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Cross & Cockade 2021 Calendar

Published: September 9th, 2020     
Cross & Cockade 2021 Calendar
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003

Cross & Cockade has released their 2021 calendar, and in keeping with past calendars, combines excellent W.W.I aviation art with the usual calendar functions. As in past years, you are advised to order your copy now, and not wait. There may be a limited supply of these calendars and you do not want to miss out because you waited until the supply ran out.

According to Roger Tisdale of Cross & Cockade the profits from the sale of these annual Cross and Cockade International Calendars go to assist in the upkeep of the British Air Services Memorial at the St-Omer airfield in northern France". This is a very worthy cause and deserving of your support. One can check out the St-Omer Memorial at http://www.webmatters.net/txtpat/?id=258

Beside the fact that you will be contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of this significant Memorial, the artwork on the calendar is stunning. Consider it an early Christmas present you can give a friend, or yourself, for that matter.

Dunkelgrau, Dunkelgelb (x3) & RAL 7008 Gray Green

Published: April 7th, 2019     
Dunkelgrau, Dunkelgelb (x3) & RAL 7008 Gray Green
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: Tru-Color Paint

I have heard of Tru-Color Paints probably a year ago by now. They have an extensive line of railroad and car paints and they are continuously expanding their military line (aircraft, naval, armor). I've heard good things about them and I was interested to try them out. But honestly, the price was putting me off a bit. When I had the opportunity to review a few free samples, I jumped to it.

This review covers Tru-Paint TCP 1445 RAL 7021 Dunkelgrau, TCP-1446 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #1, TCP-1447 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #2, TCP-1448 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #3, TCP-1449 RAL 7028 Dunkelgelb #4 and TCP-1449 RAL 7008 Gray Green.

The first thing you notice about these paints is that the bottles are larger than the standard hobby bottles; they come in 1 oz and 2 oz. That means their smallest bottle has about twice (or more) the paint from most hobby paint manufactures. Consider that fact when you think on their price; I was not doing that while looking at the paints in the hobby store.

Bf 109G-10 Poster

Published: October 26th, 2018     
Bf 109G-10 Poster
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Company: Eduard

When you hear the name Eduard in modeling circles you immediately think of their superb photo etch parts, or maybe their mask sets or even their top of the line plastic kits. But you don't usually think of Art. Oh sure, they have some great looking box tops but actual art?

Yep, some of those box tops are actually available as large size posters such as this one.

The overall size of the poster is 23 3/8" long by 16 1/2" wide while the image itself is 21 5/8" x 11 1/2". A nice size to put up on your model room wall and would look good in a nice matt and frame.

Print quality is first rate with the colors looking like the box art. One thing I was interested to see is the swastika as it is missing from the box top but is on the poster.

If you like to collect aircraft art you would do well to take a look at Eduard's growing line of posters.

Thanks to Eduard and IPMS/USA for the review kit.

US Armor Display Base 2

Published: August 18th, 2018     
US Armor Display Base 2
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, according to Coastal Kits will not raise or bubble like it was printed on paper.

Armor Display Base (Small)

Published: August 7th, 2018     
Armor Display Base (Small)
Reviewed by: Mike Lamm - IPMS# 50139
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits is based in Lancashire, UK, and began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012. Since that time, their business has grown and concentrates almost exclusively on printed display bases for just about any type of model you ever wanted to build in just about any scale. Looking thru the offerings on their website is almost overwhelming there are so many choices, and they will even custom-make bases.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board, which feels like a rigid mousepad. The material is basically a waterproof plastic, with a printed display on one side. The pre-printed image is a high-quality image on a laminated, wipeable matt vinyl surface which, unlike paper products, will not raise or bubble.