Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Battle of Berlin 1943-1944

Published: November 3rd, 2019     
Battle of Berlin  1943-1944
Author: Richard Worrall, illustrated by Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Bob LaBouy, IPMS# 3064
Company: Osprey Publishing

This fine book is yet another in Osprey's Air Campaign series. It concerns itself with the massive bombing efforts over Germany in late 1943 through 1944. The author provides an excellent overview it's chronology, including the daylight bombing raids over Berlin, Hanover, Peenemunde, Hamburg, Magdeburg, Stettin, Leipzig, Augsburg and numerous other targets.

Of particular interest is the outline the leadership and organization of both allied offensive and the German defensive forces--both in terms of the array of aircraft, bases and the defensive guns and equipment utilized by both axis and allies.

American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961

Published: October 20th, 2019     
American Secret Projects 2: US Airlifters 1941 to 1961
Author: George Cox & Craig Caston
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

This book is the second in a series on American prototypes and secret projects, the first on cargo aircraft. It covers many different aircraft from WWII types to right up till the early cold war. The authors were granted an unprecedented level of access to the various manufacturers' archives and the amount of information in the book really shows this! This book covers over 200 designs from the well-known to those beyond obscure.

The book is broken down into nine chapters. The first is a brief overview of the last 80 years of airlift design and usage.

The second chapter covers the design challenges facing aerospace engineers especially when the government demands were outpacing the technology. Everything from wing placement to cargo door size and placement are discussed. Many other factors such as carrying capacity and range are also covered, as are the advantages of prop, turboprop, and jet configurations both real and perceived.

German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45

Published: October 14th, 2019     
German and Russian Tank Models 1939-45
Author: Mario Eens
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Casemate Publishing

The author of this tome, Mario Eens, is well known to those on the international modeling scene as an award winner at European model shows, together with being a regular contributor to the excellent French modeling magazine, Steelmasters. The book itself consists of a master class in building, painting and finishing scale models, divided into five chapters, and spanning 128 pages measuring 8" x 10".

Despite the title stating the contests are about tank models, one of the five subjects is a figure. I also find the subject choices rather scattered in nature. The German subjects didn't see action in Russia, which I thought might have been the theme of the book just looking at the title, and the subjects are a mixed bag when it comes to scales. Three of the five chapters cover 1/35th subjects, while the other two are 1/72nd and 1/48th. My experience with most modelers is that they stick to one scale? Be this as it may, what do we get for our money with this book?

MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53

Published: October 13th, 2019     
MiG Alley: The US Air Force in Korea, 1950–53
Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver served with the US Navy in Vietnam and has spent thirty years in Hollywood as a screen writer for television and the movie industry. Horror fans will know him as the author for the 1989 cult classic by producer Roger Corman of "The Terror Within" starring George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff, and Terri Treas. Thomas McKelvey Cleaver has also been a published writer for forty years and is known for Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15, The Bridgebusters: The True Story of the Catch-22 Bomb Group, Aces of the 78th Fighter Group (Aircraft of the Aces 115), F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat Aces of VF-2 (Aircraft of the Aces 125), and an ebook, Air Combat Annals.

Challenger 2

Published: October 12th, 2019     
Challenger 2
Author: Dick Taylor
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Kagero Publishing

Kagero Publishing is one of the world's preeminent publishers of military vehicle and aircraft books aimed at the modeling community. The book under review is from their Photosniper series, and the author, Dick Taylor, is a leading author on British military vehicles. The book is 88 pages in length, with a card cover. The pages measure 8.3" by 11.7", on glossy paper. All the photos within its covers are color, with good production values. There are also three pages of color profiles, covering 6 different vehicles.