Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.
Book Author(s)
Roy Choo and Peter Ho
Review Author
Tom Choy
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Harpia Publishing
MSRP
$29.95

Did you know that the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) is one of the oldest air forces in the world? It marked its 100th anniversary on November 29, 2020. It may also be the only air force that has physically moved, from the Chinese mainland to the island now known as Taiwan in 1949, after the Chinese civil war. The RoCAF has a special place in American history, when a volunteer group of US pilots fought Japanese forces in the Second World War in P-40Bs marked with RoC markings. This unit is, of course, the famous Flying Tigers. The RoC also flew many dangerous reconnaissance missions in the late 60’s, over China to gather intelligence regarding the latter’s early nuclear testing. The RoCAF also flew numerous support missions against Viet Cong forces during the Vietnam War, with high losses. The many combat missions this tiny nation has undertaken is largely unknown due to the secretive nature of its military.

Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey
Review Author
Chris Renninger
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$19.99

This book has 3 chapters going over many aspects of this aircraft.

  • Development History
  •  Fury Variants
    • FJ-1
    • XFJ-2 prototypes
    • FJ-2
    • FJ-3
  • FJ-1/FJ-2 Details
    • Cockpit Details
    • Canopy
    • Fuselage
    • Wing Details
    • Landing gear
    • Tail detail
    • Engine Details

The book starts with the Development history of the aircraft all the way to production, along with there Variants.

This book has a lot of  detail on majority of the aircraft and what I loved the most is the detailed cockpit and how all the oil lines are ran along with the hydraulics, this is a must if you are building one of these models.

I can recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the FJ Fury and its an excellent reference for anyone building this aircraft. I look forward to Part 2 of this book to come out.

Book Author(s)
Justo Miranda
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Fonthill Media
MSRP
$45.00

From the publisher:

Justo Miranda is the author of books and monographs on aviation since the 1980s. A widely known historian, Miranda specializes in aviation of the 1930s and is the author of two volumes on aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War. The exciting discovery of a microfilm on secret German weapons in the early 1990s drove him to publish Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich, later published by Schiffer in 1996. Since then, Miranda has published Reichdreams and monographs on little known airplane projects.

Book Author(s)
Salvador Mafe Huertas
Review Author
Pablo Bauleo
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$28.95

Kagero Publishers continues to expand its Monograph series with a book dedicated to the F-14 in US Navy Service (one of the only two users of the airframe)

The book is divided in the following sections

  • Genesis of a thoroughbred
  • Production and variants
  • VF-154 “Black Knights”
  • Pilot and RIO
  • VF-32 “Swordsmen”, its last deployment with the Tomcat
  • F-14 Main Systems
  • Weapons
  • Tomcat in Combat
  • F-14 Tomcat Retired, Baby!
  • F-14 Tomcat in 2002

Each section can be read as a stand-alone mini-monograph on the topic at hand. Each section is well researched, has plenty of information on it and, if relevant quotes from pilots are included.

Book Author(s)
José Luis López
Review Author
Phil Pignataro
Published on
October 22, 2021
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$19.99

Mig Jimenez, over the past several years, has created a thriving business

based on model paints and eventually, his product line expanded into all aspects of plastic modeling. Significantly, AMMO has produced a plethora of weathering products. These have become so pervasive that words like pre-shading, post-shading, washes, filters, pigments, modulation, and pin-washes are now part of our every-day modeling vocabulary. Trying to navigate all these products and techniques can be daunting. Luckily, Solution Book 13 goes a long way to help you understand and use AMMO’s weathering system.

Book Author(s)
Dmitry Ryabuskin & Harold Orenstein
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

Helion & Company continues their series on Asia at War with the first of two volumes on the Sino-Soviet Border Skirmishes of 1969. The author is Russian and it was translated into English. From time-to-time there are some cumbersome sentences and the perspective of the author comes through as you read on. The book is full of contemporary photographs, so they are in black and white. There are several pages of color profiles of vehicles and uniforms as well as several maps of where the incident occurred. Please note, that there are several grizzly, close up photographs of dead Soviet border guards. If you are not accustomed to seeing dead bodies, close up, be warned.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Luke R. Bucci, PhD
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$52.00

The author, Wikold Koszela, has written 24 books on warships, mostly British, United States and German battleships and modern Polish and Soviet Navy warships. Twelve of his publications are in the Kagero Top Drawing series. For this and other books, Witold also supplied the line and color drawings, and they are top quality and very helpful for modelers. I could not find additional information on Witold.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Paduch
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
October 7, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$33.95

This is volume 75 in the monograph series. The book follows the usual monograph format. Included along with 1/48 drawings bound into the volume is a separate 2-sided page of 1/32 drawings.

The first 16 pages of the book discuss the A5M’s predecessors such as the Nakajima A1N2, Mitsubishi 1MF10 and its immediate predecessor; the Ka-14. The bulk of the book is dedicated to production and combat usage of the A5M, most of which was in China. Assigned the Allied code name “Claude” with “Sandy” reserved for the inverted gull wing version that never went into production. At the time of Pearl Harbor 193 A5Ms were in service. Most of these in rear units. The Claude stayed in service with operational units until April of 1942 with some air defense units using them until near the end of 1943.

Book Author(s)
Dariusz Paduch
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
October 4, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$28.95

Based in Central Europe Kagero Publishing House is the biggest publisher and exporter of English-written publications about military history, releasing nearly 60 titles every year. Kagero was founded in 1995, and began by delivering military titles in Polish. Their success led Kagero to start releasing books in English in 1998. Authors from Poland, Canada, USA, Australia and Great Britain, who were invited to write for Kagero, gave a beginning to a new range of products, which have put them in a position of one of the most recognized publishers on the market. Kagero has released more than 550 publications. Kagero is managed by Damian Majsak and his wife Joanna.

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Book Author(s)
Peter Mujzer
Review Author
Andy Taylor
Published on
October 4, 2021
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$26.95

While Kagero has an established reputation for quality books that modelers appreciate and use on their reference shelves, they have recently upped their game with the new introduction of the inCombat series. Number 08 in the series is History of the 40/43M ZrÍnyi Assault Howitzer. As a fan of obscure armored vehicles, this book had a timely arrival, especially as I am in the process of painting Bronco Models’ Hungarian 44.M ‘Zrinyi’ I 75mm Assault Gun (the differences between the variants are clearly spelled out in this detailed book).