Up here in Seattle we have a large IPMS club. Over the past two years or so, one of our members, Rick Taylor, has been busy building a large variety of very unusual resin, 3-D printed, limited-run armor models from a small company called Vargas Models. Owner Luis Vargas specializes in 1/35th (and more recently 1/72nd) scale models that, for the most part, cannot be found elsewhere. His prolific output, along with Rick’s building expertise, has created quite a stir up here in Seattle. Rick drove most of his Vargas builds out to the recent Omaha Nationals and had them on display at the vendor booth, eventually picking up several awards in the show. I was lucky enough to be provided with one of the latest kits myself for review; the L118/M119 105mm Light Towed Howitzer.
This is the 1st volume of a new Key Aero Airlines Series covering Garuda Indonesia the flag carrier Airline of Indonesia. The book covers the complete history of the airline from the creation as a KLM subsidiary in 1928 to present day global airline. The actual airline began under the name Garuda Indonesia Airways in 1949. The book covers the routs and fleet development over the years and also the different subsidiary airlines form by Garuda. The chapters are fascination and give way more details that I expected in such a apparently small book.
During my Airline interior career, I work on the interiors for several aircraft flown by Garuda such as the A300, ATP, B737 and A330 and this book adds to my library relevant to me personally
All the photographs and write up in this book really help to show how the airline grow and also main issues and troubles it has had during its history.
This book is part of a series of volumes on World War II in the Pacific, the author having published numerous titles dealing with American, Australian, New Zealand, and Japanese aviation activities during the war. He is Australian, and has lived in the areas under discussion, and is also a pilot, so has the background to treat the subject accurately.
This particular volume discusses the Allied effort to provide air transportation in the South Pacific, identifying the units of the American, Australian, and New Zealand units. Of course, the Douglas DC-3 and C-47 variants were active in all areas where the Allies operated, and as well, the type had also been produced in Japan, with the type being operated in small numbers by the Japanese. These operations are not mentioned in the book, but the C-47’s were aided by Lockheed lodestars and other transport types. The detailed reporting only covers the role of the C-47 in these combat areas.
Casemate publishing continues its ongoing series of post-World War Two conflicts in Europe with an interesting volume that concentrates on Britain’s contributions to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in the last phase of the Cold War. This is an unusual volume in that the text is derived from the author’s Ph.D dissertation on the same topic. The volume is richly illustrated with color photographs, which, I imagine, would be well received by the modeling community. As with other publications in this series, it includes maps and 22 color profiles of vehicles, aircraft, and uniforms from this era.
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Adrian M. Balchis an aviation author and photo-journalist based in Swindon, England. He served in the Royal Air Force as an air traffic controller for over 22 years, from June 1971 to June 1993. He has been published since December 1966 in aviation periodicals and has authored books published through Airlife Publishing, The History Press, and Guideline Publications. You can find some of his photographs at https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/photographer/Adrian%20M.%20Balch.