Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

Published: May 20th, 2019     
The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze
Author: Mariusz Motyka
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero Publishing of Poland has two lines of books that include titles with a nautical bent and aimed at scale modelers: Super Drawings in 3D and Top Drawings. The former covers a ship in great detail via the use of color 3D renderings, while the latter covers a ship in great detail via black and white line drawings. The books are sized differently, with the 3D books numbering 80 to 90 A4 sized pages, while the Top Drawings books number 20 to 30 A4 sized pages. Prices reflect the size and content differences, with the 3D books priced $28.95 to $36.95, and the smaller Top Drawings books priced $19.95 to $24.95.

Kagero cover the IJN destroyer Shimakaze under both titles, and it is the Top Drawings book that we are reviewing today. Shimakaze was the first of what was supposed to be a fleet of destroyers constructed on the basis of extended hulls of the Kagero class destroyers. Her keel was laid down on August 8, 1941, she was launched on July 18, 1942. However, by then the military and industrial situation for Japan had changed, and none of her proposed sister ships were ever built.

Consolidated B-24, Vol. 2 B-24G to B-24M

Published: May 18th, 2019     
Consolidated B-24, Vol. 2 B-24G to B-24M
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: David Doyle Books

This release is Vol. 2 in the Legends of Warfare-Aviation series and covers the B-24 G to the B-24M in nine chapters. There are hundreds of photographs (actually 291 color and b/w photos) in this 128-page publication. The photographs coverage of the B-24 (and derivatives) inside and out. Those who wish to build a highly detailed model of the B-24 will find this publication an excellent and comprehensive resource.

The stunning images are accompanied by a few paragraphs that describe the distinct features of the B-24 variants that are covered (see those variants lists in the Table of Contents below), and with informative captions for each image.

As an example, I found the image and caption on page 11 to be highly informative and interesting. As it turns out, the Willow Run plant produced a "kit" of the B-24H. The B-24 sub-assemblies, apparently, were assembled at Willow Run and then the component assemblies were shipped to the final-assembly plants to be fully completed. The aircraft was shipped to final-assembly plants in Texas or Oklahoma. The image would provide reference for a rather interesting diorama!

Osprey Dutch Navies of the 80 Years' War 1568–1648

Published: May 17th, 2019     
Osprey Dutch Navies of the 80 Years' War 1568–1648
Author: Bouko de Groot
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Military History has always fascinated Bouko de Groot. He earned a BA in Art History and an MA in Egyptology from Leiden University. Bouko de Groot served in the Dutch Army and has authored a number of academic, popular scientific, and business journalistic articles. He spent at least eight years working in Shanghai for IHS Fairplay, publishing daily online maritime news, along with weekly and monthly magazines. He is Dutch and currently lives in Germany.

Peter Bull graduated from art college in 1979 and has worked as a freelance illustrator for over 25 years. He has created both traditional and digital art for publishers worldwide. Peter also runs the Peter Bull Art Studio, based in East Sussex, UK, which he founded in 1975.

This 48 page book's cover features a color painting depicting Zeeland's Vice-Admiral Laurens Alteras on the Rode Leeuw(Red Lion) during the 1607 battle of Gibraltar. I counted 2 tables, 1 black and white map, 23 color photos, and 12 black and white pictures. Peter Bull contributes eight color profiles along with a keyed cutaway color illustration of Willem Barentz' Yacht, Het Schip Willem Barents.

Legends of Warfare P-47 Thunderbolt

Published: May 14th, 2019     
Legends of Warfare P-47 Thunderbolt
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Schiffer Publishing


Among the iconic aircraft of World War II, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt not only was physically the biggest single-engine fighter, it also had and enormous impact on history.

P-47's were flown by 132 US Army Air Force squadrons during the Second World War, but they were not flown only by Americans. The Aircraft also served with sixteen British Royal Air Force squadrons and four French squadrons, as well as Brazilian, Chinese, and Mexican squadrons attached to US units. The Soviet air force also prominently flew Thunderbolts, through the exact number of squadrons equipped with the massive fighter is uncertain.

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.

Flight Craft 14: Messerschmitt Bf-109

Published: May 14th, 2019     
Flight Craft 14: Messerschmitt Bf-109
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Company: Pen and Sword Aviation

The Bf-109 is an iconic fighter of the Third Reich. Developed in 1935 the single engine monoplane fighter struck fear into the enemies of the Reich until the end of the war. Continuously developed throughout the war the fighter even survived the fall of Germany in the air forces of Spain, Czechoslovakia and ironically the fledgling Israel.

This softbound book contains 80 pages of high quality paper and 100 color illustrations and pictures. The book includes a variety of black and white historical images, as well as, a number of contemporary color photos not just of the Bf-109 but also its opponents. There are eight pages of color profiles that are quite nice and run the entire production from the first 109 to the last Spanish and Czech ones.

This book is geared towards the model builder with 31 pages dedicated to models in various scales. All the major manufacturers are represented up to the time of printing in a variety of scales from 1/144th to 1/24th. The models are nicely done. Some are better than others, but overall it does offer good advice on how to improve each kit. This will prove invaluable to the model builder.