Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Aircraft Modelling - Osprey Modelling Master Class

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Aircraft Modelling - Osprey Modelling Master Class
Reviewed by: Ed Kinney - IPMS# 2989

This most recent release in the Osprey "Master Class" series (designed to give the modeler the "biggest bang for the buck") is printed with a hard cover and a spiral binder holding 192 pages loaded with easy to follow text and color shots of "how to" sequences. It also gives us beautifully completed models by Brett Green, world renowned master modeler, as well as highly talented folks such as Roy Sutherland, Mick Evans and others. It is designed to be a "workbench" book that will stay open (thanks to the spiral binding) when put down. Although this book is described as a "guide for the serious modeler", it goes well beyond that, and should appeal to the "curious" among you that wonder (as I have so many times) "now how the hell did he do that !?" If you fall into that category, you will find this reference publication a must include for your personal library.

Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Modeler’s Datafile 16: The Hawker Hunter
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall - IPMS# 2209

Thanks to SAM Publications and Paul Bradley for the review copy.

During the IPMS National Convention in Columbus, I bought the Modeler's Datafiles 12, 13 and 14, on the F-4 Phantom. I was impressed with these books, and I'm impressed with this one too. This book has all the information a modeler needs to build a Hawker Hunter, including a kit listing, a decal listing and an accessory/conversion listing. I find I spend a lot of time looking for info on aircraft I build, and this book will save me on research next time I build a Hunter.

The table of contents is as follows:

Model Art Plamo Manual, #801

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Model Art Plamo Manual, #801
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000
Company: Model Art

PLAMO MANUAL, No. 801 is the latest in a series of modeling manuals from ModelArt. Previous manuals have addressed, among other topics, planes, cars, ships and airbrushing. The subject of this review is a manual on modeling armor.

The manual comes in a convenient size, 7-1/4" X 10". It consists of 112 picture- packed pages and is bound in a high gloss paper backing. The pages are also of high gloss paper. The photographs are excellent quality, bright, crisp, and each is very focused on its topic. Thepictures in the articles speak for themselves.

The down side of this publication for me is that 99.5% of it is in Japanese. However, because the manual is so well organized, and the material is presented in such a logical manner it is easy to follow.

The first article in the book is the detailed construction of Tamyia's 1/35 Type 74 Tank - Winter Version. The photographs show not only the construction, but also the detailing, painting and finishing. Following the build are several pages of actual Type 74 photographs depicting the details that really made the model pop.

Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Berlin 1945 (L'agonie du Reich)
Reviewed by: Perry Downen - IPMS# 44000

The key to the end of World War II in Europe was the capture of Berlin, the heart of the Third Reich. The American, British and French forces were west of Berlin, but due to American influence had no designs on seizing the city. However, the Red Army was obsessed with capturing Berlin and pushed toward the city with all the speed it could muster The subject of this book is Berlin in 1945 before, during, and after its fall.

Berlin 1945 L'agonie du Reich is the sequel to one Georges Bernage wrote in 2005 entitled Berlin 1945. His new book is a hardback, is 8-1/2 "X 12", and contains 180 pages. The backing has a smooth slick finish and the pages are heavy with a satin finish.The book contains hundreds of black and white photographs with a sprinkling of color photographs - many rare. The author has included several maps showing troop movements to and around Berlin, some down to the neighborhood level. The book is divided into seven chapters, but there is no table of contents, bibliography, or index.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 18

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Volume 18
Reviewed by: Ken McDevitt - IPMS# 46356
Company: Happy Medium Press

Description

This is my second review of Sci-fi & fantasy modeller and I am a bit disappointed. I like to challenge myself to present a balanced review of the Good, Bad and Ugly and at the same time keep it very objective. However, as in my first review, I can not find any Bad or Ugly to report on. Once again, the fine editorial staff and writers have produced a magazine filled with a variety of high quality articles produced on high quality materials and definitely worth the purchase price.

The publication consists of 100 pages, about 7 X 10 inches on heavy stock semi-glossy paper. The isssue is very article dense with only a few advertisements with over 98% of the page space being given over to relevant content.