Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

P-47D Thunmderbolt vs. KI-43-II Oscar: New Guinea, 1943-44

Published: September 20th, 2020     
P-47D Thunmderbolt vs. KI-43-II Oscar: New Guinea, 1943-44
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

History

This book is part of a series of excellent Osprey Publications dealing with the history of World War II in the air. This volume deals with the conflicts between the Japanese Army, who were attempting to dominate New Guinea early in World War II, and the United States Army, who were attempting to remove the Japanese and send them back where they belonged. Several JAAF units were involved, using primarily the Nakajima Ki-43-II "Oscar" fighter, opposed by the U.S. 5th Air Force P-47D units. This story has not been told before.

P-40E Warhawk vs. A6M2 Zero-Sen: East Indies and Darwin, 1942

Published: September 20th, 2020     
P-40E Warhawk vs. A6M2 Zero-Sen: East Indies and Darwin, 1942
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

History

This book is part of an excellent series on the course of World War II in the air, and although it is a little more inclusive than the title implies, it covers the action between the 3rd Kokutai and the Tainan Kokutai, Japanese Navy units equipped with Mitsubishi A6M-2 Zero Sens, Mitsubishi G4M-2's, and Nakajima C5M2 reconnaissance types and based in the former Netherlands East Indies, and the U.S. Army 49th Pursuit Group, (Later 49th Fighter Group), armed primarily with Curtiss P-40E "Warhawk" fighters, and base in Northern Australia around Darwin. The Japanese were attempting to destroy Allied installations in Northern Australia, while the Americans were attempting to defend them. In general, the Japanese were probably better trained and more experienced than the Americans, but given the conditions of combat, the outcomes were fairly even. Although a few Japanese attacks were carried out with carrier based aircraft, most of their raids were from land bases north of Australia, well out of range of American aircraft.

Camel Pilot Supreme-Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC

Published: September 20th, 2020     
Camel Pilot Supreme-Captain D.V. Armstrong DFC
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

The story put forward by author Annette Carson, took place over 100 year ago. It is the story of a young man named D'Urban.V. Armstrong. DVA, as he is called throughout the book, was one of many airmen who served during the Great War. Unlike many of the pilots who became famous for their exploits during World War I, DVA survived the conflict, (spoiler alert!!!) only to meet his end two days after the Cease-Fire while flying an aircraft (Sopwith Camel) which he had gained fame having mastered. Ms. Carson writes about the reputation of the Camel being less than positive, and how DVA learned how to control the aircraft, and then instructed others how to control the Camel, significantly reducing accidents during training, (350 men died in Camel-related air accidents during training) and leading to the Camel having a very positive reputation among today's historians.

4-Wheeled Armoured Cars in Germany WW2

Published: September 19th, 2020     
4-Wheeled Armoured Cars in Germany WW2
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: MMP Books

This is a thin book but very large format, and the images are of a very high quality of the various 4 Wheeled German armoured cars of WWII.

The book covers the Kfz.13, Kfz. 14, Sd.Kfz. 221, 222, 223, 247, 260 and 261.

The most widely used 221, 223 and 223 take up most of the book. The photos and descriptions are great and very detailed.

I found this book fascinating and will be using some of the Photos as inspiration for a few kits in my stash. This this a fantastic reference for all armour modelers.

I highly recommend this book.

Thanks to MMP Books and Casemate Publishers for providing this book for review and to IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

Building the Spitfire

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Building the Spitfire
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

If you are in the market for a single, thorough modelers guide to the venerable Spitfire, this new offering from Model Aircraft Publications LTD would certainly fit the bill. With photos and text of scale model builds of the plane in 1/72, 1/48, 1/32, and 1/24 scale, this book covers 17 variants of one of the most famous fighter planes of WWII. For fans of the Spitfire looking to create their own in plastic, I would consider this a must-have book. While the company currently shows this as a pre-order item with a June 2020 release, I have recently seen it available through an online retailer here in the USA.

The book begins with an eight-page introduction of the plane, and then moves into the 24 builds by various modelers, as compiled by Andy Evans. As mentioned, all four of the most popular modeling scales are covered in this book from the diminutive 1/72 scale to the incredibly large 1/24 scale. Manufacturers including Airfix, Ari, Eduard, Hasegawa, Pacific Coast, Revell, Tamiya, and Trumpeter are all represented. The reviews run from three to six pages in length, with the majority being four pages long.