Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

US Fast Battleships 1938-1991: The Iowa Class

Published: January 22nd, 2011     
US Fast Battleships 1938-1991: The Iowa Class
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge - IPMS# 45849

This volume of the Osprey New Vanguard series highlights perhaps the most enduring class of fighting ships of the 20th century. Considering that transformation in warships during the last 70 years, the longevity of the Iowa class battleships is noteworthy and a testament to their design and construction.

The book is basically divided in to two sections. The first deals with design and construction of the four units of the class (U.S.S Iowa, U.S.S. New Jersey, U.S.S Wisconsin and U.S.S. Missouri) with particular emphasis on how design parameters of previous battleships (of both U.S and foreign navies) as defined by the Washington Naval Treaty influenced the development of the Iowas. These considerations had a direct bearing on such things as armament, protection and speed. The author also goes into some detail describing the brains of these heavyweights - the fire control systems. The use of radar as well as aircraft for gunfire spotting is also detailed here.

SAAB J21/J21R

Published: January 22nd, 2011     
SAAB J21/J21R
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: MMP Books

This book tells the story of the first fighter aircraft from Sweden's SAAB. The unconventional, pusher propeller, twin boomed SAAB J-21 and its jet powered development, the J-21R As one who has a fondness for unusual aircraft I am really grateful to finally have a book that covers this aircraft.

The book begins with the development of the aircraft and its related systems. Of special importance was the development of an ejection seat so that the pilot could exit and clear the pusher propeller in an emergency. This is followed by operational histories of its use with the various squadrons. The coverage of the propeller driven J-21 concludes with 25 pages of color photos of the two surviving J-21s presented in a "walk-around" style. In addition to many fine exterior shots, there is extensive photo coverage of the cockpit. Lastly, we are treated to six pages of color profiles of various operational J-21s

Cold War Peacemaker - The Story of Cowtown and the Convair B-36

Published: January 20th, 2011     
Cold War Peacemaker - The Story of Cowtown and the Convair B-36
Reviewed by: Adam Reiff - IPMS# 43579
Company: Specialty Press

When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I thought back to a time when I was growing up in Ohio. Our family lived near Fairborn, Ohio which is home to the U.S. Air Force Museum. My father served in the Air Force and would often take our family to the museum. The one exhibit that always captured my attention was the B-36 on display inside the museum. Having read through "Cold War Peacemaker..." I have certainly have gained in knowledge about the history, design, and use of this mighty aircraft.

Don Pyeatt and Dennis R. Jenkins have done an admirable job in describing for readers the history of the B-36. There are also throughout the 240 pages, both color and black & white photographs of both the exterior and interior of this historic jet. This is something I believe would be of value to most modelers. The book also describes the changes the B-36 brought to Fort Worth, Texas.

A well written book, I would recommend this to those model builders who are interested in cold war bombers. My thanks to Specialty Press and IPMS for the opportunity to review this well written book.

AFV Modeller, #55 November/December 2010

Published: January 14th, 2011     
AFV Modeller, #55 November/December 2010
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Company: AFV Modeller

Many military vehicle modelers look forward to each issue of AFV Modeller showing up in their mailbox or on the local hobby shop's rack. A look at the contents of issue 55 will quickly tell you why. In this issue, there are seven featured multi-page articles, forty-two product and publications reviews and a showcase of inspirational models entered in the 2011 Euro Militaire.

The first article in this issue documents Lars Richter's build of the new Trumpeter 1/35 scale Russian T-62 Main Battle Tank kit. The eight-page feature covers everything from opening the box to adding the final weathering. In the end, Lars says the kit is highly recommended.

The second article describes how Andy Guilden went about conceiving and building the late winter diorama featured on the cover. Titled 'Operation Spring Awakening", the vignette places the new 1/16 scale Neograde resin kit of Germany's Jagdpanzer IV L/70 in a snowy environment with a cluster of crew and foot soldiers apparently distracted by a distant sound. The diorama was awarded a gold medal and won Best Diorama at the 2010 AMPS International Convention.

Modern Military Airpower 1990 - Present

Published: January 12th, 2011     
Modern Military Airpower 1990 - Present
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786
Company: Amber Books

In this new offering from Casemate Publishing, authors Thomas Newdick and Tom Cooper, provide the modern aviation enthusiast with two-hundred full color aircraft drawings and forty photographs of everything flown today by squadrons around the globe. In the one hundred and ninety-two informative pages, there are some fifty-thousand words of text providing information on not just the aircraft themselves, but also on the branch of service for the country using them. The book is logically divided up by regions for the chapters, and then by countries within the regions. The opening page for each chapter shows a color line-drawing map for the region with the counties being covered within shown, making the book educational for geography as well as for the aircraft.

The chapters, as mentioned, are broken into regions as follows:

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