Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI

Published: March 16th, 2019     
B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI
Author: Eduard M Young; Illustrator: Jim Laurier
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat Aircraft" series, this time with an installment on the B-25 Mitchel Units in the CBI. Like all the other books in this series, you can expect lots of period pictures, color profiles highlighting markings and main camouflages with excellent and detailed research.

The book is broken down in chronological order, which sort of follows a geographical order as the priorities in the CBI front shifted between India, Burma, and China.

These are the chapters and subsections on the book:

Operation Linebacker I 1972

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Operation Linebacker I 1972
Author: Marshall L. Michel III; Illustrated by: Adam Tooby
Reviewed by: David Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Air Campaign Series from Osprey Publishing covers several operations from World War II in the European (Battle of Britain, Operation Crossbow and Sink The Tirpitz) and Pacific (Rabaul) Theaters, as well as operations during the Vietnam War (Rolling Thunder, Linebacker I and Linebacker II).

Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Treaty Cruisers. The First International Warship Building Competition
Author: Leo Marriot
Reviewed by: Luke Bucci, IPMS# 33459
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

This book is also available in a hardback version (302 pages) priced at $55.00.

Casemate Publishers has reprinted a definitive review of the so-called "Treaty Cruisers" by Leo Marriot. The author has a long list of military books to his credit, focusing on WW2 ground actions and WW2 to modern naval subjects, including this title. He is known for an excellent book on the Titanic and The Universe, with illustrated views from the Hubble Space Telescope.

You get a 9.25 X 6 inches size paperback book with three Parts, 14 Chapters and four Appendices. Although the covers have a red tint, the book is completely B&W (no color) inside. The small print text is interspersed with B&W photos of ships, most of which are seen elsewhere, but there are a few rare ones. There are also small line drawings of profiles of ships. But mostly, this book is crammed full of text.

How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car

Published: March 16th, 2019     
How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car
Author: Philip Young
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Company: Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing has issued a number of books in their SpeedPro Series that illustrates practical automotive performance tips and advice. This softcover book conations 96 pages of honest and engaging information on "How to Build a Successful Low-Cost Rally Car."

It is first and foremost a primer that shows you how to enter the field of long-distance endurance racing on a budget but it also has information and close-up photos of the kinds of modifications that can be used to recreate an authentic replica of those spartan race cars in scale.

The book is British-centric and many of the automotive terms like bonnet and windscreen (just as the races are) are prevalent but are easily understood from context so it's still a pretty easy read.

If you are seriously looking to get into the sport this book is a great place to start. Advice begins with an Austin Allegro project car. It describes in detail the modifications performed on the car for racing and optional products that will fit other budgetary considerations.

Hellcat Vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai Pacific Theater 1944-45

Published: March 16th, 2019     
Hellcat Vs Shiden/Shiden-Kai Pacific Theater 1944-45
Author: Tony Holmes; Illustrator: Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

The opponent vs opponent series is one of Osprey's most enjoyable, this volume does not disappoint. The Hellcat was a later war USN fighter of which 12,275 were built. It was fast, maneuverable and very rugged (there is good reason Grumman was called "The Iron Works". The Hellcat became the premier fighter of the USN. The Kawanishi Shiden and Shiden-Kai of which a total of approximately 1400 were built, was developed from a floatplane and departed from customary Japanese design philosophy in that it was heavily armed and both maneuverable and ruggedly constructed.

The book is broken down into 10 sections beginning with two short introduction and design chronology sections totaling 4 pages.

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