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Diorama Texture Paint Soil Effect

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Diorama Texture Paint Soil Effect
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Tamiya

Tamiya has made available a group of 4 texture paints and this review highlights one of those products, namely Tamiya’s “Soil Effect” texture paint.These paints are water-based and come in powder snow, snow, and “soil effect-dark earth”. Several other colors have been discontinued.

An appropriate description of this paint, describing the texture would be, “ gritty toothpaste”, or “damp salt”. Straight from the bottle, the paint does not look like paint at all, but rather a paste consisting of fine grit.

I chose to apply some of this paint to a diorama base for a dinosaur. The base was already covered with “ground”, “rocks” and “vegetation” but there were areas in which the material had worn off a bit, creating a perfect test bed.

Jet Fighter Pilot with BA-22 Parachute

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Reviewed by: Rod Lees, IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1:32
Company: Master Details

Product provided by: Master Details via the reviewer’s wallet

Master details produces and distributes an expanding range of pilot figures and details for 1/32 scale projects; for now their focus is on the HK B-17, but they have other items in their lineup including an HE-111 Cockpit for the massive Revell kit.

In this case, the pilot figure is an early Vietnam-era U.S. pilot with four different heads cast in metal (One with just the helmet and chin strap, one with the visor up and oxygen mask in place, and one with the visor down and oxygen mask in place, and one with visor down and no oxygen mask), an oxygen hose for the mask in metal, and seven resin body parts including two legs, and four separate arms, with a torso. The kit also includes a unit patch decal sheet for the shoulder patches frequently displayed on the flight jackets of the time.

Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

The book, Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipment by Osprey Publishing, goes into details of the combat equipment used by both the US and Allied forces. The very-well written and the illustrations really make this a great reference and history book for any library. The book will come in handy when modelling any US or Allied soldiers in the Vietnam War and can assist in painting and adding additional details.

The pictures and drawings of the equipment are very good and some I had never seen before.

I whole heartily recommend this book to everyone with an interest in US and Allied soldiers in the Vietnam conflict. It is very well written and very informative.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

244th Sentai Part 2 Decals

Published: February 18th, 2017     
244th Sentai Part 2 Decals
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1:48
Company: Lifelike Decals

The 244th Sentai (Fighter Group / Fighter Regiment) was formed in 1941 and charged with the defense of Tokyo. As apparent from the options included in this decal set, the unit started flying Nates and later turned in their Ki-27s for Ki-61s & Ki-100s.

There are a handful of Ki-61 Hien kits on the market in 1/48 scale with the most prominent player being Hasegawa. Along with the Hasegawa tool, Arii / Otaki and the RS Models tools were just minor players in the Ki-61 arena. All that changed in the past few months when Tamiya released their brand spankin’ new tool of the Ki-61 in 1/48 scale. From the reviews I’ve read, it’s a very sweet kit. Thankfully Lifelike has come to the rescue with a timely re-release of their 244th Sentai Part 2 Decal set that will make a nice addition to your Ki-61 no matter which kit you build. The decal set includes two options for the Ki-27 Nate in addition to the Ki-61 decals. A very nice bonus if, like me, you have the Mania / Hasegawa Nate in your stash. Although the Nate tool has been around since the 1970’s, it is still a very nice kit.

Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit (2 in 1)

Published: February 18th, 2017     
Sd.Kfz.182 Kingtiger Porsche Turret w/Zimmerit (2 in 1)
Reviewed by: Len Pilhofer, IPMS# 49932
Scale: 1:35
Company: Dragon Models

In recent months, we have seen a plethora of King Tiger kits hit the market. Most notable have been the Takom releases of the Sd.Kfz. 182 with full interiors…and it seems these have so far been a hit with armor modelers around the world. ICM and Meng have also released similar models of this iconic tank so it should not be a surprise that Dragon has also entered the fray with yet another release of this “king” of the WWII battlefield. One can point out numerous Dragon releases of this tank in past years but this time around they have upped their game to stay competitive. The question is, will these extras be enough to keep this newest Konigstiger on the Forward Edge of the Battlefield?

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