Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank

Published: August 21st, 2019     
Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank
Author: Andrey Aksenov
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Russian T-54 and T-55 are without doubt the single most ubiquitous tank designs ever produced, having served in literally every theater of war since their initial design work back in the 1950's. As such, they deserve a special place in any modern armor enthusiast's collection. This book helps iron out some of the details for the detail conscious.

I must admit I was somewhat surprised as to the scope of the book when I first cracked the cover. Like most modelers, I've always used the terms T-54 and T-55 fairly interchangeably, as externally there are so few differences between the makes. I think I expected this book to treat them in the same manner. Instead, this book runs right into the process of creating the T-55 FROM the T-54 and never looks back.

Les Artilleries Françaises de la Révolution et du Premier Empire

Published: August 21st, 2019     
Les Artilleries Françaises de la Révolution et du Premier Empire
Author: Jean Marie Mongin
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

If you're a serious figure modeler and have a thing for the incredibly colorful and resplendent uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars, this book from the series should get your attention. One of a range of large-format books by this publisher, it's a virtual cornucopia of detail and information regarding the artillery arm of the French Army from 1786 through 1815, when Napoleon met his own "Waterloo."

The entire book is in French and offers no subtitles, although this won't be much of a deterrent to any serious modeler as the book is almost exclusively color plates anyway. These cover literally every aspect of the French Artillery arm including ALL uniforms, equipment and ordnance. If you have access to the excellent Historex range of kits, much of what you find in this book will be reproducible, including the forges, wagons, and other equipment used, plus a lot of stuff I'd never seen before. I didn't know, for instance, that the artillery arm made pontoon bridges. Fascinating!

Although the book offers no table of contents or index, I used my meager high school French to translate the various sections, which are:

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Published: August 20th, 2019     
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Author: Andy Evans and Andy Renshaw
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: SAM Publications

Back by popular demand, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider comprehensive guide, is a third edition reprint.

The Skyraider is best known for its never-ending ordinance delivery load on ground attack missions and supporting Search Air Rescues over the jungles of Vietnam, it was born with neither of those capabilities in mind. The Skyraider started out as a replacement of the SBD Dauntless and eventually the SB2C Helldiver. In June of 1944 Chief Designer Ed Heinemann suggested revamping the entire design and by March of 1945 had a completely different design.

Skyraiders served in the US Navy and Air Force as well as other nations air forces such as France, Gabon, Chad, and South Vietnam.

The book is soft bound with 168 pages, 11 chapters, several black and white photographs of the Skyraider, color pages of different versions, and Squadron markings for the airplane. At the end of the book are bonus 3-view plans for the Skyraider in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Pictures dominate the book, some in black and white mostly before the Vietnam War, and color pictures during the War.

M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War

Published: August 20th, 2019     
M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War
Author: Editor: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword Books

This is one of three books in Pen & Swords Land Craft series. The other books include The Jeep and Bren Gun Carrier. The Land Craft books are good resources for modelers as they provide background on the design of vehicles, detailed descriptions, and description of variants. They also include a gallery of completed models and kits available.

M2/M3 Half-Track Book Contents

Introduction

Provides a brief description of the history of half-track vehicles subsequent to World War I, including early French vehicles and the half-track car T1. These early vehicles were tested for use as prime movers.

Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra

Published: August 19th, 2019     
Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the first release in a new series by Mushroom Model Publications. I am a big fan of their products, so I looked forward to reviewing this book. It is a softcover publication of 24 pages, 6 of which are in color. The cover is a heavy card stock with a color top view of a Russian P-39Q. There are also color side and bottom views of the same aircraft in the book.

The text in the book is limited to photo captions. There are 36 black and white pictures along with 10 color pictures. The pictures are of a good size and of good quality throughout. There is a mixture of walkaround style photos from restored aircraft and wartime photos of U.S. aircraft in the Pacific theater. A couple of the photos are of P-39s undergoing maintenance and show several areas of the aircraft exposed.

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