Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Fulcrum MiG-29 Variants In Air Forces Around the World

Published: October 22nd, 2020     
Fulcrum MiG-29 Variants In Air Forces Around the World
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

This is a new publication from Duke Hawkins Books and is the fourth volume in a series of books that have been recently published highlighting modern jets. This series got its start with The Sepecat Jaguar in July 2017 and has now seen twelve books in this series published. There is also a special limited edition on the Belgian Air Force F-16 and on the Juan Carlos I Aircraft Carrier. This series of publications falls under the name of Duke Hawkins, but it is not clear exactly who Duke Hawkins is. If you check out other retail sites on this series, you can find Robert Pied and Nicolas Deboeck listed as authors, but there is not much additional information on them. One of the bylines goes like this:

"So, there I was, looking for a book that could show me the Jaguar in every detail. I didn't find it. I found a couple of photos online, but I wasn't really ecstatic about that. That's when I decided to make a book for myself. I showed it to a friend and he said: "We should publish it! And make other books too!" And here we are."

HMH Publications are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications.

Fleet Air Arm Legends: Supermarine Seafire

Published: October 19th, 2020     
Fleet Air Arm Legends: Supermarine Seafire
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146
Company: Tempest Books

Historical Background

Nearly every historical modeler and historian is thoroughly familiar with the British Spitfire fighter, which probably did more to help the Royal Air Force achieve victory over the Luftwaffe than any other aircraft. However, less publicized is the role of the Spitfire as a naval, carrier-based fighter, replacing older types including the Gloster Gladiator biplane, Fairey Fulmar two seat fighter, and Sea Hurricane, which were in Royal Navy service at the beginning of the war.

Powering the World’s Airliners; Engine Developments From the Propeller to the Jet Age

Published: October 16th, 2020     
Powering the World’s Airliners; Engine Developments From the Propeller to the Jet Age
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker - IPMS# 43146

History

This book covers the development of aircraft powerplants as they relate to the airline industry, going back to the beginnings of air transportation in the twenties. The author is especially well qualified to write in this area because (1) his father was an engineer who worked on jet engine development in Germany during World War II, and later France and the United States, and (2) the author grew up with this background, and competed a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT, after which he worked for AVCO-Everett Research Laboratory and the Boeing Corporation, later pursuing a career teaching and doing research at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Sherman - The M4 Tank in World War II

Published: October 3rd, 2020     
Sherman - The M4 Tank in World War II
Reviewed by: Bill O'Malley - IPMS# 46473

Sherman - The M4 Tank in World War II

This awesome book Includes a vast amount of information with a very complete description of the Sherman tanks from the early M4s through the M4A6. The book is profusely illustrated with black & white and color photographs, color illustrations, charts, and diagrams. Modelers, historians, and those interested in tanks in general will find this book to be an invaluable enjoyable resource. The text is informative and easy to read, and the illustrations are beautifully done.

Roman Soldier versus Parthian Warrior

Published: October 3rd, 2020     
Roman Soldier versus Parthian Warrior
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

Roman imperial expansion over the entire Mediterranean basin was going full tilt in the first century BC. Nobody had been able to stop them and their inexorable legions, which were bound together by a discipline and unit cohesion seldom found anywhere else in the ancient world. They had rolled over the Punics, the Celts, the Macedonians and everyone else standing in their quest for global (as seen then) dominance. However, there was another people expanding out of the east who would finally confront the Romans in a way they had never encountered before.

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