Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Junkers JU-88A

Published: October 22nd, 2018     
Junkers JU-88A
Author: Maciej Noszczak
Reviewed by: Paul Mahoney, IPMS# 8943
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

MMP's "Spotlight On" series seems designed primarily around color profiles with a relatively narrow focus on a specific subject. Most of the series covers aircraft, but I have seen at least one armor title in the group. The Ju 88A book, like most in the series, consists primarily of large, full-page color profiles of the subject matter.

Upon opening the narrow, hardcover book, one is immediately presented with an introductory page briefly discussing the Ju 88's development and a synopsis of the different subtypes within the "A" models. This is immediately followed by over 40 pages of color profiles. The last page of the book has publishing information and shows the covers of several other titles in the series.

Operation Linebacker II 1972

Published: October 21st, 2018     
Operation Linebacker II 1972
Author: Marshall L. Michel III
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

In his organization of this book, Mr. Michel provides a logical approach to this 'air campaign.' The Table of Contents provides for the basic outline:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Attackers' Capabilities
  • Defenders' Capabilities
  • Campaign Objectives
  • The Campaign
  • Aftermath and Analysis
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index

During his introduction, I was surprised to read the author's comments about an earlier book I had read and prior to this point considered to be the basic groundwork for this air war over Vietnam; Linebacker II: A View From the Rock. He calls this early recounting of the Linebacker II operations "an inaccurate and self-aggrandizing memoir."

In this book, the author clearly lays out the 11 nights of the Linebacker II, and often ill-conceived organization, planning, and operations of these strategic and tactical missions. He does so in a very convincing manner.

The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville

Published: October 20th, 2018     
The Solomons, 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville
Author: Mark Stille. Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to add titles to its long running Campaigns series, this time tackling the struggle to liberate the remaining islands in the Solomon's Island chain in the months after the successful conclusion of the Guadalcanal campaign. Using their tried and true format, the volume looks at the opposing commanders, forces, and plans before diving into the narrative on the campaign. Using contemporary photographs, superb maps, and full color illustrations, this volume does an excellent job in summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. Since these volumes are meant as an overview, they do not go into great detail into the campaigns, but provide enough information to give the reader a grounding in the campaign.

British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"

Published: October 15th, 2018     
British Ironclads, 1860-1875: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's "Black Battlefleet"
Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publications

Osprey's newest addition to the New Vanguard series tackles one of the revolutions in naval construction and warfare - the ironclad. In one of the slimmer editions of this series, this volume follows the tried and true formula of the series. Using a mix of original artwork and contemporary illustrations, the author examines the origins, armor, ordnance, propulsion and crew accommodations on early British Ironclads. Unfortunately, if you are looking for service histories of the ships of the Black Battlefleet, they are not included in the narrative. That is the only disappointment in this volume.

International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3

Published: October 15th, 2018     
International Autumn 2018 Volume 49/3
Author: Managing Editor: Mick Davis
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Cross & Cockade International

The latest journal of Cross & Cockade International - Autumn 2018, features a front cover photograph of Jean Chaput in front of his Nieuport 11, N940. This color 1916 photograph was based on the Autochrome technology developed by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The inside rear cover features color illustrations by Juanita Franzl of Lt. Dawson's and Lt N. E. Williams' Ship's Camels. The outside rear cover features color illustrations by David Mechin of Jean Chaput's aircraft. If you check out the web site link above, you can get additional sample pics of the current issue.

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter (sign up on their website) and occasionally publish WWI themed books like the Sopwith Dolphin monograph I reviewed earlier for IPMS USA. This Journal is the sister of the US Journal, Over The Front.