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BOOK REVIEW: Arnhem: Defeat and Glory -- A Miniaturist Perspective

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, August 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Arnhem: Defeat and Glory -- A Miniaturist Perspective

by G. S. W. DeLillio.

Upon first glance, this 2002 book seemed like a nice picture book of the author's diorama of 1944 Operation Market Garden. Nicely crafted, the diorama used thousands of 20mm figures and includes vehicles. True, photos a plenty show off vignettes that track the operation, but that hardly does the book justice.

You get a comprehensive overview of the battle, complete with wargame-friendly OOBs, commander bios, drop times, and a running narrative of how the battles swayed back and forth illustrated by 114 photos of the diorama. It presents wargamer-friendly info in an oversized 8.75x11.5-inch hardcover format.

And what magnificent modeling he did: Regular shots, close-up shots, and shots of the same vignette but from different angles show excellence. Gliders, aircraft, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and troops of all forces involved, including a couple of French Char B tanks used by the Germans, show up. My favorite? Boat landing on the river bank amidst smoke (top page 86).

I am not sure, but some of the vignettes remind me of just such a diorama in 20mm that was 60 feet long and presented at the HMGS Fall-In convention in Maryland a decade ago.

Sadly, what is missing is a chapter on the creation of the diorama. As this is the illustrative centerpiece of the book, it would have been nice to learn what he used, how he emphasized this event over that event, and so on.

Given that 2019 is the 75th anniversary of Market Garden, Arnhem books should see an uptick in interest. It's not as dramatic as Cornelius Ryan's A Bridge Too Far, but it deserves to be on a Market Garden reading list, with the photos as a distinct bonus.

Enjoyed it.

Tags:  Modeling  WW2  WWII 

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Book Review: South African Air Force Fighter Colors: Volume 1 - East African Campaign 1940-1942

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, May 13, 2019

by Piet van Schalkwyk and William Marshall.

History of six South African squadrons in WWII using leftovers of aviation history except for a few Hurricanes. Lots of biplane actions against Italian CR.42s would make for interesting dogfighting scenarios. Repetitious text as if transcribed from squadron reports, but info contained is golden for an obscure, at least to me, front.

Includes 139 black and white photos and 23 color illustrations of various British aircraft -- great resource for modelers.

Tags:  Air  Modeling  WW2  WWII 

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Book Review: The Japanese Destroyer Shimakaze

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, May 13, 2019

by Mariusz Motyka. Number 62 in Kagero's Topdrawings line of illustrated ship guides for modelers. About a page of history notes ship was launched July 18, 1942 and sunk November 11, 1944.

The Shimakaze was the only ship built in a class of 16 planned ships. Of note, it carried 15 torpedo tubes in five turrets that could fire off either side. Black and white drawings are of the entire ship as well as particular sections and systems.

Also includes separate 19x27-inch chart of 1:200 scale drawings of topdown, sides, and system details. A delight for modelers building this ship.

Tags:  Modeling  Naval  WW2  WWII 

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Book Review: The Russian Destroyer Spravedlivyy 1956

Posted By Russ Lockwood, Monday, May 13, 2019

by Oleg Pomoshnikov and Jan Radziemski.

This latest addition to Kagero Super Drawings in 3D series offers six pages of history and 76 pages of 3D color photo-realistic illustrations of the ship, particular sections, and specific systems. Another delight for modelers building this ship.

Tags:  Modeling  Modern  Naval 

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