Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

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:

P-40N RNEIAAF Part 2 'Back to the Dutch Indies' 1945-'50

Published: January 12th, 2011     
P-40N RNEIAAF Part 2 'Back to the Dutch Indies' 1945-'50
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

Introduction

Most aviation enthusiasts assume that the Curtiss P-40N, like General Douglas MacArthur's "Old Soldier", just faded away after the end of World War II. This was most certainly not the case as far as the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force was concerned. As the Japanese began leaving their former Dutch conquests in 1945, they left behind a motley collection of combat aircraft, some of which were appropriated and flown by the Indonesian insurgents, who were determined to get the Dutch out of their islands so they could become an independent country, in accordance with the postwar trend of ending European colonialism in that part of the world. The Dutch, predictably, fought to maintain what had been their colony for over 100 years, and the resulting conflict, which ended about 1950 when the Dutch finally evacuated all but the western half of New Guinea, (That withdrawal occurred about 1962) involved a small amount of air action, mainly using the P-40N's in the ground attack role." src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Nimitz - Class Aircraft Carriers

Published: January 12th, 2011     
Nimitz - Class Aircraft Carriers
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead - IPMS# 34786

In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Brad Elward (and Illustrator Paul Wright) introduce the reader to the fascinating world of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers of the United States Navy. Having served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), I quickly volunteered for this review when the book came out in a review list. As I possess a fair amount of knowledge on this subject myself, I am always looking to learn more about these magnificent ships, their history, and where the Navy plans to go in the future.

Wargaming on a Budget: Gaming Constrained by Money or Space

Published: January 8th, 2011     
Wargaming on a Budget: Gaming Constrained by Money or Space
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter - IPMS# 45124

This new book from Casemate Publishing is on how to Wargame on a budget because of how expensive it can be or when you don't have a lot of space. Ian Dickie shows you how you can enjoy this hobby without the large expense and a smaller amount of space if need be.

The book is divided up into 10 chapters not including an introduction. They are:

  1. Resources
  2. Basic DIY
  3. Making a Table
  4. The Playing Surface
  5. Figures
  6. Terrain
  7. Man-Made Features
  8. Ships and Planes
  9. Storage and Transportation
  10. The Game

This book is a great guide for someone who is thinking to start out with wargaming and isn't sure whether they would be able to do it because of money or space. The author starts out right from the beginning and seems to answer every question I could think of about what to do. He really knows the subject and also adds a little humor in the telling so that the subject matter doesn't get boring.

Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence

Published: January 6th, 2011     
Magnum! The Wild Weasels in Desert Storm, The Elimination of Iraq's Air Defence
Reviewed by: William Seaman - IPMS# 41006

If you're a military aviation geek like me, you can't get enough of books like this. It chronicles the exploits of the authors as they deployed, fought, and returned home from Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

  • Chapter 1 covers the history of the Wild Weasel program, including the origin of the now infamous "YGBSM" unofficial motto. They also get into the specific threats faced and the basics of how they can bring down enemy aircraft.
  • Chapters 2, 3, and 4, detail the career paths of the authors and their training to become Wild Weasels.
  • In chapters 5-16 every imaginable detail of the their exploits during Desert Shield / Desert Storm are chronicled.

Occasionally, it does tend to get very technical but there's an excellent appendix that spells out the more complex Iraqi systems. The color plates are excellently done and the B & W are very well placed in the context of the mission descriptions.