Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J

Published: October 4th, 2010     
Sd.Kfz. 161 Panzer IV Ausf. J
Author: Author: Krzystozt Mucha, Scale Drawings:Arkadiusz Wrόbel, Color Profiles:Damian Majsak
Reviewed by: Les Walden, IPMS# 44687
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero has come up with another winner if you're a Panzer IV nut, like I am. The book is soft cover with heavy stock and full color art on the front and back covers. This book covers the Panzer IV J. The strength of the book isn't the text, unless you read Polish. The 1/35 scale drawings are beautiful showing all the angles of the tank, in all twenty seven pages. The drawings do have some text in English, so you know what variant you're looking at. The reader does know which production version is being represented. Included are exploded drawings of the different muffler systems, return rollers, idler wheels, road wheel assemblies, treads, muzzle brakes, cupolas, and armor skirts. There are also four pages of 1/48 and 1/72 scale drawings. Thirty-one pages in all. Add to this there are four pages of full color prints. They come with two tanks on each page.

Sturmgeschutz III - Backbone of the German Infantry, Volume 1, History; Development, Production, Deployment

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Sturmgeschutz III - Backbone of the German Infantry, Volume 1, History; Development, Production, Deployment
Author: Peter Muller and Wolfgang Zimmerman
Reviewed by: Don Barry, IPMS# 46771
Company: Casemate Publishing

This is the first of a two-volume set detailing the history, tactical development, and use of the various marks of the Sturmgeschutz III, commonly referred to as the StuG III. Volume 1 is predominately text. Volume 2 is mostly photographic in content. 

This book offers a wealth of data for modelers, as well as those more interested in the technical aspects of this weapons system.  Chapters include: background, technical development, series production, design variants A thru G, the factories involved in production, and combat records and troop reports. 

There is a full developmental section, where the evolution of tactics is examined.  Due to the requirements of the conflict, a weapon developed to support the infantry with mobile heavy firepower, evolved into a premier tank killer and improvised tank replacement.  A howitzer-armed version, the Sturmhaubitze, was introduced to remedy this, with limited success mostly due to the limited numbers produced. 

Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon

Published: September 30th, 2010     
Lockheed – Vega - PV-1 Ventura PV-2 Harpoon
Author: Steve Ginter
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Ginter Books

Soft cover, 192 pages of black and white detail drawings and photographs covering both of these aircraft and their varying roles in Naval as well as civil service.

This book starts by covering the aircraft's beginnings with the predecessor Lockheed (Electra) 10s, (Electra Junior) 12s and (Super Electra) 14s, and segues on to its wartime role as a patrol bomber used not only in England, but in the U.S. Navy as well. 

Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar

Published: September 29th, 2010     
Grumman F9F Panther/Cougar
Author: Brad Elward
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney, IPMS# 2989
Company: Specialty Press

This hard cover 160 page book covers the Grumman "Bridge and Iron Works" first Jet Cat from the inception through its final days as drones or 2 place trainers.  Text takes you from the early days with an interesting read accompanied by over 300 illustrations, including color, black and white and line drawings.  It contains complete dates on the F9F production numbers including carrier deployments and squadron histories.  This historic aircraft was to become the forerunner of the fantastic F-14 Tomcat, the last of a great line of aircraft from the good folks in Bethpage.

Super Model Magazine

Published: September 28th, 2010     
Super Model Magazine
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Kagero Publishing

The twenty-seventh issue of Super Model Magazine from the Polish company Kagero appears to be the second issue released in 2010.  In conducting my research for this review, the magazine seems to be available only from the publisher, as I found no distributors.  I would compare this all-color, glossy-paged magazine with Fine Scale Modeler, as it is a mix of kit reviews, build-ups, and new product releases.  The magazine is printed in a size A4-format. (I only know this because of another magazine the I frequently purchase for reference photographs is the same size.) It is 11 3/4inches by 8 1/4 inches and is printed in Polish. English words only show up in the kit description in the articles, as well as the kit manufacturers.  Topics for this issue include aircraft, armor, automobiles and figures. The majority of the emphasis is on aircraft.

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