Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivvy, 1956

Published: July 27th, 2019     
The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivvy, 1956
Author: Oleg Pomoshnikov, Jan Radziemski
Reviewed by: Marc Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Kagero Publications

Casemate Publishers, distributors for Kagero Publications, has added another title to their ongoing series of Super Drawings in 3D. This time they turn their attention to the Russian Destroyer Spravedlivvy. Built in 1956, the ship was part of a class of Soviet destroyers that are not well known in the west. By no means an iconic ship, given that Kagero is based in Poland, this ship was turned over to the Polish navy in 1970 where it took the name Warszawa (Warsaw). When it went into service with the Polish navy, the ship had been modified to carry missiles. The book looks at its original configuration, as the ship was commissioned, rather than in its modified form.

Fallschirmjäger: German Paratroopers 1937-1941

Published: July 27th, 2019     
Fallschirmjäger: German Paratroopers 1937-1941
Author: Francois Cochet
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Pen & Sword Books

This is a pictorial book that uses photos to illustrate the history of the Fallschirmjager during the pre-war and early war years. Each chapter includes brief text that chronicles the history of the Fallschirmjager campaigns, but the story is mostly told in photos and their captions. Black & white photos illustrate the exploits of the paratroopers, and the publisher says many of the photos are rare or not previously published. The photos are low contrast and not too sharp, consistent with wartime photos. Illustrations are provided to illustrate events that don't have photos.

German Fallschirmjager (paratroopers) were considered elite troops and regularly engaged in front line combat during the Second World War. Their campaigns such as the fighting in Scandinavia, the taking of the Belgian fortress Eden-Emal in May 1940, and the Battle for Crete just a year later, proved them to be determined, courageous, and loyal soldiers.

Famous Russian Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35

Published: July 6th, 2019     
Famous Russian Aircraft - Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35
Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitry Komissarov
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Company: Crecy Publishing, Ltd.

I would like to thank Specialty Press for this review sample

This is a revised and expanded edition of Yefim Gordon's original book on the Su-27 published in 2007. I thought the original publication was a large 544 pages. This book in comparison is 720 pages, which gives you an idea of how much additional material has been added. It is an impressively comprehensive tome on the Su-27 family and renders the other previous book obsolete.

The layout was in Moscow by Polygon Press; it was printed in Bulgaria by Multi-print; Published in England by Crecy; and Published in the U.S. by Specialty Press. In addition to being an international effort, this book is heavy! Imagine my surprise when I went to lift the box at my doorstep. A hard cover edition, printed on clay paper, and in all color, his book falls into the category of an unabridged Webster's or Oxford English Dictionary. It really needs its own maple book stand on a carousel in your library.

Grumman F9F Panther

Published: July 6th, 2019     
Grumman F9F Panther
Author: Kev Darling
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Guideline Publications

Kev Darling is an aviation historian, writer, and publisher based in South Wales. He served in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer for nearly 30 years, from June 1973 to March 2003. He has written at least 30 books since 1987, working in the RAF Illustrated series, Crowood Aviation series, Crowood Combat Legend series, Specialty Press' WarbirdTech series, as well as Guideline's Warpaint series.

Richard J. Caruana, who lives and works in Malta, is best known for his technical and colour drawings which appear regularly in magazines in the UK (Scale Aviation Modeller International), Italy (Elicotteri e Aerei Militari, Aerofan) and Greece (Model Expert). His aviation art, specializing in the history and colours of the Regia Aeronautica, has also been published in the US, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Argentina and Israel. He also has over 21 books to his credit as author. Check out his website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rjcaviationart/home

Panzer III On The Battlefield 2

Published: July 3rd, 2019     
Panzer III On The Battlefield 2
Author: Tom Cockle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: Peko Publishing

If you are a student of WW2 German armored vehicles, or enjoy modeling subjects such as the German Panzer III and Panzer IV, then the name Tom Cockle should be very familiar to you. Mr. Cockle is a prolific author on such subjects, and has written or co-written books for Osprey Publishing, Concord Publications, Squadron Signal Publications as well as European publisher Peko Publishing. Mr. Cockle is also a frequent commentator on such matters on military vehicle model websites such as Missing-lynx.com. The book under discussion today is the 18thvolume in this wonderful series by Peko Publishing. I have 8 of the titles in the series so far, and plan on picking up others as my reference budget allows.

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