Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Eurofighter Typhoon - Flying with Air Forces Around the World

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Eurofighter Typhoon - Flying with Air Forces Around the World
Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085

This is a new publication from Duke Hawkins Books and is the sixth volume of a series of books that they have recently published highlighting modern jets. This volume focuses on the Eurofighter/Typhoon.

When the book was published, the Eurofighter/Typhoon was operated by 7 countries - England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman and the volume includes at least one photograph of a jet from each country. There is text scattered throughout the book, however, to be honest, most of it is expanded captions discussing the photographs that it accompanies.

The strength of this book are the stunning photographs in it. I counted 290 images. All the photographs are in full color and are beautifully reproduced. The photographs are from several photographers and include not only excellent air-to-air shots, but also quite a few photos of the aircraft on the ground. While the Eurofighter/Typhoon is almost always painted in grey, there are a few variations on this theme. There are also a lot of photographs showing the markings of individual aircraft and several eye-popping air-to-air shots of anniversary or Tiger Meet schemes.

The 3rd SS Panzer Regiment by Pierre Tiquet

Published: September 19th, 2020     
The 3rd SS Panzer Regiment by Pierre Tiquet
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This book covers the complete history of the 3rd SS Panzer Regiment - part of the Totenkopt Division. The subject is approached from the men's stories, profiles, battles and weapons used.

The "first person" accounts are the highlight of this book. It is written in such a way that it draws you in and you are there experiencing what they did. I must admit I enjoyed this so much and learnt a lot about the feeling, day to day routines as well as the battles. The soldier's profiles are another great way to help you understand who these people were.

The regiment was formed in late 1942 in France but was transferred to the Eastern front and was involved in many major campaigns and battles in this part of the war. The chapters are broken down well and each covers major events and periods in the regiment's history.

The illustrations, photos and documents are impressive and significantly added to understanding the whole period in history for these men.

F-102 Delta Dagger Units

Published: September 19th, 2020     
F-102 Delta Dagger Units
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Peter E. Davies has published 37 aviation books, over 20 of them for Osprey. He has also contributed to magazines such as Aeroplane Monthly, Aviation News and Aircraft Illustrated. He concentrates mainly upon combat aircraft of the Cold War and Vietnam War. Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. He lives in the US.

Kargil 1999 - South Asia's First Post-Nuclear Conflict

Published: September 19th, 2020     
Kargil 1999 - South Asia's First Post-Nuclear Conflict
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Sanjay Badri-Maharaj, from Trinidad, received his MA and PhD from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. His thesis was on India's Nuclear Weapons Program. He has written and published extensively, including two books - The Armageddon Factor: Nuclear Weapons in the India-Pakistan Context (2000) and Indian Nuclear Strategy: Confronting the Potential Nuclear Threat from both Pakistan and China (2018). He has served as a consultant to the Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and was a visiting International Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. This is his first instalment for Helion.

Model Building Guide #11 Lockheed P-38H Lightning Reference Gallery

Published: September 18th, 2020     
Model Building Guide #11 Lockheed P-38H Lightning Reference Gallery
Reviewed by: Michael A. Turco - IPMS# 47863
Company: Richard Marmo

This 50-page reference document presents a nice pictorial history of the P-38H in the Pacific theater of WWII. While all but two of the photographs are black & white, this shouldn't be a problem for modelers trying to duplicate the color scheme since all those shown were olive drab over gray.

This e-document allows a reader to navigate from a thumbnail list at the front or scroll through full-size photographs. The photos reveal the irregularities of the camo painting, the painted-on number designations, and general weather-beaten condition of the Lightnings in the Pacific. While the author admits the variable quality of the photos due to wartime limitations, there are some sharp, up-close ground and mid-air shots of the plane from various angles.

The author was not able to identify the individuals in photo #19. While I have yet to ID the women, I submit that the fellow in the photo is actor Gary Cooper. Cooper was too old and unfit for duty at the time, but he toured SW Pacific as a morale booster.