Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang

Published: September 22nd, 2019     
North American Aviation P-51B/C & F-6C Mustang
Author: Robert Pęczkowski; Illustrators: Artur Juszczak and Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

This tome is the latest in the Yellow series of aircraft monographs. Originally in a smaller format, ~6.3" by 9.3", the Yellow series seems to have migrated to the "Big Yellow" series in a new larger A4 (~8.25" x 11.625") size. Lately, it seems that the "Big Yellow" series has become just the Yellow series, but has retained the larger A4 format.

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 they have built up a list of books on aircraft and aviation, naval, military vehicles, and military history. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.

M551 Sheridan - Legends of Warfare Series

Published: September 21st, 2019     
M551 Sheridan - Legends of Warfare Series
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: David Doyle books

In the introduction to one of David Doyle's latest offerings, he writes: The M551 Sheridan is often referred to as a light tank, but in actuality it was an armored reconnaissance/airborne assault vehicle. The M551 was designed to be a lightweight, amphibious, air-dropable vehicle armed with a massive 152 mm gun that doubled as a rocket launcher. The gun launcher was designed to fire the MGM-51 Shillelagh antitank missile, or 152 mm conventional rounds with a combustible cartridge case. The vehicles saw extensive use in Vietnam, Operation Just Cause in Panama (where they saw their only combat air drop), and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Sheridan ended its service with the US Army masquerading as Soviet Bloc vehicles at the National Training Center.

Now if David Doyle's name sounds familiar you might harken back to the M551 Sheridan in Action book published by Squadron, cause it's the same guy. This 9x9 offering from the Legends of Warfare series has a hard cover binding and contains 231 color and black & white photographs from a variety of sources. After a brief introductory chapter, the tome is divided into three parts:

Chieftain British Cold War Main Battle Tank

Published: September 21st, 2019     
Chieftain British Cold War Main Battle Tank
Author: Robert Jackson
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Casemate Publishing

This is another book in the Tank Craft series which details tanks and also covers model kits and accessories to build the tanks covered in the book. This book covers the Chieftain a British Cold War main battle tank. The Chieftain was designed in the late 1950's as the replacement for the successful Centurion tank. It was believed to be the best tank in service with the NATO allies during the 1960's and 70's.

I found this book contains so much detailed information and pictures of the Chieftain and its variants. The Profile pictures are a particular favorite and has given me a few great ideas of the color schemes for when I build my Takom and Tamiya Kits.

It covers the use of the tank during the Iran- Iraq war and the Gulf war.

The chapters on the different model builds and kits are of great interest and will provide a good resource when modelling this tank.

I was impressed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book. The pictures along are worth the cost of the book. I will find this book indispensible in my library of armor books.

Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941

Published: September 10th, 2019     
Atlas of the Blitzkrieg 1939-1941
Author: Robert Kirchubel
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book impresses from the moment you see it, it's a beautifully bound and printed on very high quality paper! The book is a series of very well detailed maps of the German Blitzkrieg campaigns of the early part of World War two.

The book is split up by each battle front and has detailed maps showing forces locations and make up on all sides. The maps are awesome and the best quality I have seen in a long time. They are not too complicated but give all the information you need to see what the situation was at each point during the campaigns.

The descriptions of the campaigns and each chapter provide a great overview.

The book chapters are:

M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier and Variants

Published: September 8th, 2019     
M29 Weasel Tracked Cargo Carrier and Variants
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Company: David Doyle Books

One of my planned retirement builds is a Resolution Island, Labrador winter diorama scene. My father, a retired career pilot and Colonel in the USAF, passes along a magazine he receives each month as a member of the Air Force Association. Several years ago, an article in one issue titled "Life on the Pine Tree Line" captivated me. The article details daily activities at a remote DEW-line radar site on Resolution Island in far North Newfoundland back in the 50s and 60s. In particular, photos of an H-21 Shawnee or "Flying Banana" as it is more commonly referred to in Artic Red conspicuity markings, caught my eye. Other aircraft and vehicles documented in the photos included a C-123, a TWA "Connie", various cargo trucks and vehicles, and a small WWII utility vehicle known as a "Weasel". Visions of a winter diorama scene began to take shape.

Fast forward several years, and after researching availability of the necessary vehicles in each scale, I acquired the both the Italeri and Special Hobby 1/48 H-21 kits, along with a couple of 1/48 Weasels from CMK to go with a Tamiya 1/48 US 2-1/2 Ton 6X6 Cargo Truck.

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