Book Author(s)
Douglas Hardy
Review Author
Ben Morton
Published on
January 19, 2022
Company
Casemate Publishers
MSRP
$29.95

Wargames Terrain and Buildings: WWI Trench Systems is one of Casemate Publishers latest offerings. Douglas Hardy, an avid war gamer, has delivered a wonderful soft cover tome on all things related to WWI trenches. After a brief introduction Mister Hardy discusses the trench system employed by Britain, France, and Germany during the Great War.

After some introduction the author goes on to discuss, in some detail, the ins and outs of designing and building your own table top trench warfare gaming area. The focus of this volume is on war gaming but the techniques he discusses are just as applicable to any diorama or vignette builder. [Fun Fact: British philosophy toward trench warfare was to use them as an offense starting point whereas the German focus viewed trenches from a defensive perspective.]

The book is divided into six chapters that focus on the specifics of those areas germane to fashioning a tabletop wargaming landscape. Those chapters are:

Book Author(s)
Jim Moran
Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
January 17, 2022
Company
Frontline Books
MSRP
$24.95

About the Author

Jim Moran has been a student of the history on the United States Marine Corps, amassing a huge collection over the past forty years. He has assisted Hollywood productions on uniform and equipment details for Flags of Our Fathers, The Pacific (HBO miniseries) and Windtalkers. Jim is as associate member of the Second Marine Division Association, UDS Marine Raider Association, Marine Corps Association and the US Marine Corps League as well as being the “on-board” historian to the US Marine League.

In the Book

The book is a paper back, has 241 pages, and has great photos and maps of the areas of the campaign.

The book is divided into eight chapters:

Book Author(s)
Federico Anselmino
Review Author
Blaine Singleton
Published on
January 16, 2022
Company
Aviation Collectibles
MSRP
$31.95

Aviation Collectables is a company based in Italy that has several books on aircraft printed in Italian and English. The books contain several color and black and white high definition photos.

This book covers the F-84F and the RF-84F in the Italian Aviation Series. The book starts out with picture of US Air Force F-84 and RF-84 jets then transitions in what the Italian Air Force used.

Contents

The book is divided into ten chapters all covering the use of the F-84F and RF-84 in the Italian Air Service.

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)

Review Author
Jarrod Booth
Published on
January 14, 2022
Company
Hobby Boss
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$127.99

The Chinook helicopter needs little introduction and has been a mainstay transport of many armies, air forces and navies around the globe.

This Hobby Boss kit represents the first operational aircraft, which I understand only the United States used. The C-47A Chinook helicopter served in the Vietnam conflict.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.