Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

Cleveland Tank Plant

Published: July 12th, 2017     
Cleveland Tank Plant
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: G-104 Press

David Doyle's latest book is with a brand new publisher, G-104 Press. Founded by Scott and Kim Taylor of London, Ontario, this volume represents a new concept and approach by David Doyle. Rather than his customary monograph on a single (or series of) vehicle, ship, or aircraft, this volume focuses on the history of a facility: Cleveland Plant 2 that originally was built in 1942 to construct the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. This book is presented in landscape and includes 112 gloss pages. G-104 Press does not yet have a website, but they are planning on one. Presently, the book is sold through David Doyle's website. Scott and Kim Taylor are hopeful to bring additional books addressing military vehicles geared towards the enthusiast, historian, and modeler. Scott and Kim Taylor can be reached through their Thachweave Products webpage at thachweave.tripod.com where they sell some unique modeling products or you can often find them at IPMS and AMPS conventions.

Sci-Fi 09 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Sci-Fi 09 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

Ground Blur 02 Display Base

Published: June 28th, 2017     
Ground Blur 02 Display Base
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/72
Company: Coastal Kits

Coastal Kits was founded in 2011 and is based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK. It is a family-run business that originally retailed model kits and their associated supplies. Coastal Kits began marketing their own range of display bases at the end of 2012 after their bases were well received at Telford's Scale Model World. The Business soon decided to concentrate solely on their display base product line. The range currently exceeds 220 bases in multiple scales and subjects. They also provide custom bases upon request.

The display bases are manufactured from 3mm Foamex board which is a rigid, waterproof plastic. Laminated matte vinyl is used to print the subject with the latest odorless latex ink providing a permanent and waterproof finish. The benefit over alternatives like paper-based products is that the display will not fade, lift, or bubble.

"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25

Published: June 28th, 2017     
"Canadian Corps Soldiers versus Royal Bavarian Soldiers" - Combat 25
Author: Stephen Bull; Illustrator: Adam Hook
Reviewed by: Allan Murrel, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing

This book tells the story of the Canadian Corps during 1917 when it battled against the distinguished Royal Bavarian Army. These battles started at Vimy Ridge through to Passchendaele.

The book is very nicely illustrated with great photos and many illustrations commissioned for the book. The details of the combat action, preparations, and the outcomes are very well written and help you understand the period and hardships of these battles. The book contains many extracts from personal diaries and reports from the time by commanders and foot soldier's alike. I learned a lot from this book and look forward to more from this series from Osprey.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in WWI. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well for some dioramas.

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

Acrylic Paint

Published: June 19th, 2017     
Acrylic Paint
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mission Models

Mission Models has a new line of 'airbrush ready' acrylic paints. These paints are odorless, spray easily to a nice, hard, even finish, and have less 'tip-drying' than other acrylic paints. The paints come in 1 oz. dropper bo