Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Steam Traction on the Road

Published: March 15th, 2019     
Steam Traction on the Road
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd

Steam Traction on the Road is a historical description of the development of steam power and the engineers and manufacturers that created steam vehicles. The book includes a nice description of the people that designed steam vehicles in addition to the steam engines themselves. The book's focus is on steam engines in England, but also includes some mentions of steam vehicles in America and other countries.

The Author

Anthony Burton has been a professional writer and broadcaster for over forty years, during which time he has largely concentrated on the history of industry and transport. His books include The Canal Builders, recently reprinted in its fifth edition, and The Railway Builders. He has written a biography of the great steam pioneer Richard Trevithick and is currently writing the story of railway engineer Joseph Locke. He has worked as writer and presenter on a number of TV programmes for all main channels, including documentaries on the National Railway Museum, the Great Western Railway, the locomotive trials at Rainhill and the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Finnish Jet Colours

Published: March 15th, 2019     
Finnish Jet Colours
Author: Kyösti Partonen
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

One of the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' White Series, Finnish Jet Colours follows up three earlier volumes in Finnish camouflage and markings (2014's Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945 Volume 1, 2015's Finnish Fighter Colours 1939-1945 Volume 2, and 2018's Finnish Bomber Colours 1939-1945). MMP is calling this book part of their "Rainbow Series." I'm guessing that refers to their large format camouflage and markings set of books in their "White" series that have addressed Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and Sweden. This series seems to share a commonality of discussing the specific topic of the evolution of a countries' evolution in markings. To that end, this book utilizes many previously un-published pictures and focuses in on individual aircraft to supplement with superb color illustrations.

The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014

Published: March 13th, 2019     
The Essential Buyers Guide, Ford Mustang, Fifth Generation/S197 2005 to 2014
Author: Matt Cook
Reviewed by: Chris Smith, IPMS# 39182
Company: Veloce Publishing

It's nice when a product delivers what it promises as this book does. As the title implies this is a buyer's roadmap to purchasing a fifth generation (2005 to 2014) Ford Mustang also known as the S-197 bodied cars. Mustang fans were thrilled when this body style was reveled in 2004 because it harkened back to the sharp angular lines of 1965-67 Mustangs that established the "Ponycar" paradigm. The 2011 model year was especially anticipated as it marked the return of the 5.0 liter V8. As the proud owner of a 2013 Mustang GT as well as a lifelong fan of this iconic car, I was intrigued by what this book offers.

French Battleships 1914 - 45

Published: March 6th, 2019     
French Battleships 1914 - 45
Author: Ryan K. Noppen
Reviewed by: William Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

Despite having produced the world's first ocean-going ironclad warship in 1859, the Glorie, the French Navy (Marine Nationale Francaise) entered the twentieth century unsure of its direction and at the mercy of confusing political demands. It was left with a hodgepodge of capital ships at the end of the nineteenth century few in number and facing obsolescence. It took the emergence of Germany's Imperial Navy, the Mediterranean threat from Italy and Austria-Hungary, as well as its traditional rivalry with Britain's Royal Navy to shake the French Navy and the Marine Ministry from their stupor and confusion, and institute a program leading to the development of modern battleships.

Divided primarily into four sections, this edition of Osprey's New Vanguard naval series describes:

Great Cars - Volkswagen Beetle - A Celebration of the World’s Most Popular Car

Published: March 3rd, 2019     
Great Cars - Volkswagen Beetle - A Celebration of the World’s Most Popular Car
Author: Richard Copping
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Veloce Publishing

The book goes into great detail of the development, service, variants and full history of a classic car which is one of the world's most popular cars ever produced. I have always loved this little car, with great memories of traveling in one when I was a child in the Sixties. The book is a wonderful treasure trove of pictures that I have ever seen before and even though I thought I knew a lot about this car it has so much more history and facts I never heard before.

Also, it is written by a very professional and knowledgeable author of lots of articles I have read and enjoyed before. The car's history goes back to Wartime Germany in the late 1930s and goes on till today! The car was the brainchild of the great car designer Ferdinand Porsche and was to be the Peoples car of the Third Reich under Hitler, hence Volkswagen (Peoples Car).

I found this book fascinating and made me aware of a lot of information I have never read before. The pictures alone are well worth getting this book for.

I was amazed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book.

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