Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

South American Battleships 1908-59

Published: August 12th, 2019     
South American Battleships 1908-59
Author: Mark Ladas, Johnny Shumate, and Julian Baker
Reviewed by: Robert Head, IPMS# 48922
Company: Osprey Publishing

So, before we get into the specifics of the book. Here is a little about the author and illustrators, Mark Ladas holds a degree in Naval architecture and has written a few naval publications for osprey, he is an avid ship modeler and amateur historian. The illustrators Johnny Shumate and Julian baker both work as freelance illustrators and have both also been longtime contributors to osprey.

Here we breakdown the contents of the book.

F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War

Published: August 7th, 2019     
F-80 Shooting Star Units of the Korean War
Author: Warren Thompson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Osprey Publishing

Designed during WWII and built in 180 days the F-80 did see some service in Italy in the final days of WWII. Post war many were stationed both in Europe and in Japan. Those in Japan were the first to answer the call when the North Koreans invaded South Korea.

The F-80 compiled a strong record in the Korean conflict. The aircraft is credited with shooting down 17 enemy aircraft, using in excess of 80,000 air to ground rockets and dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs during almost 90,000 combat sorties. A most admirable record for any aircraft. They served throughout the conflict and were the first US jet to engage in jet to jet combat.

The book is broken down into six chapters covering their use with mostly the 49th and 8th Fighter Bomber Wings. The first of the six chapters is brief and covers development, post WWII fight to keep it in the budget and initial deployment to the Pacific where it was to help contain and monitor Communist China and the USSR.

US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98

Published: August 3rd, 2019     
US Navy Battleships 1886 - 98
Author: Brian Lane Herder, Illustrated by Paul Wright, F. Rodriguez, and A. Gilliland
Reviewed by: Bill Kluge, IPMS# 45849
Company: Osprey Publishing

In the 1860s the US Navy led the world with the innovative, turreted ironclad USS Monitor - a vessel that gave rise to a series of warships whose name defined the class. However, within ten years of the end of the Civil War, the US Navy had become a mere ghost of its former size and power. Ships were decommissioned, sailors released from service, and the Secretary of the Navy was returning funds to the Treasury. By the 1880s, British built ironclad battleships of the Brazilian and Chilean navies caused panic within the halls of Congress and along the east and west coasts of the United States. Frustrated officers from the US Navy, along with insightful members of Congress and the Garfield administration determined that major changes were needed to prevent the US Navy from declining into irrelevance.

A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1931-40 Arise to Protect

Published: August 2nd, 2019     
A Detailed History of RAF Manston 1931-40 Arise to Protect
Author: Joe Bamford and John Williams
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Fonthill Media

The book is part two of a two book history of RAF Manston, which became one of the busiest Airfields in the UK during WWII. The airbase was built-up during the pre-war days to be one, if not the most important airbases to the RAF.

The airbase was a very successful technical training center for the RAF during the years leading up to WWII and the details of this are covered extremely well in this book. The book goes into great detail about many of the officers and commanders stationed throughout the station during this period. There was even Air Races held here in the early 1930's. Even the famous Sir Alan Cobham exhibited his flying skills here.

The book covers many of the aircraft that were operated from here, some I was not even aware of and had to look up. The aces that served here are also detailed through the chapters.

There were lots of air exercises held here in prewar 1930's which helped the RAF prepare for war, making this such an important airbase in regard to helping the RAF face the Luftwaffe.

M65 Atomic Cannon

Published: July 28th, 2019     
M65 Atomic Cannon
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: David Doyle books

Pen and Sword has published another tome in David Doyle's Images of War series of books. This most recent volume covers the M65 Atomic Cannon. Should you be unaware of this series of books, David Doyle gathers together an immense number of rare and often times never before published photos on the selected subject. There are well written and informative captions for each and every photo.

For those that may be unfamiliar with the M65 Atomic Cannon there is a vintage film, produced by the U.S. Army, that highlights the cannon and associated vehicles. And if modeling the M65 is in your future this video may even give you a few ideas for displaying this enormous piece of artillery.

Following a brief introductory chapter on the history of large caliber, long ranged artillery, David Doyle's M65 Atomic Cannon is divided into five chapters: