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Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

MacArthur’s Air Force

Published: August 26th, 2019     
MacArthur’s Air Force
Author: Bill Yenne
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Company: Osprey Publishing

The subtitle of this book is "American Airpower over the Pacific and the Far East, 1941-51". But it covers much more than this.

This excellent book follows Douglas MacArthur from his education at West Point through his retirement. I really enjoyed some of the "side stories", such as the fact that Arthur MacArthur, Douglas' father was friends with Congressman John Mitchell. When Arthur was deployed, Mrs. MacArthur stayed in Milwaukee, where the Mitchells also lived. Douglas was friends with the son Bill, who was later famous as Billy Mitchell, the airpower advocate. The two served together on the Army General Staff. And Douglas MacArthur was on the board of Mitchell's court martial.

The book doesn't just follow MacArthur's career, but also the development of air power in the US Army, also noting the lack of interest in air by higher commands. It also shows how the people who worked for MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific fought and won the war. MacArthur may have been in charge, but the pilots, crew members, maintenance people, administrators, cooks, supply people, and all those other jobs made victory possible.

Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft

Published: August 26th, 2019     
Mikoyan MiG-29 & MiG-35: Famous Russian Aircraft
Author: Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov
Reviewed by: Michael Novosad, IPMS# 36721
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

Introduction

(from the Specialty Press website)

Designed as a mass-produced and relatively cheap light tactical fighter, the MiG-29 first flew on October 6, 1977. After extensive flight testing, it entered production in 1982 and deliveries to the Soviet Air Force began in 1983. In addition to its main counter-air role, the aircraft had a useful air-to-ground capability, carrying free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. From the outset the MiG-29 had been steadily developed beyond the fourth generation with changes to the airframe, avionics and weapons systems and new variants were produced in the early 2000s.

The MiG-29 known as the Fulcrum in the west, became both one of the Soviet Air Force's main fighter types and a successful Soviet export with nearly a third of the 1,500 first-generation Fulcrums built up to 1996 being exported. It saw service with 25 nations around the globe. Apart from the (former) Warsaw Pact nations, notable customers include India, Malaysia, Iraq, Yemen, Eritrea, Cuba and Peru.

PZL P.11c

Published: August 24th, 2019     
PZL P.11c
Author: Artur Juszczak and Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

This tome is the second in this new series, Single. This series format consists of a 4-view colour profile, scale plans, and photo details of a single variant; in this case the PZL P.11c. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. You won't find an introduction or background summary, as this series dives straight into the drawings, illustrations, and photographs.

Artur Juszczak has illustrated over forty books for MMP. Some of these titles include the following: Boulton Paul Defiant (MMP Yellow 6117); Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek: The True Story (MMP Blue 9); Henschel Hs 123 (MMP Orange 8114); and Fighters over France and Low Countries (MMP Red 4).

X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

There were numerous experiments involving jet propulsion for aircraft just prior to the outbreak of World War II, with Germany, Britain, and Italy leading the way. The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan were somewhat late in starting, but by the end of the war, only the Russians and the Japanese had failed to fly a jet powered prototype, and Germany, Britain, and the United States had begun to produce actual jet fighters, with Germany and Britain in the lead.

This text, the second in the series by Osprey, covers the Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni prototypes. Osprey's previous book, X-Planes, Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters, covers most of the Luftwaffe developments, although none of these types reached actual production.

Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9 1944-45

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9  1944-45
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

Osprey has published a series of books offering comparisons of competing combat aircraft of World Wars I and II, and they offer specific information on how the planes fared against each other in combat. The author brings out the fact that a combat airplane not only has technological factors to consider, but also the skill and training of the pilots as well as the development of tactics suitable for the combat situation. The best airplane flown by an inexperienced pilot might well be at a great disadvantage against a combat veteran flying a less sophisticated type. With this in mind, the author covers the subject in such a way as to give the reader a very good impression of the factors affecting combat between the types.

In addition, the author brings out the fact that these types also fought against other types, but the emphasis is on the major aircraft in question, in this case the Tempest Mk. V and the Focke Wulf FW-190D-9.

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