Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s

Published: October 14th, 2010     
The Viper Story, Part II: Test & Training F-16s
Author: Jake Melampy
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Reid Air Publications

This book covers the F-16 in its use as a platform for weapon testing, flight training, and for adversary training. The book covers different wings and squadrons, including details of the syllabus that pilots undertake as part of their training, or the day-to-day operations of different weapon test units. Be aware that not every picture has a caption, but rather that a group of pictures depicting different aspects are described in an accompanying paragraph.

Among different squadrons and wings featured in the book are the weapons school at Nellis, Nevada; the Aggressor squadrons -including those beautiful Arctic camouflaged Vipers-, the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, Arizona and some training squadrons from different Air National Guards wings.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

Publisher: Model Art Co., Ltd, 1-12-30, 1Chome, Kudankita Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0073 Japan

Thanks to  Model Art and Dragon Models - USA  for the review copy.

Model Art No. 804, September 2010 issue features new armor model kits, which take up the first 52 pages of this issue.  The focus is on WW2 German armor on the Eastern front, and includes some Russian armor as well.  Oddly, the Table of Contents is on page 10 after the feature on a Russian BT-7 tank build.  After that, you get kit and diorama features on German Figures, Cyber-Hobby's Tiger I in snow camouflage, Cyber Hobby's Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel diorama, a Dragon Elefant with Zimmerit, Trumpeter's German 21cm Morser 18 artillery piece, and lastly, Tamiya's 3 ton 4X2 Cargo truck diorama.

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #37, Autumn 2010
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33549
Company: Model Art

ModelArt special subject magazines are really softbound reference books on a particular subject.  ModelArt Autumn 2010 No. 37 is entirely devoted to ships.  No.

Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet
Author: Bartlomiej Belcarz & Robert Peczkowski
Reviewed by: Keith Pruitt, IPMS# 44770
Company: MMP Books

This book is the most recent in MMPs Orange Series, chronicling the history and development of one of Germany's most unique fighter aircraft of World War II.  From the beginning, with Alexander Lippisch's "flying wing" glider designs, through the development of the Me-163B operational rocket fighter, on through the experimental Me-163C, Me-163D, and the Me-263/Junkers Ju 248, this book covers an incredible amount of history and detail.

U.S. Air Force Special Operations

Published: October 14th, 2010     
U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Author: Rick Llinares and Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Perry Downen, IPMS# 44000
Company: SAM Publications

Several weeks ago, I attended a change of command ceremony for a unit of the United States Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg. My mind was still full of memories of Ft. Bragg and the visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum when this book became available for review. I jumped at the chance to do the review. Thank you SAM Publications for providing the review sample.

The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) probably had it's beginning during WWII. It was not until the Vietnam War that Special Operation came into its own. During that war elements of the U.S. Air Force provided concentrated firepower to confined areas, infiltrated and exfiltration troops into and out of enemy terratory and provided resupply and refueling operations all across enemy territory. However, it was the catastrophic failure of Operation Eagle Claw, President Carter's attempt to rescue 52 Americans from Tehran, Iran in 1980, that was the catalyst for forming a Special Operations Command. After several years of discussion and planning the AFSOC was finally created in May 1990. Mr. Llinares and Mr. Evans book gives us a detailed look at the aircraft used by AFSOC today.