Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle

Published: October 17th, 2010     
BAC TSR.2-Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle
Author: Paul Lucas, Illustrations by Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: SAM Publications

This book is not so much a "what-if", but more of a "what might have been" story. Everything is based on surviving tech orders, ads, and other papers that show what the RAF wanted to use the TSR.2 for, as well as the schemes it would have worn and weapons that would have been carried. Like its Canadian cousin the Avro Arrow, it has become the stuff of myth and legend.

The book is profusely illustrated with artwork, showing various markings and paint jobs that will give the modeler looking for something other than the prototype's white paint scheme a lot to ponder. Like wise, the various weapons load outs will spark the modeler's imagination.

I found this to be a well-researched and laid out book. The author has done his best to cover all possibilities of the what, where, and how of aircraft assignments. Also included are operations had the TSR.2 entered service.

Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Windsock Datafile 142: Parnall Panther
Author: Colin Owers
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.

It is refreshing to see a quality publication dealing with an airplane that is little known and rarely publicized. This certainly applies to the Parnall Panther, an airplane with as obscure a service history as any I've heard of. Conceived during the latter stages of World War I, the Panther was produced in some numbers at the end of the war, approximately 150 being constructed by several manufacturers. In addition, the U.S. Navy procured two for flight testing, the Japanese obtained a dozen, and one was briefly on the British Civil register, flying in the 1922 Royal Aero Club's Easter meeting.

Building the P-51 Mustang

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Building the P-51 Mustang
Author: Michael O'Leary
Reviewed by: Mike Kellner, IPMS# 30864
Company: Specialty Press

The book is hardbound, measures 11-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches tall, and comprises 239 pages, divided into 6 chapters, as follows:

Birds of Prey

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Birds of Prey
Author: Bill Yenne
Reviewed by: Robert Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Specialty Press

The concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is not a new concept.  But UAVs have been hot-points in the news from many parts of the world over the last decade.  "Birds of Prey" is an absolutely fascinating, current, and in-depth description of the wide variety of these vehicles.  The author skillfully intertwines factual information with almost "Tom Clancy" descriptions of combat action.  The huge variances in the size, style and missions are covered extremely well.  To put the size variance into a modeling perspective, the smallest winged UAV, the Scan Eagle has a 1 inch span in 1:48 scale!  Compare this to the Global Hawk Block 20+vehicle with a wing span of 32.5 inches in the same scale.   

Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship
Author: Alexander Maladenov; illustrated by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's newest edition to their popular New Vanguard Series is an overview of the Mil Mi-24 gunship, popularly known by its NATO code name, Hind. Using the now-standard format for the New Vanguard series, the author explores the Hind's development, its various variants, and a short combat history not only in the ex-Soviet Union and Russia, but the other countries who field this gunship.

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