Aircraft

Reviews of products for scale aircraft models.

PZL P.11c

Published: August 24th, 2019     
PZL P.11c
Author: Artur Juszczak and Dariusz Karnas
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: MMP Books

This tome is the second in this new series, Single. This series format consists of a 4-view colour profile, scale plans, and photo details of a single variant; in this case the PZL P.11c. MMPBooks are distributed in North America by Casemate Publications. You won't find an introduction or background summary, as this series dives straight into the drawings, illustrations, and photographs.

Artur Juszczak has illustrated over forty books for MMP. Some of these titles include the following: Boulton Paul Defiant (MMP Yellow 6117); Hurricane Ace Josef Frantisek: The True Story (MMP Blue 9); Henschel Hs 123 (MMP Orange 8114); and Fighters over France and Low Countries (MMP Red 4).

X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
X-Planes: Jet Prototypes of World War II: Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni’s Wartime Jet Programs
Author: Tony Buttler
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

There were numerous experiments involving jet propulsion for aircraft just prior to the outbreak of World War II, with Germany, Britain, and Italy leading the way. The United States, the Soviet Union, and Japan were somewhat late in starting, but by the end of the war, only the Russians and the Japanese had failed to fly a jet powered prototype, and Germany, Britain, and the United States had begun to produce actual jet fighters, with Germany and Britain in the lead.

This text, the second in the series by Osprey, covers the Gloster, Heinkel, and Caproni prototypes. Osprey's previous book, X-Planes, Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters, covers most of the Luftwaffe developments, although none of these types reached actual production.

Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9 1944-45

Published: August 22nd, 2019     
Tempest V, VS FW-190D-9  1944-45
Author: Robert Forsyth
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Company: Osprey Publishing

History

Osprey has published a series of books offering comparisons of competing combat aircraft of World Wars I and II, and they offer specific information on how the planes fared against each other in combat. The author brings out the fact that a combat airplane not only has technological factors to consider, but also the skill and training of the pilots as well as the development of tactics suitable for the combat situation. The best airplane flown by an inexperienced pilot might well be at a great disadvantage against a combat veteran flying a less sophisticated type. With this in mind, the author covers the subject in such a way as to give the reader a very good impression of the factors affecting combat between the types.

In addition, the author brings out the fact that these types also fought against other types, but the emphasis is on the major aircraft in question, in this case the Tempest Mk. V and the Focke Wulf FW-190D-9.

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider

Published: August 20th, 2019     
The Douglas A-1 Skyraider
Author: Andy Evans and Andy Renshaw
Reviewed by: Blaine Singleton, IPMS# 50734
Company: SAM Publications

Back by popular demand, the Douglas A-1 Skyraider comprehensive guide, is a third edition reprint.

The Skyraider is best known for its never-ending ordinance delivery load on ground attack missions and supporting Search Air Rescues over the jungles of Vietnam, it was born with neither of those capabilities in mind. The Skyraider started out as a replacement of the SBD Dauntless and eventually the SB2C Helldiver. In June of 1944 Chief Designer Ed Heinemann suggested revamping the entire design and by March of 1945 had a completely different design.

Skyraiders served in the US Navy and Air Force as well as other nations air forces such as France, Gabon, Chad, and South Vietnam.

The book is soft bound with 168 pages, 11 chapters, several black and white photographs of the Skyraider, color pages of different versions, and Squadron markings for the airplane. At the end of the book are bonus 3-view plans for the Skyraider in 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Pictures dominate the book, some in black and white mostly before the Vietnam War, and color pictures during the War.

Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra

Published: August 19th, 2019     
Single No. 01. BellL P-39Q Airacobra
Author: Dariusz Karnas, Artur Juszczak
Reviewed by: Keenan Chittester, IPMS# 37021
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the first release in a new series by Mushroom Model Publications. I am a big fan of their products, so I looked forward to reviewing this book. It is a softcover publication of 24 pages, 6 of which are in color. The cover is a heavy card stock with a color top view of a Russian P-39Q. There are also color side and bottom views of the same aircraft in the book.

The text in the book is limited to photo captions. There are 36 black and white pictures along with 10 color pictures. The pictures are of a good size and of good quality throughout. There is a mixture of walkaround style photos from restored aircraft and wartime photos of U.S. aircraft in the Pacific theater. A couple of the photos are of P-39s undergoing maintenance and show several areas of the aircraft exposed.

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