Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21

Published: October 13th, 2017     
The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21
Author: Brit Buttar
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Company: Osprey Publishing

That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical written and directed by Tom Hanks in his directorial debut; he also co-stars in it. Set in the summer of 1964, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of a one-hit wonder pop band. The film also resulted in a musical hit with the song "That Thing You Do". (Wikipedia)

One of the more memorable lines from the film involves one member (Steve Zahn) of the band, reflecting upon their collective fate, asking another member (Tom Everett Scott), "How did we get here?" His response is "I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus."

It is often mentioned that the execution of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists was the catalyst for the beginning of the First World War. While that event did have an effect, forces were already in motion prior to that circumstance that really laid the foundation for that war.

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Published: September 3rd, 2017     
Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War
Author: Martin Pegler
Reviewed by: Doug Hamilton, IPMS# 21985
Company: Osprey Publishing

The American Civil War was a time of transition, both materially and tactically. On the material side of the equation, metallurgy and weaponry were seeing huge advances. The tactical side struggled to keep pace. When war first broke in 1861 commanders saw the battlefield as a linear environment. That is; long lines of men advancing toward each other to get close enough for the smoothbore weapons of the day to reach maximum efficiency. Technology moved forward with rifled weapons that were more accurate at longer ranges. And coupled with advances in sighting and powder, the ability to reach out and touch your foe at longer ranges meant linear battlefield tactics were becoming obsolete in a deadly way.

Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311

Published: August 30th, 2017     
Savannah 1779 The British Turn South Campaign 311
Author: Scott Martin & Bernard Harris; Illustrated by: Graham Turner
Reviewed by: Steve Zajac, IPMS# 34937
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing's latest edition in their American Revolutionary War series concentrates on the British invasion of the southern states in 1778, the first move in their "southern strategy".

Old Suitcases

Published: August 22nd, 2017     
Old Suitcases
Reviewed by: Mike Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1:35
Company: Plus Model

I've slowly been working my way back into armor and vignettes and/or dioramas, so when I saw this set list I thought it would be a good exercise in painting, and allow me to have some unique items to add to a scene.

The Plus Model "Old Suitcases" set comes with 9 pieces (actually 7 suitcases of varying sizes, plus a hat box and a steamer trunk) molded in a light gray resin. All of the various luggage items have a casting block attached, either to a back/bottom corner or along the bottom of the item. Making a choice as to whether to use these blocks as handles while painting, or to cut them off prior to paint, will be an individual decision for each modeler. As I have large hands and am often rather clutzy, I chose to leave them on and do some touch up painting afterwards.