Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Weathering Aircraft Issue 16. Rarities

Published: September 14th, 2020     
The Weathering Aircraft Issue 16. Rarities
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

The Weathering Aircraft is an offshoot of Mig Jimenez' The Weathering Magazine, a specialized publication designed for modelers of all skill levels and subjects. Each issue delivers to you, the most advanced weathering techniques and the related products used to achieve incredible results.

The Weathering Aircraft latest release is focused on Rarities. Rarities as used in this issue refers to extremely unusual schemes for a particular aircraft. This sixteenth issue is a magazine soft cover of 72 gloss pages (including the covers). The front cover features a color photo of Karim Bibi's Wingnut Wings Early Halberstadt in Royal Prussian Schlasta 21 markings; "3 Martha & Else". This magazine is all about color and I counted 346 glossy color photographs and one black and white photograph. This issue opens up with a loving tribute to Mig Jimenez's wife, Elizabeth Wiese, who passed on 30-December 2019 to cancer far too soon. Elizabeth was instrumental in creating The Weathering Magazine and The Weathering Aircraft. The contents include the following:

Hitler’s Heavy Tiger Tank Battalions, 1942-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Published: September 13th, 2020     
Hitler’s Heavy Tiger Tank Battalions, 1942-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

The images of war series, published by Pen and Sword but distributed by Casemate Publishing, is a prolific series that covers a huge variety of topics. They will often feature a campaign or a particular vehicle and then provide a brief narrative and photographic coverage of the vehicle's service life. The author's do their best to find photographs that have not been widely published. The audience for these publications are history buffs and. I would say, modelers.

This particular volume focuses on the individual Tiger Tank battalions that were formed with the advent of the Tiger. The book takes a chronological approach and starts every chapter with a brief overview of what was going on. This is not a photo essay on the Tiger, but the battalions that they served. They served on every front and provided the units that they supported with the firepower that they were well known for. Since these battalions were combined arms units, the photographs not only show Tiger Tanks, but views of the supporting arms, which in my mind, are the most compelling of the book. There are some great ideas for dioramas, in particular with the mechanized flak guns.

Journal of the Military Vehicle Preservation Society (Vol. 2, Issue 2 - October/November 2019)

Published: September 13th, 2020     
Journal of the Military Vehicle Preservation Society (Vol. 2, Issue 2 - October/November 2019)
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

The Military Vehicle Preservation Society (MVPA) is a hobbyist group that restores and operate historical military vehicles. While the journal is for members, for modelers that enjoy soft skins, the images are worthwhile. From what I can figure out, it appears that History in Motion is available to members as opposed to something you would find in a hobby shop. This publication is the result of merging the previous two membership publications into one.

Like many membership publications, there are articles from the officers, features that highlight membership activities and special articles. The articles in this issue that caught my attention was the last part of three part series on Canadian Five Ton trucks., the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and a number of photo series. The photographs are of a great quality, though keep in mind, these are restored vehicles. For the vehicle aficionado, the magazine is packed full of ads for vendors who sell a remarkable array of goods related to historic vehicles. Impressive.

Fighting Vehicles of the Israeli Army in Colour & Scale

Published: September 13th, 2020     
Fighting Vehicles of the Israeli Army in Colour & Scale
Reviewed by: Michael Reeves - IPMS# 51129

This is the first of a new series of books for military modellers and enthusiasts. Each book in the series centers on a particular subject and numerous model builds, step-by-step guides, and tips and techniques along the way. Models in a variety of scales are included- some full kit builds, some conversions, and painting guides. This particular volume looks in depth at various vehicles that serve with the Israeli Defense Forces. Some of the topics covered include urban warfare, mine clearance, main battle tanks, and armoured personnel carriers.

What's Inside

After a brief two page introduction, the book continues with 21 different builds or conversions of kits. The titles pretty much give an indication of what is occurring in each build and what kits were used. The builds break down into the following:

Red Star and Roundel: A Shared Century

Published: September 11th, 2020     
Red Star and Roundel: A Shared Century
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci PhD - IPMS# 33549
Company: Fonthill Media

Thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMSUSA for the review copy!

Philip Wilkinson has written a tome on a topic seldom seen - Anglo-Russian air force togetherness from before the First World War to a few years ago. This book contains a wealth of historical information that is very difficult to find, along with a first-hand view of military cooperation (or not) by the author. Mr. Wilkinson served in the RAF and thus this book is chiefly concerned with British airpower and its changes through war and peace. His perspective and insights are many and astute. If you are looking for technical details or operational histories, this is not the right book. If you want to know the highlights of RAF-Russian interactions from an RAF viewpoint, this is the right book.

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