Miscellaneous

Reviews of products for scale miscellaneous models.

The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph

Published: December 7th, 2017     
The Hindenburg Line 1918, Haig’s Forgotten Triumph
Author: Alister McCluskey (Illustrated by Peter Dennis)
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

If you are a person interested in the Great War, you will likely enjoy this new release from Osprey as part of their "Campaign" series of books. In this new offering from Osprey Publishing, author Alister McCluskey writes about the late war offensive on what the Allies referred to as "the Hindenburg Line" on the Western Front. The story along with photos (both historical and of the landscape today), artwork, and maps helps to tell the story of the battles that raged from late September into early October 1918.

This offering by Osprey is written in eight chapters, which are titled "The Strategic Situation", "Chronology", "Opposing Commanders", "Opposing Forces", "Opposing Plans", "The Campaign", "Aftermath", and "The Battlefield Today". There is also a "Further Reading" list of books and an "Index". There are 59 black and white photographs contained within this publication as well as nine color maps and three paintings, each covering two pages, all of which are followed by a smaller black and white image of the painting and a description of the action taking place.

Operation Dynamo Colouring Book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Operation Dynamo Colouring Book
Author: Dariusz Grzywacz
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

This is the second adult coloring book published by MMP following their Classic Fighters book. The Operation Dynamo adult coloring book focuses on the airplanes and military vehicles used at the time of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.

The book is 8 1/4" x 11 1/2" and includes 32 pages with 15 vehicles on two-page spreads. Each vehicle or aircraft includes a black-and-white photo, technical specifications, and a brief description. The image to be colored is a simple line drawing without a lot of detail, which makes coloring easier.

Aircraft & Vehicles Included:

Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Stalingrad 1942-42 / German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier
Author: Chris McNab
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing continues to expand its "Combat" Series, this time with a book on what is possibly the largest urban battle in military history: Stalingrad.

The book is organized as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
  • The Tractor Factory (October 1942)
  • The Barrikady Gun Factory (November 1942)
  • The Komissarhaus (November 1942)
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath

The Introduction section covers the overall strategic situation at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad. The Opposing Sides chapter describes the equipment and general tactics of both the German Pioneer (Assault Troops) and the Soviet Rifleman (Infantry). These two types of soldiers had different training, tactics, and weapons.

The next three chapters cover details on 3 main combat areas of Stalingrad. These chapters include maps, timelines, historical description, and analysis, plus selected first-hand accounts of combat, both by German and Soviet troops.

Of note is the artwork, including a "split-screen" drawing which shows the same combat, but from the Soviet and German sides.

Real Colors of WWII book

Published: November 28th, 2017     
Real Colors of WWII book
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive

AK's Real Colors of WWII is a beautiful publication packed with historical information and photos documenting actual colors and camouflage patterns used on WWII military vehicles.

AK describes the book as a detailed study of documents and original vehicle material from each respective army, plus the synthesis of other publications which are recognized as benchmarks in vehicle color. The intention of the book is to share all this information and provide a guide to the colors that can be used to produce an accurate camouflaged vehicle in a specific theater of operations. The goal to provide a standard guide of colors is a noble one, and will surely generate lots of discussions.

Using the study of preserved military equipment, and scientific analysis, AK has developed the colors used in these paints. AK-Interactive also used the advice of four experts who have years of experience in the inception, development, production, and use of military colors: