Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2

Published: April 10th, 2019     
Building Concorde: From Drawing Board to Mach 2
Author: Tony Buttler; Jean-Christophe Carbonel
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Tony Buttler was born in England in 1956 and completed his education at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Eyesham. He joined High Duty Alloys in Redditch in 1974 as a metallurgist and for nearly 20 years he was closely involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for many of the world's most important airplanes. It was during this timeframe that his interest in military aircraft grew into a passion. Tony left High Duty Alloys in 1993 Buttler and enrolled at Loughborough University, earning his Masters Degree in Archives and Library Studies. He subsequently became a freelance aviation historian specializing in the design and development of military aircraft. Since 1995, Tony has been a freelance aviation historian, with this book being his twenty-seventh major release. He has also written many titles for the Warpaint series of monographs as well as many articles for most of the popular historical aviation magazines. His special interest in one-off prototypes and research types made co-authoring X-Planes of Europe a particularly enjoyable task.

Axis Suicide Squads

Published: April 7th, 2019     
Axis Suicide Squads
Author: Justo Miranda
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Company: Fonthill Media

Fonthill Media's Axis Suicide Squads - German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War by Justo Miranda.

Author Justo Miranda has multiple books & publications out on Luftwaffe 'paper-projects' and late war designs. He is a tech drawer and Spanish Air Force Museum advisor.

This hardbound book is 224 pages and includes information on both actual aircraft used, and many "paper projects".

The cover flap reads "This book details the designs of all German and Japanese aircraft, examining the suicide bombers and aerial rammers deployed as desperate measures to counter the Allied advance. Axis Suicide Squads is an in-depth history of the tragic necessity for such drastic countermeasures; it contains comprehensive technical information relating to each machine and detailed, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the mechanics of how the aircraft functioned." This is a great summary of what this book is all about.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Aerial Ramming

North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K

Published: March 31st, 2019     
North American Aircraft NATO F-86D/K
Author: Robbie M. Robinson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Editions Minimonde 76

Born from the great North American F-86A, the F-86D/K all weather interceptor had a long and widespread career. It served the USA both home and abroad and as this book covers with 7 NATO air forces as well as US forces in Europe. The F-86D/K served NATO until the final ones were retired from the Italian Air Force in 1973.

The book has 5 total sections with the first section a brief overview of its development and production. Section Two covers the USAF in Europe. Section 3 is the largest section comprising 50 pages with coverage of the type's service in Royal Danish, French, West German, Royal Hellenic, Italian, Royal Netherland and Royal Norwegian Air Force. Section Four has a look inside with manual pages and detail pictures reproduced throughout. The book ends with the squadron badge of every unit in Europe both US and European to operate the F-86D/K.

Throughout the book are many photographs of the F-86D/K in service and beautiful color artwork of planes from each air force. In many cases a B&W photo is show with a color drawing rendition of the same aircraft to illustrate the various markings.

Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Top Drawings #63: Messerschmitt Bf-109G
Author: Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki; Illustrated by Maciej Noszczak & Arkadiusz Wrobel
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Kagero Publishing

This publication is one in a series of books in the TopDrawings series. It is a 20 page, paperback, printed in 8.3x11.7 format. The publication date was Dec 19, 2018.

Other publications in this series are:

  • #54 Ju-87B
  • #59 Ju-88
  • #52 F4U Corsair
  • #49 He-219 and others.

This is a Kagero publication which is marketed in North America by Casemate.

As mentioned in this review, the text and captions throughout the publication are translated by Stanislaw Powala-Niedzwiecki. The color profiles were created by Arkadiusz Wrobel. The scale drawings were created by Maciej Noszczak.

Top Drawings #61: Messerschmitt Bf-110 Vol. II

Published: March 31st, 2019     
Top Drawings #61: Messerschmitt Bf-110 Vol. II
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Jason Holt, IPMS# 40139
Company: Kagero Publishing

The Messerschmitt Bf-110 is another iconic mainstay of Luftwaffe aviation that is most recognizable to almost any aviation enthusiast. Originally designed in the 1930's, the 110 was one of the Luftwaffe's heavy-fighter/bomber mainstays. Originally it was anticipated to be replaced in the early 1940's by the Me-210, but due to the 210's poor performance issues the 110 was given a second chance.

Due to the cancelation of the Me-210, the Luftwaffe had decided it needed to continue to utilize the 110 airframe. In order to do so the 110 needed to overcome its shortfalls in order to keep up with the ever changing and rapid developments in aviation during World War Two. Through the procurement of more powerful engines for the 110 airframe it was able to prolong the use of the aircraft well to the end of the war.