Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Colors & Markings of the F-14 Tomcat Part 2: Pacific Fleet and Reserve Squadrons

William O'Malley Sat, 2022-01-15 22:08
Book Author(s)
Bert Kinzey and Rock Roszak
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
January 15, 2022
Company
Detail & Scale, Inc.
MSRP
$23.99

Overview from the Author and Publisher

Print

127 pages, 330 color photos, 9 color profiles, with the digital versions: 211 pages (2021 Digital Edition) and 442 pages (in the Digital Vol 3 2018 Edition)

G.91Y "Yankee"

Dick Montgomery Thu, 2022-01-13 16:26
Book Author(s)
Frederico Anselmino, text, Claudio Col translation and Mauro Cini color profiles
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Aviation Collectibles
MSRP
$24.95

As with most fighter aircraft, they tend to get heavier as the user needs more capability than the original design can deliver. In this case, the light weight G.91 needed more range, loiter time and weapons. Enter the G.91Y. Going from a single engine to two engines, the G.91Y nearly doubled its empty and max take off weights while increasing range and navigational capabilities. External ordinance capacity increased from 1000lbs to 4000lbs. Like its predecessor, the G.91Y also competed against some of what the world had to offer in 1965 but in the end only the Italian Air Force used this aircraft. The “Yankee” version of the G.91 would serve from 1966 to 1995.

Topdrawings #118 Nakajima B6N Tenzan

Dick Montgomery Thu, 2022-01-13 16:12
Book Author(s)
Dariusz Karnas & Artur Juszczak
Review Author
Hub Plott
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.95

This is volume 118 in the Topdrawing series. This is a thin book with brief text in both English and Polish. The book contains very nice 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale drawings. There are also ten color profiles of various B6Ns.

The drawings contain useful information on the various ordinance carried and its layout as well as engine and propeller information.

This is the first of this series I have had the pleasure to look through. It is a nice inexpensive book showing details, drawings, and painting information. It is a suitable alternative to the more expensive and harder to find Aero Details series and provides the modeler with sufficient information to build a nice, detailed model. It will give you the basics you need on the aircraft covered without going into the minute details of more lengthy volumes. I can recommend it to anyone building a model of this aircraft and to those that just want the nitty gritty information.

The Marmo Method Model Building Guide # 14 - Building the 1/96 Scale Atlantis Moon Ship

Dick Montgomery Thu, 2022-01-13 15:42
Book Author(s)
Richard Marmo
Review Author
Tom Pope
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Scale Publications
MSRP
$3.99

Richard Marmo’s latest installment in his “The Marmo Method Model Building Guide” series is booklet # 14, Building The 1/96 Scale Atlantis Moon Ship.   These booklets are a great reference for scale modelers of any experience level.  I would like to thank Mr. Marmo and Scale Publications for providing a copy for this review.

Revell released the XSL-01, 3-stage rocket kit in 1957 and later in the same year, released just the 3rd stage, the Moon Ship as a stand-alone kit.  Both were highly successful kits of the day.  In 2021, Atlantis re-released the Moon Ship under their brand but it’s the same tooling and kit as the 1957 version.

In October of 2021, Mr. Marmo published this booklet to describe the materials, tools and techniques he used as he went through the processes of building, finishing and displaying the Atlantis kit.

Tiger Ausf.E – Visual Modelers Guide (Multilingual)

Dick Montgomery Thu, 2022-01-13 14:25
Book Author(s)
Enrique Calderón
Review Author
James Kelley
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
AMMO by Mig Jimenez
MSRP
$15.70

Steel Series Volume 4. A work entirely devoted to the iconic Sd.Kfz. 181 Tiger Ausf. E. Fun and easily referenced sourcebook where you can visually analyze and distinguish the main versions of the Tiger I, from the initial models to the final production variants. The introduction includes some historical notes about the design and development process of the vehicle. All of this with high-quality photographs that clearly show often overlooked external details features critical to both the King Tiger and scale modelers.

  • Complete color guide with information about both the interior and exterior colors used.
  • 16 fully detailed color profiles with camouflage and markings for all the versions.
  • 80 pages, with more than 160 high-quality photographs including rarely seen details.

The book is broken into several sections:

We Were Never There, Volume 1: CIA U-2 Operations over Europe, the USSR and the Middle East, 1956-1960

Doug Cole Thu, 2022-01-13 12:24
Book Author(s)
Kevin Wright
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$24.95

On May 1, 1960, an ex-USAF turned CIA pilot named Francis Gary Powers flying a Lockheed U-2 at 70,000 feet 800 miles east of Moscow felt and saw the results of a Soviet SA-2 missile removing the tail of his aircraft. Thus ended the first round of U-2 overflights over the Soviet Union and the time frame covered in this volume. Despite the international incident that resulted, the information gained about the state of Soviet bomber and nuclear weapon capabilities more than justified the risks taken. The author, Kevin Wright is a university professor specializing in the Cold War. This book outlines the first phase of U-2 operations from 1956 to 1960. The book opens with a brief history of how the U-2 came to be and examines the various equipment packages that the aircraft could carry. Contrary to the public perception of the U-2 only being a camera platform, it carried nuclear fallout sampling equipment as well as receivers for the collecting electronic intelligence.

The Messerschmitt Bf-110

Doug Cole Thu, 2022-01-13 12:14
Book Author(s)
Richard A. Franks
Review Author
Frank Landrus
Published on
January 13, 2022
Company
Valiant Wings Publishing
MSRP
$31.94

Valiant Wings Publishing was founded in 2010 under the guidance of Richard A. Franks and Mark Peacock. Valiant Wings has released several series of primarily airplane monographs [Airframe & Miniature, Airframe Album and Airframe Detail series] with the first Airframe Album dedicated to the Heinkel He 219 ‘Uhu’ released in 2012.

Medal of Honor, Volume 2, Interwar Years 1919-1939

Dave Morrissette Tue, 2022-01-11 23:30
Book Author(s)
Alan Durkota & Thomas Darcy
Review Author
John Shimek
Published on
January 11, 2022
Company
Aeronaut Books
MSRP
$24.99

Volume 2 of the Medal of Honor series documents the 6 aviators who earned the Medal of Honor during the interwar years 19191939. This book of 80 pages has 215 photos and color profiles of 10 aircraft relating to this period.

Only 1 of the 6-aviation related Medal of Honor awarded in this period was for action that involved combat by USMC Lieutenant Christian Frank Schilt in Nicaragua in 1928. 3 of the other 5 men awarded the Medal of Honor were presented for exploration including Admiral Byrd (North Pole flight) and the other 2 awarded were for lifesaving efforts.

It is very interesting that Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr received the army designed Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic 20-21 May 1927 even though he was no longer on active US Army duty. Authorized by a special act of Congress in December 1927 Lindbergh was presented the medal by President Coolidge in 1929.

Encyclopedie Illustree Les Trains Blindes, de notre 1825 a nos jours (Illustrated Encyclopedia of Armored Trains, 1825 to the Present)

Dave Morrissette Sun, 2022-01-09 17:51
Book Author(s)
Paul Malmassari
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
January 9, 2022
Company
Editions Heimdal
MSRP
$97.00

Heimdal is a prolific French Publisher of military history and is distributed by Casemate Publishing. It is a large book at 520 pages and hundreds of black and white and color photographs as well as contemporary drawings and profiles done by the author. The text and captions are in French, though it appears there was an English version of this work from another publisher. My reading knowledge of French is minimal, but that did not take away from my enjoyment of this work. In many regards, the photographs speak for themselves, but a rudimentary knowledge of French might be helpful in reading the captions. It would have been nice to also see color profiles of the trains. There is a plethora of material, so each page is loaded with photographs.

Flying Flatiron - Gloster Javelin

Dave Morrissette Sun, 2022-01-09 13:08
Book Author(s)
Alex Crawford; Illustrator Chris Sandham-Bailey
Review Author
Ron Bell
Published on
January 9, 2022
Company
MMP Books
MSRP
$38.00

This book is from their Orange Series that specializes in particular aircraft types, in this case the Gloster Javelin. There are 208 pages of mixed text, photos, line drawings, charts and tables of info about the aircraft starting with a rather detailed recounting of the conception and initial design of the aircraft and how that design evolved into the final version. It then goes on to discuss the various armaments it carried, including the air-to-air missiles which also includes a brief run down on how the Firestreak missile was developed. Next is a mark-by-mark description of every variant of the aircraft with many illustrations to show the differences. Included in this chapter is a rather detailed technical description of all the various systems in the aircraft, such as landing gear, electrical and hydraulic systems, 12 annotated photos of various marks’ cockpits and cutaway photos, diagrams, line drawing and charts about the engines.