, and includes:

  • Part 1 (by Tony Holmes), Channel Clashes: Spitfire II/V vs Bf 109E (Duel 67)
  • Part II (by Edward M. Young), Hell in the Pacific: F4F Wildcat vs A6M Zero-sen (Duel 54)
  • Part III (by Dmitriy Khazanov & Aleksander Medved), Air War in the East: La-5/7 vs Fw 190 (Duel 39)
  • Part IV (by Edward M. Young), Ill-Fated Defense of the Home Islands: F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 'Frank' (Duel 73)

This book has been produced to very high standards, and it was a joy to hold and read through. The hard binding is extremely sturdy, and all pages have a nice semi-gloss finish that just looks and feels first-rate. Color paintings and profiles are done to a high standard as well, and photos are clearly printed.

Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Scale Plans Messerschmitt Bf 110 C & D
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: MMP Books

This publication, with illustrations by Maciej Noszczak, is an MMPBooks publication and is distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. MMP books are characterized as being of very high quality and this product is no different. This publication consists of scaled line drawings of the Ju-88A. There is no text other than captions for the drawings.

The Russian Battleship Marat

Published: April 10th, 2019     
The Russian Battleship Marat
Author: Oleg Pomoshnikov, Jan Radziemski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero's The Russian Battleship Marat is one of the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25" x 11.75" format softbound publication that is 68 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with seven and a half pages of historical text followed by 61 pages of color 3D illustrations. There is also a Centerfold full of line drawings (~26.6" x 19.0") that starts with profiles at 1/350th scale and goes up to 1/50th scale for the details. I counted 117 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs.

Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Super Drawings in 3D: OSA-Class Missile Boat
Author: Zdzislaw Kryger
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Kagero Publishing

I would like to thank Kagero for this review sample

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