Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Me 210/410 Zerstorer Units – Combat Aircraft 131

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Me 210/410 Zerstorer Units – Combat Aircraft 131
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This is another great book in the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series. It covers the development of the 210 and the later 410 aircraft. These were designed to replace the classic Me 110 aircraft.

It was in 1937 that the idea and development started on a replacement for the Me 110 Zerstorer (Destroyer) which itself was just entering service. The new design would have to full fill the role of Destroyer and dive bomber.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done including all issues with the Me 210 which was not the success Messerschmitt was hoping for. This was due to a lack of sufficient flight-testing, the Me 210 suffered from bad reputation in respect to its flight characteristics and weak undercarriage. Every detail and stages are covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the different issues and production locations etc.

The book shows how many changes and problems were encounter due to politics the materials availabilities at the time. Also, how the changes from the 210 to the 410 which was a much better aircraft design,

Tigers I and II

Published: November 27th, 2019     
Tigers I and II
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: David Doyle Books

Whether I am reviewing his armor books as now, or his aircraft books, like my previous review on the SBD, I am always finding David Doyle's books to be tremendous additions to the reference bookshelf. I find myself referring to them numerous times, whether for my own projects or to check on something for friends asking advice. The best advice, of course, is to buy themselves their own copy of the book...and this Legends of Warfare volume on the Tigers is no exception.

The book is not the end all or be all purchase that you'll never need anything else to buy for the library. It is, however, a good place to start for someone transitioning to armor modeling for the first time, or just looking to build one of the various offerings of Tiger kits available. WWII buffs in general will thoroughly enjoy looking through the texts and various photos. Enough babbling...what's inside Mike?

Armour Of The Eastern Front 1941-1945

Published: November 20th, 2019     
Armour Of The Eastern Front 1941-1945
Author: David Grummitt Illustrator: Claudio Fernandez, Mark Rolfe, Slawomir Zajaczkowski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Guideline License Publications has unveiled a new series, Warpaint Armour. Instead of a monograph on a single aircraft, this series will contain a series of articles that focus on tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles that shaped pivotal moments in the history of modern warfare. Warpaint Armour will showcase articles by a team of experts utilizing the latest research. Each article features historical photographs along with color pics of museum displays or renovated AFVs from World War I to the current day. Each volume will feature eight focused articles and a modelling gallery, showcasing some of the finest models that have been seen in Miltary Modelcraft International over the last decade. Each article will also include specially commissioned color profiles in conjunction with Acrylicos Vallejo model paints.

Kaiserliche und Königliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914-1915, Vol. 2

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Kaiserliche und Königliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie in Western Galicia 1914-1915, Vol. 2
Author: Marek Dubiński, Tomasz Basarabowicz
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: MMP Books

This illustrated photo album includes over 120 B&W pictures of the Kaiserliche und Konigliche Eisenbahn-Bau Kompanie unit (German Imperial Railway Construction Company) which operated during early stages of WW1 in the Western Galicia, now southern Poland. The railways are mostly narrow gauge.

The book uses black & white photographs to illustrate various construction or repair projects by the K.U.K in Western Galicia during the early WWI years between 1914-15. Captions are provided with each of the photos to describe the location and content of the photo. The photos are clear, and many show damaged bridges being built or repaired with descriptions of various construction methods and materials. A brief, but detailed outline of military operations provides context for the projects.

The railway projects are organized in these towns or areas:

General Outline of Military Operations in Western Galicia between August 1914 and mid-September 1915

Scale Military Modeller International, July 2019

Published: November 19th, 2019     
Author: SMMI
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves, IPMS# 51129
Company: SAM Publications

One of my favorite start of the new month activities is to head to Barnes and Noble on a Friday afternoon and peruse the new model magazines. I usually only buy one or two each month, but it is part of my routine. Apparently though, my solitary habits aren't enough to sustain the space on the shelves as my local shop isn't stocking much as of late. So I was happy to see this sample of SMMI show up with another review. Here's the breakdown of what's inside:

T-34 Captured - looks at Robin Gilby's 1/35 ICM Pz.Kpfw T-34-747(r) - more so an overview of the painting process with no real in-build photos...describes paint and weathering stages.

The Desert General - Modelers Masterclass article on Robin Gilby's 1/35 Tamiya Leclerc Series II build- this one describes the actual build, but again- photos only represent the tank during the painting and weathering stages.

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