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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98

Published: August 3rd, 2019     
US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98
Author: Brian Lane Herder, Illustrated by Paul Wright, F. Rodriguez, and A. Gilliland
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the 1860s the US Navy led the world with the innovative, turreted ironclad USS Monitor - a vessel that gave rise to a series of warships whose name defined the class. However, within ten years of the end of the Civil War, the US Navy had become a mere ghost of its former size and power. Ships were decommissioned, sailors released from service, and the Secretary of the Navy was returning funds to the Treasury. By the 1880s, British built ironclad battleships of the Brazilian and Chilean navies caused panic within the halls of Congress and along the east and west coasts of the United States. Frustrated officers from the US Navy, along with insightful members of Congress and the Garfield administration determined that major changes were needed to prevent the US Navy from declining into irrelevance.

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1931-40 Arise to Protect

Published: August 2nd, 2019     
A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1931-40 Arise to Protect
Author: Joe Bamford and John Williams
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Fonthill Media

The book is part two of a two book history of RAF Manston, which became one of the busiest Airfields in the UK during WWII. The airbase was built-up during the pre-war days to be one, if not the most important airbases to the RAF.

The airbase was a very successful technical training center for the RAF during the years leading up to WWII and the details of this are covered extremely well in this book. The book goes into great detail about many of the officers and commanders stationed throughout the station during this period. There was even Air Races held here in the early 1930's. Even the famous Sir Alan Cobham exhibited his flying skills here.

The book covers many of the aircraft that were operated from here, some I was not even aware of and had to look up. The aces that served here are also detailed through the chapters.

There were lots of air exercises held here in prewar 1930's which helped the RAF prepare for war, making this such an important airbase in regard to helping the RAF face the Luftwaffe.

M65 Atomic Cannon

Published: July 28th, 2019     
M65 Atomic Cannon
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: David Doyle books

Pen and Sword has published another tome in David Doyle's Images of War series of books. This most recent volume covers the M65 Atomic Cannon. Should you be unaware of this series of books, David Doyle gathers together an immense number of rare and often times never before published photos on the selected subject. There are well written and informative captions for each and every photo.

For those that may be unfamiliar with the M65 Atomic Cannon there is a vintage film, produced by the U.S. Army, that highlights the cannon and associated vehicles. And if modeling the M65 is in your future this video may even give you a few ideas for displaying this enormous piece of artillery.

Following a brief introductory chapter on the history of large caliber, long ranged artillery, David Doyle's M65 Atomic Cannon is divided into five chapters:

The Fairchild Republic A-10 'Warthog'

Published: July 28th, 2019     
The Fairchild Republic A-10 'Warthog'
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: SAM Publications

Andy Evans is currently the Senior Editor for the SAM magazines Scale Military Modeller International and Model Aircraft Monthly. Andy has authored over a dozen books, including Crowood's Bae/McDonnell Douglas Harrier (1998), Crowood's Panavia Tornado (1999), Cassell's Combat Search & Rescue (1999)Warpaint Books' Sepecat Jaguar (2006), SAM's The British Aerospace Sea Harrier (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 1 (2007), Dalrymple & Verdun's The Nimrod (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 2 (2008), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 3 (2008), SAM's The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (2008), SAM's The Bae (Hawker Siddeley) RAF Harrier (2010).

Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle Books

This book provides great detail drawings of the American M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer.

The US idea when going into WWII was to use tanks to support infantry and use Tank Destroyers against enemy tanks.

I found the photos and information in this book to be fascinating and many of the photos are ones not available anywhere else. The photos range from in production shots, in action and knocked out ones. All variations are covered in the photos and you see a lot of in action shots with the tank customized by each crew.

Along with the many photos from WWII there are great workarounds pictures full of fantastic details. These are indispensable for any modeler building this tank destroyer. You see so much detail in the walk around pictures which will make adding additional work to your model so much easier.

Each photo has a great description of what is in the picture, units using them, where and when.

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