Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

"Steel Navy", Vintage US Navy Warships: 1860s - 1900s (CD)

Published: November 28th, 2010     
"Steel Navy", Vintage US Navy Warships: 1860s - 1900s (CD)
Reviewed by: Rusty White - IPMS# 20181

I just received the new "Steel Navy", Vintage US Navy Warships: 1860s - 1900s from Ray Bean. Ray has produced a ton of photo CDs that has helped any number of fellow ship modelers over the years. As a professional photographer, he has a very detailed eye for any photograph that goes out with his name attached. That eye for detail and photographic quality continues with this new photo CD.

The CD comes in a very sturdy envelope along with a full color jewel case insert and contains more than 300 high quality, high resolution images. It will take you at least two or three sittings to go through all of these images. Due to the time frame of the CD, all images are halftone which I expected. In fact, if any of them were "colorized", I would have been very disappointed.

The CD covers every type of US warship of the period. Most photos are very clear for the era, which makes the high resolution feature really allow the modeler to zoom in on various sections of the photos. I typically spent most of my time zooming in, which is why I can guarantee you will spend several evenings enjoying these wonderful photos.

Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Helicopter Gunships: Deadly Combat Weapon Systems
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Specialty Press

Helicopter gunships evolved from the need to provide close quarters combat for the Army. While we think this is a natural thing, the earliest attempts to arm helicopters were frowned upon. It wasn't until the French started to put guns on some of their aircraft that the US Army took notice. What followed was nothing short of phenomenal culminating with the first purpose built armed helicopter then onto a battlefield essential tool.

This hardback book includes 208 high quality pages with over 360 photos, many in color. Wayne Mutza is well known in the helicopter community for his expertise and vast photo collection. This book is no different. The book is an easy read and follows the development of the armed helicopter from the end of World War II to present day. The entire history is covered in text and photos. The photos are quite unique showing the developmental progression, especially with the US forces. There are many previously unpublished photos that come from a variety of collections.

There are so many different configurations of armament on the helicopters there is something for every modeler in here.

Hurricane R4118

Published: November 19th, 2010     
Hurricane R4118
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Company: Grub Street

Many of us dream about finding a warbird in a garage and being able to restore it. Well at least I do. Well, that is pretty much what happened to Peter Vacher while traveling in India in the 90s. Not only did he find a warbird, but it was a veteran of the Battle of Britain. A Hurricane Mk.I! This is the story of how he acquired the airplane and ultimately restored it to flying condition.

So now that you've found the aircraft, what are you going to do about it? After stewing on it for some years the author decided to purchase it. That is when the real pain began. Bureaucratic red tape consumed six years before the airplane finally left India. The perseverance that the author shows, not to mention the amount of money spent just on airfare, is a tribute to him. Lesser men would have given up when faced with such bureaucracy. The amount of paperwork and all the intrigue that is involved makes for a great story by itself. The book is written by the lucky sod who found the airplane. I say that tongue in cheek as I am so jealous.

Hacks - Utility Planes of the Mighty Eighth

Published: November 16th, 2010     
Hacks - Utility Planes of the Mighty Eighth
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Company: Atelier Kecay

Mention "hack" in today's society and most people think of something to do with computers. Mention the same word to aircraft modelers and we think of utility aircraft such as Norsemans, Bobcats, Piper Cubs, etc.

"Hacks" is the story of those aircraft used by the Bases and Groups of the Eight Air Force in England during WWII. The book has a soft cover with the complete text in English and consists of 132 pages, 267 photos and 195 color profiles. Besides the more common utility type of aircraft, hacks included War Weary Thunderbolts and Mustangs, Bostons and Forts and many other types. These are details with at least one picture, a profile and a little bit of data.

The book starts out with a numerical listing of the USAAF stations in the United Kingdom between 1942 and 1945. There are 360 bases listed.

Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815

Published: November 16th, 2010     
Napoleon's Army 1790 - 1815
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy - IPMS# 12511

As a painter of military miniatures I welcome any new book on uniforms. Since my field of interest is the Napoleonic Era, this book by Casemate was most welcome. When John Noack offered it, I jumped at the chance to review it. I was not aware that it was written by the most renowned expert on the uniforms and history of the Napoleonic Era.

When I fist started painting figures of the Napoleonic period, I was taken by the beautiful prints by Lucien Rousselot. At that time they were very expensive and I could only afford a few. Now Casemate has chosen to print all of his works in one book. To someone like me, it was like finding the Holy Grail.

The book in s very large format (11.75" x 8.25") hardcover book printed on beautiful glossy paper stock. It even has place markers.

This book is broken down into many sections showing the Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery Staff, Marines, Imperial Guard, Aux Corps and many more.