Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal, Summer 2019

Published: July 2nd, 2019     
Cross & Cockade Int. Quarterly Journal, Summer 2019
Author: Mick Davis, Managing Editor
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International

Cross & Cockade International is a non-profit UK based group known as the First World War Aviation Historical Society that publishes their journal four times a year. They also provide a free newsletter. Those interested in the newsletter can subscribe by visiting the C&CI website.

The "lead" article, "Miles Jeffrey Game Day 1896-1918?" by Ian Burns, traces the too-short life of Jeffrey Day. Day was a pilot known for his ability to handle aircraft which had rather skittish flight characteristics. Day was also a talented poet, and this article features some text penned by Day. Day was involved in a rather risky project involving a seaplane and a Bristol Scout, the Scout piggybacking on the upper wing of the Porte Baby. The article is supported with some stunning photographs of the aircraft, ships, and other personnel that played a part in Day's experiences.

Petlyakov Pe-2 & Upe-2 / Tupolev USB

Published: June 30th, 2019     
Petlyakov Pe-2 & Upe-2 / Tupolev USB
Author: Lechoslaw Musialkowski; Illustrator: Karolina Holda
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Lechoslaw Musialkowski author the latest in Mushroom Model Publications' series of aircraft used in the Polish Air Force. This volume's focus is on the Petlyakov Pe-2 / Upe-2 and the Tupolev USB. This volume represents Lechoslaw Musialkowski's fourth book for MMPBooks. MMP was founded in 1996 by Roger Wallsgrove, to publish "Mushroom Model Magazine". This quarterly modeling magazine was developed from "Mushroom Monthly", a club newsletter which ran from 1985 to 1995, achieving a worldwide reputation for quality articles, fearless and honest reviews, and a great sense of humor. From 1997 the magazine was produced in collaboration with Robert Peczkowski and Artur Juszczak (Stratus), which meant a big leap in print quality and design. MMP expanded into book publication in 1999, and since then we have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history.

The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles

Published: June 29th, 2019     
The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Andrew Birkbeck, IPMS# 27087
Company: David Doyle books

Given the massive interest surrounding the Nazi armed forces during World War 2, it isn't surprising that publishers want to produce books that cover the entirety of the military vehicles used by the Germans, in one volume, at an affordable price. And for a reader interested in this topic, it might be very useful to have a handy guide to said vehicles all in one volume. Over the years, there have been a number of such tomes published. I myself have one from 1969 titled "German Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of German Armored Fighting Vehicles 1926-1945" edited by Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis. However, to do it right, is surely a daunting challenge to any author? And what, exactly, is "doing it right"?

MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East

Published: June 29th, 2019     
MiG-23 Flogger in the Middle East
Author: Tom Cooper
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Helion & Company

Tom Cooper, born in Vienna, Austria, in 1970 is a military aviation historian that has focused on Post-WWII Middle Eastern air forces. Tom traveled extensively though his military service and subsequently in his transportation business. Through his travels, Tom Cooper has established contacts and identified sources that have permitted him to bring a unique look to Asian and African military aviation. Mr. Cooper has written more than 400 articles and has authored (or co-authored) over 25 books, including the excellent six-volume Arab MiGs series published by Harpia and distributed by Casemate. Aiming to deliver a complete picture, Tom is also an accomplished illustrator and color profiles are included in his books and articles. To find out more, check his Linked In page.

Photoetch Parts - Complete Guide

Published: June 27th, 2019     
Photoetch Parts - Complete Guide
Author: Adam Wilder
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: AK Interactive

Having been building models for quite a while, I have seen things progress a lot. And with my over 400 built kits, photoetch still can baffle me like no other modeling medium. So when the opportunity to review this latest book from AK Interactive came along, I jumped on the opportunity to review it. A quick over view shows this is a fairly comprehensive guide with a section dealing with what photoetch is, how its made and what tools you'll need to work with it. It then progresses to several simple examples and also using colored photoetch and finished with advanced techniques and soldering. Another nice fact is that the book covers aircraft, armor and ships as well as trains and can be easily transitioned into genres.

A quicker review of the Index looks like this:

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