Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Mutina 43 BC, Marc Antony’s Struggle for Survival

Published: August 14th, 2019     
Mutina 43 BC, Marc Antony’s Struggle for Survival
Author: Nic fields and Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author and illustrator. Dr Nic fields is the author of this publication and many others so he is not a stranger to the osprey family or to my memory. He's a veteran of the Royal Marines, biochemist and historian so I guess you could say a jack of all trades. He does a lot of his research writing and editorials freelance.

Peter Dennis is another star contributor of the Osprey book family and is a graduate of the Liverpool art college. He's has illustrated hundreds of books and I have quite a few examples of them , a sharp eye for accuracy and consistency your not going to find a bigger name than Pete when it comes to the historical art community.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

The Pirate World

Published: August 13th, 2019     
The Pirate World
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author, Angus Konstam is an internationally renowned historian and one of the world's leading experts on pirates and pirate history with well over 100 books to his name. 60 of his publications have been written for Osprey with 3 of his books being best sellers. He is a formal Naval officer and has worked as an underwater archaeologist, he now lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland as a fulltime author.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

Detail & Scale Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1: The First Ten Years

Published: August 12th, 2019     
Detail & Scale Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1:  The First Ten Years
Author: Bert Kinzey
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Detail & Scale, Inc.

Thank you to Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak for continuing to bring back a tremendous resource for the modeler and aviation historian in a digital format. Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me to test out this new and exciting method of researching history, details, and versions of early USN and USMC jets and related aircraft carrier design changes. The official title is Jet Fighters of the U. S. Navy & Marine Corps, Part 1: The First Ten Years. The second volume is due for release later this year.

South American Battleships 1908-59

Published: August 12th, 2019     
South American Battleships 1908-59
Author: Mark Ladas, Johnny Shumate, and Julian Baker
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author and illustrators, Mark Ladas holds a degree in Naval architecture and has written a few naval publications for osprey, he is an avid ship modeler and amateur historian. The illustrators Johnny Shumate and Julian baker both work as freelance illustrators and have both also been longtime contributors to osprey.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

Published: August 7th, 2019     
F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War
Author: Warren Thompson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

Designed during WWII and built in 180 days the F-80 did see some service in Italy in the final days of WWII. Post war many were stationed both in Europe and in Japan. Those in Japan were the first to answer the call when the North Koreans invaded South Korea.

The F-80 compiled a strong record in the Korean conflict. The aircraft is credited with shooting down 17 enemy aircraft, using in excess of 80,000 air to ground rockets and dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs during almost 90,000 combat sorties. A most admirable record for any aircraft. They served throughout the conflict and were the first US jet to engage in jet to jet combat.

The book is broken down into six chapters covering their use with mostly the 49th and 8th Fighter Bomber Wings. The first of the six chapters is brief and covers development, post WWII fight to keep it in the budget and initial deployment to the Pacific where it was to help contain and monitor Communist China and the USSR.