Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Birds of Prey

Published: October 16th, 2010     
Birds of Prey
Author: Bill Yenne
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Specialty Press

The concept of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is not a new concept.  But UAVs have been hot-points in the news from many parts of the world over the last decade.  "Birds of Prey" is an absolutely fascinating, current, and in-depth description of the wide variety of these vehicles.  The author skillfully intertwines factual information with almost "Tom Clancy" descriptions of combat action.  The huge variances in the size, style and missions are covered extremely well.  To put the size variance into a modeling perspective, the smallest winged UAV, the Scan Eagle has a 1 inch span in 1:48 scale!  Compare this to the Global Hawk Block 20+vehicle with a wing span of 32.5 inches in the same scale.   

Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship

Published: October 15th, 2010     
Mil MI-24 HIND Gunship
Author: Alexander Maladenov; illustrated by Ian Palmer
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey's newest edition to their popular New Vanguard Series is an overview of the Mil Mi-24 gunship, popularly known by its NATO code name, Hind. Using the now-standard format for the New Vanguard series, the author explores the Hind's development, its various variants, and a short combat history not only in the ex-Soviet Union and Russia, but the other countries who field this gunship.

Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding

Published: October 14th, 2010     
Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding
Author: Andy Pearson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Happy Medium Press

Let's take a journey, a journey into the mind of a scratchbuilder. Not just any scratchbuilder, not one who takes an actual object that existed and builds a replica from scratch. But one who gives three dimensional shape and form to an idea in a novel or a picture in his head. Author Andy Pearson is just such a modeler. He is regularly featured in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller magazine.

In this book's eleven chapters; Andy will show you how to take an image in your mind or a book and give it form and substance. Each chapter is a walk through the building of project. From futuristic construction equipment, cybernetic whale, a cross sectional far away planet's seascape, space ships and much more, Andy takes you on the journey from idea to model.

This book is a must have for Sci-Fi and fantasy modelers and anyone who has been thinking about a first time scratch built project. The tips and techniques contained within will be of benefit to anyone who even thinks they might attempt such a project one day, be it fictional or real.

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.

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