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  1. The October 2021 Executive Board Meeting Minutes have been posted. View the full article
  2. The website for the 2022 IPMS/USA National Convention is online at: https://ipmsusa2022.com View the full article
  3. The results of the 2021 IPMS/USA Executive Board Election have been tablulated. View the full article
  4. As IPMS/USA transitions to a new membership and event management system (Wild Apricot) and we update our website, we need your help. Do you have a background working with web apps or web content design? Are you a writer who can help us get the IPMS story across better on our website? The following is a list of positions we envision in support of the transition to Wild Apricot and on an ongoing basis, plus a few that are open in other roles. IPMS/USA members who volunteer will receive the required supplemental training, and your membership will be complimentary during your tenure, but your biggest satisfaction will come from helping ensure the Society's growth and continuation through the work you are doing. We look forward to hearing from you! Please see the PDF file below for more information. View the full article
  5. IPMS/USA Members - due to a delay in the mailing of the latest Journal, we are extending the voting period for Executive Board and Staff members to October 1. Electronic votes and paper ballots postmarked by that date will be accepted. View the full article
  6. Here are the finalized winners lists from the 2021 IPMS/USA National Contest. View the full article
  7. The presentation from 2021 IPMS/USA National Business Meeting held at the National Convention in Las Vegas has been published. View the full article
  8. Here is the preliminary winners list from the 2021 IPMS/USA National Contest. View the full article
  9. Starting on the weekend of August 14th, the IPMS Reviews website will be offline for a major update which will span multiple days and possibly up to a week. During this time the data on the site will be migrated to a new site - one running the latest, supported version of the web software that runs behind the scenes. There are some other technical reasons why this needs to be done, but I don't want to bore folks. View the full article
  10. Review Author: Ron Bell Kagero Publishing This is another in Kagero's series of books that focus on one particular ship, in this case the HMS Invincible. The book consists of one column of text about the ship that is like what you would read on a kit's instruction sheet and 28 pages of line drawings of just about every aspect of the ship from the island down to the various aircraft that served aboard and the individual defense weapons systems. The drawings vary in scale depending on what they are covering, the main island view being in a smaller scale (1/200) than the views of the defensive weapons (1/100 and 1/50) for example. Also included are two separate back printed 27" X 18" sheets. Three sides of these are line drawings of the entire ship in 1/350 scale and one side is a full color three view print of the ship. All drawings are very precise and clear and show great attention to detail. However, no source for the information used to make the drawings is listed so accuracy would not be determined without comparing the drawings to the actual ship. If you are doing a model of the Invincible these drawings could be very useful in making any necessary corrections and/or adding any additional detail. Thanks for IPMS/USA for allowing me to review this book and to Casemate Publications for supplying the copy to review. View the full article
  11. Review Author: Frank Landrus Guideline Publications Guideline Publications is the UK's leading publisher of modelling and hobby-related magazines. With a world-class portfolio of titles and an international Social Media presence, Guideline Publications has a dedicated readership that is constantly expanding into new areas. Nikolay Yakubovich is an aviation engineer and aviation historian in Russia. He has written at least seventeen monographs focusing on Russian aircraft since 2001. These include a Russian hardcover monograph on the Tupolev Tu-16, published on January 1, 2001 all the way to 2019's Guideline Warpaint 124 on the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17. Publishers include Wydawnictwo Militaria, Tseyhgauz, Eksmo Yauza, and of course, Guideline. Warpaint's latest is their standard A4 format softbound publication that is 68 pages, including 6 pages of 1/72 scale line drawings. I counted 107 clear black and white photographs, 49 color pictures, along with 36 of Andrey Yurgenson's color side profiles and two sets of color four-views. Andrey Yurgenson also contributes six pages that features 30 complete line drawings, 3 black and white scrap drawings, all in 1/72 scale. The front cover features an Andrey Yurgenson color side profile of a Rumanian MiG-3 that was captured in 1941. This was the second MiG-3 captured by Escadrila 19. The Russian colors were overpainted with Rumanian camouflage. AAR ace, Captain Constantin 'Bazu' Cantacuzino, flew this MiG-3 to Brasov, where it was used as an 'aggressor' for training purposes. Under a Russian-Romanian cease fire agreement, all captured Russian aircraft were returned by Rumania to Russia. The black and white photograph at the bottom depicts the handover of MiG-3s to the 172nd Fighter Air Regiment The back cover features two color photographs of one of three MiG-3s that were rebuilt/restored by Aviarestorations and is on display at the Russia Air Force 100th Anniversary Airshow in Zhukovsky, Russia, in August 2012. Nikolay Yakubovich kicks off this tome with the development of the MiG-3 from the prototype I-200 fighter design in 1939. The primary competition was the Polikarpov I-185, however, Antyom Mikoyan had a political advantage; his older brother, Anastas Mikoyan, was a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks. Along with Antyom's first deputy, Mikhail Gurevich, Mikoyan was pulled from Polikarpov and set up as their own experimental design bureau when Stalin became disenchanted with Nikolai Polikarpov. Composed of non-strategic materials, the I-200 first flew on April 5, 1940. At that time the only fighter that was faster was the Heinkel He 100, and the I-200 did that without the engine designed for it, the AM-37, which would add 200 hp over the AM-35 that was available. Indeed, as additional prototypes would be tested, this design would be designated the MiG-1 and it was faster than both its contemporaries, the Bf 109F and Spitfire Mk Vb. The MiG-1 was designed to intercept bombers at high altitude (30,000 feet) and could out-climb, and was unmatched at altitude, however, the majority of the air war between Germany and Russia was fought close to the ground where the MiG's advantages were far less. The Mig-3 production also suffered severe quality issues, ending up with the head of the factory being executed. Nikolay Yakubovich covers all of the variants, up to the MiG-9, along with the prototype aircraft up to I-231. Up next is coverage of the MiG operational use and air combat, followed by a technical description. Included are two contemporary evaluations of the MiG-3 that were quite interesting. The technical description chapter includes fourteen photographs from an operation manual that depict the airframe internals, landing gear, and cockpit. The chapters on Camouflage and Markings and In Detail both use color photographs of the three new build (restored/replicas) and museum replicas. The final chapter discusses available model kits, accessories, and decals that are available. The Chapters include: Creating an Aircraft [Page 03] The MiG-3 Versus the Bf 109F Comparative Flight Performance Characteristics for the Protottype I-200 (MiG-1) and Bf 109F Fighters [Table] The MiG-3 Comparative Data for MiG-3s From Different Manufacturing Series with Spitfire Aircraft...[Table] The MiG-3 Versus the Spitfire The IP-201 Biplanes Based on the MiG-.3 The MiG-7 The Principal Flight Performance Characteristics of the MiG-3 Fitted with the AM-38 Engine [Table] The I-210 (The MiG-9) The I-211 The Battle for Altitude The Principal Data for the Prototype Modifications of the MiG-3 Operations and Air Combat MiG-3 1/72 Scale Drawings by Andrey Yurgenson [Page 36] In the Air Defence Forces Aviation Units The 7th Fighter Air Corps In Naval Aviation An Overall Assessment A Short Technical Description [Page 17] Colours and Markings MiG-3 In Detail [Page 64] Modeling the MiG-3 I found a lot of interesting sections, but the one that fascinated me was the contemporary evaluations of the MiG-3 in "An Overall Assessment". One of several evaluations was by pilot D. Kurdyumov who noted that the MiG-3 "was heavy to fly, slow to climb, and in addition, had a very large turn radius, which dispirited us significantly as we were used to the nimble 'swallows', the I-16s." This assessment is probably not surprising as the MiG-3 was designed to fight at high altitudes. Bringing the MiG-3 to the deck as a fighter bomber eliminated most of its advantages. I was able to read this monograph over four days on a road trip. The text is well supplemented with very clear photographs and captions. Andrey Yurgenson provides the color side profiles and the 1/72 line drawings. This is an excellent reference on the MiG-1 / MiG-3 series and would be a valuable addition to your reference library. Whether you are building the 1/72. 1/48 or 1/32 kits, I would consider this edition essential as an aide to your build. There are also no shortage of decals, photo-etch, and resin bits to detail your kit. Unfortunately, there appear to be no currently available kits of some of the other variants, i.e.: the MiG-1, MiG-3, or the radial powered MiG-9. If you own any of the previous releases in the Warpaint series, you know what you are getting. If this is your initial entry into this series, you will be quite pleased. My thanks to Guideline Publications and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great monograph. Highly recommended! View the full article
  12. Review Author: Frank Landrus Specialty Press Bill Yenne has authored over 75 historical books and ten novels to date. He grew up inside Montana's Glacier National Park where his father was the supervisor of backcountry trails. Bill is also a nationally recognized artist and illustrator with his work being showcased in many national magazines and some of his paintings on display in the official collection of the US Air Force. Bill graduated from the University of Montana in 1971 and founded the American Graphic Systems company. He later graduated from the Stanford University Professional Publishing course in 1989. The AGS BookWorks division has produced some 200 large-format, illustrated books. He has contributed to encyclopedias of World War I and II (for you young'ns, this was Wikipedia before the internet came along). He has appeared on The History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, C-SPAN, and ARD German Television. Well known for his airpower focused books, Bill Yenne has been the recipient of the Air Force Association's Gill Robb Wilson Award for "...shaping how many people understand and appreciate airpower". You can find Bill Yenne on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Yenne-Author-453590554784100/ , on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-yenne-b8a9b88 , and at www.billyenne.com . Bill now lives in San Francisco with his wife Carol where they raised two daughters, Azia and Annalisa. Bill Yenne has had a long association with Boeing and the Flying Fortress and brings this new book on the Boeing Model 299. Bill Yenne covers the Model 299 from Boeing's self-funded prototype that first flew on July 28, 1935, to the last of the 12,731 Flying Fortresses that were built. The bulk of the clear photographs are from the manufacturing lines and cover the developments and changes through the numerous production blocks. Coverage of all the changes to the exterior and interiors are detailed through the photographs. An excellent example is in the Page 33 photographs that depict the Model 299 nose turret, both as a bare frame mounted on a jig without the transparency, and as it was mounted on the Model 299, complete with transparencies. The surprise driver, at least to me, is the vision that Boeing management developed to go from manufacturing a four-engine prototype and another dozen service evaluation aircraft to building over 400 Flying Fortresses a month. This in especially highlighted in the first person format when Boeing committed, at a great risk to the future of the company, the funds to manufacture the prototype for $275,000 ($5.3 M today). On top of that, an additional $150,000 of Boeing's funds were committed as the design process went forward. This square soft cover landscape book's cover features fuselage sections on the Vega production floor of Block 5 B-17G in 1943. The rear cover features two photos. Above is the formal rollout of the first B-17F on May 4, 11942 at the Vega factory in Burbank, California' below is B-17F fuselage assembly at Boeing's Plant 2. The first thing you will notice upon opening the book are the exceptionally clear photographs gracing nearly every glossy page. I counted 344 black and white photographs, 39 color pictures, ten black and white illustrations, and eight color illustrations. The Chapters include: Notes on Flying Fortress Designations Notes on Nomenclature of US Military Organizations [Table] Boeing Aircraft Company or Boeing Airplane Company? Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for the Flying Fortress Chapter 2: Boeing of Seattle Chapter 3: Enter the Boeing Model 299 [Page 033] Chapter 4: The Life and Times of the B-17B Chapter 5: The B-17C and B-17D: The Transitional Variants Gathering Urgency for the B-17C A Suddenly Expanding Aircraft Industry Exporting Heavy Bombers Chapter 6: The B-17E Brings Changes in Philosophy and Method Aircraft Turret Development Though 1941 [Page 68] The Sperry Ball Turret The Tail Turret B-17E Radar B-17E Production and Facilities Seattle Plant Expansion: 1941 The B-17E is Born into War Chapter 7: The B-17F and Scaling Up for Production The BDV Committee The Block System Early Block B-17s Introducing the Modification Center Concept Seattle Plant Expansion, 1942 Hidden in Plane Site Enter the Superfortress The Modification Centers in 1942 [Page 105] Royal Air Force Fortresses The Norden Bombsight The Honeywell C-1 Autopilot B-17F Radio Installations The Vega XB-38 Flying Fortress Tokyo Tanks and the Spring 1943 B-17F Blocks External Bomb Racks Seattle Plant Expansion: Early 1943 Middle Block B-17Fs [Page 140] Later Block B-17Fs Chapter 8: The B-17G: The Ultimate Flying Fortress The Bendix Chin Turret The XB-40/YB-40 Flying Fortress Beginning B-17G Blocks Plywood in Flight The Modification Centers in 1943 Late 1943 B-17G Electronics Systems H2X (AN/APS-15) Radar Seattle Plant Expansion: 1943 into 1944 B-17G Blocks of Early 1944 Boeing's Final Flying Fortress Order Gun Position Changes, Waist, Tail and Cheeks The Cheyenne Tail Turret [Page 179] Subtle Variations and the B-17G Blocks of Mid-1944 Highlights of 1944 B-17G Electronics Systems Boeing B-17G Block 80 and Contemporaries Into the Fall of 1944 The Final B-17G Blocks of 1944 The Modification Centers in 1944 The F-9 "Foto" Flying Fortress Early 1945 B-17G Blocks Boeing B-17G Block 110 US Navy Flying Fortresses The B-17H and Other Variants Winding Down the Modification Centers in 1945 Final B-17G Blocks and Concluding Deliveries From Arsenal of Democracy to Desert Boneyards From Factory Expansion to Disposition of Facilities The Last Factories Fade Away Appendix I: Diagrams and Cutaway Drawings [Page 230] Appendix II: All Flying Fortresses by Variant and Block There are a lot of sections that I found quite revealing, like the section on wooing back the Boeing president from 1933 to 1939, Philip "Phil" Gustav Johnson. Phil Johnson was considered a genius in organizing mass production. One of the major outcomes of the 1938 Munich Conference was that America was woefully behind in recognizing the need for airpower. The day after the Conference, General George Marshall and his friend, General Hap Arnold, would formally command the US Army Air Corps, reporting to President Roosevelt. The flood gates for air power had opened. President Roosevelt mentioned the need for 15,000 aircraft, when the Air Corps consisted of some 2,230 ostensibly available. Those in power in Washington D.C. considered this to be irresponsible, but the dice had been cast. Boeing's corporate attorney. Bill Allen, recognizing at what was soon to happen, convinced Claire Egtvedt to bring back Phil Johnson. Bill Allen's proposal surprised Claire Egtvedt, but he quickly came around to supporting the concept. Phil Johnson was close to retirement, but he saw the winds of war and accepted the offer to return to Boeing as its president. Claire Egtvedt moved on to be Boeing's chairman of the board. The next step was for Boeing to expand manufacturing capacity. Bill Allen and Phil Johnson traveled to Washington D.C. to secure Federal loans to expand Boeing's manufacturing capacity. When Hitler rolled into the Netherlands, President Roosevelt went to Congress for funding for 50,000 aircraft. Like many aviation enthusiasts, I have read many books on the Flying Fortress over the last five decades. This was the first book that I can remember reading that actually addressed the B-17 from a block by block development and the manufacturing capabilities that were required to build the thousands of aircraft in World War Two. The modeler is extremely well served with the glossy clear photographs that provide a wealth of detail for all the variants. I really appreciated Bill Yenne's book and his ability to weave in all the factors that came together to make the Boeing B-17 a success story. This should be an essential tome in any aviation library. My thanks to Specialty Press and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book. Highly recommended! View the full article
  13. Review Author: Jason Holt Kagero Publishing The Messerschmitt Me-210/410 is one of a lesser aircraft in the Luftwaffe legacy. The aircraft was designed in the late 1930's with the hopes of it being a multi-use aircraft filling in as a Fighter, Bomber and Reconnaissance platform. The aircraft began as the Me-210, but due to various technical and design problems, it became the Me-410 due to the major modifications to remedy the shortcomings it had. In essence was an entirely new aircraft. There are two surviving examples, one is with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and awaiting restoration, and the other is on display at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. The Topdrawings book from Kagero is a 10 page book with a very brief history of the aircraft itself that is provided in both English and Polish. The drawings comprise of the various Me-210 and Me-410 3 view drawings and cross sections represented in 1/72nd and 1/48 scale. They also include comparison line drawing between the two aircraft so the reader can actually see the external differences between them. Most of the line drawings are of side profiles with expanded close up drawings of distinguishing aircraft features. In the center of the book there are period black and white reference photographs and color profiles of two Me-410's. With Kagero books they typically include bonus items such as vinyl masks or decal sheets. With this publishing they included 2 large double sided 3 view line drawing posters. Special attention with these drawings includes armament/cockpit layout as well as a comparison between the Me-210 and the Me-410. These posters are super enlarged drawings that are included in the book itself. I enjoyed this book and would like to thank Casemate Publishers for supplying IPMS Reviewer Corps for this copy. View the full article
  14. Review Author: Blaine Singleton Pen & Sword The Author Darren Neely is the author of several photo survey books on WW2 subjects including Panzer wrecks 21: German Armor and the forthcoming Operation Nordwind in the Images of War series. Contents: The book is divided into four unnamed chapters covering the 3rd at the invasion of Normandy until the end of the war. In the Book The book is hardbound has 4 chapters and 306 pages. Most of the pages have at least two black and white photographs on each of them. Some of the subjects covered in the book include: The menace of the panzerfaust teams and their toll on the 3rd's vehicles. Participation in the Battle of the Bulge The U.S. loosing all of their medium tanks in the battle of Cherain. M-24 Chaffee gets name from Maj Gen Adna R Chaffee the first commander of the Armored Force. The first M-24 tanks were sent to Army field units during the Battle of the Bulge. The introduction and effectiveness of the M-26 Pershing, now the United States had a tank that could take on the Panzers and Tigers (introduced after the Battle of the Bulge). Summary This book is not much of a story book, instead it is filled with black and white pictures of the daily life, movement of the 3rd Armor division. There are two-page descriptions at the beginning of each chapter about the major phases and movement of the 3rd then the rest of the chapters are photographs activities. For anyone interested in the 3rd Armor division or wanting reference photos of vehicles (Allied and German) this is a great book. I want to thank Casemate and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to read and review the book. View the full article
  15. Review Author: Michael Reeves Pen & Sword There is probably no more well-known figure from the Great War, or more written about or discussed, than the infamous Red Baron- Manfred von Richthofen. The original ringmaster of the Flying Circus, his record stands for itself and no plane from that war stands out more from historians down to watchers of Snoopy and his antics in his Sopwith doghouse. This thin book at 157 pages is filled with excellent clear photographs of von Richthofen from his childhood up through his career to his bitter end over enemy lines. More on that later. Going from the table of contents, it doesn't seem like there is much inside with only two chapters and then some appendices, but these two chapters take up the first 127 pages of the book. After a brief introduction, the author details the events leading up to the start of the war and Manfred's early life and time in military school, and then delves into his start in the cavalry and eventual transfer into the Air Service as an observer. After meeting the great Oswald Boelcke in October of 1915, his desire to become a pilot was spurred on, and despite some early mishaps and accidents, he successfully passed his final flying exam and became a pilot on Christmas Day of the same year. Interspersed throughout the informative text are numerous photos taken of Manfred through the many stages of his military career as his fame rose. I never really realized how many photographs were actually taken of him, and nearly all are ones I have not seen before. Chapter two opens up with Manfred at about 40 victories and carries on up to the end at 80, as well as a major head injury in battle. The chapter concludes with a thorough overview of his being shot down and killed. There are many photos of the wreckage and those possibly involved. The chapter concludes with four possible scenarios for how he met his end: Captain Roy Brown, Australian gunner Robert Buie, Australian gunner Cedric Popkin, or an unknown rifleman. There is a following section detailing Richthofen's post mortem that I found fascinating. Finally there are two appendices-- one listing his 80 victories and another listing all of his decorations and awards. A glossary and index completes the book. Conclusion I found this small book to be immensely interesting and informative. There is no end to the wealth of lore and accounts of the Red Baron out there, but this book makes it easy for someone just learning of his exploits to get a pretty good overview of the man and the pilot in one place. As someone who has been interested in WWI aviation for as long as I can remember, this book was great for me as well and almost has me cracking open that Wingnut Wings kit I have been treasuring in my stash. My thanks to Casemate Publishing and IPMS-USA for the review sample. View the full article
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