Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Spotlight on Ilyushin Il-2

Published: September 18th, 2020     
Spotlight on Ilyushin Il-2
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

The Ilyushin Il-2, commonly known as the "Sturmovik," was a ground attack aircraft used by the Soviet Union during the Great Patriotic War (World War 2) in great numbers. In fact, it was the most produced aircraft of all back then, with almost 37,000 being made during the course of the war. Simple, sturdy and heavily armored, it played a crucial role on the Eastern Front fighting against the Axis, destroying innumerable vehicles and tanks and greatly blunting the force of Hitler's attacks on the homeland.

This new volume by MMP Books in their "Spotlight On" series is a wonderful reference for modelers. It begins with a quick overview of the camouflage specifications for aircraft of the Soviet Union, and then follows with page after page of profiles. In fact, the book is almost entirely dedicated to color profiles and plan views.

American Guided Missiles of World War II

Published: September 17th, 2020     
American Guided Missiles of World War II
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

Steven J. Zaloga was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John and Muriel Zaloga on February 1, 1952. Steven earned his undergraduate degree Cum Laude in History at Union College and his Masters' degree in History at Columbia University. He obtained a Certificate in International Affairs from the graduate program of the University of Cracow. He has worked in the aerospace industry for some twenty years as an analyst specializing in missiles, precision guided munitions and unarmed aerial vehicles. Steven has served with a federal think tank, Defense Analyses. He was the writer director for The Discovery Channel's "Firepower" series from 1987 to 1992. He has authored many books on military technology, especially in armored warfare. Steven is a noted scale armor modeler and is a member of AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society).

Combat Vehicles of Russia’s Special Forces

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Combat Vehicles of Russia’s Special Forces
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892

Osprey is a prolific publishing company based in England that not only covers historical military history topics, but modern ones as well. Published in 2020, this work as a tight focus on vehicles used by the wide variety of elite and specialist troops in the Russian Republic. As with nearly every series of Osprey the book is filled with well reproduced photographs (all color) and illustrations. It divides the book into the various users and, again as a regular feature of these books, a short list of suggested works for those who would like to know more.

Tank Attack at Monte Cassino - The Cavendish Road operation 1944

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Tank Attack at Monte Cassino - The Cavendish Road operation 1944
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715

This book covers a little-known major operation within the campaign at Monte Cassino which was a success in its own right.

The operation was to build a road and assault German positions north of Monte Cassino with tanks of the New Zealanders, Indians and Americans forces. The plan was audacious and daring by building a road able to carry the tanks on a narrow mountain track. The operation would help in breaking through the infamous Gustav Line. I have long been interested in the Monte Cassino operation as my Father was involved in this campaign, but I had never read anything on this operation and found the book fascination and illuminating. The work and effort put into this action was enormous. The pictures and maps help the read to outstand the events and actions. The picture of the area as it is now also adds another dimension to the readers knowledge.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWII.

Thanks go to Pen and Sword Casemate Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them

Scale Plans No. 65 Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-21F

Published: September 16th, 2020     
Scale Plans No. 65 Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-21F
Reviewed by: James Kelley - IPMS# 42106

Continuing in their Scale Plans series, MMP Books has released Scale Plans No. 65, covering the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF. Consisting of 6 pages, which are each a fold-out set of plans (Nerd Centerfolds, according to my wife) in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales. Opening each set of plans, the book now has 12 pages.

Each set of plans consists of:

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