Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

Book Author(s)
Winston Ramsey
Review Author
Bob LaBouy
Published on
December 4, 2022
Company
Pen & Sword
MSRP
$79.95

The Best of After the Battle Then and Now

Publisher’s Notes:

Since we launched our first edition in August 1973, After the Battle has travelled around the globe and has covered hundreds of battles — over 750 at the last count – and taken thousands of photographs, covering major operations down to individual exploits. Selecting a cross-section of just a few from the stories that we have covered has not been easy, but we hope that you will find some of your favourites within the pages of this volume, covering the Best of After the Battle.”

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Book Author(s)
Roger Tisdale
Review Author
David Horn
Published on
December 4, 2022
Company
Cross & Cockade International
MSRP
$11.50

Every year we have so many choices of calendars to choose from but finding the perfect calendar can be a challenge. With the Cross & Cockade 2023 calendar, you get a calendar with beautiful prints in a perfect size of 11.7” (300mm) x 8.3” (210mm) with spiral binding so each month stays flat to the wall.

The 2023 calendar starts with January 2023 with one month per page. Each page has a beautiful illustration of WWI aviation with monthly calendar below. Each illustration and artist is listed on the last page of the calendar. There is another listing of each artist with their web site or email address.

Book Author(s)
Witold Koszela
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
December 3, 2022
Company
Kagero Publishing
MSRP
$24.11

Kagero Publications, a publishing house in Poland, has continued their series of top drawings of military equipment. This edition, number 129, covers the Russian cruiser, Moskva. In the spring of 2022, the Moskva made the news. The ship was a casualty in the recent war between the Russia and the Ukraine. The ship was hit by two anti-ship missiles and was sunk, though the Russians denied it. The top drawing series provides two double sides sheets with color profiles and drawings of the ship in 1989 and 1998. The book provides a series of black and white drawings of various parts of the ship. The modeling plans and drawings are crystal clear. Captions and text are in English and Polish.

Book Author(s)
Lechoslaw Musialkowski
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
December 1, 2022
Company
Stratus
MSRP
$30.00

it’s a good time for fans of reference books. Since the collapse of the Iron Curtain, many former Soviet Pact countries are flooding the market with detailed new sources aimed right at the modeling community. This volume focuses on the Mig 15 in service with the Polish Air Force. Each of the seven variants, which are defined by foreign or domestic manufacture, are covered. The first two sections cover the Soviet manufactured Migs, the Mig 15 and Mig 15bis (improved). In between the end of the Soviet built examples and the Polish built series were the S102s manufactured in Czechoslovakia. The Migs built in Poland were part of the Lim series which translated meant “License Fighter”. In all, four Lim series were built.

Book Author(s)
Bojan Dimitrijevic and Lt-Gen Jovica Draganic
Review Author
Chris Smith
Published on
December 1, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

In the spring of 1999, NATO intervened in a conflict in Serbia. This effort called Operation Allied Force (OAF) was undertaken to stop what the NATO nations said was systemic ethnic cleaning by Serbian forces of the Albanian population in Kosovo directed by Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic. Several books have been written about this intervention, but they tend to favor the NATO side of the story. This volume is an attempt to tell both sides of the story. It written by two Serbians, one a historian with high level government experience and the other commanded a missile defense unit for Serbia during OAF. Make no mistake, OAF was a remarkable military achievement. Fought solely from the air, NATO air forces with the United States in the lead, forced the eventually surrender of Milosevic. NATO suffered no combat deaths even though some NATO aircraft including an F-117 were brought down.

Book Author(s)
Tom Cooper & Efim Sandler
Review Author
David Horn
Published on
December 1, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

Helion & Company publishing produces specialized military history books. Part of the “Middle East at War” series, Lebanese Civil War, volume 2 (second of a four part series) book covers the period of 1978 to 1981 known as the “Quiet before the Storm”. The publication is 70 pages of full color, black & white photographs, diagrams as well as artist illustrations.

Book Author(s)
Tom Kaminski
Review Author
David Horn
Published on
December 1, 2022
Company
Key Publishing Ltd
MSRP
$24.95

Key publishing specializes in books covering aviation, transport history and sport. This book is a fairly compact, paperback full color book. There are two primary sections, U.S. Customs and Border protection in the first section and U.S Coast Guard in part two. In each section are two chapters further breaking down into further sub groups.

Most of the aircraft featured are currently use with each organization but a few notable aircraft that have been retired are covered. With each aircraft covered, detailed information on the aircraft, capabilities and missions performed are discussed. Locations for each group is also covered along with a thorough description of each air station. I did not realize how large of a variety of aircraft the Dept of Homeland security operated and the unique marking on some of the aircraft. Aircraft from UAV’s, small fixed wing aircraft (Cessna 206) up to the C-130 is all covered.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
November 27, 2022
Company
Phoenix Scale Publications
MSRP
$40.00

Phoenix Scale Publications is a new publishing company in the world of scale models consisting of several veterans of the business. They have released two modeling magazines, one on all types of models and this one just on the aviation side of builds. They also have released several aviation modeling books of which this one is the 2nd in their Real To Replica Series.

Review Author
Phil Peterson
Published on
November 27, 2022
Company
Phoenix Scale Publications
MSRP
$12.99

Phoenix Scale Publications is a new publishing company in the world of scale models but the team is made up of several veterans of the business. They have released two modeling magazines, one on all types of models and this one which is just on the aviation side of builds. They also have released several aviation modeling books.

Do we need another scale modeling magazine about aircraft? The more the merrier I say but Phoenix has put together a quality product that covers a lot in its 82 high quality, glossy pages.

The first quarter of the book covers news and what’s new information starting with the Newsstand and the Czech News. In The Box looks at what comes in one kit in detail and then we have Accessories, Decals and Bookshelf. The end of the magazine has a section providing news from IPMS (UK).

Book Author(s)
Kenton White
Review Author
Marc K. Blackburn
Published on
November 16, 2022
Company
Helion & Company
MSRP
$29.95

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.