Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Walker Bulldog vs. T-54

Published: December 21st, 2019     
Walker Bulldog vs. T-54
Author: Chris McNab; Illustrator: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Michael Lamm, IPMS# 50139
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's Duel series is a well-established line of books providing an overview of machine-on-machine combat action from design and development through combat. The books include a thorough analysis of the elements which affected the overall outcome of specific battles.

This volume focuses on some lessor known armor actions of the Vietnam war. When we think of the battles in Vietnam, we generally don't think about armored warfare, we tend to focus on guerilla warfare, aerial bombardment, and helicopter assaults. However, near the end of the war there were few battles featuring rather extensive use of armor by the North (PAVN) and South (ARVN) Vietnamese armies. The ARVN's main armor component was the M-41 Bulldog light tank, which by the early 70s had been long since retired by the U.S. Army. The PAVN had supplies of Soviet T-54s, and Chinese produced versions of the T-54.

Sherman Tank, Vol. 2

Published: December 21st, 2019     
Sherman Tank, Vol. 2
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: David Doyle Books

Sherman Tank, Vol. 2, is the second book in David Doyle's Legends of Warfare series on the Sherman Tank. The first volume of the series covered the Sherman M4A1 Tank in several variations.  This Volume 2 covers the Sherman M4 medium tank, which is a welded hull, radial engine-equipped tank. The M4 was the predominant US tank in WWII until late summer 1944 when it was replaced by the M4A3.

The M4 was used by both the US and British forces in Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. The M4 went through three major hull designs, multiple turret designs, and was armed with 75mm or 105mm guns.

Armies of Russia’s War in Ukraine

Published: December 20th, 2019     
Armies of Russia’s War in Ukraine
Author: Mark Galeotti
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Osprey Publishing

In February 2014 the "Maidan Revolution" in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv toppled the pro-Moscow government of President Yanukovych. This started a process which led to Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, and an undeclared bloody war in southeastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine describes the forces on both sides and how they have evolved since 2014. The book includes Orders of Battle for both regular and militia forces, descriptions of the motley range of wartime units and their weapons and equipment. Color photographs and color illustrations of the uniforms and equipment for the various combatants are also included.

The book does not discuss the political issues that precipitated the conflict or any of the current political issues but focuses on the combatants in the Ukrainian conflict.

The first 3 chapters give a brief description of the Ukrainian conflict:

USS New York (BB-34) - Legends of Warfare

Published: December 15th, 2019     
USS New York (BB-34) - Legends of Warfare
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: Schiffer Publishing

The Author

David Doyle's earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English, and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 100 of his books have been published. Broadening his horizons from his initial efforts concerning vehicles, he soon added aircraft and warships to his research objectives.

Contents

The book is divided into six chapters all covering the beginning construction to the final day of the ship.

Scale Aviation Modeller International (SAMI)

Published: December 15th, 2019     
Scale Aviation Modeller International (SAMI)
Author: Ed. Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: SAM Publications

SAM Publications is an independent publisher based in Bedford UK. Established over 25 years ago, they have gone onto become a household name in the hobby sector. SAM Publications prides itself on producing quality publications, well researched and affordable to customers. SAM Publications is noted for their magazines, Scale Aviation Modeller International and Scale Military Modeler International magazines, as well as their series of monographs with Modellers Datafiles and Modellers Datafile - Scaled Down.. SAM has not stood still over the past 25 years and has adopted to the ever-changing publishing industry. Technology has played a big part in this and has only enhanced the quality of their publications by allowing them to reach out to authors and researchers all over the world. You can see that most evident in this issue of SAMI, with a contribution from American Floyd Werner (although he will always be a Texan) and his review of the Eduard 1/48 Phantom II.

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