Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45

Published: October 12th, 2010     
The Roer River Battles, Germany’s Stand at the Westwall, 1944-45
Author: David R Higgins
Reviewed by: Tom Moon, IPMS# 43192
Company: Casemate Publishing

This book describes the battles of the US First and Ninth Armies between the breakout of Normandy and the final crossing of the Roer River ending in late February of 1945. These two armies were located south of the British Army in the general area where Holland, Belgium and Germany meet.

The book is divided into 15 chapters with an introduction, 1 appendix, a Bibliography and Index:

Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 2010

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Model Art Modeling Magazine, #36, Summer 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 Summer 2010 No. 36 is entirely devoted to ships, so armor, aircraft and care buffs need not apply.  In No. 36, the early, non-Akagi and non-Kaga aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy are the topics - Hosho and Ryujo.  You also get an update on US Navy amphibious warfare model kits and as-built Hiryu and Soryu kit modifications as bonuses.  This issue

Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Max Modeller, Volumes 6 and 7
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Max Modeller

I have been a fan of both AFV Modeller and Air Modeller for a while due to their excellent articles, top notch photos and in-depth subject matter, so when two sample copies of Max Modeller (Volumes 6 and 7) arrived, I was eager to see what the magazine was all about.

First, the basics: each magazine is 68 pages, printed completely in color, on nice stock. The photos are perfect- -clear and detailed, and close up when needed. There are scattered ads for many UK and other vendors in the magazine. There is a review section of 5 pages or so and they rate the reviewed kits. The remainder of the magazine has five articles and this is where the magazine gets its name.

Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Osprey German Commerce Raider vs. British Cruiser; The Atlantic & Pacific 1941
Author: Robert Forczyk, illustrations by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: Robert Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

The idea of comparing combatants and combat actions from various historical conflicts is intriguing, whether real or imagined.  This new Osprey publication provides a refreshing historical account of British cruiser encounters with German commerce raiders.  A single Hilfskreuzer could sortie for a long time, disguised as a merchant ship, sinking commercial shipping.  When caught by a British warship, the Hilfskreuzer often effectively exploited the element of surprise, in some case sinking a warship of superior size and firepower.  Countering this threat was a challenge to the British Navy, who did eventually prevail over the raiders.

Hurricane Ace: Josef Frantisek, The True Story

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Hurricane Ace: Josef Frantisek, The True Story
Author: Jiri Rajlich
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: MMP Books

This is another fine book in the MMP Blue series.  It covers the life of Battle of Britain ace Josef Frantisek from his birth in Czechoslovakia and his time in the Czech Air Force through his service in a Polish Squadron in the RAF up till his untimely death on a routine mission.

The book begins with what little is known of Frantisek's early life and his induction into the Czech Air Force. This section also contains a number of good photographs of the various aircraft used by the Czech Air Force during his service until the surrender to German forces in March of 1939.

The next chapters covers his escape to Poland and eventual travel to France with other Czech and Polish pilots where he planned to continue the fight against the Nazis. He remained in the Polish Air Force which fought alongside the Armee d'e l'Air Four day after the French surrender, Frantisek and other Polish pilots had completed their escape to Britain.

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