Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 'Warthog'

Published: July 28th, 2019     
The Fairchild Republic A-10 'Warthog'
Author: Andy Evans
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: SAM Publications

Andy Evans is currently the Senior Editor for the SAM magazines Scale Military Modeller International and Model Aircraft Monthly. Andy has authored over a dozen books, including Crowood's Bae/McDonnell Douglas Harrier (1998), Crowood's Panavia Tornado (1999), Cassell's Combat Search & Rescue (1999)Warpaint Books' Sepecat Jaguar (2006), SAM's The British Aerospace Sea Harrier (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 1 (2007), Dalrymple & Verdun's The Nimrod (2007), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 2 (2008), SAM's The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Part 3 (2008), SAM's The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (2008), SAM's The Bae (Hawker Siddeley) RAF Harrier (2010).

Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Images of War - M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: David Doyle Books

This book provides great detail drawings of the American M36/M36B1 Tank Destroyer.

The US idea when going into WWII was to use tanks to support infantry and use Tank Destroyers against enemy tanks.

I found the photos and information in this book to be fascinating and many of the photos are ones not available anywhere else. The photos range from in production shots, in action and knocked out ones. All variations are covered in the photos and you see a lot of in action shots with the tank customized by each crew.

Along with the many photos from WWII there are great workarounds pictures full of fantastic details. These are indispensable for any modeler building this tank destroyer. You see so much detail in the walk around pictures which will make adding additional work to your model so much easier.

Each photo has a great description of what is in the picture, units using them, where and when.

Saab 96 & V4

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Saab 96 & V4
Author: Graham Robson
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Veloce Publishing

This is a reprint of the original edition first published in 2010, and now is available in Veloce's Classic Reprint Series. The author's biography is available on the Veloce website above and is as follows:

"Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator, and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, but he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched."

Railway Modeling - Painting Realistic Trains

Published: July 28th, 2019     
Railway Modeling - Painting Realistic Trains
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AMMO by Mig Jimenez

This book illustrates how to liven pre-painted toy-like train kits by painting and adding weathering such as dust, dirt, grime, and other dirt effects. The book also shows how to create worn effects like rust, chipping, worn wood, spilled fuel, and burn damage. Various modeling techniques are illustrated with step-by-step photos of paints and other products to apply weathering and wear effects to train cars.

Example work of five different modelers are included:

  • Ovidiu Cupse
  • Graziano Ghetti
  • Federico Emanuel Martinez
  • Deak Robert
  • Mig Jimenez

The book has 14 chapters 8 to 14 pages long, each illustrating a different train car or diorama setting and how various weathering effects are achieved:

Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-15 - Warpaint Series 120

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-15 - Warpaint Series 120
Author: Nikolay Yakubovich (translated by Kevin Bridge)
Reviewed by: Phil Pignataro, IPMS# 17254
Company: Guideline Publications

I have long been a fan of the Warpaint Series books from Guideline Publications and have several in my collection. They are excellent references for the aircraft they cover. Typically, they follow a standard format of history and development, service and deployment histories, and finally, technical information and detail photos. This particular volume, however, is slightly different from the others I've read since it is translated from Russian sources. Consequently, some of the sentence structure is stilted and you will have to take your time and read these passages carefully to absorb the content.

In the opening pages, the author discusses in detail why the designers chose the swept wing for the Mig-15 - speed. Then the narrative follows themes shown in the "sections" listed below.

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