Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

The Italian Folgore Parachute Division – Operations in North Africa 1940-43

Published: February 28th, 2021     
The Italian Folgore Parachute Division – Operations in North Africa 1940-43
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363

Casemate Publisher is distributing a book from Helion & Companion Publishers on "The Folgore Parachute Division, Operations in North Africa 1940-43". The author has done extensive research on the topic and each chapter is profusely referenced.

Each chapter describes a very clearly defined period of time of the Division and has the very logical breakdown, as follows:

 

  • Recruitment and Training
  • Malta
  • Major Operations prior to El Alamein
  • Operation "Lightfoot"
  • Tunisian Campaign, 1943
  • Conclusion: Folgore - An Assessment

 

It also includes two appendices covering the Order of Battle and a list of recipients of the Gold Medal for Military Valor.

Les Suisses au Service de la France 1715-1820

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Les Suisses au Service de la France 1715-1820
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

I didn't really know this, but the Swiss have a long and distinguished history of serving as mercenaries in other country's armies, especially France, from as far back as the Late Middle Ages all the way through the Age of Napoleon and beyond.  The last vestige of this type of Swiss service remains in the Swiss guards at the Vatican today.  In some ways, these mercenaries were the harbingers of today's professional soldiers - men dedicated to a life of arms rather than the temporary civilian levies standard up until that time. 

 

Les Italiens de L’Emperur: Les Armées de la Péninsule Italienne 1800-1815

Published: February 27th, 2021     
Les Italiens de L’Emperur: Les Armées de la Péninsule Italienne 1800-1815
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Heimdal

I'll be the first to admit it - I'm getting hooked on these Heimdal uniform books.  Any dedicated figure modeler is well aware of the fact that the period roughly 1790 - 1815 constitutes the highlight of colorful uniforms worn by any belligerents in any war, before or since.  The development of coal tar dyes led to the creation of a bewildering range of bright colors, almost immediately employed by all the major military powers of the time, as they regarded the quality of their military attire to be a direct reflection of the power and majesty of their particular countries.

 

Napoleanic uniforms in particular reflected this obsession, with an almost unbelievable range of military costumes.  For figure modelers, the fact that almost all of them were based in large part on standard French military garb means that one can, if one chooses, create a incredible array of accurate toy soldiers with uniforms spanning the rainbow.

 

Peanuts Snoopy and Woodstock Bird Bath Ice Hockey Game

Published: February 25th, 2021     
Peanuts Snoopy and Woodstock Bird Bath Ice Hockey Game
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

It's a model, it's a game it's two, two, two things in one! Atlantis Models has done all the heavy lifting getting the molds and license for this kit. Once built, you can play ice hockey. Inside the box, you will get multicolored sprues (yellow, black and white and one spring) all ready to assemble and play. This kit is well molded and has no flash. It is snap tite in that it all pushes together. There are stickers included for the hockey sticks, Snoopy's spot and the markings on the "ice'.

Assembly, start to finish, will take about 30 minutes. A good sprue cutter or razor saw will help remove the parts as the sprue gates are substantial. The pieces are heavy too, in order to tolerate the beating the game will take being played with constantly. I did deviate from the instructions in that I glued Snoopy and Woodstock together and clamped them well. A quick sanding and I repainted both. I hand painted the eyes, mouth and noses and gave them several good coats of clear.

Godzilla

Published: February 25th, 2021     
Godzilla
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653

A true blast from the past, Atlantis Models has reissued the Aurora Godzilla kit with glow in the dark parts. As a kid, I remember the "Frightening Lightening "versions. This issue comes in a square box with alternate glow parts for the head, hands, feet, spine, top of the tail and nameplate. The kit also includes the destroyed city base. Total parts are 32 in Godzilla green with 14 separate glow alternate parts.

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